Nairobi – The government has reminded Kenyan passport holders to acquire the new East African Community (EAC) biometric ePassport by November 30, 2022.
Director General of Immigration Alexander Muteshi said the phasing out of the old passport was part of Kenya’s plan to comply with the 2021 EAC Council meeting which ratified the decision.
“So Kenyans are advised to acquire the new passports to avoid any inconvenience,” Muteshi said.
Kenya started issuing the new ePassport in East African format in September 2017 in line with the digitization of services.
The new electronic system aims to improve efficiency, eliminate loopholes and enhance security, an initiative that is part of Kenya’s 2030 vision.
The new biometric passport contains the holder’s biographical data such as fingerprints, digitally stored photo and signature, among others.
It also contains a biometric identifier.
In addition, it has a digital photograph of the holder and security features to prevent unauthorized reading or “scanning” of stored data.
The new EAC travel document comes in red, green and sky blue – the colors of the EAC flag – but with text and national emblems, in gold to complement its face.
The color of the passport depends on the categories.