IMPORTANT NOTICE ON ePASSPORTS

  • The Government of the Republic of Kenya commenced issuance of ePassports on the 1st September 2017, in accordance with the East African Community Protocol. Applicants are required to submit applications online (on ecitizen) and then present themselves to accredited passport processing centres for capture of biometrics. Kenyan citizens residing overseas, will be exempted from providing biometrics in the interim, but will be required to do so in future. However, all applications for new passports and replacements, are to be made online through https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke. Please note that manual applications will therefore not be accepted anymore. It is also important to note that all current non epassports remain valid till 1st of September 2019. Kindly note that every adult must use their individual ecitizen accounts when making applications. Parents can use their accounts to apply for under age children (under 18 years of age).
  • Kenyan citizens who have acquired other citizenships should declare their dual 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the department of Immigration before applying for a new passport, while those who lost Kenyan citizenship under the repealed constitution need to apply to regain before applying for a Kenyan passport.
  • Please ensure that all the information requested is fully provided and all supporting documents availed to avoid delays in processing your applications. Any incomplete application will be REJECTED and RETURNED to the applicant.
  • Completed online applications and all the supporting documents must be forwarded to the High Commission for verification and transmission to the Department of Immigration for processing of passports.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

 

Kindly ensure that photographs forwarded with the online application form 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 35 by 45mm (Australian standard)
  • Weaves and hair should not cover the forehead or the rest of the face
  • Decent photos – ladies should not be wearing strapless tops.
  • Please visit www.immigration.go.ke for more information on quality of photographs

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 online application forms
  • Two copies of paid invoices printed from the online application portal
  • Two certified copies of Bio Data Page of Kenyan recommender’s passport/ID card
  • Three passport size-photographs (size 35 X 45 mm-Australian standard).
  • Two certified Copies of marriage certificates for the married ladies.
  • For postal applications include a pre-paid self-addressed registered return courier envelope (it should have a tracking number).
  • All the above requirements must to be forwarded to the High commission for verification and onward transmission to Nairobi for final processing.

For further information please visit https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke. 

The process of delivering a new passport takes approximately 12 weeks, when all requirements are met.

Lost or Damaged/mutilated Passport

REQUIREMENTS

  • Two copies of fully and correctly completed online application forms
  • Two copies of paid invoices printed from the online application portal.
  • 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 35 X 45 mm) with one photo signed at the back by your recommender (Refer to note nos. 2& 3 in the application form).
  • 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).
  • All the above listed documents must be forwarded to the High Commission for verification and onward transmission to Nairobi for processing of the passport.
  • Please visit www.immigration.ecitizen.go.ke to make your application.

Initial passport application for children

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Two copies of fully and correctly completed online application forms
  • 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 35 X 45 mm).
  • For postal applications include a pre-paid self-addressed, registered return courier envelope (it should have a tracking number).
  • All the above listed documents must be forwarded to the High Commission for verification and onward transmission to Nairobi for final processing.
  • Please visit www.immigration.ecitizen.go.ke to make your applications.
  • Residents of Australia to 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 to 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 approximately 12 weeks for processing.

 

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, unless one was a minor by the effective date.
  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.