Kenyans who holds passport will be required to get digitized passports and new applicants issued with new e-passport come January 2017. This is as a result of Kenya Immigration department started the project to adopt the just introduced East Africa travel permit.
The new EAC e-passport, is expected to ease movement across the five-nation bloc, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi that have already come into a deal to enhance commerce across the region.
The e-passport launched on Wednesday 2nd March, will be different from the current passports and it will be accepted regionally and internationally. The EAC Heads of State launched the new international East African e-passport and directed that commencement of issuance of the EA e-passport takes effect from January 1, 2017; and implement the phase out programme for the current East African and national passports.
This directive came into effect as all government processes are being digitized. The newly unveiled travel document will still hold the same bio data as the old generation passport.
Renewal of the e-passport will be done online and it will not require a birth certificate. So no more tattoos on your passport!