Major Types of Passports in Kenya in 2023

Did you know that there are different types of passports in Kenya? This blog post will explore the different types of passports and their uses. We will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each type of passport. Stay tuned!

For one to own a passport, they have to follow the processes and procedures and also meet the requirements that are needed to obtain one.

The Kenyan passport is offered to its citizens following the constitution. One must be eligible before one can apply for a passport. Minors can also apply for passports, but their fees are not much.

The following is a list of the types of passports in Kenya:

1. Diplomatic Passports

These passports are also known as maroon cover passports. They are issued to Kenyans located overseas. These people are called diplomats because they all go for government official visits or business trips.

So many diplomats travel the world daily with the aid of their passports. They are being recognized and treated well everywhere they go.

One cannot apply for a diplomatic visa without being a public government figure or well-cognized personnel in Kenya. Diplomats are known to be treated with respect because they are concerning the government.

One of the primary reasons they travel is that they move around to run activities that are about their country

2. East African passport

The East African passport is another type of Kenyan passport common among individuals from East African communities. This passport lasts for only six months.

This passport enables one to travel around some African countries for a period stated in the passport.

These countries include Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and Tanzania. Upon expiration, you are asked to pay a renewal fee and get it done, which will also last for a short period.

This passport only costs Ksh. 990 to purchase.

3. Ordinary Light Blue Cover Passport

The ordinary light blue cover passport is issued to Kenyan citizens to travel to other countries. This passport takes approximately ten years for it to expire.

Owners of this passport are advised to take good care of it because if any default comes in, you will either pay for a replacement or get a new one.

Several passport holders might lose their passports in one way or another, and your details will be asked to be provided.

You can be asked to pay for a replacement or get a new one. You must be very careful with your passport and cherish it.

4. Biometric passport

Biometric passports contain biometric information, such as fingerprints or iris scans, which can be used to verify the passport holder’s identity.

These passports are more difficult to forge than traditional passports, and they are less likely to be lost or stolen.

A biometric passport was introduced to Kenya in 2017. The new East African format ePassport was issued.

Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons, Gordon Kihalangwa, said on Twitter that tracking individuals’ movements would become more accessible with the ePassport.

The new e-systems will improve efficiency and rid of loopholes and enhance security.

Features of the Kenya Biometric passport

  • Biometric identifier
  • Electronic chip holding the same information as the old model passport
  • Digital photograph of the passport holder.
  • Security features to prevent unauthorized use and forgery.
  • Details of the ePassport will be registered with the International Civil Aviation Organization

5. Special passport

A special passport is a document that proves the bearer’s identity and citizenship and entitles the bearer to special privileges. In Kenya, a special passport may be issued to a diplomat, government official, or armed forces member.

Special passports may have different entry and exit requirements than regular passports, so check with the relevant authorities before traveling.

There is no standard application process for special passports in Kenya. However, it is generally necessary to have a valid Kenyan passport and to meet the requirements of the Kenyan government for travel to the country for which the special passport is required.

6. Lost Passports

A lost passport in Kenya can be a significant inconvenience and may even result in being unable to travel.

The Kenyan government recommends that travelers report a lost passport to the nearest Kenyan embassy or consulate as soon as possible.

There is no standard application process for special passports in Kenya. However, it is generally necessary to have a valid Kenyan passport and to meet the requirements of the Kenyan government for travel to the country for which the special passport is required.

Read also: Tips for Traveling to Kenya

7. Mutilated Passport

A mutilated passport is a passport that has been mutilated, damaged, or altered so that it is no longer valid.

To obtain a new passport, the applicant must submit the following:

  • A completed application form.
  • Two identical photographs of the applicant were taken within the last six months.
  • The applicant’s most recent passport.
  • A police report if the passport was lost or stolen.
  • Proof of Kenyan citizenship, such as a birth certificate, national identity card, or previous passport
  • Marriage certificate or court order if the applicant has changed their name.
  • A fee of 50 US dollars.

Requirements for Acquiring a Passport in Kenya

To obtain a passport in Kenya, applicants must submit proof of Kenyan citizenship, such as a birth certificate, national ID card, or previous passport.

They must also submit a completed passport application form, two passport-size photos, and the appropriate fees.

A Summary of Kenyan Passports with their Prices

32 Pages Ordinary “A” Series Kshs. 4,550
48 pages Ordinary “B” Series Kshs. 6,050
64 Pages Ordinary “C” Series Kshs. 7,550
East African Passport Kshs. 990
Diplomatic passport (48 pages) Kshs 7,550
Mutilated Passport Kshs 10,050
Lost Passport Kshs 12,050


In conclusion, we have given you the types of passports available in Kenya and the requirements needed. We believe that the information provided in this article will be beneficial.

You now know what to do if you need a diplomatic, East African, Special, or even Ordinary passport.

Tim Jumah
Tim Jumah
Jumah has been a content writer for business and technology topics since early 2019. He has experience in writing and marketing and is dedicated to creating informative and engaging content.


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