Gov’t extends e-passport acquisition deadline, the deadline for phasing out of the old passport has been extended by one year until March 1, 2021.
Initially the old passports were to be phased out by August 31, 2019, but were later extended to March 1, 2020 before now being pushed to next year.
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In a statement released on Monday Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi said that the new extension is due to the fact that approximately 1.8 million Kenyans are yet to apply for the new generation e-passport.
“…the government hereby extends the deadline for voiding the current dark blue machine-readable passport by 12 months. As such, its holders may continue using it until March 1, 2021 when it will no longer be valid for travelling,” said the CS.
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“Considering this is the second extension, the 1.8 million Kenyans still holding the dark blue passport are urged to take full advantage of this period to acquire the EAC-format electronic passports at the earliest opportunity possible, to avoid last minute rush, unnecessary jam-ups at the centres, and travelling inconveniences.”
The government has also set up centres to facilitate the process of migration; six centres in diaspora three in Europe (Berlin, Paris and London), one in the U.S. (Washington DC), another in Johannesburg, South Africa, and one more in Dubai.
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In Kenya, four control centres were set up in various towns; Nakuru, Kisii, Eldoret and Embu.
According to CS Matiang’i, same-day issuance of passports is also in the pipeline and is expected to be achieved by July 1 this year.