If you know the hassle of applying for a Kenyan passport a few days before you travel, you will leverage on this development. As a measure to curb long queues experienced in the past, the Kenyan government has announced the need to book an appointment to be able to submit an application for the new e-passport.
Here’s what you should know about the new ePassport
Any Kenyan applying for a new e-passport will have to book an appointment on the E-citizen platform before submitting their passport application. For this, you will need to choose an available date and a passport application centre of choice. After that, you can print your application and submit it to the passport application centre on the date you chose.
Immigration centres currently processing the new Kenyan e-passports include; Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisumu, Kisii, Embu, Mombasa, Nairobi and the Kenyan embassy in Washington DC.
The deadline to get the new e-passport was supposed to be August 2019 but as of June 2019, the government extended the deadline to March 2020.
You should know that not all people need to book an appointment in order to submit their application for the new e-passports. But for these one needs to provide evidence of the need to travel as they submit their applications. Such people include;
- Public servants who need to travel urgently
- Business people who need to travel urgently for business matters
- Students on scholarship that need to travel urgently
- People travelling abroad for urgent medical attention.
Prepare yourself with these requirements as you apply for the new Kenyan ePassport.