By Cyrus Ombati
Kenyans will have to pay more to get a new passport after the Ministry of Immigration increased the cost of acquiring the document.
The cost of acquiring a new ordinary 32 page passport has been increased to Sh4,500 up from Sh3,040.
A notice issued at the immigration department also indicated diplomatic 48 page passport will cost Sh7,500 up from Sh6,000, ordinary 48 page passport Sh6,000, 64 page Sh7,500 while East African one will now cost Sh940.
The department is gearing towards becoming a parastatal, one of the reasons insiders attributed to the increase.
The circular indicated that for one to acquire emergency travel documents he or she will part with Sh1,600 while to regain citizenship will cost Sh5,000.
Registration for citizenship by marriage will now cost Sh30,000, registration for citizenship by marriage to spouses and for widows and widowers from East African states Sh5,000 each and registration for citizenship for widows and widowers Sh20,000.
Officials at the ministry said the measures are part of efforts for them to align with the new laws.
Citizenship by registration for lawful residence will cost Sh200,000, registration for citizenship for children and persons with disabilities Sh20,000, registration for citizenship by stateless persons Sh2,000, registration for citizenship by migrants Sh2,000, registration for citizenship for descendants of stateless persons and migrants Sh2,000 and renunciation will cost Sh20,000.
Transit visa will now cost Sh1,600 depending on the exchange rates while ordinary single journey one will cost Sh4,000 and multiple journey will be Sh8,000.