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Kenyan passport

The process of getting a Kenyan passport can be simple or it can be a crash course in the workings of the Kenyan immigration bureaucracy. If you’d like the process to be simple, then learn the rules and put together everything you require to apply for your Kenyan passport. It is best to apply for your passport at least 30 days before you plan to travel.

Why you need a Kenyan passport

All Kenyan citizens who wish to travel anywhere outside Kenya will need a passport. However, those who wish to travel within East Africa can use an East African Passport or a temporary passport.

Requirements for application

1. A duly filled passport application form (download it here).
2. Documentary evidence of Kenyan citizenship i.e. Original & copies of birth Certificate and National Identity Card, or a Certificate of naturalization or registration and Renunciation Certificate of former citizenship.
3. Three passport size photographs.
4. For applicants who are below the age of eighteen years, the parents or legal guardian’s written consent must be provided.
5. For applicants who are adopted, the original adoption certificate, clearance letter from the children’s department, and or, the Court ruling or award.
6. A certified copy of the ID of the person recommending the applicant.

Kenyan passport application form

1. Applicants who are married must complete section 3 and also produce evidence of the same.
2. The application must be recommended in section 7 by a citizen of Kenya who is a Minister of Religion, a Medical or Legal practitioner, an established Civil Servant or Bank Official personally acquainted with the applicant. The person recommending the applicant must not be an immediate relative.

Passport photographs

1. They photographs must be three in number.
2. The photographs must be taken full face without a hat.
3. The photographs must not be mounted.
4. The size of the photographs must not be more than 2½ inches by 2 inches or less than 2 inches by 1½ inches.
5. The photographs must be printed on normal thin photographic paper and must not be glazed on the reverse side.
6. The person recommending the applicant is required to endorse the reverse side of one copy of the photographs with the words: “I certify that this is a true likeness of the applicant Mr. (Mrs. or Miss) …………..” and add his signature.

Where to apply

Applications for a passport must be submitted personally to the following Passport Control Offices:

1. Nairobi: Ground Floor (North Wing), Nyayo House – Tel :+254- 20-2222022
2. Mombasa: PC’s Office Building – Tel:+254-41-2222676
3. Kisumu: New Provincial Headquarters – Tel:+254-057-2024935/2025438/0700596071
4. Eldoret: Public works building – Tel: +254-53-6337
5. Garissa: Telefax:0462102140
6. Embu
7. Nakuru
8. Kenya Embassy, Washington D.C: 2249 R Street,N.W.Washinton D.C 20008 U.S.A – Tel:+12023876101 – www.kenyaembassy.com
9. Kenya High Commision, London: 45 Portland place London WIBISIAS United Kingdom – Tel:+442076368364 – www.kenyahighcommission.net

Kenyan Passport Fees

A series: 32 pages – Kshs. 4,500
B series: 48 pages – Kshs. 6,000
C series: 64 pages – Kshs. 7,500

  • Mwirigi

    In the event you have lost your passport, please be prepared to part with 12,000/= for a 32 page (No Negotiation) plus the following: (see picture)

  • Tom Mugo

    You forgot the Embu immigration office at the County Hq. The least hustle passport application point

    • wamathai

      Will add it.

  • Andrew Molo

    Unfortunately I forgot to tell my recommender to endorse me on the reverse side of one of the photograph. I attached it very well such that when a person tries to remove, the form will be damaged.

    Is there a chance I will be denied or will it go through?

    • wamathai

      You should have the photograph endorsed again. Just to be on the safe side.

  • Mbari Peter

    Great post. Thanks

  • Anouk


  • Lilt Ezzy

    Hey guys, I need help. I need to get a birth certificate. My parents lost mine. How do I go about this?

  • pauline wanjiru

    hey guyz i need to get a passport online is it possible. thanks for the good work

    • wamathai

      It’s not possible.

  • Ashitiva Ghai

    is it possible to apply for the passport without one of the parents ID? I was raised by a single mother who passed on but i have her death certificate.

  • Marto Martinski

    How long does it take to be processed

  • Peter Karuga

    Quite informative at the time when http://www.immigration.go.ke/ is not qworking