A Philippine passport is a document issued by the Philippine government to its citizens requesting other governments to allow Filipinos to pass freely, and in case of need, to give them lawful aid and protection. It remains at all times the property of the Philippine government, as the holder is only its possessor. As long as the passport is valid, it may not be surrendered to any person or entity other than the Philippine government or its representative.
Passport applications shall be accepted at the Embassy anytime between 9:00am and 4:00pm.
The Embassy is now processing ONLY applications for the new ePassport. The new ePassport makes the Philippine passport highly secure with its introduction of microchip technology. However, the new ePassport aslo made certain adjustments in the passport applicaton process, as follows:
a. All applicants, REGARDLESS OF AGE and whether applying for renewal of their passports or applying for the first time, MUST APPEAR PERSONALLY at the Consular Section to have their photos taken, affix their thumb mark and sign their application form. Applications by mail will not be accepted.
b. Because of the ePassport’s new security features, it takes a considerable amount of time for each step in the entire application process to be completed. HENCE, THE EMBASSY REQUESTS THE APPLICANT’S UNDERSTANDING AS THEY AWAIT THEIR TURN TO BE SERVED.
c. PASSPORT APPLICANTS NEED ONLY BRING ONE (1) PASSPORT-SIZE [1.77″ (4.5cms) x 1/37″ (3.5cms)] PHOTO OF ANY COLOR BACKGROUND. ADDITIONAL PHOTOS SHALL BE TAKEN AT THE EMBASSY AS PART OF THE PASSPORT APPLICATION PROCESS.
d. BRING THE VALID PASSPORT AND PHOTOCOPIES OF ITS PERSONAL DATA AND VISA PAGES. KINDLY NOTE THAT THE EMBASSY DOES NOT OFFER PHOTOCOPYING SERVICES.
e. ALL PASSPORT APPLICATIONS, INCLUDING THOSE FILED AT PHILIPPINE EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES IN OTHER COUNTRIES, ARE PROCESSED IN MANILA.
THE EMBASSY HAS NO CONTROL OVER THE PROCESSING TIME. It merely receives passport applications, captures the applicants’ required personal date and biometrics (i.e. fingerprint, digital signature and photo) and electronically transmits the applications to Manila for processing.
Due to the large volume of passport applications, the AVERAGE WAITING TIME between the date of application and the date of arrival of the new passport in Bangkok can take one-and-a-half month to two (2) months, sometimes even more than three (3) months.
e. To avoid any inconvenience, applicants are advised to submit their passport applications at least three (3) months before their scheduled travel, before the expiration of their visas, or before the expiration of their regular green or maroon passports. Applicants are also reminded that Philippine passports may be renewed six (6) months before the expiry date.
Green and maroon passports that have not yet expired will remain valid and will be honored by immigration authorities worldwide until their stated expiry dates. In case of emergency, the Embassy may renew an unexpired green or maroon passport for another two (2) years. However, the passport holder shall be required to apply for a new e-Passport at the same time.