The front cover of a contemporary Nepalese passport.
|Type of document||Passport|
|Eligibility requirements||Nepalese citizenship|
Nepalese passports are issued to the citizens of Nepal for international travel. The Nepalese passport was hand written before late 2010 until many incidents of forged passports came to light. To control this, the Nepalese Foreign Affairs ministry has started issuing Machine Readable Passports from 2011. Nepalese passports are stamped with the label mentioning "Not Valid for Travel to Iraq".
Ordinary Nepalese passports are green, with the Coat of arms of Nepal emblazoned in the center of the front cover. The words Nepali: "राहदानी" and "नेपाल " are inscribed above the coat of arms and words English: "PASSPORT" and "NEPAL" are inscribed below the coat of arms. The ordinary passport contains 60 pages. Note: Nepal has now introduced Machine readable passport from 26 December 2010.
Front/Identity information page
Current Machine Readable Nepalese passport contains the following data:
- Passport Number
- Date of Issue
- Date of Expiry
- Citizenship Number
- Issuing Authority
- Holder's Signature
- Signature of the Issuing Authority
Each passport contains a note in English from the foreign ministry that is addressed to the authorities of all other states, identifying the bearer as a citizen of that state and requesting that he or she be allowed to pass and be treated according to international norms. The note inside Nepalese passport says:
|“||The Ministry of Foreign Affairs request and require in the name of Government of Nepal all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hinderance, and to afford him or her every assistance and protection of which he or she may stand in need of.||”|
Types of passports
There are 3 different types of passports issued by the government of Nepal:
- Ordinary (Green)
- Official (Blue)
- Diplomatic (Red)
- Travel Documents (Black)
Applicants for Nepalese passports are required to pay the authorised passport issuing office a sum of NPR 10,000.00 (approx.US $127 at an exchange rate of 78.76 as of February 3, 2012) as fees for an Ordinary passport for urgent processing and NRP 5,000 for normal processing. Urgent processing is done by the ministry of foreign affairs and takes 7 days. Normal processing takes around 5 to 6 weeks but sometime it may take 3 to 4 months and is done from the Chief District officer's office. However, the Official and the Diplomatic passports are exempted from fees.
Period of validity and Issuing
The passports are valid for 10 years from the date of issue and are issused by the District Administration Office in all 75 district headquarters as well as Nepalese Embassy's and Consulates abroad.
Machine Readable Passport (MRP)
As a member of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Nepal is obliged to issue machine-readable passports (MRP) after 2010. Nepal stopped issuing hand-written passports on March 31st, 2010.
All traditional hand written passports will be honoured as a bona fide travel document issued by the Nepalese Government until 24 November 2015. All traditional passports must be withdrawn from circulation by November 2015.
Passports are not needed by citizens of India and Nepal to travel within each other's country by land or by air, but some identification may be required for border crossing or at airport.
Gallery of historic images
- "Department of Passport, MOFA, Nepal". 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
- "Requirements to apply for a new passport". Embassy of Nepal - Washington DC. 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011.