Balikbayan’s Guide On Arrival And Quarantine Procedures In The Philippines

The pandemic changed the way we travel, whether within the Philippines or abroad. We no longer just hop on a plane and fly away to our destinations and then come back all tanned and tired, straight to our homes. Things are so very, very different now. They say that boarding your plane now feels likeContinue reading “Balikbayan’s Guide On Arrival And Quarantine Procedures In The Philippines”

How To Apply For A Passport If You Do Not Have A Birth Certificate

Your PSA birth certificate is required if you are applying for a passport for the first time. Sometimes, the DFA also requires it when you are renewing your old passport especially for female applicants who will be shifting from their maiden last name to their married last name. But what if you do not haveContinue reading “How To Apply For A Passport If You Do Not Have A Birth Certificate”

How To Apply For A Philippine Passport If Your Birth Certificate Was Registered Late

A child’s birth details must be submitted and duly registered at the Local Civil Registry office within 30 days from the day it was born. Anything later than that and the child’s birth certificate will be tagged as late registered. Aside from additional fees that the parents have to pay to have it registered, theContinue reading “How To Apply For A Philippine Passport If Your Birth Certificate Was Registered Late”

List Of Documentary Requirements For First-time Passport Applicants

Are you applying for a Philippine passport for the very first time? Here are the IDs and documents you need to prepare to make sure that your trip to the DFA is not wasted (especially now when our movements are restricted because of the pandemic): ADULT NEW APPLICATION A. Core Requirements Confirmed online appointment PersonalContinue reading “List Of Documentary Requirements For First-time Passport Applicants”

How To Apply For A US Fiance Visa (K-1)

You can gain US citizenship by marrying a US citizen; and you can enter US territories through the power of a K-1 visa. A K-1 visa permits foreign-citizen fiance to travel to the US and marry his or her US citizen sponsor within 90 days upon arrival. How do I apply for a K-1 visa?Continue reading “How To Apply For A US Fiance Visa (K-1)”

Is The US Embassy In Manila Currently Accepting Tourist Visa Applications?

The quick answer to this question is “no”. According to the website of the US Embassy in Manila, there is a wait time of 447 calendar days to get an appointment for an interview for a tourist visa application. The Consular Section only provides service to “urgent” and emergency cases — more specifically described asContinue reading “Is The US Embassy In Manila Currently Accepting Tourist Visa Applications?”

Passport Processing In Metro Manila Resumes Under MECQ

As I write this, Metro Manila is on its third day under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ); this quarantine status is scheduled to last until August 31, 2021 before everyone’s mobility and access to basic necessities is once again decided upon by the government. We are still in the middle of a pandemic; the virusContinue reading “Passport Processing In Metro Manila Resumes Under MECQ”

Babalik at Babalik Ka Rin: What to Do When Travelling Back to the Philippines (for Non-OFWs and Foreign Nationals)

Do you have friends and relatives abroad who plan to come home to the Philippines but are not sure how to go about the ever-changing policies and requirements involved in overseas travel? I feel you! So, I did a rather quick and effortless research on how Filipinos abroad can process their re-entry to our countryContinue reading “Babalik at Babalik Ka Rin: What to Do When Travelling Back to the Philippines (for Non-OFWs and Foreign Nationals)”