The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) started issuing Philippine passports with 10-year validity pursuant to Republic Act 10928 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte beginning January 2018.

Every Filipino who desires to apply for a passport or renew their passports may now secure their appointments online.

Walk-ins are not permitted and therefore, the first step is to go to www.passport.gov.ph to reserve a slot for an appointment schedule. The website is on a first-come, first-serve basis and tends to be fully booked for several months from the present. This is why booking for a slot would allow you to be in for the application 2 months ahead.

The exercise of this online passport application system with all the scheduling and appointment is for the convenience of Filipino citizens. Both residing locally or abroad seeking to apply for a passport for the first time or intending to renew the most recently issued booklet in his/her possession.

Make an effort to set an appointment at least three (3) to four (4) months in advance to have enough time to process your renewal if you intend to travel.

It is important to have a valid and working Gmail or Yahoo email address when setting an appointment because it is where the website will send the details of your schedule. Better to create one before getting an appointment if you don’t have one yet.

If you think you have your email address ready, you may proceed with securing the appointment slot through the Schedule an Appointment page of the website www.passport.gov.ph. Appointment setting can be done individually or by group appointments and if you’re going to be traveling with your family and friends and they need to update their passport as well it’s excellent to choose a group appointment.

No Appointment is Needed

The following are special groups of people who are allowed to process their passports as walk-in applicants and are exempted from securing prior appointment and may enjoy priority lanes at consular offices and satellite offices:

These groups of people above may avail the OFW Lane or Priority Lane at DFA Aseana or at any DFA Satellite Office or Regional Consular Office to apply or renew their passports.

Overseas Filipino workers with supporting documents and proof such as employment contract may walk in at Philippine Overseas Employment Administration in Mandaluyong City.

There is additional information that Employees of the government and government-controlled corporations are allowed to use the priority lane access. It is important to bring your government ID when you intend to apply or renew your passport.

You can check in Official Gazette the detailed list of government officials who can use the priority lane.

The passport fees is P950.00 for regular processing (20 working days) and P1, 200.00 for express processing (10 working days).

DFA reminds applicants that appointments are free and dealing with fixers is not necessary, though there are feeds from travel agencies and agents in Facebook who offers “passport appointment services” without aggravations for t up to eight thousand pesos.

“We remind you that passport appointments are free. The DFA discourages applicants from securing online appointment through fixers. Please be warned that dealing with fixers is at your own risk and expense,” a notice from DFA said.

Applicants residing from the provinces don’t need to go all the way to Manila for an appointment because the DFA also has regional consular offices in select provinces all over the country.

DFA’s passport appointment system is now operated by state-owned Apo Production Unit, Inc. but the interface has not changed.

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