Kenya to start issuing e-passports from April 2017

Kenya Passport

Kenya’s Immigration Department have announced on Twitter that they will begin to issue e-passports from April this year.

E-Passports, also known as digital passports, contain contactless smart card technology embedded in the passport that stores a copy of the holder’s critical information as printed on the data page, as well as biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of travellers.

Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is used to authenticate the data stored electronically in the passport chip, making it expensive and difficult to forge.

The good news for those applying for a new or replacement passport is that The cost and procedure for applying for an e-passport in Kenya will remain the same as they are currently.

Currently across the African continent Ghana, Gabon, Egypt, Morocco and Mauritius already issue e-passports with around  fifty other countries, including the U.K., across the world.

Additionally, Kenya’s new e-passports will form part of a wider strategy by East African countries designed to improve regional integration across the region with other East African countries will also start rolling out e-passports during 2017.