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How to Apply For an e-Passport in Nepal, Learn the Steps Here!

The e-Passport is here in Nepal for a while now. The government introduced this advanced passport service in November 2021. Late Satya Mohan Joshi, the legend was the first Nepalese person to get an e-Passport. The existing MRP (Machine Readable Passport) with the remaining date is still valid. However, those seeking a new passport must get an e-Passport as per the rules. So, today in this article let’s learn how to apply for an e-Passport in Nepal.

What is an e-Passport?

e-Passport simply stands for an electronic Passport. It holds an electronic chip inside that can store the information of the individual that is printed on the passport page. So, name, address, date of birth, and other info are digitally saved on the chip as well. It is also known as Biometric passports which can be scanned through special devices. Also, the verification can be done in a few minutes in international airports. Thus, it will save time for everyone.

Format of Nepalese e-Passport
Format of Nepalese e-Passport

The government of Nepal introduced this passport to strengthen security by following international standards. It is more secure than MRP which has more counterfeit issues. For this important project, the government has signed an agreement with the French company IDEMIA Identity and Security France SAS. 

Have a Read:- National ID Card Benefits, Process to Apply | FAQs

Documents Required For Applying e-passport in Nepal

  • National ID Card or National Identity Number (NIN)
  • Citizenship
  • Marriage/Divorce Certificate (Not Mandatory in case of Unmarried Individual)

How to Apply for An e-Passport In Nepal

  • First, please go through this link Or you can also use the E-Passport Nepal app. This process is for the Pre-enrollment for an e-Passport.
  • Then click on the ‘Apply For Passport’ option.
  • Select ‘First Issaunce’, if you are applying for a new e-Passport.
  • You can go through the terms and conditions. After that, you can choose between either an Ordinary passport of 34 or 66 pages and click on Proceed. Likewise, you can also apply for other types of passports such as Service, Diplomatic, Official, etc.
  • Now, click on the ‘I Agree’ toggle.
  • Then, it will lead towards, the ‘Book Your Appointment Page’. Hit the province, district, and appointment location. It should be nearest to your region of stay. Do note that, getting an appointment date is based upon a limited quota. Hence, you might have to wait for several days to get an appointment date.
  • After getting an appointment date, you have to fill up the form with all the necessary demographic details and click on next (The fields with * are mandatory).
  • Fill up more detail such as citizenship, NIN, contact, and others, and click Next.
  • After that, it will take you to the ‘File Attachment’ section. Here, you need to upload a document such as your citizenship back and front, marriage certificate, or divorce certificate, academic certificate, etc. [The file size shouldn’t exceed 300 kb]
  • Click on the ‘Next’ option and it will show the application summary. Do make corrections if needed and click on the ‘Save’ option.
  • After saving, you will get a unique sequence as your Request Number. Save the number to your clipboard and click on Finish.
  • Then, it will show the ‘Application Follow Up’ page with all the necessary details and info. You can download the application form in a pdf format.
  • The downloaded form needs to be printed and taken on the day of the appointment will all other necessary documents.
  • Biometrics and Payment for the e-Passport are done on the same day at the place of appointment. . And you might get your e-Passport within 20 days.
e-Passport Nepal Webpage
e-Passport Nepal Webpage

About the Service

When everything is going digital, having an e-Passport service is a most needed move for the country as hundreds of thousands of Nepalese citizens are traveling abroad for work, education, recreation purpose, etc. But the pre-enrollment service is facing backlash due to frequent server downs and issues. And the main concern is about waiting for an appointment date which may take weeks sometimes. Without an appointment date, the pre-enrollment process can’t move forward. Hence, the department needs to solve these issues swiftly.

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So, that is all about how to apply for an e-Passport in Nepal. Are you looking forward to applying for one? Do write us your queries in the comment section below.

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