A Philippine Passport is any Filipino ticket to the world beyond the Philippine islands. When you plan to travel abroad or outside the Philippines, you definitely need a passport to gain access and cross the borders. The purpose of the Philippine passport is to show you are a Filipino and a legal citizen of the Republic of the Philippines, which is your specific nation of origin.
Every country has specific guidelines about passports and the information reflected such as the photograph, name, birth date, address, signature, country of origin and other details that would help identify you properly. Passports are one of the most legal forms of identification that can prove who you are on here and abroad.
However, passports expire and you have to go to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to apply for the renewal of your Philippine Passport. You may want to renew your passport before the visa pages are gone.
In some countries, the last 2 pages of the passport may not qualify as a visa page. Passports must typically have at least 4 blank visa pages for international travel.
The destination country may not let you in if you have no more space for the entrance visa stamp. It is also best that you do not travel with a damaged passport or run the risk of being refused an entry.
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A passport is considered damaged if it appears altered in any ways. Type of damage includes exposure to water and humidity, tears and unauthorized markings.
Most countries nowadays require a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. You will not be allowed entry to your destination country if your passport seems to expire while you are travelling.
How do you apply or renew a Philippine Passport? First, you should know that only a Filipino citizen is eligible to acquire and apply for a Philippine Passport.
List of acceptable IDs
- Social Security System (SSS) / Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Unified Multipurpose Identification (UMID) Card
- Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License. Student Permit may be accepted if in card format.
- Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) E-Card
- Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certification from the Election Officer with Dry Seal
- Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License
- Senior Citizen ID
- Airman License (issued August 2016 onwards)
- School ID (if applicable)
- Current Valid ePassport (For Renewal of ePassport)
- For applicants based overseas, they may use their host government issued IDs showing their Philippine citizenship. (Example: Residence Card)
Courtesy lane. No appointment is needed for the following applicants
- Senior citizen and 1 travel companion
- Person with disability and 1 travel companion
- Solo parent and minor children
- Pregnant women
- 7 years old and below, parents and minor siblings
- Overseas Filipino workers, land based or seafarers
See the passport requirements for adults 18 years old and above
- Confirmed and paid DFA Passport Online Appointment
- Personal appearance
- Accomplished application form (new first time applicants)
- Original copy of PSA Birth Certificate (new first time applicants)
- Original PSA Marriage Contract (new first time applicants)
- Any of the list of acceptable IDs
Current ePassport with photocopy of data page (renewal)
PSA authenticated marriage contract, birth certificate, and death certificate of spouse that will support the change of name
If a woman opts to retain her maiden name, a marriage contract is not required.
Schedule a DFA Passport Appointment Online at the website Passport.Gov.Ph and download the passport application form at Consular.Dfa.Gov.Ph. Use a valid and working Gmail email address.
- Select an individual or group appointment
- Choose a DFA office
- Select date and time
- Pick preferred processing, regular or expedited
Check your email. If the online appointment has been successful, you will receive a notification email that will advise you to pay at any of these authorized payment centers
- Bayad Center
- USSC (Western Union)
- Villarica Pawnshop
- Robinsons Business Center
- Robinsons Department Store
Pay in cash only. The appointments are confirmed only when paid. A confirmation email will be sent to you once the payment has been processed.
Pay the exact amount. Excess payment will be forfeited and will not be returned.
One transaction per reference number. Pay separately for each reference number.
A reference number is used only once. If you made a short payment by mistake, do not attempt to correct it, but contact the helpdesk immediately at (02) 234 3488.
Further reading https://consular.dfa.gov.ph/passport/
Passport schedule of fees as of June 24 2019 (subject to change)
- Consular Offices P950 for regular 12 business days and P1,200 for expedite 6 business days
- Foreign Service Posts 28 to 60 days is $60
Expired passports are treated as a new application.
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