Acquiring the freshly minted e-passports in Kenya has been a sad exercise because folks who travel a lot, and those who want to shield themselves from last-minute rushes have been forced to endure queues at Nyayo House for the modernized travel document.
The need to pick digital passports was fueled by a deadline, which stated that you could not travel using your old document.
This will no longer be the case because President Kenyatta has pushed the deadline to the 1st of March, 2020 from August 2019. This will give people ample time to update their outgoing passports, an exercise that is no longer limited to Nairobi.
Folks do not need to travel to the nation’s three cities to pick the documents because they can do the same thing from towns near their homes, namely Embu, Kisii, Nakuru, and Eldoret. The development is poised to ease traffic in Nairobi offices.
The government has also opened six immigration centres in the diaspora to cater for Kenyans living overseas. The stations are in Berlin, Paris, London, Washington DC, Dubai and Johannesburg.
This does not mean that you should sit back and relax and wait for the new deadline. It is always a good idea to have your updated documents on deck to avoid unnecessary last-minute issuance.