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E-passport migration deadline pushed by 10 more months

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The government has extended the deadline for migrating to the e-passport by another 10 months due to disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the new the new deadline is December 31.

“Starting January 1, 2022, the old dark blue passport will be null and void and no Kenyan will be able to travel internationally without a valid East African Community biometric e-passport,” he said.

CS Matiang’i explained that when Covid-19 hit the country, the Directorate of Immigration Services scaled down its operations in an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

“To make up for the disruption in service, I have extended the deadline for voiding the old passport by a further 10 months,” he said.

“Barring any unforeseen circumstances, this is the last extension, and Kenyans are advised to make the necessary arrangements and acquire the electronic passports at the earliest opportunity possible to avoid travel inconveniences,” he said.

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