EAC electronic passports to replace ordinary ones by next year

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 14 August 2020 at 06:18

The Directorate of Immigration and Emigration has announced that Rwandan passports issued before June 27, 2019, will be phased out and will no longer be in used effective June 28, 2021, replaced by the Rwanda East Africa electronic passport.

The announcement comes after reports surfaced on social media that Rwandan passports would expire by the end of this year.

The East African Community Electronic Passport has a variety of categories including the Ordinary Passport light blue, which has three categories, which is used for regular travel and is available to all Rwandans who want it.

Includes a 34-page children’s passport, valid for two years, at a cost of Rwf25,000. An adult passport with 50 pages at a cost of Rwf75,000 lasts for five years. Another passport in this category is for adults but has a page of 66 for 10 years. This 10-year passport is issued for Rwf100,000.

The other category is a green work passport with 50-pages issued to employees who have gone for the government mission at Rwf15,000 that lasts for five years.

There is also the passport of diplomats and other dignitaries provided for by the Ministerial Order of May 2019 on Immigration and Emigration, which has a 50-page page for 5 years, issued at a cost of Rwf50,000.

Passports are issued not later than four days after application.

These passports will expire by next year June
These are the EAC electronic passports to replace ordinary ones