Nepal Telecom(NT) installs passport scanners at Tribhuvan International Airport

Passport Scanner in NepalKATHMANDU, June 26: Nepal Telecom (NT) has installed travel documents readers at the immigration counter of Tribhuvan International Airport.

NT has installed five kiosks at TIA and one at the Immigration Office in Anamnagar.

Now onwards, foreign visitors to Nepal do not have to fill up immigration form to get visa as the kiosks read all information in the passport. NT has invested Rs 50 million to install the kiosks.

“This is our attempt to make it easy for foreigners to get visa without going through the hassles of filling up forms. We have also started using the kiosks in coordination with the Department of Immigration (DoI),” Anup Ranjan Bhattarai, managing director of NT, said. “We are yet to launch the service formally.”

NT will also provide SIM card free of cost to interested foreigners.

“The kiosks have already been pressed into service. Foreigners need to type few details and they will get a unique code which can be used at different immigration points,” Sambhu Ghimire, director of DoI, said.

The newly installed kiosks will also help maintain exact data of foreigners entering the country. They will also come handy to track criminals.

NT has appointed different outsourcing companies to sell its SIM cards.

Anup Ranjan Bhattarai, managing director of NT, said the state-owned operator appointed 20 companies to sell recharge cards about a month ago.

Earlier people had to visit NT offices to get SIM card.

“The number of NT subscribers is increasing rapidly. With this arrangement, we hope the number of our subscribers will increase significantly,” said Bhattarai.

Currently, NT has around 10.04 million subscribers.

Source: Republica

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