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DFA tells public to renew passports 6 months before expiry date

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DFA is sending out a helpful reminder to passport holders to renew your passports 6 months before the expiry date. A passport is given 5 years validity,  but for some airlines and destination countries,  they require a validity of six months prior to the expiry date.

“We urge everyone to check the validity of their passports, and renew them six months before expiry.  This way, they avoid the hassle of rushing at the last minute to secure a passport, especially when they already need to travel overseas,"  DFA Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Jaime Victor Ledda said.

Currently,  DFA charges P950 for the regular processing (20 working days) and P1,200 for expedited processing (10 working days).  For those applying in the DFA’s regional consular offices (RCOs),  our more days are added for the passport booklet to be sent from Manila to the RCO,  the department added.

In addition to the said reminder,  DFA also encourages applicants to avail the appointment system to ensure quick and convenient service,  they are discouraging walk-in applicants.

The agency said to be careful against unscrupulous individuals who are charging applicants P200 as fee to secure online appointments.

DFA stressed : “Securing an appointment online is free of charge,"

Applicants can check the passport requirements and secure an appointment at www.passport.com.ph, or by calling hotline (02) 737-1000.

They may also call the DFA helplines at telephone numbers (02) 831-8971, (02) 551-4437, (02) 551-4402, (02) 834-4855 and (02) 834-4424.