Why you will need an appointment with the govt to get e-passport

Kenyans seeking to submit their e-passport applications will now be required to book appointments with the government. Those who already have one, will still be required to do so.

The immigration department issued a statement Sunday sating that the appointment will enable better planning for applicants to acquire biometrics at the passports proceeding stations

 “You will henceforth be required to book an appointment in the e-Citizen portal specifying the date, rime and station of your convenience,” reads the statement.

The department also said those who have already made online application for e-passport should visit e-Citizen and book appointments.

However, some passport applicants have been exempted from the process. These include those who are sick and have urgent appointments to travel abroad for medical attention.

The new condition comes a month after the government extended cutline to travel on the new to march 1, 2020.

In August 2017, Kenya began issuing single electronic East African Community (EAC) passports, replacing the readable East African and ordinary passport issued by the member states.

EAC directed its members to begin issuance of the new digital passport by January 31, 2018.

The new e-passport database is enhanced with an Automated Fingerprint Verification System to minimise fraud, identity theft, forgery and passport skimming.

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