Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has extended the use of the old ordinary passports for only one more year.
Kenyans who have not acquired the new generation e-passport will be expected within that period to obtain the East African community biometric e-passport.
The super CS said the decision was made after learning that almost two million people are still in possession of the old passports.
“We note with concern that 1.8 million Kenyans, mostly in the diaspora, are yet to replace their old passports with the East African Community biometric e-passport,” said Matiang’i.
The current dark-blue machine-readable will now be valid until early next year.
“As such, its holders may continue using it until March 1, 2021 when it will no longer be valid for travelling,” he said.
In his statement, Matiangi asked Kenyans with the old passports to take the opportunity to acquire the electronic passports to avoid the last-minute rush.
The additional centres for the issuance of the new passports are Embu, Nakuru, Eldoret and Kisii.
Those elsewhere within the continent can replace their old passports in Johannesburg, while Kenyans in the Middle East can go to Dubai.
Kenyans in Europe can visit London, Berlin and Paris. Those in the US can go to Washington, DC.
The Interior ministry also said plans were underway to achieve same-day issuance of passports by July 1, 2020.