East African Community will be using national IDs as travel documents.


President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday used his national identity card instead of a passport to travel to Kampala, Uganda for an East African Community summit. This demonstrated the efficiency of the new system where East African citizens will be using national IDs and voter’s cards as travel documents. Under the new arrangement, Kenyans and Rwandans will be using national IDs while Ugandans will use voter’s cards as travel documents when entering or leaving any of the three countries.

Rwandan students will also be allowed to use their students’ cards as travel documents. The system became effective last month. At the summit, Uhuru, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and host President Yoweri Museveni will also review the implementation of infrastructure projects that will ease movement of goods and people within the Northern Corridor and boost communication.

The summit will also discuss the progress made in the implementation of the Joint Visa between Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. The visa, which costs Sh8,600 and valid for 90 days, enables visitors to travel around the three countries without seeking any other travel document. The president was seen off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by Deputy President William Ruto. On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, the President once again used his national ID to enter Uganda and was received by senior officials of the Uganda government.-nation.co.ke

President Uhuru Kenyatta flanked by Deputy President William Ruto is shown a demonstration of  the use of National Identity card for free movement within the East African Countries by Immigration officer  Gladys Kang'ethe shortly before  departing J.K.I.Airport for an official visit to Uganda. President Kenyatta exited Kenya and entered Uganda using his national identity card as a demonstration that East Africans do not require a passport or visa to travel to the regional states. PHOTO/PSCU

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