Feb, 5th 2021 – The government has now extended the e-passport deadline by a further 10 months until December 31, 2021 due to COVID-19 disruptions. Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i, said starting 1 January, 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.
The CS warned that this would be the last extension, and urged all Kenyans to make the necessary arrangements and acquire the electronic passports at the earliest opportunity possible to avoid travelling inconveniences.
“The government has been in the process of phasing out the old-generation passports as part of the binding commitment made to migrate to the new East African Community biometric e-passport,” he added.
CS Matiang’i added that this was the final extension barring any unforeseen circumstances.
Kenyans are advised to make the necessary arrangements and acquire electronic passports at the earliest opportunity possible to avoid inconveniences.