Advisory on Passport Applications

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA) wishes to inform the public that measures have been put in place to address the delay in the processing and releasing of passports which are caused by the recent unprecedented increase in passport applications and other technical concerns.

The DFA will extend up to one year the validity of the current expiring passports of applicants who have urgent travel. The extension will be free of charge while the applicants are waiting for the release of their new electronic passports (ePassports).

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and applicants who need their passports on emergency circumstances (e.g., medical concerns, death in the immediate family) are advised to go to the Passport Director’s Office, for assistance. The Passport Director’s Office is located at the ground floor of the DFA-OCA at the Aseana Business Park along Macapagal Avenue.

Also, the DFA-OCA has extended its work hours, and opened its services on Saturdays. Passport processing services is now available until 8:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

The DFA advises the public to file for their passport applications at least 12 weeks before their intended date of travel.

The DFA is exerting all efforts and is committed to resolve the delays at the soonest possible time, and requests the public’s patience and understanding, particularly those who applied at its Regional Consular Offices (RCOs).

For additional information, the public may call the DFA-OCA at telephone nos. (02) 737-1000 and (02) 556-0000, send an email to oca@dfa.gov.ph or visit the Department’s website at www.dfa.gov.ph.

Source: Gov Ph

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3 comments

  1. I am glad that they have extended the expiring passport's validity. The delay this time is absurd to think that is has become electronic. Even my brother who is working abroad and has applied to renewal at the consular office is also experiencing delays. I hope it gets fixed soon.

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  2. I had the worst experience at DFA! I booked an appointment for (rush) passport on Feb25 and when I got there, it was the first day they imposed the no-rush processing, then adding another 5 days for the regular. No prior warnings whatsoever, not even on the news. :/

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  3. My passport has expired and I haven't had it renewed. I'm not going out of the country so I think I'm lucky enough not to experience this, though I didn't know that there is an electronic passports now (wow I feel so delayed LOL!) Blog hopping here. :)

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