Passports

Kenyan citizens in Australia and New Zealand wishing to apply for new Passports and Emergency Certificates can do so through the High Commission in Canberra. Please ensure that the information requested is fully provided and all the requirements met to avoid delays in processing your application. Incomplete applications will be REJECTED and RETURNED to the applicants.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

  • All applications for replacement of Kenyan passports and issuance of emergency certificates are to be submitted by the individual applicant. Parents or legal guardians of minors will be allowed to submit on their behalf. Application forms should bear appropriate official signatures. Application for replacement of passports will be accepted if duration of validity of current passport is six (6) months or less.
  • Kenyan citizens who have acquired other citizenships should declare their other citizenship status and wait for approval from the department of Immigration before applying for a new passport, while those who lost Kenyan citizenship under the repealed constitution need to apply to regain before applying for a Kenyan passport.
  • Clients who wish to have their new passports mailed to them must make necessary arrangements with the Australian post by obtaining additional cover as required by the postal regulations.
  • Clients are further advised to submit the exact amount of official fee for the service required in the form of money order or bank cheque, payable to the Kenya High Commission.

For applications, Click on the links below to download the relevant form.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Kindly ensure that photographs to be attached on Form 19 are of the following qualities:

  • Be clear photos – they should not be blurred nor have a dark hue, all facial features should be clearly outlined/visible
  • Have a full face and showing both ears
  • Be taken against a white background
  • Be without shadows in the background
  • Not smiling or laughing
  • Be taken without spectacles
  • Size of the face should be 2.5 (two and a half) inches by 2 inches
  • Weaves and hair should not cover the forehead or the rest of the face
  • Decent photos – ladies should not be wearing strapless tops.

Passport Replacement after 10 years

REQUIREMENTS

  • Current Original passport.
  • Two certified colour copies of second generation Kenyan ID.
  • Two Certified copies of Kenyan Birth Certificate.
  • Two copies of fully and correctly completed prescribed application form (Form 19).
  • Two certified copies of Bio Data Page of Kenyan recommender’s passport/ID card
  • Three passport size-photographs (size 2.5″X 2″).
  • Two certified Copies of marriage certificates for the married ladies.
  • Money order or Bankers Cheque made payable to the “Kenya High Commission” in the amount of AUD 75.
  • For postal applications include a pre-paid self-addressed registered return courier envelope (it should have a tracking number).

NOTE: Those seeking to replace a valid passport must provide a written explanation.

The process takes up to 8 weeks or more.

 

Lost or Damaged/mutilated Passport

REQUIREMENTS

  • Two copies of fully and correctly completed application form (Form 19).
  • Two certified colour copies of second generation Kenyan ID.
  • Two Certified copies of Kenyan Birth Certificate (both front and back page).
  • Two copies of Police Report in case of a lost passport.
  • Two copies of statutory declaration and/or a Sworn Affidavits done before a Commissioner for Oaths/ Notary Public declaring how the passport got damaged/mutilated or lost. (Statutory Declaration)
  • A copy of the lost/damaged passport (for retrieval of file records).
  • Two certified copies of a Kenyan recommender’s passport/ID card
  • Three passport- sized photographs (size 2.5″X 2″) with one photo signed at the back by your recommender (Refer to note nos. 2& 3 in the application form).
  • Money order or Bankers Cheque of AUD 270 for a lost passport or AUD 230 for a damaged passport made payable to the “Kenya High Commission-Canberra”.
  • Additional documentary proof of Kenya citizenship may be required if necessary.
  • For postal applications include a pre-paid self-addressed, registered return courier envelope (it should have a tracking number).

Initial passport application for children

REQUIREMENTS

  • Two copies of fully and correctly completed prescribed application form (Form 19).
  • Original birth certificate.
  • Two Certified Copies of father’s Kenyan passport/ID card.
  • Two Certified copies of Mothers Kenyan passport/ID card
  • Two copies of Bio Data Page of a Kenyan recommender’s passport/ID card
  • Two copies of Dully filled parental consent form.
  • Two Certified copies of parents’ marriage certificate.
  • Three passport sized-photographs (size 2.5″X 2″).
  • Money order or Bankers Cheque made payable to the “Kenya High Commission-Canberra” in the amount of AUD 75.
  • For postal applications include a pre-paid self-addressed, registered return courier envelope (it should have a tracking number).
  • Residents of Australia please provide a self addressed registered or platinum envelope ‘or express post envelope with signature upon delivery for return of passport(s). Please note that  ordinary express post envelopes are no longer accepted.Kindly note that any self-addressed ordinary Express Post return envelopes sent will be at the applicant’s own risk and The High Commission will not accept liability for any self-addressed Express Post return envelope(s) sent in the event of loss of passport (s)
  • Residents outside Australia include an extra AU$16 for international registered envelope for a maximum of two passports.  If three or more passports are included then a postage fee of AU$ 25 is required) for the return of your passports.

Allow atleast eight (8) weeks to process or more.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  1. Any person who voluntarily acquired the citizenship of another country prior to 27th August 2010, lost his Kenyan citizenship as a matter of law.
  2. Any person who lost his citizenship can only therefore regain it by the procedure laid down in the Kenya citizenship and immigration act, 2011 and not as a matter of right.
  3. Any person who has acquired the citizenship of another country must declare in accordance with section 7(3) of the Immigration act 2011 before applying for a Kenyan passport.

Issuance of Emergency Certificate

Emergency Certificates are issued only in cases of genuine emergency or in extreme circumstances.

  • Complete  Form 19 and Submit the Form with the following:
  • Two (2) current passport size photographs (Please Do not Staple the  photos on to the forms);
  • Proof of Kenyan citizenship – Original Passport/copy (if lost), Original Birth Certificate or Original National ID card;
  • Application letter stating the reason for an Emergency Certificate request;
  • Copy of confirmed flight Itinerary;
  • Certified copy of Recommender’s Kenyan ID Card or Passport;
  • Police report and statutory declaration/Affidavit for lost Kenyan Passports- (download template under lost passports)
  • A non-refundable AU$70.00 processing fee for issuance of Emergency Certificate(s)- Australian money order or bank cheque (personal cheques are not acceptable) ;
  • self addressed REGISTERED or Express post PLATINUM envelope,  Please note that express post envelopes are no longer accepted;
  • Residents outside Australia include an extra AU$25 for international postage;
  • Home, mobile and work telephone numbers.

Please allow sufficient processing time.

NB:-Kindly note that Emergency Certificate is a one-way document that can ONLY  be used for DIRECT TRAVEL to Kenya. Some Airlines DO NOT do not accept Emergency Certificates. Please bear this in mind & confirm with the respective airlines prior to booking & before lodging any application for an Emergency Certificate.


                PLEASE NOTE

The Department of Immigration has discontinued the renewal of passports after the first five years.  All passport-holders whose passports expire after the initial five years will henceforth be required to apply for a NEW PASSPORT, with a validity of 10 years.  To do this, applicants are required to complete the Form 19 (Application for New Passport