Government back-tracks on its E-Passport travel deadline, says Kenyans now have up to March 2020 to Register for new Passports

    CS Fred Matiang'i

    The government, after a directive from President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended its deadline for the issuance of the new travel e-passport. In a statement dispatched to newsrooms on Thursday by government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna, the deadline has been extended to March 1 next year for all citizens.

    “The directive has in effect, extended the deadline for travel on new e-passport to 1st March 2020, for all Kenyans. Kenyans can, therefore, travel on their current (old blue) passports until 1st March 2020,” reads the statement in part.

    Previously, Interior CS Fred Matinag’i whom the Immigration Department falls under his docket had set a deadline of August 1st this year, something which sent a lot pf Kenyans into panic, leading to long lines of those seeking the new document  at the Immigration Headquarters in Nairobi.

    Rtd Col. Oguna urged Kenyans to take advantage of the extension and not wait for the last minute to apply for the e-passport. He also added the president has directed the Cabinet Secretaries for the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Monica Juma and Interior and Coordination of National Government Fred Matiang’i to work with foreign missions across the world to facilitate the issuance of visas to Kenyans on the current passport.

     

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