The government has extended the deadline for old passport replacement to March 2021.
Interior Security Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i issued the announcement this morning, saying that at least 1.8 million Kenyans are yet to apply for the new e-passport.
The new generation e-passport was launched on August 31, 2081, replacing the readable East African ordinary passport with the new EAC-format passport, which has enhanced security features embedded in an electronic chip to minimize fraud, identity theft, forgery, and passport skimming.
To ease the replacement, the government has set up 4 passport control centers in Nakuru, Kisii, Eldoret and Embu, and 6 others in the diaspora. Kenyans in Europe can replace their passports in Berlin, Paris, and London. Those in the US can replace in Washington DC, Johannesburg for those in South Africa and another one in Dubai for those in Asia.
Kenyans are urged to take advantage of the extension and get their old passports replaced as they will no longer be able to travel with the old passports come March 2021.