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FAQs - Philippine Passport

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

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Philippine Consulate General Shanghai

Frequently Asked Questions on Passport

Where is the Philippine Passport printed? Can passport releasing be expedited?

Biometric data capturing is done in the Consulate but passports are all centrally printed in the the Philippines. The Consulate has no control over the production of a passport nor its shipment to Shanghai, hence the Consulate cannot offer assistance in the expedited production nor delivery of a passport. They can only advice that the expected availability of a new passport for collection is 4 weeks or more after the passport application date. Even then, the Consulate is not liable if a new passport's availability is delayed due to unforeseen circumstances.

What happens to my old passport upon application fro renewal?

It will be returned to you after you apply and you can continue using it until the new one arrives. When your new passport arrives, the Consulate will then cancel your old passport and return it to you together with your new passport.

Will I be able to travel while my new passport is being processed?

While we are processing your new passport application, your old passport will be returned to you so you can still travel provided that the validity is at least 6 months all through the duration of your travel until your return to your country of origin.

(Editor's note: If you have a valid work visa in China, China allows you to return even if your passport validity is under 6 months But double check with the Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau hotline or office, as rules may change.

When do I get my new passport?

After biometric data capturing in the Consulate, it takes about 4 weeks or more for the new passport to reach Shanghai.

How would I know if my passport is already available?

Passport releases are announced n the Consulate's website . You simply have to click the "AVAILABLE EPASSPORT FOR RELEASE" icon on the homepage to check if your passport is available for release. It is best to regularly visit the Consulate's website for announcements on possible delays. Contact details and tips at

What do I have to present when claiming my new passport?

Your old passport for cancellation, and the official receipt

I cannot personally collect my passport, can someone collect it for me?

You may authorize someone to collect your new passport , as long as you issue an authorization letter, together with your current passport (which will be cancelled) and official recipt. Te persona that you're authorizing must bring hi/her original passport or ID for presentation, and provide a photocopy of it.

Passports of minor applicants are released only to their parents.

What will happen to the visa stamped on my old cancelled passport?

Let us differentiate a Philippine passport from a visa

a. A Philippine passport is a travel document issued by the Philippine Government that certifies the identity and the Philippine citizenship of its holder; while

b. a visa, is an endorsement made on a travel document issued by the cnsular officer of the receiving state denoting that the visa application has been properly examned and that the bearer is permitted to proceed to his country of destination or to stay n a certain country.

The visa thus issued is not a guarantee that the holder will be admitted or permitted to stay in a certain country; because admission and permission of residency of aliens is a function of the host Government's imigration authority. The visas on your old passport will remain valid even if you have a new passport because visa issuance and cancellation, other than the Philippine visa, are not under the jurisdiction of the Consulate.

(Editor's note: China visa must be transferred to the new passport within 7 WORKING DAYS upon claiming the passport. To avoid steep penalties for overstaying. But double check with the Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau hotline or office, as rules may change.

Will I be able to keep my old passport after it is cancelled?

It will be returned to you after cancellation.

When is the best time to renew my passport?

A passport with a least 6 months validity is a standard requirement for international travel. In view of the long turnaround for the processiong of a Philippine passport, Filipinos living overseas are therefore advised to renew their passports several months before expiry. We recommend a year before expiration, to account for any possible delays in the transmission of the passport to the Consulate.

I still need additional information on the Philippine ePassport, where can I obtain them?

For additional info on the PH ePassport and for the list of requirements and necessary application form, contact the Philippine Consulate. Details and tips at


1. A passport will be issued to you only if your application passes all the necessary information verification processes and database checks against your personal details; biometric information and other security checks deemed necessary by the Philippine Government to determine your Philippine citizenship and identity.

2. The Department of Foreign Affairs and any of its personnel cannot be held liable for any delay in the release of passports that may be caused y clearing and verification procedures if and when the passport applicant's record registers a possible match/ conflict with another passport application which may require additional investigation on the part of the Government.

3. Passports unclaimed after six (6) months from the date of issuance will be cancelled per Department Order 37-03

4. Passport holders who are at least thirteen (13) years old are informed of the requirement to SIGN their new passports as an added security feature of the new Philippiine ePassport

The info may change at any time. Do your due diligence in checking accuracy.

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