Philippine Passport is Getting Powerful this year

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Whether business or leisure, it is a must to secure your passport for international travel. Flight bookings must ONLY be made if passports are still valid for at least six (6) months before departure.

How powerful is Philippine passport this 2019?

A passport is a travel document issued by a country’s government. It certifies the identity and nationality of its holder. Its primary purpose is for international travel. Standard passports may contain information such as holder’s name, place and date of birth. It includes photograph, signature, and other identifying information.

Many countries are moving towards including biometric information. This is in a microchip embedded in the passport. Thus it makes them machine-readable and difficult to counterfeit. As of 2017, there are over 120 jurisdictions issuing these e-Passports. Previously issued passports usually remain valid until each expires. Click here for more details.

Did you know that Philippines ranked 74th most powerful passport among 199 countries? The 66 destinations where Philippine passport holders have visa-free access. Including visa on arrival and electronic travel authority, these are the following:

*visa on arrival
**eTA (electronic travel authority)

ASIA

  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Hong Kong (SAR China)
  • Indonesia
  • Kyrgyzstan *
  • Laos
  • Macao (SAR China)
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives *
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal *
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka *
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan *
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste *
  • Vietnam

AFRICA

  • Benin *
  • Cape Verde Islands *
  • Comores Islands *
  • Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Djibouti *
  • Gambia
  • Guinea-Bissau *
  • Kenya *
  • Madagascar *
  • Malawi *
  • Mauritania *
  • Mauritius *
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique *
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles *
  • Somalia *
  • Tanzania *
  • Togo *
  • Uganda *

OCEANIA

  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • Marshall Islands *
  • Micronesia
  • Niue
  • Palau Islands *
  • Papua New Guinea *
  • Samoa *
  • Tuvalu *
  • Vanuatu

CARIBBEAN

  • Dominica
  • Haiti
  • St. Lucia *
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago *

AMERICAS 

  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Nicaragua *
  • Peru
  • Suriname

MIDDLE EAST

  • Armenia *
  • Iran *
  • Israel
  • Palestinian Territory

Click this link for more details.

Philippine Passport Requirements

Application and renewal of passport is so much easier now. Gone are the days when you have to travel as far as Quezon province to secure one. There are lots of branches nationwide without long queue as this is per appointment basis only.

ADULT NEW APPLICATION

  1. Confirmed Online Appointment. This is applicable for New Application or Renewal. No walk-ins accepted.
  2. Personal Appearance.
  3. Accomplished Application Form.
  4. Original copy of Birth Certificate authenticated by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) printed on Security Paper.
  5. Valid ID with one (1) photocopy. Click this link for list of valid ID’s provided by DFA.
  6. Additional requirements may be needed for some cases. Click this link and see “C. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS” section for the details.

MINOR NEW APPLICATION

  1. Confirmed Online Appointment (if applicable). Children 7 years old and below do not need to have an online appointment. They are entitled to avail of the courtesy lane together with their parent/s and minor siblings.
  2. Personal Appearance of minor applicant and either parent or authorized adult companion.
  3. Accomplished Application Form.
  4. Original copy of Birth Certificate authenticated by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) printed on Security Paper.
    • Local Civil Registrar Copy may be required if PSA Birth Certificate is not clear or cannot be read.
  5. Marriage Certificate is required if only one parent is accompanying the child.
    • If parents are unmarried, an Affidavit of Support is needed. And/or Consent executed by the Mother will be required if she is not accompanying the child.
    • If Affidavit of Support and/or Consent is executed abroad, it must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate.
  6. Passport or Valid Government issued ID of either parent with one (1) photocopy. Click this link for list of valid ID’s provided by DFA.
  7. School ID (if applicable).
  8. Additional requirements may be needed for some cases. Click this link and see “C. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS” section for the details.

Passport Processing Fee

Regular Processing – P 950.00 (12 Working Days)
Express Processing – P 1200.00 (6-7 Working Days)

You may click this link for FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) regarding General Passport Information.

How to secure Passport Online Appointment

To get Philippine Passport, you must secure Online Appointment. This is one of the requirements before making personal appearance at any DFA Consular Office.  You must provide complete and accurate information.

