4 Types of Visas Every Pinoy Traveler Needs to Know

Denied US visa… again?  We know it could be truly disappointing to be told you are not permitted to leave for a US state and without telling you why.  But take heart, there are a lot of other countries you can tour that are visa-free or have visa-on-arrival policies. We have the latest list ofContinue reading “4 Types of Visas Every Pinoy Traveler Needs to Know”

Philippine Passport FAQs Part 3: Errors on Passports and Authentication of Documents

If the information in your passport is incorrect, such as the spelling of your name or the date of your birth, can you still use your passport to travel? Some Pinoys do not have a middle name, can they still apply for a passport even if this is the case? This is part 3 ofContinue reading “Philippine Passport FAQs Part 3: Errors on Passports and Authentication of Documents”

Philippine Passport FAQs Part 2: DFA Courtesy Lanes, Passport On Wheels, and the ePayment System

Who can be accommodated at the DFA’s courtesy lanes? What is the Passport on Wheels? How does the new ePayment system of the DFA work? Can fixers really help me with my appointment with the DFA? Get your answers here. Passport Courtesy Lane There are no available slots for a passport appointment. Can I walkContinue reading “Philippine Passport FAQs Part 2: DFA Courtesy Lanes, Passport On Wheels, and the ePayment System”

Philippine Passport FAQs Part 1: Getting an Appointment and Required Documents

If you are still wondering when you can possibly land an appointment slot to get your passport renewed, or are clueless about getting a document authenticated by the DFA, then you can consider this article as heaven-sent.  All the answers to our questions about passports are in here – straight from the DFA. Read on!Continue reading “Philippine Passport FAQs Part 1: Getting an Appointment and Required Documents”

No Price Increase for Passports with 10 Years Validity

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 daysContinue reading “No Price Increase for Passports with 10 Years Validity”

Passport Application Process: Applicant’s Name on Birth Certificate does not Match Names on IDs

A passport applicant was denied because her name on her birth certificate did not match any of the IDs and clearances she presented to the DFA.  Why is this so? Janine’s parents’ marriage was annulled shortly after she turned one year old.  After the annulment, her mother immediately reverted to using her maiden last name. Continue reading “Passport Application Process: Applicant’s Name on Birth Certificate does not Match Names on IDs”

Top 10 Travel Tips: Going Abroad for the First Time

So you’re traveling to a different country soon?  Here are some tips that you may find useful as you embark on your first journey ever outside the Philippines. Make sure your Passport is updated and not expiring within the next six months. If you haven’t renewed your passport yet, read our previous article on theContinue reading “Top 10 Travel Tips: Going Abroad for the First Time”

How to Tour Taiwan without a Visa

If you are planning to visit China this coming holiday season, you’re in for a treat. Pinoys who have been issued visas to certain countries may now be exempted from applying a visa to enter Taiwan.  This is an announcement made through the website of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines.  InsteadContinue reading “How to Tour Taiwan without a Visa”