Category: Everything About Passports


Aug 08

If the information in your passport is incorrect, such as the spelling of your name or the date of your birth, can you still use your passport to travel?

Some Pinoys do not have a middle name, can they still apply for a passport even if this is the case?

This is part 3 of our series on Passport FAQs!  Don’t fail to share!

Other Passport-related Inquiries

  1. My passport’s information is incorrect. My passport has a typographical error. What should I do?

If you notice an error in your passport, please go to the nearest Consular Office and inform them about the error so that it can be evaluated and rectified.  You may find the Consular Office nearest you at https://consular.dfa.gov.ph/directory

  1. Can I still use my maiden name in my passport even though I am married?

Yes, provided that you have not yet used your married name in any previous Philippine passport.

  1. What should I do, my name is on the DFA Watch List?

You may contact the Passport Division at passportconcerns@dfa.gov.ph

  1. When is a passport considered mutilated?

An ePassport is considered damaged or mutilated under the following conditions:

  • Data page or any information on it is rendered unreadable or has been torn removing any information from the page.
  • Passport chip has been damaged and is no longer readable.
  • Machine-readable zone (MRZ) is no longer readable or has been torn from the data page.
  • The photo on data page is no longer visible, has been tampered, or the quality is questionable.
  • Page/s have been torn out and are no longer available.
  • Cover has been unstitched from the booklet.
  • Stitching of booklet has been undone.
  • Booklet has been severely water-damaged/water-logged and/or visa stamps have bled out.

Should a passport be in any of the above conditions, the applicant must provide an Affidavit of Explanation.

  1. Can I apply for a passport even though I do not have a middle name?

Yes, as long as that is what is indicated in your birth certificate.

However, if you do have a middle name but it does not appear in your birth certificate, you need to have your birth certificate corrected first.  Please refer to https://psa.gov.ph/civilregistration/problems-and-solutions for the requirements and procedure.

Authentication of Documents (“Red Ribbon”)

  1. How do I get my documents authenticated?

Here is the procedure for authentication services:

Step 1: Fill out an application form (Maximum of 5 documents per application form).

Step 2: Present a valid ID upon submission of the documents to the processing window.

Step 3: Pay appropriate Authentication Fee (Php 100/document – 4 days processing / Php 200/document – 1 day) processing to the Cashier.

Step 4: Bring official receipt and claim the authenticated documents on the indicated release schedule.

For more details, please visit: http://consular.dfa.gov.ph/authentication

  1. Does authentication need an appointment?

No appointment is needed for authentication services.

  1. Where can I submit documents for authentication? / Are authentication services available on Saturdays?

Authentication services are available only at the following Consular Offices:

  • DFA Aseana
  • DFA NCR-Northeast (Ali Mall)
  • DFA NCR-East (SM Megamall)
  • DFA NCR-West (SM Manila)
  • DFA NCR-South (Metro Gaisano Alabang) and
  • DFA San Fernando, Pampanga

Yes, authentication services are available from Monday to Saturday.  But authenticated documents are released only from Monday to Friday.

DFA Aseana does not have authentication services on Saturday.

  1. Can I send a representative to have my documents authenticated for me? What are the requirements?

Applicants must file/claim their documents personally.  If you are unable to do so, you may send your authorized representative who may file/claim documents on your behalf.  Your authorized representative must present a Special Power of Attorney, a photocopy of the applicant’s valid ID bearing his/her signature and the representative’s own valid ID bearing his/her signature and one photocopy.

For more information, please visit: http://consular.dfa.gov.ph/requirements-for-authorized-representative

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Aug 07

Who can be accommodated at the DFA’s courtesy lanes?

What is the Passport on Wheels?

How does the new ePayment system of the DFA work?

Can fixers really help me with my appointment with the DFA?

Get your answers here.

