Your old passport will be nothing but a piece of paper or rather a souvenir in less than 10 days so better get down to applying for the E-passport.
If you are yet to apply for the new E-passport, then you have till 1st March 2020 to do so as if you are still holding onto the old version of the passport, then be informed that it will be phased out.
The common East African E-passport enhances the integration and cross border management agenda and has a chip embedded with the holder’s details and biodata.
E-passport offers additional security checks which make it difficult to produce duplicates that ensure the security of the original document.
The E-passport database has an automated fingerprint verification system (AFIS) that guards against multiple passport issuances to the same person.
The Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Government Coordination Dr. Fred Matiang’i announced that the government will start issuing passports, ID cards and birth certificates within a day. This means, if the government actualizes its promise, one will be able to apply for a passport, or ID card, or a birth certificate and be able to get it on the same day.
The issuance of the e-passport will now be done on order of priority as listed below:
Centers that issue passports in Kenya
New applicants for the e-passport will be required to produce a recommender’s Identity Card.
Other documents required by the department to process a passport are similar to those required to process an ID in a move that is expected to soon merge individual details to one accessible portal.