No Price Increase for Passports with 10 Years Validity

Unlike most other improved products and services, the Philippine passport that now boasts of a 10-year validity period which took effect on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2018, will not increase its price.  Passports will still be issued at Php 950.00 for regular processing and P1,200.00 for rush processing.  The former takes 15 working daysContinue reading “No Price Increase for Passports with 10 Years Validity”

Passport Application Process: Applicant’s Name on Birth Certificate does not Match Names on IDs

A passport applicant was denied because her name on her birth certificate did not match any of the IDs and clearances she presented to the DFA.  Why is this so? Janine’s parents’ marriage was annulled shortly after she turned one year old.  After the annulment, her mother immediately reverted to using her maiden last name. Continue reading “Passport Application Process: Applicant’s Name on Birth Certificate does not Match Names on IDs”

Top 10 Travel Tips: Going Abroad for the First Time

So you’re traveling to a different country soon?  Here are some tips that you may find useful as you embark on your first journey ever outside the Philippines. Make sure your Passport is updated and not expiring within the next six months. If you haven’t renewed your passport yet, read our previous article on theContinue reading “Top 10 Travel Tips: Going Abroad for the First Time”

How to Tour Taiwan without a Visa

If you are planning to visit China this coming holiday season, you’re in for a treat. Pinoys who have been issued visas to certain countries may now be exempted from applying a visa to enter Taiwan.  This is an announcement made through the website of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines.  InsteadContinue reading “How to Tour Taiwan without a Visa”

What To Do When You Lose Your Passport Abroad

Grace emptied her backpack as soon as she stepped into her hotel room.  She turned the bag upside down and shook out all the contents of the pockets and pouches.  She took off her jacket and cargo pants and rummaged through the pockets, even though she knew she will not find it there. With tremblingContinue reading “What To Do When You Lose Your Passport Abroad”

Fake Birth Certificates

Bonjour. Mabuhay. I’m sure you heard the news about the fake birth certificates proliferating in Sabah for our Filipino countrymen in the area. This just goes to show that you should always make sure you file it right and make sure you get authentic records for one of the most important documents that will pertainContinue reading “Fake Birth Certificates”

DFA: Passport Processing Operations Normalized

Bonjour. Mabuhay. Thanks to on of our comments subscribers, we got a hold of this news update: Let”s hope it pushes through and through. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) anounced that the Office of Consular Affairs’ (OCA) electronic passport (e-Passport) operations have normalized as previous operational concerns have been addressed. “This is a veryContinue reading “DFA: Passport Processing Operations Normalized”

DFA Passport Delays :(

Bonjour. Mabuhay. Some complicated news for passport aspirants: ============================================== The Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA) regrets to inform the public that releases of passports of those who applied in Manila on May 6 and thereafter and whose passports are due for release on June 10, Friday, and thereafter will be delayedContinue reading “DFA Passport Delays :(“