DFA opens passport appointments for January 2018
Filipinos who wish to apply for or renew their passports may now secure their appointments online.
Starting January 2018, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will be issuing Philippine passports with 10-year validity pursuant to Republic Act 10928 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
DFA’s passport appointment system is now operated by state-owned Apo Production Unit, Inc. but the interface has not changed.
The passport fees remain the same: P 950.00 for regular processing (20 working days) and P 1,200.00 for express processing (10 working days).
The following are exempted from securing prior appointment and may enjoy priority lanes at consular offices and satellite offices:
- Senior Citizen with Senior Citizen ID
- Person with Disability (PWDs) with PWD ID or visible disability
- Solo Parent with Valid Solo Parent ID
- Pregnant women with medical certificate
- Minors seven (7) years old and below
Overseas Filipino workers with supporting documents and proof such as employment contract may walk in at Philippine Overseas Employment Administration in Mandaluyong City.
DFA reminds applicants that appointments are free and dealing with fixers is not necessary.
“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.
The first two weeks of January are now fully booked as of this writing. Click here to secure your appointment. /je
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