The long wait is indeed, over! Today, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announces the shortened releasing period for regular and express passport processing. This is good news to Pinoy travelers who rely on the speed and efficiency of DFA to produce and deliver their passports on time.
Beginning today, October 1, 2018, passport applicants who pay the regular processing fee of P950 will receive their passports after 12 working days, instead of 15 working days. If you are in a rush and need to get your passport earlier than 12 days, you can choose the Express Processing option for P1,200 and you can get your passport after 6 working days, instead of the usual 7.
Provincial applications normally take 20 working days for regular processing and 10 working days for the express option. The DFA has reduced these wait times to 12 working days and 7 working days respectively.
Below is a comprehensive guide lifted from the DFA’s website, for our reference:
Apart from these updates, the DFA is also working on reducing the wait time for passport applicants who wish to secure online appointment slots. Their goal is to bring the wait time down to two weeks to a month, instead of the current two to three months waiting period.
For more information on passport applications, authentication, and other consular inquiries, you may call the DFA through the following numbers:
02-556-0000, 02-234-3488, 02-834-3000, 02-834-4000