expiring passports extended

DFA extends validity of expiring passports

The Department of Foreign Affairs announced that they are extending the validity of expiring passports up to one year for those who urgently need to travel, and have applied for their ePassports, but have not received their renewed passports. Unprecedented increase in applicants for passports, and technical difficulty forced the Department of Foreign Affairs’ hand on the matter in spite increase office hours up to 8PM on weekdays, and opening shop from 8AM to 5PM on Saturdays.

According to the Official Gazette, “Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and applicants who need their passports on emergency circumstances (e.g., medical concerns, death in the immediate family) are advised to go to the Passport Director’s Office, for assistance. The Passport Director’s Office is located at the ground floor of the DFA-OCA at the Aseana Business Park along Macapagal Avenue.”

The DFA-OCA maybe reached at (02) 737-1000, and (02) 556-0000. The public may also send email to [email protected], or visit their website.