Summer time is here! School is out and it only means one thing, it's VACATION time! Well, nauna na ang long vacation namin last year when we took #babyMartinez to Toronto, Canada. It seems to me that we will be staying here in Manila throughout the holy week. DH didn't plan anything for us this year : ( Sad, noh?
Anyway, for those of you who are planning to travel out of the country with your baby, you can avail of Department of Foreign Affairs' (DFA) Priority Lane. This benefit is given to Philippine passport applicants like Persons with Disability, Senior Citizens, OFWs and Infants/Babies/Minors who are 1 year old and below.
If the passport applicant is either one of the above, there is NO need for scheduled appointment. Yes, you read it right. You can just go directly to DFA Aseana or any of the 3 satellite offices in Manila, SM Megamall and Robinsons Galleria.
A Philippine passport applicant (first time or renewal) is required to appear in person. Just bring the following:
- Original and photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate of Applicant
- Original and photocopy of NSO Marriage Certificate of Parents of Applicant
- Original and photocopy of Passports of both parents
Steps by step in filing a passport application:
- Passport Enrollment Section
- Payment of Passport Processing Fees- Regular Processing PhP 950 (15 working days); Express Processing PhP 1200 (7 working days)
- Encoding/Picture taking
- Delivery Counter (optional)
I brought my husband and my own passport (including photocopies of first page-with photo and last page) with me on the day of filling the application. Make sure your passport are still within 6 months validity period. It will be returned to you immediately right after the officer checks the authenticity of the document/s.
If you are married, only one passport of parents is required, however, you have to present an original NSO Certified Marriage Certificate (with a photocopy).
Department of Foreign Affairs Offices:
ASEANA Business Park
Bradco Avenue cor Macapagal Boulevard
5th floor Conception St.Arroceros and San Marcelino Sts.,
7th floor Megamall Building C
EDSA cor. J. Vargas Avenue,
Lingkod Pinoy Center
Level 1 West Lane
EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave.,
DFA Passport Appointment System Hotline numbers are 7371000 and 5560000. Should you have any further inquiries, please visit http://www.passport.com.ph.
My daughter's entire passport application process took only 30 minutes, not bad. I went to Lingkod Pinoy Center in Robinsons Galleria (address above). I repeat no need to set an appointment.
I hope this entry helps. Enjoy your summer vacation!
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