How to apply for an e-passport in Kenya

How do you apply for an e-passport in Kenya?

In case you aren’t aware, the government last extended e-passport migration. It can be assumed that some people were too affected by the pandemic for it to not have been a priority. Now that things are back to normal it is advisable to move as quickly as possible.

This time you have until December to migrate. After that, the old passport will be considered null and void. If you travel a lot or use your passport as identification, you will likely want to follow these steps.

1.Where do you register?

In case you’ve never used the eCitizen portal or have doubted that it works, it actually works. Click on this link. If you don’t have an account, you can create one. Then go to and / or the Department of Immigration Services and click on the passport application form.

2.Read the instructions

Make sure you read the instructions carefully because if you don’t follow the correct procedure your passport application will take much longer than a week. To avoid this, it is best to read each step carefully.

3. Payment method

You pay with mobile money, credit, debit cards, and online banking from local banks. Whatever payment method you need to provide, make sure you don’t miss a number and follow the instructions again.

4. Download and print out the application form

This is pretty obvious and straight to the point. If you don’t have a printer, we recommend that you do it on the internet.

5. Then go to the immigration service

It should take at least 10 working days to receive your first passport once your form has been submitted to immigration. For all other types of applications, it should take at least 5 working days. It may take longer if more information is required or if your application was not filled out correctly.

What will you need

  1. A passport application form filled out in advance by eCitizen and three receipts.
  2. Original birth certificate and photocopy.
  3. Original National ID Card & copy.
  4. Three current passport photos.
  5. Copy of the referral card.
  6. Declaration of consent for minors.
  7. Old passport as a replacement.
  8. National identity card and copy of parents.