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We wish to inform that, from 24 to 27 October 2010, both days inclusive, Mr Silvio Pentrella, Acting Consul General of Italy in Kolkata, will be in Nepal to meet the Italian community residing there.

On that occasion, it will be possible to take fingerprints, that are necessary for issue of the new Italian biometric passports, which from 20 May 2010 replace the earlier ICAO passports and which therefore, from that date, are no longer issued.
In this regard, please note that exemption from giving fingerprints is granted only:
-to minors up to 12 years old;
-in the case of medical reasons or permanent physical impairment, against documented proof;
-in the case of disability or evident physical malformation.

The applicants for passports have to submit the application form, duly completed and signed, together with two passport-size coloured photographs and, in the case of minor children, the prescribed authorisation for issue of passport by the other parent who has parental authority.
Further, the earlier Italian passport has to be shown, even if it has expired.
The current total cost of the new biometric passport, which consists of a booklet of 48 pages, is Indian Rupees 4,970, inclusive of the annual tax.
The validity of the passport is ten years; the same booklet cannot be renewed and is subject to the payment of the annual tax.

Please note that the issue of new passports by the Consulate General of Italy in Kolkata can take place only after receipt of the prescribed “No Objection” from the competent Questura and, where required, of the authorisation for issue from the competent residence authorities.

In order to organise a schedule for these operations, applicants can register their names in the relevant list at the Honorary Consulate General of Italy in Kathmandu.

We shall send further communications on this matter, in particular regarding the dates fixed for the taking of fingerprints.