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How to Get Nepali Machine Readable Passport (MRP)?

(Updated: Feb 21, 2016) When I had applied for passport, government website didn’t have any relevant information. Since then Department of Passport’s website has improved leaps and bounds. I recommend you to visit their site for the most accurate information: http://nepalpassport.gov.np/

However, information given below is still relevant to get an idea on how to apply for passport in general.

This page has information on all your general inquiries.
If above link doesn’t work, access the same document here [Latest version: Jan 19, 2016] .

(Information below was posted Nov 6, 2014)

* This blog post contains information relevant to those born in Kathmandu district. If you were born outside of this district, this information may not be valid for you.

Office: Baneshwor/Anamnagar (The same office where we get our Citizenship card)
Office operation hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Pre-requisites (Required Documents/Items – applies to Kathmandu office) :

  • Rs 5000 – this is for a regular processing fee, this will get you the passport in about 2 months (or less).
    Rs 15 thousand to get it the same day.
    Rs 12 thousand to get it the next day after the submission of the application.
    Rs 10 thousand to get it in 3 days.
  • Special MRP photos: at least 3 [Please keep in mind this is not your traditional passport size photo. Make sure you get this taken from true professionals and save yourself some time and money]
  • Original Citizenship card and its copy: 2
  • Old passport copy (of the page that has your personal contact information): 2
  • Print out of Passport application with all the required fields filled.
    Citizenship verification document (Although I had this document printed out, it wasn’t used)

While I was researching about the process I realized, there are people who help you fill up the form as well outside the passport office in return for a couple 100 bucks. I didn’t do any of that. I filled out the form all by myself and printed it appropriately. They have this information for you on how to printIt didn’t apply to my OS. Regardless of whatever option you see, the point is to print 100% with no modification to the layout.

First of all make sure to fill up the form provided here and print it out.
They’ve also provided the link to a sample form if you need help.

Before you head to Baneshwor/Anamnagar office make sure you have a copy of all the documents mentioned in the Pre-requisites section above (keep multiple copies just in case). Please keep in mind the steps given below may not match precisely. I’m just giving you an idea of the process and what I went through:

Step 1: Get to Baneshwor/Anamnagar office of the DOP with all the required documents.

Step 2: Citizenship verification: room no. 105. Located on the extreme right-hand-side area of the compound.
The actual process begins by submitting your original citizenship card and its copy to room no. 105. Funny thing was on this site , it says we need to print out this document as well.
And submit it to the concerned person/department along with an original and a  copy of your citizenship card. But that document was never used. I don’t know why.
Depending on the volume of requests, you will have to queue up.

By god’s grace if your citizenship information is still available in their office and the person manages to find it. Your document will be verified. The concerned officer will sign a copy of the citizenship card. Then you go to room no. 107

Step 3: Take all your documents to room no. 107 and get those signed from the concerned officer.

Step 4: Take all your documents to room no. 106 and get those signed from the concerned officer.

Step 5: Take those documents to room no. 303. This is a different building within the same compound. Get your document(s) signed again.

Step 6: Go to the bank right next to the DOP office (on the left). You need to fill out the voucher with required information then pay Rs 5000 to the bank. If you’re lost, asks the guard for the voucher. Bank will give you one of three vouchers you fill out.

Step 7: Keep that voucher with you, you will need that to collect your machine readable passport. Now go to room no. 107. They’ll ask you for one more photo, make sure you give copies of all the required documents incase they forget. They’ll then tell you to come after 50 days (or 2 months).

Passport collection:

Office: The same office in Baneshwor/Anamnagar
Sunday to Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

— Post 50 days —

Must carry: Your old passport if you have one, citizenship card (or driver’s license would work too)

  1. Head back to Baneshwor/Anamnagar office.
  2. Before you queue up, you need to first find your serial no. It will be on a sheet of paper littered on the table. You find the no. based on the date you submitted your application. Refer to your voucher for information.
  3. Get the no. Queue-up.
  4. Give your voucher, also your old passport if you have one, so they can cancel the crap out of it. Get your brand new passport.
  5. Go to room no. 106 to get your passport signed and you are officially done!

Now you can go wherever you want in this world provided you have valid visas.

Happy Travels! 🙂

Where is Justice for Women?

As a woman nothing affects me more than the news I come across everyday about the rape cases. I feel like my own body being violated. It physically and mentally disturbs me. I still have not fully read Sita’s story. In fact I don’t ever read the details. It feels too close. I know I could never feel Sita’s ordeal in the truest sense. I will probably never meet her and will get to tell her that I am with her. But I know one thing I can do, is raise my voice against this injustice. Equally depressing is our Nepali government very conveniently ignoring this case and many more similar cases. Think about it, what if Sita was your own daughter, sister, mother or your very close friend? How would you feel? How would you feel about being forcefully touched, grabbed, and humiliated? How would you feel?

We are living in the 21st century but things really have not changed. Those who say west have it much better- aren’t any better off either. I realize, this is an ongoing fight. For the right to live the way we want to live. For the right to be where we want to be; for just any basic rights that any other humans are bestowed with. Why can’t women do the same?

Why is it anybody’s headache – if a woman wants to dress a certain way, wants to hang out till late night? If a man could do it, why can’t a woman do it as well without the fear of being raped and abused?  When we are talking about punishing the criminals of this horrendous act- why is the discussion hijacked by the ‘kind’ of woman a woman is. Why does it have to matter? Why is it diverted from the crux of the matter and the matter is; a man raped a woman and that man needs to be penalized. Today the Indian woman succumbed to death from the gang rape.  And what did the Indian government do? This incident only exposed Indian politicians’ sexist prejudices against women. Such a shame. How many women will have to be victimized, how many of us will have to die before men respect the boundaries. Just how many?

Whether it was the most recent gang rape case in India. The 7-year-old little girl’s case in China; the woman kidnapped at gunpoint- raped and killed in the US. Millions of women, who get abducted, abused and sold in prostitution or even the case of Sita who got robbed and raped by a policeman. When is it going to stop? And what government is going to do about it? We want answers, we want actions being taken. We want criminals punished. We want justice for women.

Nepali Flag Nail Art

Nepali Flag Nail Art

When I tweeted this picture, I thought it was one of those images that had the capacity to go viral in Nepali domain. To my utter dismay, it didn’t even receive any kind of acknowledgement much less the prospect of going viral. Nonetheless, I must thank a couple of people who at least ‘liked’ it on instagram.

It was inspired by female olympians flaunting their patriotic nail art at the recent 2012 Olympics. It took me quite a while to replicate the flag. Considering the amount of effort I put in, this image at least deserved a post on my blog. Hence the reason I am writing this.

Happy drawing/painting! 🙂