Nepali migrant workers looking for job in Oman must carry machine-readable passports (MRPs).
As the deadline by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to complete the process to phase out the non-machine-readable passports globally is ending on November 24, 2015, the sooner the migrant Nepalis start getting MRPs, the better it will be, said the first chargé d’affaires of the Nepal Embassy in Muscat Jhabindra Aryal.
It will help to relieve the Nepali migrant workers of the unnecessary trouble to get new passports after arriving in Oman, he said, appealing all Nepalis living in the Sultanate of Oman to apply for MRPs as soon as possible, if they have already not done so in order to avoid last minute rush as the deadline is approaching soon.
The embassy has also been receiving applications for the MRPs too. “So far, the embassy has dispatched three lots of passport applications processed from here to the Department of Passport, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kathmandu,” he added. “The MRPs received from Kathmandu are also being distributed through the embassy to the respective applicants.”
The embassy has also started providing consular services to the Nepali expatriate workers in Salalah (about 1,000-km away from Muscat) after its inception as it accommodates the second largest number of Nepalis in Oman after Muscat.