The Immigration Department on Thursday extended the deadline for the phasing out of the old generation passports to November 30th, 2022.
The Immigration Director General Alexander Muteshi in a statement said the deadline had been extended pursuant to the decision by the East African Community’s (EAC) Council of Ministers’ meeting held in Arusha from 22nd to 29th November 2021.
“Kenya is bound to migrate fully to the new East African Community biometric e-passport by 30th November 2022. Kenyans are therefore hereby advised to acquire the new Biometric e passport to avoid any inconveniences,” he said.
In line with this decision, the deadline for phasing out the old generation passport for all EAC member states is November 2022.
In a bid to ensure swift service delivery, the State set up more control centres to facilitate faster issuance of the travel document within a day of application ahead of the deadline.
Locally, the new centres were set up in Nakuru, Kisii, Eldoret and Embu while in Europe, the centres were established in Berlin, Paris and London. Others abroad are in Washington DC, Dubai and Johannesburg.
The new-generation e-passports feature a microchip containing data about the holder, which also matches the information in the passport booklet.
The e-passport allows information stored on the chip to be verified with the information visually displayed on the booklet.
Due to its secure nature, the e-passport curbs reproduction and tampering. It also enhances imposter detection.