If you got your passport almost five years ago, chances are you’ll need to renew it soon. Do you still remember the dos and don’ts? Here they are if you need a refresher about renewing your Philippines passport.
Updated 2021: Due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic, DFA strictly requires all applicants to secure an appointment by sending an email at email@example.com.
Also, the procedure and ways from before when I renewed mine may be different from the updated one, some process remain the same. For example, securing an appointment and no escorts allowed.
You may as well check DFA’s official website for more information.
First things first for renewing your Philippines Passport
Wear proper attire
I was wearing shorts when I went to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for my appointment. Upon seeing my attire, the security guard got pissed and said that I couldn’t enter the premises unless I changed. I arrived there at 8:32 am and my appointment was at 9 am. I couldn’t afford to miss my schedule!
Luckily, a vendor was selling a pair of leggings which cost P250. I haggled for the price and got it for P150.
I hastily put them on and voila, I was ready for my appointment. The funny thing is, well, who knows that I wasn’t allowed or anyone to wear shorts for renewing my Philippines passport? Well, that I had to learn the hard way. So now, you know! And don’t do the same mistake I did.
No escorts allowed
You can’t take a companion, so better come alone. Prepare your appointment confirmation printout and have it validated at the entrance.
Schedule an appointment 2-3 months ahead
The appointment calendar gets full in no time. Despite the fact that the DFA has numerous branches from which you can select where to schedule an appointment, at least 90% of them get fully-booked right away. Should you wish for an efficient renewing your Philippines passport, then I I recommend that you book an appointment 2 to 3 months before your next flight to avoid hassle.
The general rule is, if your passport is expiring in less than 6 months, you can’t leave the country.
The image above will give you a clearer idea on how difficult it is to set an appointment. But there are other sites that you can try. Pick the one closest to you for convenience.
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The earliest appointment is the best
Choosing the best schedule can save your ass from queueing. Select the earliest possible schedule to avoid the crowd. Forget about Filipino time for heaven’s sake! Appointments scheduled within the first hour after the office opens are prioritized. The security guards and the staff will assist you, so you won’t get confused along the way.
Get a new passport in 1 to 3 weeks
DFA’s processing is much more efficient than before. Processing time during the appointment lasted for almost 2 hours only. Back in 2012, I queued for 7 hours! Kudos to DFA for the new policy. Everything is more convenient now. Kudos!
10 years of passport validity is now here!
Yes! Once you renew your passport, the return will be 10 year validity already. How exciting is that!
Requirements for renewing your Philippines passport
Your old passport and yourself. Nothing else.
Lastly, I know it’s been almost 5 years since you got your first or last passport, so I understand you’re a bit baffled and clueless on how to get and renew one. I got my very first passport on June 20, 2012 and it will expire on June 17, 2017.
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To give you a better and clearer understanding of how to get started, here’s a simple step-by-step guide.
Booking an appointment
Go to DFA website. There’s a simple guide on how you can schedule your appointment. There are options for new applications and renewals, as well as for applying as an individual and as a group. See the photo below.
Select the Asia Pacific and the Philippines. Pick the site where you want to renew your passport.
Select the Individual Appointment if you’re alone. Otherwise, you can click the Group Appointment box.
I chose DFA Aseana, the main branch, as it’s the closest to my condominium. After choosing your preferred site, you can now move on to the getting your schedule that matches your own time. Schedules come in one-hour intervals. Here’s what you need to know about getting your schedule.
It’s not easy to get one.
Although time slots are open every one hour, at least 90% of them are fully booked, so if you’re expecting a trip outside the country, I strongly suggest you schedule an appointment 3 months prior to that. As for me, I booked the schedule in January and was able to get an appointment on March 6. Can you imagine? That’s 2 months!
As soon as you’re able to book an appointment, you’re good to go. Wait for the confirmation that you will receive on your email.lick on the link in the email and confirm your appointment.
But don’t stop there yet. At least 72- 48 hours before your appointment, kindly confirm that. Otherwise, it’s subject to cancellation. It is also important that you print a copy of your appointment confirmation before going to the DFA office to make sure you’d be allowed to enter. Walk-ins are usually not entertained.
On the day of your appointment, it’s best to arrive on time or at least 30 minutes prior to your schedule. Renewing your Philippines passport should not be that tricky, however, DFA Aseana is one of the busiest offices.
Step 1: Inside the DFA office, you will be asked for your printed copy of the confirmation. The first part of it will be collected. Take a seat and wait for the officer to call out your name. Make sure you have photocopied your old passport or any supporting documents as it will be needed. ( Xerox machines are available just outside the office, it’s 5php per copy. You only need one)
Step 2: Windows. An officer will tell you which window you should proceed to. Hand over your passport to the lady. She would then ask you as a standard process if you have upcoming trips. Once handed, your passport will be punctured. That means your old passport is already invalid and can’t be used anymore. Yep. That’s right. They will also asked you if you prefer fast processing to the regular one. Fast processing takes at least 1 week and the second option, 2-3 weeks.
Step 3: Payment. Payment section is on the third floor. . I chose regular since I wasn’t in a rush. Payment processing is quick. Just give your payment and the next step is for queuing.
Step 4: Get your number. Two ladies are going to give you your number that’s being shown on the screen. Don’t fret. Waiting doesn’t take that long. There are many available windows, so your number will be called sooner than you think.
Step 5: As soon as your number is called out, go to the assigned window. Have your photo was taken and sign. That’s it.
So, what’s so mighty difficult about renewing your Philippines passport? For as long as you follow the rules and guidelines, you’ll be good to go. Most importantly, don’t forget your important documents!
And passport delivery? Yes.
Make sure to ask about this, because it’s usually not mentioned during the first four steps. The delivery section is just near the payment section, but you won’t notice it. Therefore, it’s better to ask where it is and you will be directed to go there. The delivery fee is P150 for the Makati area.
Sorry, I’m not sure if it’s the same for other areas in Metro Manila as well as in the provinces but I assumed it’s only around 150-200 PHP.
And if you ever wondered if you can smile for your next passport photo, yes you can! I remember that when I processed my first passport, I wasn’t smiling at all. I looked like the whole world was on me. Yes, you can smile, but make sure not to show your teeth.
Congratulations, you’re done!
- Passport Renewal is allowed at least 2 years prior to expiration
- Beware of scams: There are vendors selling manila and plastic envelopes for P25 each outside the DFA office. They’d say that it’s required to put your documents in an envelope, but ignore them. Your requirements such as your old passport and other supporting documents like birth certificate, or SSS ID are not required to put in an envelope as long as they’re not crumpled.
So, I hope you found this article on renewing your Philippines passport helpful. Remember to set aside Filipino time on this day! If you have anything to add or questions, just let me know in the comment box below! Good luck!