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How to Apply for a Kenyan Passport

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A Kenyan passport is a travel document required by citizens, for international travel. There are three types of passports in Kenya.

  • The diplomatic passport – Issued to citizens who are travelling abroad on diplomatic missions, and to Kenyan diplomats and their dependents.
  • The ordinary passport – Issued to Kenyan citizens.
  • The East African passport – Kenyan citizens can use this passport to travel to Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi.

How to Apply for a Kenyan Passport as a Citizen

Since May 2015, application, renewal, or replacement of Kenyan passports starts on an online portal. Kenyan passport requirements during the online application process include the serial number of your birth certificate, the names, and addresses of two next of kin.

ecitizen-kenya-768x339 How to Apply for a Kenyan Passport

The application process is simple.

  1. Register on eCitizen. An eCitizen account gives you access to important government offices like the immigration department, the lands ministry and the National Transport and Safety Authority. To register on this portal, enter your national ID number and your first name. Next, enter your email address, your phone number and upload a passport size photo. An account activation email will be sent to your email. Click on the link in your account activation email, or copy and paste the long url within that email to access the eCitizen dashboard.
  2. On the dashboard, click on ‘Get Services Now’ on the Department of Immigration Services block. Other blocks on the dashboard are the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Civil Registration Department and the Office of The Attorney General and Department of Justice.
  3. Click on ‘Make Application’, then select KENYAN PASSPORT, and select either the adult’s application form or the children application form. Alternatively, click on the specific application link on the right sidebar.
  4. Read the requirements, and instructions, then fill the application form.
  5. Select the payment method, such as Mpesa, credit or debit card. A 32-pages ordinary passport costs Kshs. 4,550 while a 48-page passport costs Kshs. 6,050.
  6. Print the completed application form, and the payment invoice.
  7. Find a recommender to get his/her signature and a certified copy of his/her ID. A recommender can be a Kenyan legal, religious, or medical practitioner or a recognized civil servant. A recommender should not be a family member.
  8. Submit your application at Nyayo House. You will need your application form, two copies of your payment invoice, your national ID plus a copy, your birth certificate plus a copy, a copy of your recommender’s ID, three passport size pictures, and copies of your parent’s national IDs. If your parents are deceased, you need copies of their death certificates.

A Kenyan passport takes anywhere between 7 and 14 working days.

VISA FREE COUNTRIES WITH KENYAN PASSPORT

Once you have obatained your Kenyan passport, you can enjoy your globe trotting experience to 39 countries without applying for a visa and to 29 countries where you obtain a visa upon arrival.

Country Visa requirement Continent
 Lesotho Visa not required Africa
 Malawi Visa not required Africa
 Mauritius Visa not required Africa
 Namibia Visa not required Africa
 Rwanda Visa not required Africa
 Senegal Visa not required Africa
 Swaziland Visa not required Africa
 Tanzania Visa not required Africa
 Uganda Visa not required Africa
 Zambia Visa not required Africa
 Zimbabwe Visa not required Africa
 Benin Visa not required Africa
 Botswana Visa not required Africa
 Burundi Visa not required Africa
 Ethiopia Visa not required Africa
 Ghana Visa not required Africa
 Gambia Visa not required Africa (must obtain an entry clearance from the Gambian Immigration prior to travel)
 Malaysia Visa not required Asia
 Philippines Visa not required Asia
 Singapore Visa not required Asia
 Indonesia Visa not required Asia
 Bahamas Visa not required Caribbean
 Saint Kitts and Nevis Visa not required Caribbean
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Visa not required Caribbean
 Barbados Visa not required Caribbean
 Trinidad and Tobago Visa not required Caribbean
 Dominica Visa not required Caribbean
 Grenada Visa not required Caribbean
 Haiti Visa not required Caribbean
 Antigua and Barbuda Visa not required Caribbean
 Jamaica Visa not required Caribbean
 Panama Visa not required Central America
 Micronesia Visa not required Oceania
 Vanuatu Visa not required Oceania
 Fiji Visa not required Oceania
 Kiribati Visa not required Oceania
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