Public Servants Should Acquire E-Passports by March 1, 2019

All public servants have been instructed to acquire e-passports by March 1, 2019.

In a circular dated September, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua said the initiative was announced in 2016.

Kenyan passport holders were given a grace period of two years to comply.

Public servants are to migrate from the current machine-readable passports to the e-passport.

“The current passports will cease to be valid travel documents with effect from September 1, 2019,” Kinyua said.

He said international travel clearances for public servants, whether official or personal will only be granted where applicant possesses a Kenyan e-passport.

“Where a public servant does not have an e-passport by March 1, 2019, they will be ineligible for clearance until after September 1, 2019,” reads the circular.

Kinyua also listed the immigration centres that are open for the passport upgrade including Nairobi, Nakuru, Embu, Mombasa, Eldoret and Kisii. Abroad, public servants can get the documents in Washington, London, Berlin, Paris, Pretoria and Dubai.

He added that an e-passport migration desk dedicated to processing applications by public servants serving job-group Q opened on 8thfloor of Nyayo House, Nairobi.

“The desk shall cease operations on February 15, 2019, after which public servants serving in job group Q and above shall be required to utilise the general e-passport migration facilities,” Kinyua said.


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