With all the promo fares, and travel sales, I’m pretty sure you’ve been planning all your trips for 2018. Although it is really exciting to book your tour, before anything else, you need to check if your passport is good to go. If you’re traveling internationally, and your passport expires in six months, then you won’t be able to leave the country.
I have heard a lot of horror stories of people who forgot to renew their passport. Thus, they had to skip their vacation or business trip. That is why as early as now, you need to plan when to renew it, to avoid any hassles!
To make things easier for you, here’s the complete guide for renewing your passport.
Photo: Out of Town Blog
1. Book your appointment in advance
Walk-ins are not allowed in the DFA Aseana or DFA Satellite (unless you are a Senior Citizen with ID, Person With Disability with ID, Solo Parent with ID, or a pregnant woman with medical certificate), so the first step in renewing your passport is to go to their website here to book an appointment schedule.
Remember: If you have an upcoming trip in the future, make sure you book at least three to two months in advance, as the schedules are first come first serve basis.
2. Choose where you will go for appearance
Next, you need to identify where you will renew your passport. Here are the areas within Metro Manila where you can go to:
DFA Aseana in Parañaque
DFA NCR - North in Robinsons Novaliches, Novaliches
DFA NCR - North East in Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao
DFA NCR - East in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong
DFA NCR - Central in Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas
DFA NCR - South West in Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa
DFA NCR - West in SM Manila, City of Manila
For areas outside of Metro Manila, click here to book an appointment schedule.to see the full list.
Note: If your family needs to renew their passport as well, better consider a group appointment so it will be easier for scheduling.
3. Fill up the renewal application form
You can click here here to download.
4. Prepare your documents
Since you’re just renewing your passport, you need to prove your identity by presenting valid IDs and documents. Check this link here to see what to bring.
Note: Bring photocopies of the required IDs or documents as the DFA staff will need to keep it for your record.
Once you arrive during your appointment:
5. Be on time!
Arrive at the DFA office at least thirty minutes before your schedule so you can fall in line accordingly.
6. Wait in line
Once you get your queue number, wait until your number gets called before you arrive to the window of the Processing Area.
7. Pay the fee
After you give the requirements, pay a fee of P950 for regular (passport will arrive in 15 working days) or P1,200 for express (passport will arrive in 7 working days).
8. Data encoding and photo taking
When you’re done paying, proceed to the encoding area for biometrics and photo taking for your passport.
9. Proceed to the delivery counter
Decide if you want your passport to be shipped via courier (extra fees apply) or pickup.
Note: As of September 2017, the DFA has removed access for travel agencies regarding passport renewal. For further info, read here.
Photo credits to: Out of Town Blog