Passport Courtesy Lane

  1. There are no available slots for a passport appointment. Can I walk in instead?

The following can avail of the Courtesy Lane Facility without the need of an online appointment:

  1. Senior Citizens (60 years and over) with proof of age:
  • A senior citizen is allowed one companion.
  • The companion of the senior citizen must be an immediate family member, i.e. spouse, siblings, adult children, adult grandchildren, and children-in-law of the senior citizen and must show proof of relationship.
  • If the companion is not an immediate family member, the companion has to show proof of travel arrangements (e.g. confirmed plane or hotel booking) with the senior citizen to be able to avail of the courtesy lane facility.
  1. People with Disabilities (PWDs) with proof of disability.
  • PWD is allowed one (1) companion.
  • The companion of the PWD must be an immediate family member, i.e. spouse, siblings, adult children, adult grandchildren, parents-in-law, and children-in-law of the PWD and must show proof of relationship.
  • If the companion is not an immediate family member, the companion has to show proof of travel arrangements (e.g. confirmed plane or hotel booking) with the PWD to be able to avail of the courtesy lane facility.
  1. Solo parent with valid solo parent card, and his/her minor children
  2. Minors seven (7) years old and below and his/her parents and minor siblings.
  3. Pregnant women
  • If pregnancy is not visible, the applicant must be present medical certificate/records.
  1. Overseas Filipino Workers (Land and Sea-based) with valid proof of status, such as:
  • Valid iDOLE card
  • Valid Employment contract
  • Valid work visa
  • Seaman’s book stamped at international border less than 365 days from the date of application.
  • Senior citizens, PWDs, solo parents, and their minor children, pregnant women, and OFWs have the option to choose from regular or expedited processing of their passport application.
  • The companions of the senior citizens and PWDs, minors seven (7) years old and below, their parents and minor siblings are to be assessed expedited processing fee because they are not entitled to use the courtesy lane; they are accommodated for their convenience.
  • All applications made on Saturdays – whether those entitled to use the Courtesy Lane or those accommodated for their convenience – shall be assessed expedited processing fees based on the relevant provision of the Passport Act.
  1. Is there a cut-off time/quota in the courtesy lane?

To the extent possible, we accommodate all applicants who are entitled to use the courtesy lane.  Consular Offices, however, may set limits depending on the number of applicants and the capacity of the Consular Office for the day.

  1. Can government employees avail of the courtesy lane?

Government employees may be accommodated in the courtesy lane at the DFA Consular Office in Aseana upon request and depending on the number of applicants and their capacity for the day.

 

Passport On Wheels

When will we have the Passport on Wheels in our local government unit, school, company, or organization?

Regarding the schedule of Passport on Wheels, kindly refer to your local government unit, school, company, or organization.

You may ask your local government unit, school, company, or organization to send a formal request to avail of the Passport On Wheels services.

 

Passport ePayment

  1. How do I pay through ePayment?

ePayment can be done in four easy steps:

  1. Visit http://passport.gov.ph and schedule your appointment.
  2. Pay your passport processing fee at any of our authorized Payment Centers.
  3. Print out the confirmed appointment packet that will be emailed to you after you have paid your passport processing fee.
  4. Personally show up at the DFA consular office on the date and time indicated in your appointment, bringing with you a printed copy of your confirmed passport appointment packet.

For more information on ePayment, please visit http://dfa.gov.ph/dfa-news/statements-and-advisoriesupdate/16832-basic-information-on-the-dfa-epayment-portal

  1. The payment facility did not accept my ePayment. Why is that?

Your ePayment may not have been accepted for any of the following reasons:

  • Your ePayment reference number was expired or erroneous.
  • Your payment facility of choice is not an accredited partner of the DFA.
  • Your appointment was not successfully completed.

You will have to secure another appointment.

Passport Claiming and Delivery

  1. When can I claim my passport?

Please refer to your passport stub/receipt for your passport’s release date.

  1. What do I do if the courier has not delivered my passport on the release date?

Please refer to the tracking number on your courier claim stub.

  1. May I pick-up my passport on a Saturday?

Yes, all mall-based Consular Offices allow for passport release during Saturdays.  DFA Aseana does not release passports on Saturdays.

 

Passport Fixers

Is obtaining an appointment from fixers and passport appointment assistance services illegal?

