In a statement released on Thursday, August 13, the immigration office aid that all passports issued before June 27, 2021, will be phased out, and replaced by the Rwanda East African electronic passport.
The expiration follows Rwanda’s adoption of the East African e-passport in June last year
When the country began issuing the e-passport, holders of the existing national passports were given a two-year grace period to replace their travel document
Rwandans are now been asked to apply for the document through the Irembo portal.
The new passport, currently used in other EAC countries including Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda is admissible globally.
According to the statement, e-passport grants its holders access to more countries without stringent visa requirements.