Passport [photo: Taalamu news]
Nov, 9th 2020 – The Immigration department has cancelled all appointments for submission of passport applications and biometrics enrollment as a move to curb the spread of covid-19. The directorate has asked those with emergency travel needs to contact them during official working hours.
Applicants have been advised to book new passport submissions dates effective from Monday 9th November 2020. The directorate said that the new directives are in line with the Government’s directive to scale down operations to combat the new infections. In a statement, he said, “We have downscaled our operations. All passport applicants are required to book new dates for submission. This is effective Monday, November 9, 2020.“
Those with emergency travels such a scholarships, medical emergency, employment abroad or government assignments are advised to contact the Directorate during official working hours through their hotline 0110 922065. Those with urgent travel needs shall be required to present documentary evidence.
This directive comes after the presidential address to the Nation where president Uhuru Kenyatta announced new measures aimed at curbing the new wave of infections. The measures include a 60 day ban on political gatherings, uptake of remote learning and working and extension of curfew hours. Kenyatta said, “Anyone wishing to hold such meetings should do so in town halls and must observe all COVID-19 protocols, including limiting the attendees to one-third seating capacity of the hall.”
The president also added that government or private service providers should not offer their services to anyone without a mask. “And to enhance civic responsibility, national and county governments have resolved that going forward services will not be rendered to anyone who does not abide by Ministry of Health protocols. I call on the private sector to join government in the public campaign dubbed ‘No Mask, No Service,” he said.
The Directorate earlier announced that e-visa will commence in January 2021. In a statement dated second November, the immigration department said that those who want to visit Kenya from countries that require a visa to be in Kenya can get one from the new service. Alicent Odipo, Deputy Director of Immigration services said, “The E-visa can be obtained through www.evisa.go.ke.” The department added that those traveling should have e-visa before boarding the plane to Kenya.