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Travel – Kenya extends deadline for acquiring e-passports to March 2020

Kenyans now have until March 1, 2020 to get e-passports following an extension of the deadline from August 31 this year.

A statement by Government Spokesman Charles Oguna on Thursday said Kenyans can travel using the old passports  until then.

He urged Kenyans to take advantage of the extension to visit immigration offices to renew the travel document.

At least 1 million Kenyans have applied for the new generation passports.Another 1.5 million Kenyans are still using their machine-readable passports.

The new generation e-passports feature a microchip containing data about the holder which also matches the information in the passport booklet.

The e-passport allows information stored on the chip to be verified with the information visually displayed on the booklet.

Due to its highly secure nature, the e-passport avoids reproduction and tampering, and enhances imposter detection.

The country’s adoption of the e-passport also comes after Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was accorded Category One Status by the US.

Kenya had pledged to shift to e-passport from September 1, 2017 as part of its commitment to the International Civil Aviation Organisation standards.


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