The front cover of a machine readable Nepalese passport.
|Type of document||Passport|
|Eligibility requirements||Nepal citizenship|
|Expiration||10 years from the date of issuance|
|Cost||Rs.5,000 (adult 32 pages) Rs.10,000 (Fast track service)|
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 32 pages.
Front/Identity information page
Current Machine Readable Nepalese passport contains the following data:
- Country Code
- Passport Number
- Given Names
- Date of Birth
- Date of Issue
- Date of Expiry
- Citizenship Number
- Place of Birth
- Issuing Authority
- Holder's Signature
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 hindrance, 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 4 different types of passports issued by the government of Nepal:
- Ordinary (Green)
- Official (Blue)
- Diplomatic (Red)
- Travel Document (Black)
Applicants for Nepalese passports are required to pay the authorised passport issuing office a sum of NPR 10,000.00 (approx.US $100 at an exchange rate of around Rs 100 as of 24 November 2014) 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 4 weeks but sometime it may take up to 6 weeks 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 issued by the Central Passport Office, District Administration Office in all 75 district headquarters as well as Nepalese Embassy's and Consulates abroad. However, as per new regulation, validity is for 5 years in case of minor under 10 years of age.
Machine Readable Passport (MRP)
All traditional hand written passports were honoured as a bona fide travel document issued by the Nepalese Government until 24 November 2015. All traditional passports must be withdrawn from circulation as of November 2015.
Note: Nepal has now introduced machine readable passports from 26 December 2010.
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 the airport.
In 2016, Nepalese citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 37 countries and territories, ranking the Nepalese passport 98th in the world according to the Visa Restrictions Index.