Unlike most other improved products and services, the Philippine passport that now boasts of a 10-year validity period which took effect on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2018, will not increase its price. Passports will still be issued at Php 950.00 for regular processing and P1,200.00 for rush processing. The former takes 15 working days before it is made available to the applicant while the latter takes only 7 working days.
That’s one good news you can be happy about on the second day of the year!
When the proposal for the passport’s 10-year validity was in full swing last year, one concern raised was its price. They said that if the passport is to be used for a decade then there should be more pages and that would essentially mean more cost. Aren’t we glad this problem was nipped in the bud?
Passport applicants may continue to set their appointments online at the www.dfa.gov.ph website. Take note that Senior Citizens, children that are 7 years old and below, pregnant women, and PWDs are given priority at the ASEANA DFA office (satellite offices may have different policies on children’s exemption); this means that if you fall under any of these categories, you no longer need to set an appointment online. Just make sure that you have all the requirements needed for new passport applications or renewal of an expired one.
For the complete list of documentary requirements and acceptable IDs, read our previous article here.
Also, the 10-year validity will not be applicable for Filipinos below 18 years old. According to the DFA, facial features could still change during these ages and so it is better for them to come back for a new passport after a shorter period.
If you have questions about passport application, send us a message and we will do our best to find the answers for you.