Philippine Passport Renewal Experience: Requirements, Steps and Helpful Tips
I finally got my new Philippine Passport – valid for 10 years!
I thought my passport renewal timing was just perfect – that I would get my new passport before the old one hit “6 months validity”. In the previous years when I renewed my passport, I was pressed with time:
2010: My passport arrived a day before my flight to Hong Kong
2014: I had to apply for new passport while concurrently applying for UK Visa (I got my Visa and new passport two days before my flight).
This year, I thought it was a smoother process for me. I always make sure that I am travel-ready.
Passport Expiration:October 1, 2019
I can no longer travel on: April 1, 2019
Passport Renewal Schedule: March 5, 2019
Expedited Service: 5 days (expected date of release March 13, 2019)
No need to bring Birth Certificate (if you have an ePassport – one with chip)
(The lighting at the DFA office was not very flattering. As usual, I looked more criminal than ever. Anyway, just think that it is a privilege to be issued a Philippine passport).
I went back on April 2nd (around 20 days after my renewal application). I got my newly renewed passport and it was issued March 19, 2019. T
So yay! I got my new passport! The old one has a lot of memories and I am excited to fill the next one with new stamps and adventures.
As for the case of the valid Visas in the old passport, you can still use them until validity date/year. Just make sure that you bring your old passport when traveling using a new passport. So that the Immigration Officer won’t think that it is your first time to travel outside of the country.
If you have questions? Drop them at the comments section.
As usual, I hope you find this post helpful.