The front cover a contemporary Kenyan passport.
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The Kenyan passport is issued by the Department of Immigration to citizens of Kenya for international travel. The department is under the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.
Types of passports
There are three types of passports:
- Diplomatic (maroon cover): Issuable to Kenyan diplomats accredited overseas and their eligible dependents and to citizens who reside in the Republic of Kenya and travel abroad for diplomatic work. Period of validity: generally 10 years from the date of issue.
- Ordinary (navy blue cover): Issuable to Kenyan citizens while travelling abroad, valid for 10 years.
- East African passport (light blue cover): Issuable to Kenyans for international travel within the East African Community, valid for six months and usable for multiple entry into Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi.
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Kenyan passports have the Kenyan coat of arms emblazoned in gold in the centre of the front cover. "REPUBLIC OF KENYA" is inscribed in gold text above the coat of arms, while "PASSPORT" is inscribed in gold text below it. The back cover is left blank.
The passport note occupies the first page of the passport, and the particulars page occupies the last. The identity information page is printed on the inside of the passport's back cover, while the person's particulars and signature are on the next-to-last page. The pages of Kenyan passports are watermarked with the Kenyan coat of arms. The pages feature designs with the 'big five game' animals commonly found in Kenyan national parks and reserves: the lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo.
The inside front cover of the passport reads first in Swahili:
Hati hii ni ya kuwaomba na kuwasihi kwa jina la Rais wa Jamhuri ya Kenya, wote wanaohusika, kwa kusudi wamruhusu mwenye hati hii kuendelea bila shida ama kizuizi, tena kumsaidia na kumhifadhi kwa kadiri anavyohitaji.
And in English:
These are to request and require in the Name of the President of Kenya all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance, and to afford him or her every assistance and protection of which he or she may stand in need.
Application for all passport services is done online. For a new applicant, the process starts with creation of an account on the online portal. An applicant cannot use someone else's account because the account creation details are the official first name and national ID number. Additionally, an applicant must print the online application, and copies of the payment invoice, then present these and other documents in person. Issuance of new passports usually takes place at least 10 working days after the application is received. In order to apply for a passport, one would need:
- Documentary evidence of Kenyan citizenship in the form of a birth certificate and national identity card, plus details and identity card of parent(s).
- In case of previous citizenship to another country, a Certificate of Naturalization or Registration.
- Passport size photographs.
- A recommendation from a Kenyan of sound mind, personally acquainted with the applicant, but not by immediate relatives. The recommender is required to produce an identification document.
- Parents' or legal guardians' written consent, in the case of an applicant who is below the age of eighteen years.
- . Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Kenya http://www.immigration.go.ke/Information.html. Retrieved 1 December 2014. Missing or empty
- "The East African Passport". www.eac.int. East African Community. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
- "Online Application for a New Kenyan Passport". Embassy of Kenya in the United States. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
- "Online Application for a Kenyan Passport". Explore East Africa. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
- "Passport Application". eCitizen Portal. eCitizen. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
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