As our country slowly adjusts to the new normal and government agencies and private establishments begin opening their doors to the public, the DFA finally announces that their Courtesy Lanes are now open for those who need it!
When the pandemic hit two years ago, the Department of Foreign Affairs had to close its doors to the public to help prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19. When they reopened a few months later, passport applicants had to get an online appointment in order to enter the DFA satellite office premises. The Courtesy Lanes that used to be dedicated to walk-in applicants who are pregnant, PWDs, senior citizens, solo parents, and other qualified individuals, remained unavailable. Everyone really had to get an appointment online.
Exactly two years since the lockdowns were implemented, the DFA announced that the Courtesy Lanes in all of its Consular Offices nationwide are now open for fully-vaccinated and qualified applicants! This means that if you are qualified to use the DFA’s Courtesy Lanes, you no longer need to get an online appointment when applying for a passport or having your old one renewed.
For everyone’s proper guidance, below are the qualified applicants who may use the Courtesy Lanes and the IDs and documents they need to present in order to be allowed inside the satellite offices:
|QUALIFIED APPLICANT||DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS|
|Senior Citizens||Senior Citizen ID Card|
May be accompanied by one adult companion
|Pregnant Applicants||Proof of pregnancy (medical certificate)|
|Persons with Disabilities||Valid PWD ID Card|
|Solo Parents||Valid Solo Parent ID Card|
|Minors aged 7 years old and below||1. Must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian|
2. Original and photocopy of PSA birth certificate of the minor, printed on Security Paper (SECPA).
3. Additional documentary requirements if minor is not accompanied by parents.
|Overseas Filipino Workers and Seafarers with incoming or active employment abroad.||Must present one of the following:|
1. Valid OWWA E-card
2. Valid Employment Contract
3. Valid Work Visa
4. Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB)
All visitors are advised to bring their vaccine cards; unvaccinated and partially-vaccinated individuals will not be accommodated. The Temporary Off-site Passport Services (TOPS) are not yet open for walk-in applicants — meaning, if you intend to apply for your passport at a TOPS site, you still need to get an online appointment.
Continue to observe health protocols during your passport application or renewal process: wear your mask properly, bring your own pen, bring your own hand sanitizer. Keep a safe distance from others; if you need to cough or sneeze, do so on your bent elbow even when you are wearing a mask. Leave the premises as soon as you are done to avoid crowding the office.
For the complete list of documentary requirements for passport applications, click this link to my previous blog.