KATHMANDU: The government has decided to stop issuing hand-written passports from Thursday for two months.
The issuance of passports will start after the Machine Readable Passports (MRPs) arrive from India.
The Ministry of Home Affairs issued a directive to district administration offices (DAO) across the nation to stop issuing hard-written passport as per the request from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to stop issuing hand-written passports. The ICAO is implementing the MRPs with effect from today.
The government stated that new passports will not be issued until the Machine Readable Passport (MRPs) is printed.
"We have been directed not to issue new passports for the time being. But, no alternatives have been given yet," officials at the Home Ministry said, adding that issuance of new passports and renewals will stop until the government gets the consignment of MRPs.
The MoFA had granted the contract to print and supply the MRPs to an Indian company, Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India on March 19.
The government decision is likely to disappoint hundreds of persons seeking to go to foreign countries for different purpose.