Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna yesterday said the government has extended the deadline for the application of new e-passport to March 1 next year for all Kenyans. Citizens will be able to travel with the old passport till then.
The government has extended the deadline for the use of the old passport to March 1, 2020 and Kenyans are advised to take advantage of the extension and not wait for the last minute to apply for the e-passport.
With the initial deadline set for August 31, 2019, at least a million Kenyans have applied for the new passports with an estimated 1.5 million still using the old machine readable passports.
In a press statement Col (Rtd) Oguna said President Kenyatta instructed Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma and Interior and Coordination of National security Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i to work with foreign missions across the world to facilitate the issuance of visas to Kenyans on their current passports.
The new generation passports have more enhanced security features embedded in an electronic chip to minimize fraud, identity theft, forgery and passport skimming.