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Kenyan passports Requirements

Kenyan citizens wishing to apply for a passport,travel document or emergency certificate can do so at the nearest Kenyan Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. From 1 January 2007, new passports are issued with a validity of 10 years, the renewal fee being included in the initial payment. Kenyans in the Diaspora who travel frequently are advised to apply for 48-page or 64-page passports (although these series are out of stock till further notice).

In the framework of the fight against child trafficking, the International Civil Aviation Authority Organization (ICAO)recommends that all travelers carry their own passport. As a result, the Kenyan authorities no longer endorse minor children in their parents' passports, but require that children be issued with their own passport. All parents currently holding valid passports with endorsements are strongly advised to obtain separate passports for their children.


  • Copy of current passport (bio-data page + description page, and any other relevant pages, e.g. previous passports held or amendment).
  • Duly completed and signed application form PP1 or PP2(for child under 16).
  • 2 passport-size photos (for photograph guidelines: seelink in “Citizenship & Passport application” section of the website; ensure that the face is not too dark, and that the ears are visible).
  • Passport application fee.

Some tips for completing the application form:

Form PP1: In the ‘full names’ boxes on the cover page and on top of page 2.,write your name as it appears in your passport, and with your surname at the end. In section (1), write your Switzerland address under ‘residential address’and write “same as below” under ‘postal address’. In section (4), write“travel”. Section (6) is not applicable to Kenyans residing abroad. If possible, section (7) should be completed by another Kenyan who lives in Switzerland (including the spouse). In section (8)(e), write your Switzerland address & your Kenyan ID number.

Form PP2: In the ‘full names’ boxes on the cover page and on top of page 2., write the child’s name as it appears in the passport/birth certificate, and with the surname at the end. In section (1), write your Swiss address next to‘residential address’ and write “same as below” next to ‘present address’.Section (3) is not applicable. In section (4), write “travel” next to ‘reason for travel’, and “all” next to ‘countries for which passport is to be endorsed’. Section (6) is to be completed by a parent.



If passport was issued in Mombasa:

Copy (both sides) of birth certificate used to issue passport (the stamp with the passport file number has to be visible)

If passport was lost or stolen:

  • Copy (both sides) of birth certificate used to issue passport (for passports issued in Mombasa:
  • the stamp with the passport file number has to be visible);
  • Copy (both sides) of Kenyan ID card;
  • Police statement (with English translation);
  • Sworn affidavit from lawyer or public notary (in English or translated);
  • Covering letter (with full contact details) explaining circumstances of loss;
  • If no copy of lost/stolen passport is available,applicant must mention full names, date and place of issue, passport number and immigration file number in letter.

If passport was mutilated:

Covering letter (with full contact details) explaining circumstances of mutilation.

Child who was never issued with passport, or who was endorsed in parent’s passport:

Copy of both parents’ passports (incl. endorsement page when applicable);

Child’s original birth certificate (if issued in Switzerland both the certificate and its translation into English to belegalized by the Swiss authorities);

Copy (both sides) of both parents’ birth certificates;

Copy of parents’ marriage certificate.

Photograph quality

The photographs must be:

No more than 6-months old, 35–40 mm in width, close up of your head and top of your shoulders so that your face takes up 70–80% of the photograph  in sharp focus and clear of high quality with no inkmarks or creases

How you looking directly at the camera show your skin tones naturally have appropriate brightness and contrast be printed on highquality paper, and at high resolution Photographs taken with a digital cameramust be high quality colour and printed on photo-quality paper.

Style and lighting

Be colour neutral show your eyes open and clearly visible—no hair across your eyes show you facing square on to the camera, not looking over one shoulder (portrait style) or tilted, and showing both edges of your face clearly be taken with a plain

Light - coloured background be taken with uniform lighting and not show shadows or flash reflections on your face and no red eye

Glasses and headcovers

If you wear glasses: the photograph must show your eyes clearly with no flash reflection off the glasses, and no tinted lenses (if possible, avoid heavy frames wear lighter framed glasses if you have them) make sure that the frames do not cover any part of your eyes.

Head coverings: are not permitted except for religious reasons,but your facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of your face must be clearly shown.

Expression and frame: show you alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible), looking at the camera with a neutral expression and your mouth closed.



Married women, especially those married to a non-Kenyan, should indicate their maiden names of the previous passport, and also include the marriage certificate. Those married to fellow Kenyans should include the particulars of the husband, i.e. his R-number and passport number,to enable the authorities to trace and amalgamate the files.

Women in second marriages should submit a divorce certificate or death certificate to nullify the previous marriage(s).

Kenyans wishing to change names through deed poll are to contact the relevant Swiss authorities, and also do it in Kenya through the Kenya Gazette. Affidavits will not be accepted.