31 August 2017

Kenya: e-Passport to Phaseout Chip-Less Predecessor By August 2019

Photo: CCTV Africa
(file photo).

Nairobi — The government on Thursday began issuing electronic passports from, almost two years after the plan was mooted.

Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi presided over the launch of the exercise, which will see those applying for the new documents issued with the new generation e-passports that feature a microchip with the holder's data.

The current passports will however, remain in use for two years as the roll-out continues after which they will be rendered obsolete.

To get the e-passport, applicants will be required to apply for a replacement passport and return their current ones.

The digital passports are expected to provide travelers with benefits such as use automated border clearance, automated issuance of boarding passes, and faster travel arrangements with all airports across the world where e-passport reader equipment is in use.

The e-passports conform to international security standards that require all of them to contain a tamper-proof electronic chip that carries a holder's information and travel history.

The smart passport will phase out the East African passport as well as individual passports issued to EAC bloc member states of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda to their citizens.

More on This

Kenya to Adopt e-Passports in September - Gordon Kihalangwa

Kenyans using the current generation of passport will not be able to use them once the new e-passport is fully rolled… Read more »

Copyright © 2017 Capital FM. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.