Yes, it is a violation of the law.  Violators will be prosecuted and barred from applying for a passport.  Appointments not made through http://passport.gov.ph are not legitimate appointments.

Isn’t it nice to be able to get all your answers in one place?  If this article helped you, please share it with your friends and family too!

Tomorrow we will feature the answers on other passport-related inquiries such as typographical errors on your passport, what does a “mutilated passport” mean, and the authentication of documents or getting a “red ribbon” from the DFA.

Visit us again tomorrow!

Source: www.dfa.gov.ph

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Aug 06

If you are still wondering when you can possibly land an appointment slot to get your passport renewed, or are clueless about getting a document authenticated by the DFA, then you can consider this article as heaven-sent.  All the answers to our questions about passports are in here – straight from the DFA.

Read on!

(The Passport and Red Ribbon FAQs were first published on the DFA website in June 2018.)

Passport Appointment

  1. When will slots be opened? Why are there no available appointment slots?

Appointment slots for July to September 2018 are still available.  If you do not see available online appointment slots, it does not necessarily mean that they have been completely taken up.

Please CLICK REFRESH as online appointments become available from time to time.  Or you can CHECK THE NEXT OPENING as slots for July to September 2018 are made available at 12:00 noon and 9:00 pm, Mondays to Saturdays, except holidays.

  1. How can I set an appointment? / Can I set my appointment here at the DFA Facebook page? / Do I still need to set an appointment for renewal?

You need to set an online appointment at http://www.passport.gov.ph.

Appointment cannot be made on Facebook or any other platform.

All appointments are free.  Appointments not made through http://passport.gov.ph are not legitimate appointments.

  1. I made a mistake in filling out my application form. Will this affect my application? Will my appointment be cancelled?

The application form may be corrected based on your documents on the day of your appointment.  Please tell the passport processor about it.

Please be reminded that any incorrect information that is inputted in the application form may result in delay in your application.  Any misrepresentation on your part may be considered grounds for refusal or cancellation of your appointment.

  1. My passport will expire on (date). Can I renew it now?

Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from date of departure.  We suggest that you renew your passport 10 months before the date of expiration.

  1. I lost my passport, what should I do?

An appointment is necessary for ALL lost passports and applicants will need to submit documents required of first time applicants.

In case of lost or stolen VALID passport, you will be required further to submit a Police Report and Affidavit of Loss.  There will be a 15-day clearing period prior to the processing of application for the replacement of a lost valid passport.

In case of lost EXPIRED passport, you will be required further to submit an Affidavit of Loss; a Police Report is no longer necessary.

  1. How much is the passport processing fee? How long will the processing take?

Passport processing fees for both new applications and renewal are as follows:

Regular Processing – P 950.00

Expedited Processing – P 1,200.00

Penalty for Lost and Mutilated Passports – P 350.00

For applications made at Consular Offices in Metro Manila, processing and releasing of passport take 15 working days for regular processing and 7 working days for expedited processing.

For areas outside Metro Manila, processing and releasing of passports take 20 working days for regular processing and 10 working days for expedited processing.

For all Philippine Foreign Service Posts, processing and releasing of passports take around 4-6 weeks.  The above timetables do not include courier delivery.

  1. Where can I find my appointment code?

The appointment code would be sent to the email you used in the application form.

Please also check for the appointment code in the spam folder or trash folder in your email as your email provider may direct it to these folders.  If you have not received it, you may contact the Appointment Hotline for assistance (02) 234-3488.

  1. Can I reschedule my appointment? How do I reschedule my appointment?

Yes, you can reschedule your confirmed appointment by clicking the reschedule button.

Please note that:

  • You can only reschedule weekday appointment to another weekday;
  • You can only reschedule once; and
  • Rescheduling is subject to availability of appointment slots.
  1. Can I come late to my appointment?

No.  Please be at the site no more than 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

  1. What will happen to my passport appointment if for any reason the date was declared a non-working day?

DFA will reschedule your appointment and will issue an advisory for the purpose.