IMPORTANT!
a. You must have a valid and working Gmail or Yahoo account only. This is due to issues on technical incompatibilities with other emails.
b. Updates and confirmation may take some time because of server capability and network traffic.
c. System-generated email may be incorrectly tagged as spam. Always check your JUNK or SPAM Folder if no message appears in your Inbox.
d. Appointment and scheduling system is on a first come, first served basis.
e. Limited slots are available per location. There is no guarantee that your desired schedule will be available.
f. Passport Online Appointment is FREE.

You may click this link for FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) regarding Passport Appointment.

Passport Application and Renewal Procedure

Booking an Appointment

Step 01.
Go to DFA website and read the instructions, terms and conditions.

After agreeing to the Terms and Conditions above, you may start your online application. This is by clicking either “Start Individual Appointment” or “Start Group Appointment”

Step 02.
Choose your preferred Site Location or DFA Consular Office.

Step 03.
Select your preferred appointment date and time. Dates and time in color Green are Available while. Dates and time in color Red are Not Available.
Note: You may still check from time to time your preferred date as some appointments may be canceled.

Tick the box before “I’m not a robot” then click “Next”
You must perform the given instruction to proceed with the next step.

Step 04.
Completely fill-in all required information that includes Personal and Family Information. If you have a name suffix (e.g. Jr., Sr., II, III, etc.) input after your first name. The system asks for additional info when applicant is a minor. Once done, click “NEXT”.

Step 05.
Additional details must be provided for the Application Information.

For New Application
For Renewal Application

Step 06.
Contact information must be provided as well.

Step 07.
Individual Appointment – Information Review will then appear for you to check and amend if necessary.

Tick the box before “I’m not a robot” and the box before “I am aware that possession of a passport.
Then click the CONFIRM button.

Step 08.
Select what type of processing you prefer.
Regular Processing – P 950.00 (12 Working Days)
Express Processing – P 1200.00 (6-7 Working Days)

Payment Procedure.

Step 09.
Proceed to payment. Take note of important reminders for payment confirmation. See also below Authorized Payment Centers and General Guidelines.

Step 10.
Check your email for the reference number that will be sent electronically. Reference number is required when paying in accredited payment center. Php50 convenience fee will be added.

Important!
To confirm your appointment, you must pay the amount to any accredited payment center using the reference number. This is provided within 24 hours upon completion of appointment schedule. Or upon receipt of the email information related to the payment. Otherwise, it will automatically cancel the provisional booking to give way to other applicants.

Step 11.
Once payment is done, new email message will be sent to confirm that the payment is successful. Read the content of the email and follow the instructions.

Important!
You must PRINT the documents attached in the email confirmation. And must BRING on the day of your appointment schedule together with other document requirements. Be ready with original and photocopies.

– Application Form with Barcode printed in A4 size paper
– Important Reminders Checklist
– Two (2) copies of e-receipt

Appointment Day

Be sure to arrive at least thirty (30) minutes to one hour before your schedule. Late comers will not be accommodated. Do not deal with fixers as you actually don’t need them. You can secure your application without hassle.

Applicants must wear a decent clothing for passport photos. You cannot wear:

  • plunging necklines,
  • sleeveless clothings,
  • spaghetti strapped tops
  • See-through tops,
  • sando,
  • tube tops,
  • halters and the likes.
  • Earrings, necklaces and colored contact lenses

Avoid wearing ripped-jeans. I personally experienced submitting my application form and requirements but I was not allowed to enter the consular office. Luckily my place is near thus I went home and changed. It’s only a 15-minute drive back and forth. And I was already there when my name was called. It took me just an hour to complete my renewal application due to the improved processing system.

Passport Releasing

You can get your passport by claiming at DFA consular office or via courier. You need to provide Special Power of Attorney stating your reasons if you cannot claim personally. Likewise, a valid ID of the representative and authorization is also needed in case you cannot receive it.

To know more about Philippine Passport Application. Visit DFA website. Hope you find this article useful, follow mykmag.com for similar feature.

Aileen Joy Flores

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