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How to apply for an e-passport in Kenya

On Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Immigration Department to extend the e-passport registration deadline from August 31, 2019 to March 1, 2020.

This is to enable Kenyans to shift from the old passports without any rush.

So how exactly do you acquire this new e-passport?

The immigration office at Nyayo House in Nairobi.
|Photo Source: Immigration Kenya |
  1. Register yourself online

Visit the e-citizen portal on www.ecitizen.go.ke. Go to services-immigration-passport application.

If you already have an account you can just go ahead and login but if you don’t, click ‘create account’.

Key in all the details asked for in the application form.

2. Pay the passport fee

The fee depends on what kind of passport you want to acquire.

| Photo Source: http://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke |
A man registering for a passport at the Kenyan Embassy in Paris.
| Photo Source: Immigration Kenya |

You can either pay via mobile money, credit, debit cards or do online banking from local banks.

3. Download and print your application

Once your application is successful, download and print the application form and three application receipts.

4. Take your application form to the immigration office

Right now there are several immigration offices all over the country such as Nyayo House, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Kisii, Eldoret and Embu.

If you have given all the information and documents required, it should take 10 days for a new passport and five days to renew or replace it.

The documents you need to submit

According to the Immigration Department, here are the documents you need to submit to their office.

  1. The pre-filled application form and three receipts.
  2. The original and copy of your birth certificate.
  3. Three recent passport photos.
  4. A copy of a recommendor’s Identification Card (ID) .
  5. If you are a minor, you have to have to present a consent letter from your parent or guardian.
  6. Your parents original and copy of their ID cards.
  7. For replacement carry your old passport.
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