Government to phase out old passports by November

The old Kenyan Passport.
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The Government through the office of Immigration has reaffirmed to Kenyans that the deadline for phasing out of the old generation passports is set to November 2022.

Following the Thursday, September press release from Immigration Director General Alexander Muteshi, Kenya is set to transit to a digital world by dwelling with the biometric e-passports that are anticipated to start by November 30.

However, the directives were in accordance with the decision by the East African Community’s (EAC) Council of Ministers’ meeting held in Arusha from 22nd to 29th November 2021.

“Kenya is bound to migrate fully to the new East African Community biometric e-passport by 30th November 2022. Kenyans are therefore hereby advised to acquire the new Biometric e­-passport to avoid any inconveniences,” reads part of the press release.

Press Statement release from the office of the director of immigration services Alexander Muteshi.

In ensuring a smooth transition to the e-world, Kenyans have been advised to acquire e-passports as earlier as possible.

Collage photo of the old generation Kenyan Passport and the new generation e-Passport.
Collage photo of the old generation Kenyan Passport and the new generation e-Passport. [File: PHOTO]

The e-Passport which combines a chip-enabled passport with a biometric identity card protects biometric data and facilitates travel through immigration checkpoints around the world.

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However, for a delayed passport application, one can visit the Complaints Unit, Nyayo House, 8th-floor room 35.

The working hours indicated is from 8 am – 5 pm.

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