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US Embassy In Nairobi Issues New Requirements For Issuing Visa

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With government of Kenya taking all stiff measures to ensure that citizens register for Huduma Number which they say is a determinant to you getting government services including making it compulsory to have the number for one to be issued with a new passport, things continue get stiffer.

Goverment has earlier announced the phasing out of the older passports to the e-passports which are within international standards of readability with machines at the border entries.

The e-passports are designed to better protect national borders and identities of citizens. They have the latest security features and design techniques besides a new style polycarbonate bio-data page.

Kenya launched its e-passport programme in 2017, making it the first country in the East African Community (EAC) to do so. In a circular dated April 15 to government institutions, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua froze all foreign travels for public servants with old passports citing hitches in processing of visa and entry permits using the machine-readable ones, which are set to expire in September.

US embassy in Nairobi has also had to review its visa issuance policies saying only those with new passports will qualify to be issued with a visa.

UPDATED:

The embassy has since revised their earlier announcements on visa issuance.


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