The Nepali Government has introduced a digital visa system, replacing its 45-year-old hand-written visa regime.
Deputy PM Bishnu Prasad Paudel launched the new visa system under which visas are generated digitally leveraging data from the integrated information system of the Department of Immigration (DoI).
Moreover, the system itself produces visa numbers, and three visas can be accommodated on a single page of a passport.
“The digital visa system would make Nepali visas more credible and help ensure national security,” said Puadel.
According to DoI, the digital visa comes with state-of-art features, including hologram, watermarks and QR code. Scanning of QR code reveals the details of the visa enabling authorities which helps in determining the authenticity of the visa. As the digital systems generate visas, any scope for tempering is ciphered.
“With the new system, the security and management of visas are expected to be strengthened,” said DoI Information Officer Jhanka Nath Dhakal.
“Currently, we issue visas by writing manually on a printed copy of visa sticker, and such visa is pasted on the passport of foreigners. Under the new system, nothing should be done manually to issue the visa,” he added.
Dhakal also anticipated that the new system would pave the way for e-visas in the future.
On the same day, the Immigration Department issued over 150 digital visas to foreigners. Tenzing Norbu Lama of Portugal is the first to receive such a visa.
However, the Department started the digital system only at its headquarters in Kalikasthan. It aims to expand the service to Tribhuvan International Airport and all other offices within the first four months of the upcoming FY 2021-22.
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