Hubby and I will fly to Singapore next month but our Philippine passports are due for renewal on May. We have no idea that we cannot travel outside the country if our passports’ validity was less than 6 months. I just learned it from the pexers of Pinoy Exchange and it was confirmed by the staff of Air Philippines Express. OMG! @_@
Application for Renewal of Passports at DFA is now being done online. When I tried to schedule my hubby for an appointment, there were no more slots available for the month of January! :-( There were available slots for February but still, we cannot! Why? The dates available were after our 5 day trip to Singapore! But I was still lucky enough to get some information at Trusty Travel & Tours. I was advised by one of the staff, whom I considered as an “angel”, to go directly to the DFA and make a request for extension of validity of passport. And that’s we did! :-)
Without the help of that travel agency, I wouldn’t know that there is such application like that. For the benefit of many Filipinos out there, I made a research and found out that there are many types of passport application together with the necessary requirements to submit. You can find it here. B-)
UPDATE: For the benefit of many, please read this DFA NEWS UPDATE regarding passport application.
Step by Step Procedure of What We Did For Application of Passport Validity Extension
STEP ONE: Prepared all the necessary documents: marriage certificate, passports & airline e-tickets. In case you have other reasons for extension, you can prepare a letter of request. For OFWs: passport, working visa & job order.
STEP TWO: Went to DFA ASEANA Office at around 7 o’clock in the morning to avoid long queue. From MRT Taft Station, we took a bus with “DFA Baclaran” signage. Buses going to Baclaran with DFA signage take the Macapagal Boulevard.
STEP THREE: Entered Gate 1 (Gate 2 is for people with scheduled appointments and Gate 3 is for DFA’s personnel), showed the guard our passports with the travel tickets, informed him of our purpose: EXTENSION; and asked the directions to the Director’s Office.
STEP FOUR: Went to the Director’s Office, fronting Gate 3. Entered the enclosed glass area with “Passport Division” written on it.
STEP FIVE: Filled-out the small form given by the guard and gave it to the other guard inside the office. Took the passport application form to be filled-out again and waited to be called for an interview. It took us 2 hours of waiting. And there were 30 persons waiting on their seats when we arrived.
STEP SIX: Our names were finally called at exactly ten o’clock. Interviewed by the personnel on desk 17 and stated our reasons. Submitted our tickets, passports and application forms for approval. I also took the opportunity to apply for amendment so that I’ll be able to use my married name instead of my maiden name. We were told to go back to our seats and waited to be called again. Make sure to have the first & last page of your passport photocopied and submit it together with the other documents. You can have your documents photocopied in a booth at Gate 1.
STEP SEVEN: After almost 30 minutes of waiting, we went to the second floor at the Passport Enrollment Center to pay the fees. P200 for extension and P100 for amendment (to use my married name). We paid a total of P500.
STEP EIGHT: Returned to the Director’s Office and submitted the receipts. We were given a copy of the receipt with the date of release. Our passports with approved validity extension will be available for pick-up after three working days! Yey! ;-) We’re finally done at eleven in the morning!
How to get there: Take a bus with “Baclaran” signage. Inform the “konduktor’ to drop you at DFA ASEANA. It’s right across Mcdonalds, which is on your right side. As you get off the bus, cross the street and IGNORE those people who would call your attentions by asking asking if you’re applying for a passport. They are not related to DFA, that’s why don’t try to transact business with them.
TIP: In front of Mcdonalds, you can take buses going to Cubao or Fairview to reach Baclaran or MRT & LRT stations in going back home.
1. Only those Filipinos holding a passport with less than 6 months validity can apply for the EXTENSION.
2. All Filipino citizens applying for passports will NO longer need to submit photographs, as their pictures, their fingerprints, and their signatures, will be taken on-site. This also means that all passport applicants, regardless of age, are henceforth required to appear personally.