  1. Can I cancel my appointment?

Yes, you may cancel your appointment by clicking https://www.passport.gov.ph/appointment/view

Please be reminded that by cancelling your appointment you forfeit your payment.

  1. If I have an important/urgent travel, may I be accommodated at the courtesy lane?

Yes, but subject to the evaluation by the consular officer of the proof of the importance/urgency of your travel.

Passport Requirements

  1. What are the requirements for new applications? / What are the requirements for passport renewal?

You may refer to these links for the requirements:

For Adult New Applicants: https://www.passport.gov.ph/requirements/new-application-adult

For Adult Renewal: https://www.passport.gov.ph/requirements/passport-renewal-adult

For Minor New Applicants: https://www.passport.gov.ph/requirements/newapplication-minor

For Minor Renewal: https://www.passport.gov.ph/requirements/passport-renewal-minor

  1. Will my Postal ID, TIN ID, or PhilHealth ID be accepted in applying for a passport?

The Postal ID, TIN ID, and PhilHealth ID are not accepted as valid IDs for passport application purposes.

Here is the link for the accepted government-issued IDs: https://www.dfa.gov.ph/100-passport-information/141-list-of-acceptable-ids-at-least-1-of-the-following

  1. I am currently abroad, can my mom/representative accompany my minor child for his / her passport application?

Yes, a representative may accompany a minor child in applying for a passport.

For the requirements needed for children not accompanied by parents during the application process, please visit: https://www.passport.gov.ph/requirements/new-application-minor

  1. Can I apply for a passport even though there are mistakes/missing entries in my birth certificate?

By law, the entries in the birth certificate should be followed.  If there is a mistake or missing entry in the birth certificate, the mistake should be corrected and the missing entry supplied prior to applying for a passport.

Please refer to https://psa.gov.ph/civilregistration/problems-and-solutions for the requirements and procedure.

  1. Is NSO still accepted? Should I get a PSA copy?

Yes, NSO copies of certificates are still accepted.

  1. Is NBI Clearance required for passport application?

NBI Clearance is only a supporting document for certain cases.  Please refer to this link for the requirements: https://consular.dfa.gov.ph/passport.

  1. Will my IDs with my maiden name be accepted?

Yes, you may still use your IDs with your maiden name in applying for a passport, as long as you present your marriage conract.

  1. What are your operating hours? (depending on consular office)

DFA Aseana

  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. (Monday to Friday)
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. (Saturday)

Mall-based Cos

  • Generally open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Monday to Saturday)

Cos Tuguegarao and Zamboanga

  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

Tomorrow, we will feature all the answers for Passport On Wheels and Red Ribbon Authentication at the DFA.

Source: www.dfa.gov.ph

 

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Jan 31

Securing a passport appointment online with the DFA has become a laborious task for Filipinos as of late.  It has become close to impossible to snag a date and time to visit your preferred DFA branch for your passport application or renewal to be processed.  Pinoys, especially those who travel frequently for work and business, could not help but vent their frustration (and desperation!) through social media, blogs, and random television and radio interviews.  And why not, when one’s right to travel abroad is practically hindered simply because the Department of Foreign Affairs could not accommodate the volume of applicants.

This practice, however, of airing grievances in public opens doors to more problems than solutions.  While the DFA heeded the public’s clamor to open more appointment schedules (and soon!), scalawags also found an opportunity to earn fast, dishonest cash out of the public’s desperation to get their travel documents.  It wasn’t long before social media channels became tools for fixers to start working their charm to unassuming Filipinos who could not wait to get an appointment with the DFA online.

Of course, the DFA was quick to respond to the alarming number of scams happening right under its nose.  Through the help of investigators, they were able to uncover four types of scams that fixers employ to pick on passport applicants.

To spread awareness and warn the public from falling into the traps of these heartless crooks, we lifted some important information about passport appointment scammers and fixers and are sharing it in our page.  We still believe that awareness and vigilance will help us get ahead of these criminals and save us the trouble of wasted time, money, and effort.

