Kenya to introduce ePassport in September

17/08/17

Kenya's government has confirmed that it will introduce electronic passport from September as part of efforts to improve security in the country.

The country's Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons Gordon Kihalangwa said the ePassport will have a chip that has details of an individual.

Kihalangwa said the department would also cease issuing passports in the current format.

"Holders of valid current passports will be allowed to use them for the next two years -- to August 2019 after which they will be rendered invalid," Kihalangwa said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

He said the ePassport will have a chip that will contain holder's details that must match information on the booklet.

He added that the same would be applied to holders of Kenyan, East African and diplomatic passports who will be required to also swap their passports.

"Please note that the department will no longer be issuing the current ordinary, diplomatic and East African passports," he said, noting that not many countries have e-passports.

He said applicants will be required to appear in person at immigration offices for photograph capture and finger prints.

Kenya is also fast tracking the development of a national database that will encompass e-passport, e-border, e-visa as well as the third generation identification cards.

The aim to generate machine readable documents that will allow security agents to scrutinize the identity of all persons, he said.

 

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