Are you a Kenyan planning to travel abroad? You most definitely need a passport. A spokesperson from Kenya Immigration Department outlined that if a new visa application is not submitted by the applicant in Kenya, a new application is needed. To make things easier during your passport application in Kenya, this is all you need to know to successfully apply.
Requirements for first time passport application in Kenya
Now this is a very important step for all applicants of Kenyan passport. You want to ensure all the required documents for passport applications are presented. It is not really that complicated. All you need is:
- Your original birth certificate and a photocopy.
- Your original ID card and photocopy.
- Photocopy of recommender’s national ID.
- A duly filled consent form (for those applying for minors).
- Photocopies of parent’s national ID card or death certificate(s).
- Original parent’s birth certificates and their copies.
- Payment of passport fees depending on the size(No. of pages) of the passport document you need.
- Two Photocopies of payment invoices .
- Application for e-passport
- Three recent passport size photos.
- A duly filled and signed application form 19, which will contain most of your personal information from the requirements above.
WHERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PASSPORT APPLICATION FORM IN KENYA
After completion of all the steps at www.ecitizen.go.ke, payment and successful download of passport application form, depending on the set date for submission, you are required to appear in person at the submission center chosen during registration. These centers include:
- Nyayo House, Nairobi.
- Uhuru na Kazi – Mombasa
- PC’s office – Embu
- PC’s office – Nakuru
- PC’s office – Kisumu
- County commissioner’s building – Kisii
- Public Works Building – Eldoret
Time frame after kenyan passport application submission all the way to receiving the document.
Many people ask, how long does it take to get a passport in Kenya? Well that depends. From the day you booked appointment and successful submission of your application for processing, it usually takes a maximum of 15 days. That is if everything with your application checks out well and it gets accepted.
REPLACEMENT OF PASSPORT OR MUTILATED PASSPORTS
Renewing a Kenyan passport for second time requires all the documents above, together with Your old passport. In circumstances where you no longer have the document with you, kindly note that you will be required to present a police abstract and a sworn affidavit on the matter.
In addition to that, persons with mutilated passports are required to pay Kenya shillings 10,050 to passport control.
Passport for children under 18 years old
For those enquiring how to apply for a child’s passport in Kenya, the process is also not that tedious. All you need to do is follow the instructions outlined on the online portal (ecitizen).
The steps are similar to normal application for adults. Finally, submit the duly filled application form at any of the immigration submission stations listed above for processing.
Can I apply for passport without a birth certificate in Kenya?
Unfortunately this is among the requirements for passport applications in Kenya. The good news is that getting a birth certificate is no longer that difficult.
A day or two at huduma center and you have it. Even the replacement for lost certificates is now easier. Download late birth certificate application form here.
Is your passport application in Kenya taking too long?
Some Kenyans complain that after biometrics, they have had to wait for too long to get any feedback.
The result? missed opportunities and deadlines, which can really be frustrating. You have to contact Immigration Kenya to follow up and see what could be taking so long. Reach them via their twitter handle or through their website.
Finally on the requirements for passport application in Kenya
Kindly note that all submissions should be done in person. Safe travels and good luck.