Kenyan Government Extends ePassport Deadline AGAIN

The Ministry of Interior & Coordination of National Government of Kenya yesterday announced a new extension on the use of the analog navy blue passport. A move claimed to give Kenyans in the diaspora, about 1.8 million of whom are still yet to get the ePassport.

The government has extended the deadline to switch to the new e-passport to March 1st, 2021 for all Kenyans. This means Kenyans can continue to travel on the navy blue passport for another year.

This comes after the president had extended the deadline from 31st August 2019 to 1st March 2020.

Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, said Monday 1.8 million Kenyans, mostly those in diaspora are holding to the dark blue passports.

“We note with concern that 1.8 million Kenyans, mostly in diaspora, are yet to replace their old passports with the East African Community biometric e-passport,” he said.

For Kenyans looking to get the ePassport, this can be done via eCitizen and the biometrics can be captured in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisii, Eldoret and Embu. For the diaspora, this is done at the Embassies in Berlin, Paris, London, Washington DC, Johannesburg and Dubai.

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