The Philippines has instituted the electronic passport (ePassport) system for all its citizens. The ePassport features microchip technology and a host of other security features thereby ensuring that Philippine passports are virtually tamper-proof. ePassport issuance is also compliant with the security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The Philippine ePassport has an integrated circuit (chip) within its pages containing data that are essential in verifying the identity of the passport holder. These include the personal biographical information found on the data page of the passport, the biometrics of the passport holder, the unique chip identification number, and a digital signature to verify the authenticity of the data stored on the chip. The chip technology allows the information stored in an ePassport to be read by special chip readers at almost every international port of entry.
The Embassy/Consulate General receives and processes applications for ePassports, which in turn is sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila for printing and issuance. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for the processing and release of passport to applicant.
The Embassy/Consulate General advises all Philippine passport holders, whose passports are expiring within the next 6 months, to renew their passports if they intend to travel within the aforementioned period.
All Filipino citizens applying for passports with the Philippine Embassy/Consulate General will no longer need to submit photographs, as their picture, together with their fingerprints and signature, will be taken on-site. This means that all passport applicants, regardless of age, are henceforth required to appear personally.
To ensure entry to countries with strict dress codes, all applicants are required to wear decent clothing for passport photo capture. Plunging necklines, sleeveless clothing, spaghetti strapped tops, see-through tops, sando, tube tops, halters and the like are prohibited.
Earrings and colored contact lenses are not allowed during data capture.
Only immediate family members are allowed to claim the passport in behalf of the applicant. Immediate family members include father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, and children of legal age.
- The passport will only be released to an immediate family member with proper authorization letter
- The passport of the minor applicant shall be released only to parents or adult siblings or to an authorized representative with Special Power of Attorney or Affidavit of Support and Consent
Passports unclaimed after one (1) year will be cancelled per Department Order No. 37-03.
Applicants for consular outreach missions must strictly follow instructions for securing appointments contained in the relevant outreach press releases.
Frequently Asked Questions
General Inquiry for Passport Services
Who is eligible to apply for a Philippine passport?
Filipino citizens are eligible to apply for a Philippine passport.
Does the Embassy allow walk-in applicants?
Where can I apply for a Philippine passport?
Philippine Embassies and Consulates General handle passport application. Find the nearest consular office to you using the Consular Finder page .
Note that Honorary Consulate Offices do not process passport applications.
What if I cannot travel to the Embassy/Consulate?
The Philippine Embassy/Consulate should conduct regular Outreach missions to various cities under their jurisdiction. Refer to the schedule and …
What is the validity of a Philippine passport?
In accordance with Department Order No. 010-2017 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10928 (2017), Philippine passports issued to Filipino 18 years or older have a ten-year validity period. Filipinos below 18 years of age will still be issued five-year valid passports.
Where can I get a passport application form?
How long before I receive my new passport?
It takes 4 to 6 weeks for the processing and release of new passport to applicant.
How many envelope/s do we need to bring if we are a family/or residing in one address?
One envelope per applicant.
When do we know the release of our passport?
Passport processing takes 4-6 weeks. Applicants may check the status of their passports through this link http://philippineembassy-usa.org/finder/searchpassport.php .
Applicants in the US will also be receiving Qless-generated SMS notifying them that their passports are available for pick-up and/or have been mailed.