Kenya’s Immigration Department has launched new electronic passports to replace the current ones, which will all be invalidated in two years’ time. The new e-passports will have the words ‘East African Community’ in addition to ‘Kenya,’ a development which is line with the anticipated regional integration in East Africa.
The new passports will be categorized as follows; A Series, B Series, C Series, and Diplomatic Passports. They will cost Ksh. 4,500, Ksh. 6,050, Ksh. 7,500 and Ksh. 7,550 respectively. Users will pay for the passports using mobile money or credit cards.
From today, any Kenyan who want to replace their passport will only do so with an electronic one, as the old types are being phased out. After the lapse of two years, all Kenyans are expected to have the new generation e-passports. After two years, the current (old) passports will be obsolete. The new e-passport is fitted with a microchip containing the holder’s information.
The roll out of this next generation e-passport is being undertaken using a technology installed by the Pakistani Government. The phasing out and installation of the new passport will cost the Kenyan government …read more
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