Types of Passport Fixers

  1. Fixers who offer slots for a fee but do not actually get the promised appointments.

Applicants will be asked to pay a certain amount that supposedly buys them an appointment slot with the DFA.  They are given application forms to fill out, complete with barcodes and other appointment details.  Everything looks authentic except that the entire process is a hoax.  Come appointment date, the poor applicant is informed by the DFA that he or she does not have an appointment and the documents given to her by the fixer are fake.

  1. Fixers who sell courtesy lane passes.

The DFA accommodates Senior Citizens, PWDs, pregnant women, children 7 years old and below, Solo Parent ID holders, and migrant workers in its Priority Lanes.  These applicants no longer need to set an appointment online and can simply visit any DFA office anytime for their passport application.

Crooks sell this privilege to people who cannot get an appointment online.

Of course, the trade is illegal and the privilege is non-existent.

  1. Obtaining endorsements from government agencies.

This is more commonly known as an inside job where the fixer (who stays outside the DFA offices) are in cahoots with a government employee who supposedly has access to the appointments.  They sell these endorsements to passport applicants – endorsements could be genuine, but the fact that it is being sold makes it illegal.

  1. A fixer fills out an online application form using the personal information of their clients.

No one should apply on your behalf, not even fill out your online application form.  If anyone offers to do this for you for a fee, know that you are already being scammed.

Ultimately, the idea is to make the applicant believe that he or she has been given a confirmed appointment with the DFA, minus the hassle of waiting for dates and times to be freed up online, in exchange for a few thousands of pesos.  The DFA does not sell these appointment slots and so anyone who does is automatically considered a fixer.  And any transaction made with these crooks will not be honored by the DFA, no matter how much money you spent to get the appointment confirmed.

As the famous saying goes, walang manloloko kung walang magpapa loko. 

Don’t be any of the two.

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Jan 30

The Philippine Passport’s strength ranks 72nd in the world as more foreign countries open their doors to Pinoys without the need for a visa.  Last year, we were 75th among 199 passports, so there is definitely some reason to celebrate the three notches we climbed this year.

Have you been granted a 10-year validity in your passport?  Well, then it’s time to whip out that to-visit countries checklist and see if your dream destinations may now be visited without a visa!

We are not just simply sharing the list of countries, mind you.  We included a bit of information on the best places to visit in the Asian countries, just to tickle your fancy some more.

Asia:

  1. Brunei

Visit the largest museum in Brunei where you can see the Islamic Art Gallery – a magnificent collection of Islamic art belonging to the sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

  1. Cambodia

The Angkor Wat temple.  End of story.

  1. Hong Kong

Hong Kong Disneyland and endless night markets for the insatiable shopper in all of us!

  1. Indonesia

Fine combination of sandy beaches and rolling surf, while basking in the ancient culture known for its warm hospitality.

  1. Kyrgyzstan

Stand on top of the world by climbing the Lenin Peak – a 7,134-meter peak in the country, summited by amateur and professional climbers.

  1. Laos

Explore historical war-shelter cave complexes in Vieng Xai and marvel in its beautiful gardens.

  1. Macao

From Hong Kong, you can book for a day trip to Macau or stay overnight so you can enjoy its extravagant casinos and bustling nightlife.

  1. Malaysia

Visit the Petronas Towers and pay homage to the country’s Hindu temples.

  1. Maldives

If you’re the type who can never be without sand between your toes, head on to Maldives and check in one of their famous water bungalows.

  1. Mongolia

See the world’s largest statue of Genghis Khan!

  1. Myanmar

Go to Shwedagon Paya and visit the 325ft zedi, one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites.  It is adorned with 27 metric tons of gold leaf, wlong with thousands of diamonds and other gems! Truly spectacular!

  1. Nepal

Visit the breath-taking landscapes of the Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu.

  1. Singapore

If you’re traveling with the kids, do not fail to take them to the Universal Studios for some kiddie fun!

  1. Sri Lanka

Do you love elephants and want to see them up close?  Go to the Uda Walawe National Park while you’re in Sri Lanka!

  1. Thailand

Whatever you do, do not miss the Chatuchak Weekend Market for the cheapest deals on clothes, shoes, and bags!

