Change is inevitable.
Sometimes it is boring and inconveniencing. To be honest, I never really thought much about the Epassport, I just wondered why we were being moved to something so new. I felt as if we had other pressing issues that we should have sorted out before becoming so technical. But I am human, I also don’t like change even when it is good. The new Epassport is already in implementation and the whole initiative is to be rolled out in other East African countries as well. Here are 8 things you need to know about it.
1. Where will you get it?
If it is your first time to get a passport then you should get it from the immigration offices so that they can take your fingerprints, photo, signature, and biometrics.
It will cost the same as the old passport:
A series (32 pages) – Ksh. 4,550
B series (48 pages) – Ksh. 6,050
C series (64 pages) – Ksh. 7,550
Diplomatic – Ksh. 7,550
Mutilated Passport – Ksh. 10,050
Lost Passport Ksh. 12,05
3. Online application.
Those with old passports will have to apply online on Ecitizen by August 2019.
4. When will it be ready?
The ePassport will be available for collection 15 working days after successful application.
5. What happens to your old passport?
The old passport will cease to be used as a travel document for Kenyans from 31st August 2019. Those with the old passports will be required to apply for a new one. The people with valid visas in the passports will still be able to use them.
Those who have visas in the current Ordinary passports will not be affected, the visas will remain valid even after replacement.
— Immigration Kenya (@ImmigrationDept) August 17, 2017
6. Features that the Epassport will have.
Electronic chip holding the same information as the old model passport
Digital photograph of the passport holder
Security features to prevent unauthorized use and forgery.
Details of the ePassport will be registered with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).