Many BD, Nepalese expats yet to switch to MRP

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 29 Nov 2016, 23:48:47

Many BD, Nepalese expats yet to switch to MRP

ABU DHABI, Nov 29: More than a year after Bangladeshi and Nepalese citizens were instructed to convert their old, handwritten passports to the new machine-readable passport(MRP), many have yet to make the switch.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) gave November 24 last year as the deadline to convert the old style passports.

However, some people claim they were either not told of the change or their companies were withholding their passports, according to a report by/ .

"I work at the Saudi border and I was not aware of this conversion," said Mohammed Sumon Miah, a Bangladeshi cleaner who came to his embassy to submit his old passport.

More than 600,000 passports have so far been converted, said Bangladesh ambassador to the UAE, Muhammad Imran.

He urged Bangladeshis in the UAE to replace their old documents.  By end of last month, the Embassy of Nepal in Abu Dhabi had delivered 79,490 new passports to its citizens in the UAE.  "Very few people come with their old passport, we have replaced almost all old versions of documents in the UAE and many Nepalese who travelled back home converted it there," said Krishna Aryal, information officer at the Nepal embassy in Abu Dhabi,
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