Are you planning to apply either for a new or renewal of your Philippine passport? You should read the following things to do before and after applying for a Philippine passport.
Things To Do Before Applying for a Philippine Passport
- All applicants should secure an appointment when applying for a passport;
- The public is advised to secure their passports prior to booking their flights. Flight bookings should ONLY be made if passports are still valid for at least six (6) months;
- Confirmed appointment is required for all applicants except for those who would qualify for the courtesy lane;
- Applicants are reminded to be 30 minutes earlier on their selected date and time of appointment at their chosen consular office;
- Personal appearance is required for all applicants;
- Please be warned that dealing with fixers is at your own risk and expense;
- Prepare all the originals and photocopies of the documentary requirements for passport application.
- To ensure entry to countries with strict dress codes, all applicants are required to wear decent clothing for passport photo capture. Plunging necklines, sleeveless clothings, spaghetti strapped tops, see-through tops, sando, tube tops, halters and the like are prohibited.
- Jewelleries and contact lenses are not allowed during photo capturing;
- The DFA adheres to “No Escort” policy; escorts shall be prohibited from entering the DFA consular premises to accompany the applicants.
Things To Do After Applying for a Philippine Passport
- Applicant shall bring the passport receipt for release of their passport. In case of lost passport receipt an Affidavit of Loss is required.
- For applicants 13 years old and above, immediately affix the signature on the third page of the passport booklet upon receipt of the passport. For minors 12 years old and below, leave it blank.
- Check if all the data on the passport are correct.
- If the applicant cannot personally claim his/her passport, an immediate family member or an authorized representative shall present an Authorization Letter or a Special Power of Attorney respectively, to claim the passport in behalf of the applicant.
- Passports unclaimed after six (6) months will be cancelled per Department Order No. 37-03.
- Do not staple anything on the passport booklet especially the covers as it may damage the electronic chip and render the epassport unreadable.
The Philippine Passport is at all times the property of the Republic of the Philippines. It must be surrendered upon demand by an authorized representative of the Philippine Government.
Alteration, addition, or destruction of contents is strictly prohibited. Any unauthorized change will render a passport invalid and will have accompanying penalties.
Using the passport as collateral is against the law and will automatically render the passport cancelled.
The information provided in the passport application form must be true and correct. The documents that will be submitted should be authentic. Under the law, making false statements in passport application form, furnishing falsified or forged documents in support thereof are punishable by law.