The enforcement comes rapidly after the head of public carrier, Joseph Kinyua, banned old passports in visiting overseas nations. Similarly, the Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Macharia Kamau, the remaining week, said that senior government officials would not also get a visa without an e-passport.
“We can find the most effective location, a US visa in a new passport. You may also make an appointment together with your present-day passport; however you may want to achieve an e-passport earlier than we can problem a visa,” a spokesperson at the US embassy informed the Daily Nation.
The e-passport, which was added in 2017, was alleged to take complete effect on August 31, 2019. However, in December 2018, Deputy President William Ruto stated that the cut-off date might be postponed to 2020 to offer enough time for Kenyans to use for the e-passport.
The e-passport contains a digital chip meant to prevent journey fraud, mainly the forging of passports. The East African bloc e-passports have a blue cover that symbolizes Lake Victoria, a feature shared by nations inside the location.
Plans to difficulty Kenyans residing in London, Paris, Washington DC, and Pretoria with an e-passport through the Kenyan authorities have now not been one hundred% green. Some Kenyans were forced to come back returned domestic to apply for the report. As of January 400, 000 Kenyans had received the e-passport.