Kenyans applying for passports to get them within 21 days , CS Prof. Kithure Kindiki announces

As of May 1, 2024, Kenyan citizens applying for passports will experience a significant improvement in the processing time, Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof. Kithure Kindiki has declared. Henceforth, applicants can expect to receive their passports within a maximum of 21 days from the date of application.

This announcement follows the recent installation of two advanced printing machines at Nyayo House, which are capable of producing approximately 600 passports per hour. This enhancement is part of the Interior ministry’s ambitious objective to double the number of passports issued in 2024 to a minimum of one million, a substantial increase from the 533,000 issued in 2023.

In a statement issued to the media, Kindiki disclosed that starting in August, the processing period for passports will be further reduced to seven days, and by November, it will be streamlined to just three days.

“Commencing May 1, 2024, all applicants for the Kenyan passport will be ensured delivery within a maximum of Twenty-One (21) Days from the submission date,” stated Kindiki. “This timeline will be further expedited to Seven (7) Days starting August 1, 2024, and subsequently reduced to Three (3) Days effective November 1, 2024.”

Acknowledging the burgeoning demand for passports among Kenyan citizens, Kindiki emphasized the implementation of measures to enhance infrastructure, systems, and staffing at Nyayo House. These efforts are geared towards ensuring that services are provided within the stipulated timelines.

Furthermore, Kindiki reiterated the ministry’s unwavering commitment to combat corruption within Nyayo House. He revealed that 17 individuals, including public servants and members of the public, have been apprehended for their involvement in an organized criminal syndicate that exploited the situation to extort citizens. These individuals are currently facing criminal charges.

“The fight against corrupt practices within the Immigration sector will continue unabated until the public can access immigration services without resorting to corruption,” asserted Kindiki.

He also expressed gratitude towards the public for their patience, the diligent efforts of Immigration officials in effecting reforms since April 2023, and the support of the National Treasury in securing funds to settle pending supplier bills and modernize passport production equipment, which have collectively facilitated this remarkable turnaround.