The government to start issuing e-passports for Nepali citizens from Mangsir 1, 2078. So far, Nepal has been issuing Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). The Passport Department is conducting final tests to prepare for e-passport printing.
A spokesperson of the passport department said that only a limited number of e-passports would be distributed for the first few days. Until the e-passport is fully distributed, the department will continue to distribute MRP passports.
E-passport Distributed Date
The department has stated that the distribution of e-passport will start partially from November 20. The department plans to convert e-passport distribution into full service within a week. In order to move the data of MRP passport system to the new system and to speed up the printing work, the department is initially preparing to distribute both types of passports.
E-Passport – Secure Passport
E-passport is currently used internationally in many countries. The International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) has defined e-passport as a secure passport.
The E-passport is better and more reliable than MRP. It is also considered reliable as it uses high-quality technology. E-passports use electronic ‘chips’ like mobile SIMs. Biometric data along with personal details are also kept in the e-passport. Its ‘security feature’ tends to be reliable. This passport can be easily read by machine/computer.
After using an e-passport, the problem of passport misuse is much less. Because it contains biometric electronic data.
Nepal’s e-passport will have 64 pages. The government has placed photos of heritage, culture, livelihood, wildlife and places on those pages. It has been decided to have the national flag of Danphe and Nepal on the inside page of the first and last cover of the e-passport.
Sagarmatha will be on the first page. The second page will be the polycarbonate data page. The third will have Lumbini, the fourth and fifth will have Rashtrapati Bhavan, the sixth and seventh will have one-horned rhinoceros, the eighth and ninth will have Changunarayan temple, the tenth and eleventh will have Ilam tea plantation and the left and thirteenth will have picture of Laligunras. There will be pictures of the Pashupatinath temple on the 14th and 15th, Mithila art on the 16th and 17th, and paddy planting on the 18th and 19th.
Kumari on 20th and 21st, Upper Mustang on 22nd and 23rd, Tiger on 24th and 25th, Sinja Valley of Jumla on 26th and 27th, Deshay Maru Jya on 28th and 29th, Janaki Temple on 30th and 31st Photos of Ranipokhari and Hanumandhoka Durbar on the 38th and 39th will remain.
Dharara on 40th and 41st pages, Bhurtika Dewal on 42nd and 43rd, Patan Durbar area on 44th and 45th, Putali on 46th and 47th, Bouddhanath on 48th and 49th, Bhaktapur Durbar area on 50th and 51st, Mahakali Bridge on 52nd and 53rd, Krishnasara on 54th and 55th. On 56th and 57th there will be trucking (the area where Everest goes to Lubuche), on 58th and 59th there will be Rani Mahal, on 60th and 61st Rara Lake, on 62nd and 63rd Upper Tamakoshi and on 64th Singha Durbar.