Normalization of Passport Operations at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila

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To the Filipino Community in Fujian and Jiangxi Province:

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that the Office of Consular Affairs’ (OCA) electronic passport (e-Passport) operations have normalized as previous operational concerns have been addressed.

Because of this, the turn-around time for ePassport applications filed at the Philippine Consulate General in Xiamen is now thirty (30) working days.

“This is a very welcome development as we continue to work hard to improve services in our Regional Consular Offices (RCOs) and Foreign Service Posts (FSPs),” said DFA Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Jaime Victor B. Ledda.

The DFA continues to reduce the turnaround time for applications filed in RCOs and Philippine embassies and consulate generals with the aim of providing world-class consular services to Filipinos anywhere in the country and all over the world.

Other measures have also been implemented by the DFA to address the backlog of passports, including the increasing of passport appointment slots to 5,000 everyday, extension of passport appointment hours from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday processing from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and extension of validity of passports that are about to expire (6 months or less from date of application) or have expired (one year expired from date of application) for one year, free of charge.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario has stressed that streamlining the epassport
system is a top priority of the Department.

Passport applicants in Manila may secure an appointment within two weeks through logging on at the website www.epassport.com.ph or by calling (632))37-1000.

Filipinos in Fujian and Jiangxi need not secure an appointment in applying for ePassport at the Consulate General. Passport applications can be filed at the Consulate General Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Those whose passport validity is less than six (6) months and cannot wait for the issuance of ePassport can come to the Consulate General for Passport Validity Extension. The passport validity can be extended provided the applicant (1) executes an affidavit before the Consular Officer stating the reason/s for the urgency of having the validity of the passport extended for one (1) year, (2) undertakes to -apply for a new passport within the extended period of validity and (3) pays the prescribed fee (RMB¥200.00).

For other queries on Passport, please contact the Philippine Consulate General in Xiamen at telephone nos. (+86592) 5130355 and 5130366 local 15 or email: xiamenpc@yahoo.com.

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