The Kenyan ePassport was announced in 2016 and was initially meant to be launched in December 2016 but the launch date was first moved to April 2017 and later September 2017. It is an East African initiative and ePassports will also be rolled out to the other EA countries simultaneously.
D-Day is almost here and the Kenyan immigration department has announced more details of the Kenyan ePassport which I have compiled below.
1. Features of the Kenyan ePassport
Electronic chip holding the same information as the old model passport
Digital photograph of the passport holder
Security features to prevent unauthorized use and forgery.
Details of the ePassport will be registered with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The new ePassport will be available for application from 1st September 2017.
Kenyans will have to apply for the new passport on the eCitizen platform. Thereafter they will be required to visit an immigration office in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu for collection of fingerprints, digital photo and signature and also to drop required documents.
Those in the diaspora can apply for the new passport through Kenyan embassies and consulates near them.