Passport General Information
The Department of Foreign Affairs started issuing electronic passports (e-passports) on 11 August 2009. Ten months later, the Philippine Embassy started issuing e-passports on 16 June 2010.
The e-passport has an embedded integrated circuit chip which contains the details of the passport, including the bearer’s biometric information, following the standards set forth by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), in compliance to a deadline set for November 2015. The e-passport allows information stored on the chip to be verified with the information visually displayed on the passport. The chip is highly interoperable; meaning, it can be read by any standard border control machine worldwide. It is integrated with high security mechanisms in order to prevent any forceful scheming of data it contains, any cloning, and any remote reading.
The e-passport is highly secure; hence, it avoids passport duplication and tampering. The e-passport database is enhanced with Automated Fingerprint Verification System (AFIS) that guards against multiple passport issuances to the same person and enhances impostor detection.
Beginning 15 August 2016, an all improved high-security e-passport will be issued to every Filipino with the use of the new passport system. The new passport will feature impressive designs promoting the regions of the Philippines and enhanced security features. These features include intaglio printing used for the printing of money, upgraded microchip to contain passport data, and use of invisible UV fluorescent ink and thread concealing elaborate images.
- Assessment of your requirements at Window 6
- Approval of your passport application
- Payment of fees at the Cashier
- Capture of passport data
Passports applied for starting August 15, 2016 using the new passport system will have the new Philippine passport design and security features.
Before passport application:
- Processing of passport applications with incomplete requirements will be delayed as these applications cannot be accommodated for passport data capture.
- We accept documents obtained from the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA)/ National Statistics Office (NSO) issued less than 6 months before that date of passport application.
- Click here to use the PSA/NSO Online Documents Delivery service.
During passport application:
- Personal appearance is required for all passport applicants.
- Immediately inform the Embassy of your anticipated travel within 3 months when submitting your passport application for assessment.
- No need to submit passport size photos.
- Please wear decent attire with collar. Earrings, contact lenses and excessive make-up are not allowed during data capturing.
- Check all the passport data before signing it. If data in the passport is misspelled or wrong, the expense for a new application shall be paid by the passport holder.
After passport application:
- The average availability of your passport is between 1 to 2 months after your application.
- Please refrain from buying of plane tickets for travel abroad if you have not received your new passports.
- Check all the data printed on the new e-passport upon receipt.
- For all those with extended or uncancelled old passports, once your new passport is available, you will receive a postcard. You may choose between:
- Sending us your old uncancelled passport and the Embassy sends you back your old cancelled passport with the new passport); or
- Bring to the Embassy your old passport for cancellation and receive the new passport
- Passports unclaimed after six (6) months from date of issuance will be cancelled per DFA Department Order No. 37-03.
CONTACT DETAILS OF THE PASSPORT UNIT
To follow-up on your passport application or other requests, contact us at:
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
5-15-5 Roppongi Minato, Tokyo 106-8537 Japan
Telephone No.: 03-5562-1600 ext 127 (weekdays between 3-6PM)
Fax No.: 03-5562-1597
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