Apply For A Philippine Passport

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.

From 3 January 2018, Filipinos 18 years old and above shall be issued ten-year validity electronic passports. Minors will continue to be issued five year validity epassports.



  1. Passport applications with incomplete requirements cannot be accommodated for passport data capture. Check that you have all the required documents before you go to the Embassy for passport application. Please see the LIST OF REQUIREMENTS FOR PASSPORT APPLICANTS. The Consular Officer reserves the right to require additional documents, if and when necessary.
  2. Only documents obtained from the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA) [formerly National Statistics Office (NSO)] issued less than 6 months before the date of passport application may be accepted.
  3. Renewal of your passport at least eight (8) months before its expiry date is highly encouraged.
  4. Secure your passports prior to booking travel tickets out of the country. Flight bookings should only be made if passports are still valid for at least six (6) months.
  5. No refund of fees will be made after payment at the cashier.
  6. An online appointment is encouraged.
  7. Personal appearance is required for ALL applicants.
  8. 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.
  9. Earrings and colored contact lenses are NOT ALLOWED during data capture.
  10. To avoid being inconvenienced, all are advised to bring a self-addressed letter pack 510 per applicant, photocopy of required IDs and documents, a duly accomplished passport application form, and valid photo ID.



  1. Assessment of your requirements at Window 6
  2. Approval of your passport application
  3. Payment of fees at the Cashier
  4. Capture of passport data

Important Reminders:

  1. Immediately inform the Embassy of your anticipated travel within 3 months when submitting your passport application for assessment.
  2. The following are prioritized during application:
    1. Senior citizens (60 years old and over)
    2. Minors seven (7) years old and below (with their parents and minor siblings)
    3. People with disabilities (PWDs) with PWD ID or visible disability
    4. Single parents with Solo Parent ID and their minor children
    5. Visibly pregnant women or pregnant women with certificate
    6. OFW with sufficient proof of status such as iDOLE Card, valid employment contract, work visa.

    Please note the following:

    1. Getting an online appointment is highly encouraged.
    2. Those applying without online appointment are subject to queuing depending on the number of applicants for the day.
    3. Acceptance of passport applications shall be on a first come, first served basis.
  3. Check all the passport data before signing. If data in the passport is misspelled or wrong, the applicant must return to the embassy for passport data capture and the expense for a new application shall be paid by the passport holder
  4. Special cases (lost passport, assumed identity cases, etc.) shall be subject to verification and interview.


  1. The average availability of your passport is between 1 to 2 months after your application.
  2. Please refrain from buying of plane tickets for travel abroad if you have not received your new passports.
  3. Check all the data printed on the new e-passport upon receipt and immediately inform the Passport Unit for incorrect entries.
  4. For all those with extended or uncancelled old passports, once your new passport is available, you will receive a postcard/hagaki. You may choose between:
    1. Sending us your old uncancelled passport and the Embassy sends you back your old cancelled passport with the new passport); or
    2. Bring to the Embassy your old passport for cancellation and receive the new passport
  5. Only immediate family members are allowed to personally claim the passport on behalf of the applicant. Immediate family members include father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, and children of legal age.
    1. The passport will only be released to an immediate family member with proper authorization letter.
    2. 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.
  6. Passports unclaimed after six (6) months will be cancelled per Department Order No. 37-03.


To follow-up on your passport application or other requests, contact us at:

Passport Unit
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


Links to the complete list of requirements: