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Govt. announces deadline for replacing old passports

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By Judith Gicobi

The Immigration Department emphasized on Thursday that the old generation passports must be phased out by November 30, 2022.

In a statement, the director general of immigration, Alexander Muteshi, stated that the East African Community (EAC) Council of Ministers meeting held in Arusha from November 22–29, 2021, had decided to reiterate the deadline.

“Kenya is bound to migrate fully to the new East African Community biometric e-passport by 30th November 2022. Kenyans are therefore hereby advised to acquire the new Biometric e­-passport to avoid any inconveniences,” he said.

According to this agreement, all EAC member nations must phase out their old generation passports by November 2022.

The dark-blue passports will therefore be no longer valid.

The State established extra control centers to enable quicker issue of the travel document within a day of application ahead of the deadline in an effort to ensure prompt service delivery.

In addition to Berlin, Paris, and London in Europe, new centers were constructed locally in Nakuru, Kisii, Eldoret, and Embu. Others are located abroad in Johannesburg, Dubai, and Washington, DC.

The newest e-passports come with a microchip that contains information about the owner that also corresponds to the data in the passport book.

Information on the chip can be compared to information that is visibly shown on the booklet using the e-passport.

The security of the e-passport prevents duplication and tampering. It also makes it easier to recognize imposters.

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