Planning on a trip overseas? Either for business or leisure, there is one thing you need to secure before anything else…a passport.
Passport is the most important thing in traveling overseas, without it you won’t be able to enter any country. It is a form of identification and it documents all your travel history. It is also useful for the appropriate government agencies to contact your family or your country in case of emergencies.
Here’s a summarized list on how to secure a Philippine passport for first-time applicants:
1. Complete your requirements and make sure to photocopy all documents
- Personal Appearance is the #1 requirement so please there’s no such thing as fixers.
- Duly accomplished application form (check #2)
- Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO.
- Proof of identity / Supporting documents indicating full name, date and place of birth and citizenship
- Additional Requirements: For married women, minors , Muslim applicants, those with foreign-sounding family names and those who availed of dual citizenship please check this link for the complete requirements
2. Set an appointment, you have two options:
Option 1: Call their customer care officer at tel:(02) 737-1000, suggest your preferred schedule and time of appointment. The officer will give you an appointment reference # make sure to jot it down. Then go online and open this link (http://passport.com.ph/print) and supply the reference # given to you to print your application form.
Option 2: Set an appointment online. Go online and fill up this form (http://passport.com.ph/apply/start) and make sure to fill up all necessary information needed, your preferred schedule and your email address. They will email your reference # and the link to print your application form, then just go online and print it.
3. Go to your appointment at least 30 minutes before your scheduled time, if you failed to appear then you have to schedule an appointment again. Make sure you have the complete set of your printed application form along with the requirements enumerated in #1 and don’t forget the photocopies!
The DFA Consular Office is located at ASEANA Business Park, Bradco Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard. Barangay Tambo, Paranaque City. For regional offices please check this link.
One more thing important is the Dress Code, those who are wearing the following attire shall not be permitted to enter the premises of DFA-ASEANA:
- Sandos, spaghettis, backless, tubes
- Rubber Slippers / Sandals (example Flip-flops, Ipanema, Havaianas, etc)
- Sleepwears for minors below 7 years old, including infants
4. Present your requirements to the Appointment Counter, they will issue your queue number, stay at the waiting section of the Processing Area until your number appears on the screen.
5. After processing, pay the appropriate passport processing fees then proceed to the Encoding Section for data capturing.
6. You can opt for your new passport delivered to your home, if so then pay for the appropriate delivery fee. If not then come back to DfA on the release date.
Here’s the summary of charges for your info:
Manila and POEA Express Processing. (PHP1,200) 7 working days
Normal Processing (PHP 950) 15 working days
Regional Consular Office Releasing of passports filed in Regional Consular Offices (RCOs) may vary depending on the delivery schedule of printed passports.
Express Processing (PHP1,200) 10 working days
Normal Processing (PHP 950) 20 working days
7. Start traveling and have fun! And protect that passport at all times. A big no-no for travelers is losing your passport while overseas, it won’t only ruin your vacation, it’s also a headache in terms of paper works. So be extra careful and enjoy your travels!
Information Source: DFA