The Kenyan government has extended the deadline to acquire a biometric passport by 10 months from March 2021 to Dec 31, 2021.
The extension of the deadline has been attributed to the scaled-down operations of the Directorate of Immigration services.
Interior CS Fred Matiangi’ says Kenyans have until 31st December 2021 to acquire the new East Africa Community biometric e-passport.
“For the avoidance of doubt, starting 1st January 2022, the old dark blue passport will be null and void. No Kenyan will be able to travel abroad without a valid East Africa Community biometric e-passport,” He said.
This is the third time that the government is extending the deadline to acquire the new East Africa Community biometric.
The new generation passport was launched on August 31, 2018, replacing the readable East African and ordinary passport in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) specifications.
It also has enhanced security features embedded in an electronic chip to minimize fraud, identity theft, forgery and passport skimming.