Kenyan Embassy in Berlin to Start Issuing the New ePassport
The Kenyan Embassy in Berlin has this week officially announced plans to start issuing the new ePassport. A welcome announcement to all that can currently not afford to travel to Kenya for the travel document.
In a message posted on the Kenyan Embassy website, the embassy expects to start issuing the new ePassports some time in the first quarter of this year i.e. from around March 2019.
The application process is expected to continue on the eCitizen platform with some exceptions for the diaspora applicants, which will be announced as soon as the systems are up and running in Berlin.
Although the launch of the processing centre in Berlin will save applicants the trip to Nyayo House (or any other processing centre in Kenya), they will still have to travel to Berlin for their biometric data to be captured. I hope the Embassy will update their working hours to allow applicants flying in from other towns to be attended to.
The announcement on the Kenyan Embassy website is the first official communication shared on this matter since a video of the CS of
Interior and Coordination of National Government announcing Berlin would be an official Processing Centre was made public.
According to the Director of Immigration Alexander Muteshi, there are plans to review the list of requirements for those replacing their old passports with the ePassports following complaints made by Kenyans online. Also, there are discussions to find out if the government can contract companies in the diaspora instead of forcing people to travel to Kenya or the processing centres in the diaspora.