Kenyans with outdated passports have till November to accumulate the brand new biometric digital ones, Immigration Director Normal Alexander Muteshi stated Thursday.
Travellers who won’t have modified their passports by finish of November might be barred from travelling.
“Pursuant to the choice by EAC Council of Ministers held in Arusha from November 22 to 29, 2021, the deadline for phasing out of the outdated technology passport for EAC Member States is November 2022,” DG Alexander Muteshi stated.
The Kenyan authorities has shifted the deadline for the migration to the brand new journey doc a number of instances, inflicting confusion.
“In step with this determination, the Directorate of Immigration Providers needs to tell most people that Kenya is certain emigrate to the brand new East African Neighborhood biometric e-passport by November 30,” Mr Muteshi stated.
Already, some international locations like Spain and others within the European Union (EU) aren’t accepting the outdated passport from Kenyan travellers, including to the confusion that has been occasioned by a number of postponements.
Kenya rolled out new chip-embedded passports for its residents to tame rampant forgery and impersonation of holders. The brand new options are supposed to make it unattainable for anybody to forge or duplicate a Kenyan passport.
The brand new e-passports conform to worldwide passport safety requirements set by the Worldwide Civil Aviation Group (ICAO) that require they’ve a tamper-proof digital chip with a holder’s data and journey historical past.
Roll-out of the e-passports with a 10-year validity interval marked the start of the tip of the ‘analogue’ passports which were in use since Independence and have joined greater than 60 different international locations that use new passports.
The choice to section out the outdated technology passport was first made public in April 2015 and the digital passport was to be launched in December 2016 however has been prolonged a number of instances.
The shifting deadlines have precipitated confusion with some international consulates asserting they’d stop to simply accept the analogue Kenyan passport, just for the federal government to present an extension.