Government says Kenyans will be able to renew old generation passports after November 30 deadline » Capital News
NAIROBI, Kenya, October 17 – The government says Kenyans will still be able to renew or replace older generation passports even after the November 30 deadline.
In a press release, Director General Alexander Muteshi said the drill will continue at all passport application centers locally and overseas missions.
According to Muteshi, Kenya will fully migrate to the new passports from December 1.
“The Directorate of Immigration Services would like to remind the general public that the deadline for the phasing out of the older generation Kenyan passport is 30 years.e November 2022,” the report read.
“Kenya will fully migrate to the use of the new East African Community biometric ePassport on 1st December 2022,” he said.
Kenya launched the ePassport system in September 2017 in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) document 9303 and East African Community Summit resolution.
In November 2021, the EAC Council of Ministers, in a meeting held in Arusha, agreed to phase out old generation passports for all member states by November 2022.
The new electronic passport contains the holder’s biographical data and aims to improve efficiency and eliminate security vulnerabilities.
Muteshi further said that the replacement of passports will continue even after the deadline.
“However, the renewal/replacement of the old generation Kenyan passport will continue as normal at all our Passport Application Centers locally, and at our overseas missions after this deadline,” he added.
November 30e, however, this is the fourth time the deadline for acquiring the EAC passport has been set after it was previously extended from 2019 to March 2020 by former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The new ePassport will allow EAC member states including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to enter and exit freely from member countries.