  1. Timor-Leste

On your way down to the beach, do not miss the rock art caves and cliffs that depict ancient practices such as people hunting!

  1. Vietnam

Visit the ruins left by the war in Ho Chi Minh City.

Africa

  1. Cape Verde
  2. Comores Island
  3. Cote d’Ivoir
  4. Djibouti
  5. Gambia
  6. Guinea-Bissau
  7. Kenya
  8. Madagascar
  9. Malawi
  10. Mauritania
  11. Mauritius
  12. Morocco
  13. Mozambique
  14. Rwanda
  15. Seychelles
  16. Somalia
  17. St. Helena
  18. Tanzania
  19. Togo
  20. 20. Uganda

Oceanic

  1. Cook Islands
  2. Fiji
  3. Marshall Islands
  4. Micronesia
  5. Niue
  6. Palau Islands
  7. Papua New Guinea
  8. Samoa
  9. Tuvalu
  10. Vanuatu

Carribean

  1. Dominica
  2. Haiti
  3. St. Lucia
  4. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  5. Trinidad and Tobago

Americas

  1. Bolivia
  2. Brazil
  3. Colombia
  4. Costa Rica
  5. Ecuador
  6. Nicaragua
  7. Peru
  8. Suriname

Middle East

  1. Armenia
  2. Iran
  3. Israel

Gustave Flaubert said this about traveling: Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.

Yes, there is a whole wide world out there waiting to be explored.  And you do not always need a visa to see the rest of our gorgeous planet.  Start off with these countries that welcome Pinoys without too much fuss (i.e. waiting in line at embassies, tons of documents to be submitted) and then tell us about your unique experiences in these visa-free countries.

Safe travels!

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Jan 25

The quickest answer to this question is yes.  In fact, it is highly advisable to have your passport renewed before it expires as most countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your departure.

Here are a few more pointers that frequent travelers need to know about passport renewals:

  1. Frequent travelers must not wait until their passports are nearing expiration before they have it renewed.  If your work or business requires you to travel often, you must renew your passport once you have used up half of its pages.
  2. In urgent cases when you need to travel but only have less than six months validity on your passport, the Consulate may extend its validity under the following circumstances:
    • If your passport expired within the last calendar year;
    • If your current passport is not an e-passport (it does not have the symbol for a microchip on its front cover);
    • You have already applied for the renewal of your passport and are just waiting for its release;
    • The reason for your travel is an emergency such as the death of a relative or sudden illness of a family member.  Such cases must be supported by documentary proof (doctor’s certification, emails, and other correspondences).
  3. If your passport expires while you are abroad, you may apply for a temporary travel document to allow you to travel back to the Philippines and have your passport renewed.  You may get this at the Philippine Embassy in the country where you are located.
  4. Newly married women have the option to change their last name upon renewal of their passports; however, this is not mandatory.  A married woman may keep her maiden last name in her passport if she so wishes. Should she decide to change her last name to her husband’s, she will have to retain this name until her husband passes away or when her marriage is legally dissolved (as in an annulment recognized by Philippine laws).
  5. Filipinos who are naturalized as US citizens lose their privilege to renew their Philippine passports.  If their passports are still valid at the time of their oath-taking in US soil, these are automatically invalidated.  They may apply for a Philippine passport upon reacquisition of their Filipino citizenship.

 

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Jan 24 (1)

A basic requirement for passport renewal is the submission of the expired (or expiring passport) so the DFA can cancel its validity.  But what if the old passport has gone missing?

Here’s how you can renew a lost and expired passport:

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Personal appearance.
  • Confirmed appointment.
  • No need to submit a passport size photo.
  • Submit same documents required for first-time passport applicants.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS in case the passport was lost and cannot be found:

  • Submit a Notarized Affidavit of Loss (with detailed explanation on when, where, and how the passport got lost).
  • If the lost passport is still valid, submit a Police Report.
  • If available, bring a photocopy of the first page of the lost passport.

Take note that there will be a 15-day clearing period prior to the processing of an application for replacement of a lost valid passport.

