Passport holders will from today be required to replace them with electronic ones.
The immigration department is expected to launch the e-passports.
Acting interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i will preside over the relaunch.
The current passports will, however, remain in use for two years before they become obsolete.
The e-passport will feature a microchip with data about the holder
To get the e-passport, applicants will be required to apply for a replacement passport and return their current ones.
According to the ministry, this was to be done simultaneously with other East African Community member states.
“Due to circumstances beyond our control, the roll-out will now be done as stated,” Gordon Kihalangwa, director department of immigration services, said.