All applicants for the Kenyan passport will receive them within 21 days from the date of application effective May 1, 2024.

Interior CS Kithure Kindiki in a statement on Thursday said the challenges that had been affecting the production of passports had been addressed and said the 21 days will be reduced to seven days effective August 1, 2024, and to three days effective November 1, 2024.

Ruto’s government has taken steps to address historical bottlenecks affecting passport production, including underfunding of the Directorate of Immigration, corruption, disruption of raw material supply chains, and inefficiencies in printing infrastructure and delivery.

”The government has addressed the historical bottlenecks that had resulted in frustration of many Kenyans in their search to acquire the Kenyan passport,” CS Kindiki said.

CS Kindiki highlighted that these interventions have led to a reduction in the backlog of pending passports, which stood at 724,000 in March 2024 and has now been brought down to below 50,000. Additionally, 40,000 passports are ready for collection.

CS Kindiki also mentioned that law enforcement has taken action against public servants and individuals involved in organized criminal activities related to passport processing, with 17 arrests made and criminal charges filed.

Measures have also been implemented to ensure efficient service delivery despite increasing applicant numbers driven by government policies.