IN CASE PASSPORT WAS ALREADY DECLARED LOST BY THE APPLICANT BUT EVENTUALLY WAS FOUND AND RETURNED TO THE APPLICANT:

  • Submit a Notarized Affidavit of Retrieval (with detailed explanation on when, where, and how passport was found).
  • Original and photocopy of the first and last page of the passport.

IN CASE OF MUTILATED OR DAMAGED PASSPORTS:

  • Submit a Notarized Affidavit of Mutilation (with a detailed explanation of when, where, and how the passport got mutilated or damaged).
  • Original and photocopy of the first and last page of mutilated or damaged passport.

IN CASE APPLICANT WAS ISSUED A TRAVEL DOCUMENT:

  • Original Travel Document
  • Submit a Notarized Affidavit of Explanation Regarding Issuance of Travel Document (with a detailed explanation of when, where, and why the applicant was issued a travel document).
  • Original and photocopy of the first and last page of canceled passport (if the passport is still in the possession of the applicant).

It is not advisable to pose as a first-time passport applicant if you lost your passport.  The DFA will see your previous passport details anyway and you will be required to submit the same documents (affidavit of loss, etc.) as listed above.  Your appointment will be wasted and you may run the risk of being placed under questionable applications.

Source:

www.dfa.gov.ph

www.officialgazette.gov.ph

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Now that you have finally set an appointment for your passport application, it is time to begin preparing the requirements you need to bring.  Here’s a summary of all the things you need to know when applying for a Philippine Passport at any DFA office:

  1. Personal appearance is required for all applicants.
  2. A confirmed appointment is required for all applicants except senior citizens, infants, and minors below 1-year-old and OFWs. For OFWs, sufficient proof must be submitted such as a valid employment contract or OEC.
  3. Earrings and contact lenses are not allowed during data capture. Smiling with visible teeth is also not allowed.
  4. Check all the data in the computer monitor and in the Enrolment Certificate before signing it.
  5. Only immediate family members are allowed to get the passport on behalf of the applicant. Immediate family members include father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, and children of legal age.
  6. The passport shall be released to an immediate family member only with the proper authorization letter. Passport of a minor applicant shall be released to parents only or to an authorized representative with Special Power of Attorney and Affidavit of Support and Consent.
  7. Passports unclaimed after six months will be canceled per Department Order No. 37-03.
  8. Check all data in the received e-passport upon release.
  9. The number of processing days may vary depending on the location of the Regional Consular Office where the application was filed.
  10. The Department may require additional supporting documents as may be necessary, especially for applicants with dual citizenship and with foreign-sounding family names to prove citizenship.

PASSPORT FEES:

For First-time Passport Applicants:

  • Regular processing (15 working days): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00

For Renewal of Passport:

  • Regular processing (15 working days): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00

For Replacement of a lost expired passport:

  • Regular processing (15 working days): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00

For replacement of lost valid passport:

  • Regular processing (15 working days): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00
  • Please take note that there is an additional fee of P200 for a lost valid MRRP/MRP or P350 for a lost valid e-passport.

Source: www.dfa.gov.ph

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Jan 18

Back in the day, passport applicants are required to bring copies of their 2×2 ID photos when applying for their Philippine passports.  Restrictions are limited to the type of shirt you should be wearing on the photo (with collar) and the background should be white.  Applicants are also advised to avoid wearing accessories such as eyeglasses and earrings that may cause huge differences from their actual physical appearance.

Now, all you need to do is personally appear at your preferred DFA branch on the date of your appointment.  All your biometrics: photos, fingerprints, and signatures will be taken onsite and in the presence of a DFA representative.

Here are some tips on how to prepare for your passport photo-op and other biometric requirements:

  1. Your Pose.

The interviews and document evaluation will be done while you sit across a DFA representative in a booth.  Right beside you is a DLSR camera, aimed at your face.  When advised by the representative, look directly at the camera lens.  Your “selfie angle” may not meet the DFA’s photo requirements so avoid tilting your head in any direction.  Your mouth and the bridge of your nose should form an imaginary vertical line at the center of the image.

