The Republic of the Philippines, colloquially known simply as the Philippines, is a Southeast Asian country with a population of over 97 million. Individuals with a Filipino passport can enter the country easily. Passport holders also receive easier entry into many other Asian countries, such as Hong Kong and Malaysia. Individuals who wish to get a passport issued in the Philippines must possess certain required documents to be eligible to apply.
Completed Philippines Passport Application
Applicants must complete the machine readable passport application issued by the Republic of the Philippines in Manila. The application may be downloaded online from the Department of Foreign Affairs (see Resources), or by calling (02) 556-0000. Use a blue or black pen to fill out the application, printing legibly to reduce processing errors.
Ability to Apply In-Person
Passport applications and the supporting documents must be physically submitted by the applicant at the republic's passport office in the Philippines, or at the nearest Consulate General (see Resources). Applicants can show up at the passport or consulate office for a walk-in appointment. However, due to the high number of applicants experienced during certain months, the republic suggests applicants call ahead to setup a personal appointment.
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Foreign Affairs
2330 Roxas Boulevard
Pasay City, Philippines
Filipino Birth Certificate
Applicants must be in possession of an official birth certificate printed on security paper and issued by the Republic of the Philippine's National Statistics Office. Alternatively, applicants may submit a certified duplicate from their local civil registrar.
National Statistics Office - Birth Archives
Vibal Office, 2nd Floor
Times Street corner EDSA
West Triangle, Quezon City 1100
Applications must be accompanied by valid government-issued identification documents that displays the applicant's full name, citizenship and birth date and place. This includes driver's licenses, government forms such as an income tax return or voter's registration record, as well as old government school transcripts.
Three Color Photographs
Individuals must include three identical, 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm color photographs. The applicant must be facing the camera in front of a royal blue background and should be wearing business casual wear with a collar. The photos must have been taken within the six months prior to the passport application being submitted.
Individuals must pay for the processing of their passport application at the time they submit their documents and forms. Standard passport applications cost 500 Philippine pesos. A standard application is processed within 14 business days. If the applicant wants his or her application processed faster, the total fees are 750 Philippine pesos.
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