N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU:- Nepal Government has started issuing e-passports (electronic passports) from today. Although the passport department has decided to issue fully electronic passports from next January, the issuance has started from today as all the preparations have been completed.
In such a passport also called a biometric passport, all the biometric details are kept in the chip. Chips and antennas are embedded in the front or rear cover or in the middle.
The data page with the picture of MRAP has a machine-readable zone in optical character recognition format. There is an arrangement to see the important details mentioned in the passport while reading the passport reader machine. In addition to this, electronic chips and antennas are also connected to the electronic passport.
The chip contains personal details, including fingerprints and pictures. It is said that after locking the chip with these details, no one can add or change it. The color of an ordinary passport is also chocolate gray.
It is an electronic passport with polycarbonate that Nepal has started issuing. Data cables, including polycarbonate, are equipped with an electrical chip and antenna that are invisible to the naked eye.
Similarly, an ordinary passport will be issued in two types of 34 pages and 66 pages. There are seven types of electronic passports: Diplomatic, Special, Service, Temporary, Ordinary, and Siemens.
The electronic passport replacing the MRP passport will make it easier for ordinary Nepali citizens to travel the world. Accordingly, after the distribution of electronic passports, the passengers of Nepal will get the facility of international standard transportation.
Touching the electronic passport machine will also remove the hassle of repeated testing. Similarly, in some international airports with electronic doors, Nepali citizens will be able to move easily through that door when the door is opened for traffic by looking at the face sensor of the carrier.
Electronic passports will put an end to the situation where Nepali citizens carrying MRP passports have to wait in line for hours and face administrative difficulties while undergoing tests on various machines.