Kenya Increases Passport Fees for Diasporans

The Kenyan government has decided to increase the fees paid by diasporans seeking to renew their passports. The new changes announced by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i have been seen as a punishment for the Kenyans in diaspora.

The diasporans will henceforth be categorized into four groups: US&Caribbean, EU, UK and Africa, Australia&Asia. The US&Caribbean group will pay the highest fees followed by the Kenyans based within the EU. Below is a table of the new diaspora categories and the new fees.

32 pages 48 pages 64 pages
Standard Price in KE 4,500 6,000 7,500
US & Caribbean 8,144 11,198 14,252
European Union (EU) 7,506 9,383 11,260
United Kingdom (UK) 6,399 8,532 12,799
Africa, Australia and Asia 5,090 6,6617 8,000

Although, the move has not been welcomed by the diaspora, we have to remember that the diaspora has always paid a higher price for government services compared to Kenyans in Kenya. For example, the 32 page passport would cost you €4500 in Kenya, while at the Embassy in Berlin the fee was at €60 approximately KShs. 7520 (at today’s exchange rate). This is nothing new, but at least we previously had the convenience to apply for the passport renewal in our countries of residence. Below is a table comparing the fees in Kenya to those charged at the Embassy in Berlin.

PASSPORT TYPE Fee (Kshs) Embassy Fee
32 Pages Ordinary “A” Series Kshs. 4,550 € 60
48 pages Ordinary “B” Series Kshs. 6,050 € 80
64 Pages Ordinary “C” Series Kshs. 7,550 € 90
East African Passport Kshs. 990
Diplomatic passport (48 page) Kshs 7,550
Mutilated Passport Kshs 10,050 € 145
Lost Passport Kshs 12,050 € 150

I won’t ask why the CS for Interior is talking about passports, but my hope in this development is that the diasporans will have the comfort to apply for the new ePassports in their host country. If the government plans to continue forcing the diaspora to go back to Kenya to apply for the new passports, then I hope the new price will allow for express issuance. If not, then I don’t believe these changes will affect anyone. Many will instead prefer to apply for the passports as Kenyans based in Kenya and use the extra cash to fasten the issuance process. What do you guys think?

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