The Path To Getting Your Passport

As the country has adjusted to the new normal, it’s good to know that people can now fly in and out of the country. And to make things easier for you, this article will tell you about the new travel requirements and processes.

1. Online Appointment. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) listed temporary off-site facilities where you can process your application or renewal. You can process your online appointment through this link:

To manage and control foot traffic, no walk-in or courtesy lane services are suspended until further notice. The Temporary Off-site Passport Service (TOPS) facilities are:

  • Robinsons Las Pinas
  • Robinsons Magnolia, Quezon City
  • SM Aura, Taguig
  • SM Mall of Asia, Pasay
  • SM North EDSA, Quezon City

2. Application Form. You will be directed to a four-page online application form. You need to fill in your personal, family, and contact information. Make sure you have everything right.

3. Processing Fee payment. After submitting the form, you’ll need to pay for the processing fee. You have two options depending on what applies to you:

  • Regular Processing – Costs P950 and takes 10-15 days in Manila.
  • Express Processing – Costs P1200 and takes 5-7 days in Manila.

4. Personal Appearance. This is the day you are waiting for. Be on time and bring all the requirements with you, your application form in printed copy, the checklist with your confirmed schedule, and your e-receipt in two copies.

You will undergo the following process inside the DFA office:

  • Document verification
  • Processing
  • Data Encoding and Biometrics
  • Delivery
  1. Passport Pick-up. If you did not avail the delivery service option, you’ll need to pick-up your passport on the indicated release date. Make sure to bring your application receipt and claim stub.

In the case that you can’t claim your passport, an immediate family member can claim your passport on your behalf, provided that she has an authorization letter prepared and signed by you with other requirements. They must bring the following:

  • Authorization Letter
  • Original Receipt
  • Applicant’s Valid ID (original and photocopy)
  • Representative’s Valid ID (original and photocopy)

If you have no immediate family member available to claim your passport, your authorized person must bring the following:

    • A Special Power of Attorney
    • Original Receipt
    • Applicant’s Valid ID (original and photocopy)
    • Representative’s Valid ID (original and photocopy)

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