The government has extended the deadline of replacing old passports with the new e-passports to March 1, 2021, for all Kenyans.
This deadline extension means that Kenyans can continue to travel to other countries with their old passports for another year.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i noted that Kenyans living in diaspora are yet to replace their 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.
Due to this, 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.Fred Matiang’i
To improve the issuance of the new passports, CS Matiang’i says the government has set up and operationalized four passport control centres in Nakuru, Kisii, Eldoret, and Embu and six others in the diaspora.
Kenyans in Europe can replace their passport in Berlin, Paris and London, those in the U.S. can get their travel document in Washington DC. Johannesburg, South Africa and Dubai also have control centres.
The process to replace the old passports has so far been a nightmare for many Kenyans who were forced to spend long hours on endless queues. Issuing of the e-passports began in August 2017.
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