Kenya slaps Kenyans living in abroad with hefty passport fees

Under the new regulations, signed by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi Kenyans living abroad have been classified into five broad categories.

Under the new regulations, signed by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi Kenyans living abroad have been classified into five broad categories with those living in the US and the Caribbean countries expected to pay the highest fees.

The five categories are Americas and the Caribbean, United Kingdom, Africa, Australia and Asia and the European Union.

Kenyans living in the US and the Caribbean will now pay Sh8,000 ($80) for a 32-page passport, Sh11,000 ($110) for a 48-page passport and Sh14,000 ($140) for a 64-page passport compared to Sh4,500 ($45),  Sh6,000 ($60) and Sh7,500 ($75) they used to pay initially for a 32 page, 48 page and 64 page respectively.

Diplomatic passports will go up by almost Sh10,000 ($100) for those living in the US and the Caribbean countries.

From Sh7,500 ($75) initially, those who want to hold diplomatic passports will be expected to pay Sh17,000 ($170).

Similarly, those who have lost their passports or would like to renew their worn out documents will pay double after the fees were elevated from Sh10,000 ($100)  to Sh20,000 ($200).

Kenyans in the US who would like to replace their lost passports will now pay Sh21,000 ($210), up from Sh12,000 ($120).

Kenyans living in the United Kingdom wllnow have to folk out Sh6,403 ($64.03) for a 32-page passport, Sh7,516 ($75.16)  for a 48-page passport and Sh12,807 ($128.07) for a 64-page passport.

Kenyans residing in the EU will part pay Sh7,516 ($75.16) for a 32 page passport, Sh9,395 ($93.95) for a 48-page passport and Sh11,274 ($112.74) for a 64-page passport.

Kenyans living in Africa, Australia and Asia will now part with Sh5,000 ($50) for a 32-page passport and Sh6,500 ($65) for a 48-page passport and Sh8,000 ($80) for a 64-page passport.

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