How to apply for an e-passport in Kenya
You do not have to stay in the long queues at the immigration office to apply for your travel passport anymore. This process has been done away with and you can now apply and even replace your e-passport online. In this article, I’m going to take you through the procedure of ‘how to apply for an e-passport in Kenya, the charges one undergoes, and other essential information needed during the process. The immigration department decided to make the whole process easier by abrogating the manual passports and started issuing e-passports.
What are the new features on the e-passport?
Let’s go through the feautures that make the e-passport ptstanding and preferable than the old manual travel passport:
This small chip is so important since it’s responsible of holding and keeping all your personal information secure.
2. E-passport holder photograph
The e-passport holder has to take a digital photo to avoid elimination of your document during application. Your application for an e-passport can be rejected due to errors and failure to provide the documents and data needed for the process. Make sure you don’t have your hat, cap or any other head-covering maerial when taking the three photographs needed for the application. Make sure your photos are less than 2 inches by 1.5’ or greater than 2.5’ by 2 inches.
e-passport application requirements in Kenya
Before submitting your application at the immigration department for the e-passport, you are alleged to have the following documents:
- An authentic national ID card as well as its photocopy
- Parents’ original National ID cards and their photocopies as well. (For deceased parents, one should carry their death certificates along for immigration purposes. Moreover, if one is an adopted child, you will have to carry and submit the adoption certificate which acts as a clearance from the children’s department.)
- Your birth certificate (original) as well as its photocopies.
- Three passport-size digital photographs
- Recommender’s Identification card as well as its photocopies
- Any individuals below the age of 18 years have to submit a handwritten approval letter from their guardian or parent.
- Carry the e-passport form of application along with three receipts.
- For replacement, carry the old passport with you for submission.
Passport application authorized recommenders
- An advocate
- Bank official
- Religious official
- A Doctor
- Civil servants
How to apply for an e-passport in Kenya
1. Go to the eCitizen portal
Make sure you have a stable and working internet connection to open your eCitizen portal on your browser.
2. Log-in or register
Do you have an eCitizen account? If yes, hit the loin button and get moving. If you don’t have one, you’ll have to register, get the login details then open your eCitizen account eventually.
3. Tap the ‘immigration e-passport application form Lenya’ option
Once the application form is accessible, take your time and keenly fill the provided spaces with all the relevant information needed. Make sure all the questions are answered eventually before submitting your form.
4. Fee payment
Last but not least, you will have to pay the requires fees for processing your application. Depending on the type of service you’re in for, the payments vary from one to another. There are various pay,ent options for the processing fees i.e. M-pesa,
Airtel money, online banking options, debit and credit cards or through the eCitizen agents.
Passport fee payment
- 32-page A series ordinary passport- Kshs. 4,550
- 48-page B series ordinary passport- Kshs. 6,050
- 64-page C series ordinary passport- Kshs. Kshs. 7,550
- Repacing lost passport- Kshs. 12,050
- 48-page Diplomatic passport- Kshs. 7,550
- East-African passport- Kshs. 990
- Mutilated/disfigured passport- Kshs. 10,050
5. Printing and downloading
Before doing the printing and downloading of your application form make sure you proofread your application to ensure all the sectioned are filled with the required information. Lastly, print two to three copies of the application form as well as the receipts since you might need them later on.
6. Application form submission
Lastly, submit the application form at the immigration offices or any Huduma centre near you. You will have to submit the application form personally to process your biometric data and take the required digital photos.