Kenya Goes It Alone On e-Passport as Neighbours Dither

Published: 5/Sep/2017
Source: The East African (Nairobi)

Kenya has rolled out the East African Community (EAC) electronic passport, 17 years after discussions to develop the document began.

The new generation e-passport, which conforms to the international civil standards, replaces the existing national document, set to be phased out by September 2019.

“The Immigration Department will no longer process and issue the current ordinary, diplomatic and East African passports,” said Director of Immigration Gordon Kihalangwa.

The e-passport is embedded with a machine readable computer chip which contains the holder’s biometric information on a tamper-proof page, and has been touted as a major step in curbing fraud and easing clearance at international airports where e-readers are installed.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: East Africa, Kenya
Year: 2017