Source: Xinhua | 2021-11-19 | Editor:Lexi
Nepal on Wednesday started issuing e-passports for the first time.
Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka inaugurated the e-passport personalization center at the Department of Passport and handed over the country's first-ever e-passport to Satya Mohan Joshi, a 102-year-old historian, the department said in a press statement.
E-passports will ultimately replace the machine-readable passports, which were introduced in 2010 to replace the decades-old handwritten passports in Nepal.
"Only limited e-passports will be issued for a few days as the system is still in the testing phase," Sharad Raj Aran, spokesman for the Department of Passport, told Xinhua.
The department plans to issue e-passports in a full manner within three weeks, while District Administration Offices and other offices authorized to issue passports in various parts of the country will start issuing e-passports by December, and Nepali diplomatic missions abroad shall issue e-passports in January next year, according to the press statement.
Aran said all the offices would continue to issue machine-readable passports alongside e-passports until necessary infrastructure is ready for e-passports only.
"We plan to fully go into the e-passport regime by January end," he added.
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