Old passport replacement deadline extended to March next year

The Government has extended the deadline for the replacement of old passports to March 2021.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi made the announcement on Monday who said that 1.8 million Kenyans are yet to apply for the second generation e-passport
“Due to this, the government extends the deadline for voiding the current dark blue machine-readable passport by 12 months,” Matiangi said in a statement.

Last year, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the extension for the use of the old passports from the previous deadline of September 2019 following a last-minute rush and traveling inconveniencies.

“The government hereby extends the deadline for voiding the current dark blue machine-readable passport by 12 months. As such, its holders may continue using it until March 1, 2021, when it will no longer be valid for travel,” part of the statement noted.

The Government also announced plans to achieve the issuance of passports in a day by July 2021.