The immigration department in Kenya has announced plans to roll out East African e-Passports from 1 September.
Kenya joins over 50 nations worldwide in issuing a new generation travel document with security features such as biometric details, machine readable through an electronic chip.
A message from the Immigration department said: “This is to notify the General Public that the Department of Immigration will start issuing the e-Passport with effect from 1st September 2017. Holders of valid current passports will be allowed to use them for the next 2 years i.e to 31st August 2019 after which they will be rendered invalid. Please note that the department will no longer be issuing the current Ordinary, Diplomatic and East African passports.”
The move is compliant with a regional agreement to harmonise passports across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. In April this year the East African Community agreed to have e-Passports in the three countries operational by January 2018.
“(The) EA e-Passport is expected to boost free movement of people across the region and it will be in line with implementation of the Common Market protocol which guaranteed the right to move between countries in East Africa,” the EAC Secretariat said.