The Immigration Department on Friday, November 6 canceled all current appointments for submission of passport applications and biometrics enrolment.
According to the Directorate of Immigration Services, the agency is scaling down its operations as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Effective from Monday, November 9, all passport applicants will now be required to book afresh new submission dates convenient to them.
“Those with emergency travel needs such as Medical emergency, Scholarships, Employment abroad, or Government assignments, they should contact the Directorate through our Hotline 0110 922065 during official working hours,” says the Immigration Department.
The department further says that those individuals with emergency travel needs will be required to provide documentary evidence.
Second Generation E-passport
The government is currently on a process of phasing out the old dark blue passport to the new-generation e-passport.
By February 2020, 1.8 million Kenyans, mostly from diaspora, were yet to replace their old passports with the East African Community biometric e-passport.
This prompted the government to extend the deadline for voiding current passports by 12 months. Holders of these old generation passports have until March 2021, when it will no longer be valid for travelling.