Here’s An Updated Guide of Philippine Passport Application Requirements
People travel for a reason – for business purposes, some do it for leisure, some might do it to continue their studies or for others, they just want to discover something new
Owning a passport is your ticket to the world. However, getting it requires a strenuous effort, it’s an arduous journey. Rules change very often and it is always great to be always updated so you won’t miss a step or a single requirement.
As we’ve seen for the last couple of months beginning 2018, appointment slots on DFA website get filled faster than you can ever imagine and their website is also rarely updated leaving people to have a negative feedback.
On the good side, the Philippine government has extended the Philippine passport validity to 10 years which applies to those 18 years old and above while minors, below 18, will still be issued regular 5-year valid passports. This document also allows Filipinos to travel to 63 countries visa-free too.
Secure your Philippine passport prior to booking your flights to save hours and days of hassles. If this is your first time to get a passport, you can follow these simple steps to ensure a smooth and stress-free Philippine Passport application:
Steps To Secure A Philippine Passport Application
Step 1: Schedule a DFA appointment online
One of the most important things to do is to confirm your appointment. Visit the DFA website at www.dfa.gov.ph, find the nearest DFA office, and choose the schedule that works for you.
A confirmed appointment is required for all applicants except for the people who would qualify the courtesy or OFW lane. You may avail these lanes if you are:
- Senior Citizens with one travel companion
- Person with Disabilities (PWDs) with one travel companion
- Solo Parent and his/her minor children
- Pregnant Women
- Minors 7 years old and below with his/her parents and minor siblings
- Overseas Filipino Workers who are land-based or seafarers
If you are an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), please read the requirements on how to avail of the courtesy lane.
Step 2: Prepare needed Philippine Passport Requirements
Now that you have your confirmed schedule, make sure to complete this checklist so you won’t miss out on anything.
- Printed copy of the Confirmed Online Appointment
- Personal Appearance
- Accomplished Application Form. Download the application form here
- Original copy of Philippine Statistic Authority (PSA) Authenticated Birth Certificate
- Valid Government Issued ID with one (1) photocopy
- Passport Processing Fee
Do not forget to bring all the originals and the photocopies of the document requirements.
Step 3: Go early to your scheduled appointment
It would always be best to arrive early at the DFA office at least 30 minutes earlier prior to your appointment. Having those extra minutes is better than rushing in long lines.
Don’t forget to wear a decent clothing – a shirt with a collar, jeans, and shoes. This is required for your passport photo. Plunging necklines, sleeveless clothing, spaghetti strapped tops, see-through tops, sando, tube tops, halters, and the like are not allowed. Jewelry and contact lenses are also not allowed.
Get ready to present your documents for verification, pay the fees, and have your photo taken.
And that’s it! Now, it’s up to you if you want your passport to be delivered at your doorstep or if you want to pick it up at the DFA office.