The Four Kinds of Passport Appointment Fixers and Why You Should Avoid Them

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,Continue reading “The Four Kinds of Passport Appointment Fixers and Why You Should Avoid Them”

63 Visa-free Countries for the Pinoy Traveler

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 inContinue reading “63 Visa-free Countries for the Pinoy Traveler”

Can I Renew My Passport Before It Expires?

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 aboutContinue reading “Can I Renew My Passport Before It Expires?”

How to Renew a Lost and Expired Philippine Passport

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.Continue reading “How to Renew a Lost and Expired Philippine Passport”

Quick Facts for Passport Applicants at the DFA

  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: Personal appearance is required for all applicants. A confirmedContinue reading “Quick Facts for Passport Applicants at the DFA”

7 Things to Remember When Having Your Passport Photo Taken

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 asContinue reading “7 Things to Remember When Having Your Passport Photo Taken”

Solo Parents May Now Use the DFA’s Passport Priority Lanes

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 renewContinue reading “Solo Parents May Now Use the DFA’s Passport Priority Lanes”

How to Get the Different Government-issued IDs Required by the DFA

In almost all of your transactions, whether with a government agency or a private corporation like banks, schools, and remittance centers, you will always be required to present a government-issued ID.  It doesn’t matter if you have a company ID, a school ID, or membership cards, agencies will always require you to present a government-issuedContinue reading “How to Get the Different Government-issued IDs Required by the DFA”