As we all await the implementation of the government initiative to stretch the Passport validity to 10 years, everyone should still observe the current validity period of 5 years.
But what happens in case your passport expires while you are still working overseas? Read on and we will share some tips for you.
Before Your Passport Expires
First and foremost, it is advisable to observe the one-year renewal period so you can avoid potential problems. Keep in mind that renewing a passport while you are abroad will take about 8 to 12 weeks.
What you need to do is to visit the Philippine Embassy / Consulate General in your host country and they will assist you with your renewal.
Bring your passport along with other documents such as a duly accomplished passport application form, a photocopy of each of the data page/s of the passport, a photocopy of a valid ID (such as state4 ID, driver’s license, Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, or Baptismal Certificate), along with a proof you have not applied for foreign citizenship.
Requirements may vary depending on your host country so it is best to get in touch with the embassy ahead of time so you are aware of the needed documents.
Afterward, the Philippine Embassy will then send your application to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) office in Manila.
Also, take note that your photographs, signatures, and fingerprints will be taken during the passport renewal process.
If Your Passport Is Already Expired
In case your passport is already expired (or lost) and you have to travel to the Philippines, then that means you need to obtain a Travel Document from the Philippine Embassy.
Travel documents are issued for Filipinos who are returning to their home country but, for some reason, have lost their passports or failed to renew their passport. This document is also being issued for Filipinos being sent back to the Philippines.
This travel document has a non-extendable validity period of 30 days. It is only good for a one-way travel to the Philippines. It is, therefore, not to be considered as a short cut to passport renewal requirements.