E-passport: gov’t extends migration deadline to March 1, 2021

E-Passport. The Government through the Ministry of Interior Coordination has extended the use of the old passports to March 1st, 2021.

In a notice issued on Monday, the government admitted that 1.8 million Kenyans most of them living in Diaspora have not yet acquired the new E-passports.

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“The government is progressively phasing out the old ordinary passpo1ts as part of Kenya ‘s commitment to migrate to the new-generation e-passport in accordance with ICAO specifications. 

However, we note with concern that 1.8 million Kenyans, mostly in the diaspora, are yet to replace their old passports with the East African Community biometric e-passport.”

To meet the deadline, they have set up four passport control centers in Nakuru, Kisii, Eldoret, and Embu as well as six others in Diaspora.

“To rationalize the issuance of this travel document, the government has since set up and operationalized four passport control centres in Nakuru, Kisii, Eldoret and Embu, and six others in the diaspora three in Europe  (Berlin, Paris, and London), one in the U.S. (Washington DC), another in Johannesburg, South Africa, and one more in Dubai.

Plans are also underway to achieve same-day issuance of passports by July 1, 2020.”

Kenyans have been advised to take advantage of the opportunity and get the new passports and avoid a last-minute rush.

“Considering this is the second extension, the 1.8 million Kenyans still holding the dark blue passpo11 are urged to take full advantage of this period to acquire the EAC-format electronic passports at the earliest oppo1tunity possible, to avoid the last-minute rush, unnecessary jam-ups at the centres, and traveling inconveniencies.”

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Berryl Achieng
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