Govt Gives Passport Renewal Clarification Ahead of Deadline
The government has issued a clarification ahead of the end-of-November deadline for the phase-out of old-generation Kenyan passports.
Kenyans can still renew old passports after the deadline, according to Director General of Immigration Services Alexander Muteshi.
He explained that the deadline of November 30 was to mark the end of the distribution of the dark-blue travel booklets.
“Kenya will migrate fully to using the new EAC Community passport on Dec 1.
“However, renewal and replacement of the old generation Kenya passport will continue normally in all our passport application centers locally and in our missions after this deadline,” Muteshi clarified.
Kenyan citizens wishing to travel outside the country will be issued with a digital East African Community digital passport in accordance with regional agreements as part of the phaseout.
“Pursuant to the EAC Council of Minister’s meeting, Kenya is bound to migrate fully to the new East African Community biometric e-passport,” the DG announced on September 22.
The new passport will include new benefits such as free movement for citizens of EAC member states.
Initially proposed in 2016, the full migration took 6 years to implement due to delays, including the closure of most government offices during the pandemic.
Kenyans can apply for a new passport online through their e-citizen accounts and submit completed forms in person at immigration offices across the country.
They will then be required to submit to biometric registration. Depending on the pagination and reason for replacement, a passport will cost between Ksh4,550 and Ksh12,000.
Ordinary “A” Series (Ksh4,550), Ordinary “B” Series (Ksh6,050), Ordinary “C” Series (Ksh 7,550), Diplomatic Passport (Ksh 7,550), Mutilated Passport (Ksh 10,050), and Lost Passport (Ksh 12,050).