In a move to streamline passport services, the Nairobi Immigration Department has announced that it will open its doors on Saturday, May 18, from 9 am to 1 pm, specifically for Kenyans to collect their passports. This initiative aims to provide convenience and accessibility to applicants who have received notifications to retrieve their passports.

Encouraging prompt collection, the Immigration PS stated, “Applicants who applied for passports in Nairobi and have received notification to collect their passports are encouraged to take advantage of the extended service.”

Interior CS Kithure Kindiki highlighted the government’s efforts to expedite the processing and delivery of the final batch of 45,000 passports, addressing the backlog of over 720,000 passports.

This progress comes after the implementation of measures to enhance production efficiency, including the acquisition of new printers for personalized passport details and the availability of ample passport booklets.

Furthermore, Parliament’s recent recommendation for the issuance of passports within three days of application underscores the commitment to improving service delivery.

MPs have urged the government to expand Immigration offices nationwide to ease the passport acquisition process, acknowledging the challenges faced by applicants traveling long distances to access services.

Narok West MP Gabriel Tongoyo emphasized the need for efficient resource allocation to achieve the three-day issuance target and enhance accessibility to passport services across the country.