Kenya extends deadline to acquire ePassport

25/02/20

Kenya's Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government has extended the deadline for a move to second generation ePassports.

In a statement released on Monday, February 24, the ministry announced that it had extended the deadline by 12 months and set a new deadline for March 1, 2021.

"The government is progressively phasing out the old, ordinary passports as part of Kenya's commitment to migrate to the new passports with ICAO specifications.

"However, we note with concern that 1.8 million Kenyans, mostly in the diaspora, are yet to replace their old passports with the East African Community biometrics e-passports.

"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 traveling," the statement reads.

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