Our passport is the most important document of identity while we are traveling or are in a foreign land, hence, we must be mindful of its validity. In normal times, pre-COVID-19, the renewal of our Philippine passport was not something to worry about. The queue may have been long at the embassy but we were sure we would have our turn.
Then comes the pandemic. We could no longer go to the embassy in a herd. A limited number of persons allowed inside would mean more delays in getting a new passport. Also, passports are printed in the Philippines.
I have planned to renew my passport 6 months before its expiration but with the situation, I started searching for information on how to renew it a year before. I checked the website almost every day to get an appointment. After 3 months, that was in October 2020 the Embassy’s calendar was finally okay for an appointment. There were plenty of slots then for 2021.
I was glad that I checked it earlier because I have seen in social media groups later that there was a problem in getting an appointment since there were no more available dates.
The Office of Consular Affairs recommends having our passport renewed 10 months before the expiration if you are traveling because passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of your departure. So how are we going to renew our Philippine passport in France during the pandemic? Here are the steps for a renewal:
- Check the documents required to renew your passport.
Most of us, if not all, have the e-Passport already. It’s the one with the e-Passport logo on its front cover. It signifies that your passport has a chip containing the data of the passport and the holder.
That is why we do not have to provide supporting documents that we have furnished when getting our first passport. Documents may be required if there are changes to your status.
E-passport requirements without changes to be made :
- Application form. You will fill this up online. When you arrive at the embassy, they will just ask you to double-check the data that you entered.
- Personal appearance.
- Current ePassport with a photocopy of the data page. There is a photocopier inside the Embassy but it’s better to have it photocopied before going there in case there’s a problem with the machine.
- 54€ in cash or manager’s check (chèque de banque) payable to « Ambassade des Philippines ».
Should there be any changes, you should bring the original and a photocopy PSA authenticated documents, duly authenticated by the DFA or civil registry documents from the Philippine Embassy, Paris, that will support the change of name (if applicable) like the following :
- Mariage contract or Report of Marriage (ROM) ;
- Annotated birth certificate or Report of Birth;
- Annotated Marriage Contract or ROM to show annulment/divorce/court ordered instructions ;
- Death certificate of spouse or Report of Death
For all other cases you can check all the requirements through this link.
- Get an appointment at this website:
This is how it would look like:
- Wait for the confirmation of the appointment. I received the confirmation of my appointment one month after so there is nothing to worry about if you will not receive it immediately.
This is not rocket science but I hope that this could provide additional information. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this article. I am not the Embassy but I could share my experience.