  1. Your Expression.

Avoid smiling too much or frowning too much; do not raise your eyebrows nor squint your eyes or any other facial expression that may alter your natural look.  Your expression should be neutral, both eyes open and mouth closed.  Your forehead must be clearly seen without hair covering any part of your eyes or cheeks.

  1. Smiling.

You may smile but careful you do not show your teeth and gums!

  1. Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses

Remove your eyeglasses before you pose for your passport photo.  If you use contact lenses for medical reasons, you may leave it on provided these are not colored contacts.  Otherwise, you may be advised by the representative to remove the contacts before they take your photo.

  1. Ears.

Both ears should be visible.  Tuck your hair behind your ears if you have to.

  1. Earrings and Hair Accessories

Remove hair accessories before posing for your photo.  If you keep an unconventional hairstyle (afro, frizzy, out-of-bed-look), please make sure it is neatly kept for your passport appointment.

Any type of earring is not allowed.

  1. Infants and small children.

Babies and toddlers who are still unable to support themselves should be assisted by a parent or guardian.  They can hold the child but their hands and arms should not be visible in the photo.  If you need a high chair for your baby, you may request from a DFA staff while waiting for your turn to give them time to look for one.

The DFA enforces strict rules on dress codes, whether you are applying for a passport or claiming one.  When I visited the DFA in SM Manila two years ago, there was a young lady who wanted to claim her passport but was denied entry because she was wearing a mini-skirt.  She had to find a scarf that was large enough to cover her legs until below the knee before the guards allowed her to come in.

If you have questions about passport application, send us a message and we will do our best to find the best answers for you.

Reference: www.dfa.gov.ph

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Jan 11

Good news for all Solo Parent ID holders!

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that solo parents, with a valid Solo Parent ID, will now be prioritized at the passport application lanes.  If you are a Solo Parent ID holder, you no longer need to set an appointment online to apply for or renew your Philippine Passport.  You can simply visit any DFA branch as a walk-in applicant; as long as you have the complete set of IDs and other requirements, you will be attended to right away.

In the past, only OFWs, Senior Citizens, PWDs, pregnant women, and minors are welcome to take advantage of the priority lanes set by the DFA.  The list has become delightfully longer with Solo Parents included in it.

How do I get a Solo Parent ID?

Unlike your Postal or Philhealth ID, the Solo Parent ID may only be granted to qualified applicants.  This means that not all solo parents can qualify for the ID and its accompanying benefits and privileges.  One has to qualify based on the standards set by law.

According to RA 8972, a solo parent is:

  1. Left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to the following circumstances:
    • Death of spouse.
    • Spouse is detained or is serving sentence for a criminal conviction for at least one (1) year.
    • Physical and/or mental incapacity of spouse as certified by a public medical practitioner.
    • Legal separation or de facto separation from spouse for at least one (1) year, as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of the children.
    • Declaration of nullity or annulment of marriage as decreed by a court or by a church as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of the children.
  2. Unmarried mother/father who has preferred to keep and rear her/his child/children.
  3. A woman who gives birth as a result of rape and other crimes against chastity even without a final conviction of the offender, provided the mother keeps and raises the child.
  4. Any other person who solely provides parental care and support to a child or children.
  5. Any family member who assumes the responsibility of head of family as a result of the death, abandonment, disappearance or prolonged absence of the parents or solo parent.

If you wish to apply for a Solo Parent ID, you may proceed to your designated barangay hall or directly to a DSWD office in your area.  Your financial status is part of the evaluation, so make sure to bring a copy of your ITR; if you are a stay-at-home parent, the DSWD worker should be able to identify what document you can file in place of an ITR.

Prepare a copy of the PSA birth certificates of your children as well as any other document that could attest to your status as a solo parent (annulment papers, spouse’s death certificate, etc.).

Your documents will be evaluated by a social worker; it could take up to 30 days for your ID to be issued.  The Solo Parent ID is valid for one year and is renewable.

Reference: www.dfa.gov.ph

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