The government of Kenya via the Department of Immigration on Thursday, July 30 announced the new protocol for issuing passports to applicants.

According to the Department of Immigration, those who had applied for passports could have them delivered directly to them as from August 1, 2020.

In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Postal Corporation of Kenya, the two government agencies agreed to work together on this initiative to offer convenience to applicants.

The authorities from both agencies stated that the new protocol will help in controlling the spread of Covid-19 as a result of reduced movement during pick up.

“Through the initiative, passport applicants will not have to visit our offices to pick ready passports,” Muteshi stated.

He added that:

“This will significantly save time for applicants, reduce congestion in our offices, and help in the fight against the spread of Covid-19.”

The Director General also encouraged online visa applications especially during this period of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“The Directorate of Immigration Services would like to inform all those wishing to visit Kenya as tourists or for any other purpose and who require visas to enter Kenya that they can apply for the Kenya visa online,” he stated.

This news comes less than 72 hours ahead of the reopening of Kenyan borders allowing international travel since the ban was effected in the wake of Covid-19.

On the other hand, processing and collecting of passports was restricted in May 2020 to medical emergency and urgent cases only.