E-passport Nepal: The Nepal government has officially started issuing e-passports from today.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Khadka is unveiling the e-passport at a function organized at the new building of the Passport Department at Tripureshwar today.
The E-passport is currently in vogue internationally. The International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) has defined e-passport as secure. E-passport Nepal
So far, Nepal has been issuing Machine Readable Passport (MRP). Spokesperson of the department Sharad Raj Aran informed that e-passport distribution will start now.
Spokesperson of the department Sharad Raj Aran informed that the department plans to convert the e-passport distribution to full service within a week starting from November 20. “For the first few days, we only distribute limited e-passports daily,” said Aran. E-passport Nepal
To move the data of the MRP system to the new system and to make the printing work effective, the department is preparing to distribute both types of passports at the beginning.
On December 20, 2020, the Passport Department entered into a purchase agreement with IDEMIA Identity and Security of France to print e-passport for Rs 2.48 billion. According to the agreement, the company had to complete all the work for the distribution of e-passport within 10 months. The department has been able to work on time as per the target.
The e-passport contains photographs from the President’s Office Shital Niwas to the tea plantation in Ilam.