Thursday, 5 May 2011

Passports to be extended for a year due to shortage

Manila Standard

THE Foreign Affairs Department says it will extend the old passports of applicants for one year free of charge because of the backlog resulting from an unprecedented increase in e-passport applications.

The department says it has been processing electronic passports from 8 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday and from 8 am to 5 pm Saturdays to keep up.

Filipinos under contract to work abroad and those with emergency cases may go to the Passport Director’s Office on the ground floor of the OCA-ASEANA Building on Macapagal Avenue for assistance, the department says.

People must apply for their passports at least 12 weeks before their intended date of travel to make sure they have their documents ready long before they need them.

The department says people may call the Office of Consular Affairs at telephone numbers 737-1000 or 556-0000, e-mail, or visit its Web site ( for assistance.

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