Urgent information for Kenyan Passport holders

From 1 March 2020 ONLY the new East African Community biometric e-Passport can be accepted for Schengen visa applications.

According to Article 12 (a) of the Regulation (EC) No. 810/2009, commonly known as 'Visa Code', the validity of a travel document shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Schengen Member States.

All Schengen embassys in Nairobi will resume issuing visas in the old passports until 29th November 2019.

According to an official notification from the Kenyan authorities issued to all diplomatic missions, all Kenyan passports – except the new East African Community biometric e-Passport – will be rendered invalid from 1 March 2020.

The Schengen Member States therefore wish to inform the Kenyan public that from 1 March 2020 ONLY the new East African Community biometric e-Passport can be accepted for Schengen visa applications.