Nepal on Wednesday began issuing electronic passports for the first time.
Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka inaugurated the e-passport center at the Passport Department and handed over the country’s first passport to Satya Mohan Joshi, a 102-year-old historian, the department said in a press release.
Electronic passports will eventually replace machine-readable passports, which were introduced in 2010 to replace handwritten passports.
“Only limited electronic passports will be issued for a few days as the system is still in the testing phase,” said Sharad Raj Aran, a spokesman for the Passport Department.
The department plans to issue electronic passports in full within three weeks. The District Administration Offices and other offices authorized to issue passports in different parts of the country will start issuing electronic passports by December, and Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad will issue electronic passports in January next year. , according to a press release.
Aran said all offices will continue to issue machine-readable passports along with e-passports until the necessary infrastructure is ready for e-passports only.
“We plan to fully enter the e-passport regime by the end of January,” he added.
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