The New ePassport: No long queues, delivery available

All passport applications are now processed only through the new ePassport's appointment system via its website ( or hotline (737-1000). With the appointment system, applicants no longer have to wait in long queues at the new Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) office along Macapagal Boulevard and they have the option of having their passports delivered.

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Applicants are advised to arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled time with the necessary documents. No need to bring photographs since the ePassport data capturing machines will take their pictures, Office of Consular Affairs Assistant Sec. Renato Villapando told He added that the ePassport can "detect fraud by capturing biometrics, signature and fingerprints of applicants."

Applicants who choose to have their passports delivered can expect their passports within 14 working days (regular processing for P950) or seven working days (rush processing for P1,200).



For inquiries, call the DFA at 831-8971, 551-4437, 551-4402, 834-4855 or 834-4424.

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