Are you in Dubai and planning to renew your Philippine Passport? In this post, you'll find the necessary information you need to renew your passport at the Philippine Consulate in Dubai. It is recommended to renew the passport between 8-10 months before the expiration. Especially if you are planning to travel soon just like in my case. Also, as a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.
How to renew your Philippine Passport in Dubai?
1. Secure an Appointment online
You can book your Appointment thru this link : http://www.dubaipcg.dfa.gov.ph/services/passports/epassport-appointment-system. You'll need to register an account or login with your existing PCG account(if already a member). You will receive a confirmation email similar to the photo showing below once your appointment is booked.
I strongly suggest to book your appointment at least 2 months prior to your desired appointment date. Since the schedule are usually full for 2-3 months ahead. Initially, I tried to book an appointment on the first week of June and the next available appointment is on August 10, 2017. However, I did not booked immediately and I keep on checking for the available date. As a result, after 2 days of waiting, I got an available appointment date on June 22, 2017. Therefore, if someone cancelled their slot, you'll be able to select that appointment instead. So you will just need to wait and keep on checking on the appointment link provided above.
Along with your old passport, you need the following :
- Download, print and fill-up the e-Passport application form - click here to download.
- Two(2) copies of the following pages of your passport:
- Passport information page
- Residence visa page
- Printed copy of the appointment confirmation email
Tip: Prepare additional copies of your documents. Also, a blank copy of the application form will be useful for you in case the checker found some errors on your signed form.
Make sure to arrive 30 minutes before your appointment schedule. Currently, the screening room is on the tent to your left upon entering the consulate.
- Put your passport on the tray. There are separate trays for each time slot. Then, wait for your name to be called.
- While waiting, fill out the Comelec Registration Form. It is available, beside the passport tray.
- It's best to fill it out even if you are already registered. They'll be able to determine if you are registered or not.
- Once your name is called, provide all the documents required.
- You will then be advised to go to the next step which is payment.
My appointment is at 10:00 AM but I arrived too early(08:45 AM). Luckily, they accommodated me even if I am too early. Therefore, the earlier the better. 😀
Go to the payment room and pay AED240. Once you leave the tent, you'll see a sign that will point you to the payment room which is on the opposite side of the tent.
4. COMELEC Registration
Inside the Encoding room, you will be asked to process the Comelec Registration first. You will need to submit the signed Comelec registration form. They'll call you to get your biometrics and will take a picture of you. If you are already registered, you will be advised to go to the next step.
You will be directed to the next room where you have to queue for another 30 minutes to an hour depending on the number of applicants. When it’s your turn, they'll get your documents, bio-metrics, digital signature and will take a picture of you. The duration will depend on the number of applicants queuing on the encoding room.
Your old passport and the copy of the receipt will be given back to you. It may take 4-6 weeks for the new passport to be released from the appointment date according to them. Make sure not to lose the receipt because you need it to collect your new passport including your old passport. While waiting, you can regularly check this link to see if your new passport is available for release.
Most noteworthy, once your passport is available for release, bring your receipt and your Emirates ID or old passport to claim.
UPDATE : Finally, my passport was available for release on July 9, 2017. It only took 17 days to be released. Awesome! 😀
Consulate General of the Philippines
35 Beirut St. Ext. No. 2
Al Qusais 3 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
P.O. Box 94778
Tel. No. + 971 4 2207100
Fax No. + 971 4 2207800
Website : http://www.dubaipcg.dfa.gov.ph/
Metro and Taxi is the most convenient way for me to get to the Consulate. Take red line metro to Union Station then transfer to green line bound to Etisalat and off at Al Qusais station. You can take a Taxi from the station which will only cost 12 AED and will only take 5-10 minutes. Most of the taxis are aware where the Philippine Consulate is.
Based on my recent experience, the consulate staff seems to be friendlier now. Aside from the lady on the tent who easily get annoyed if you approach her and your requirements are incomplete. I did not experience it personally but her voice was heard all over the tent when someone asked her about the receipt. It seems like she is telling the applicant that the answer to the question is very obvious. Probably it was just a bad day for her. Hence, to avoid those instances, make sure to take note of the information I have provided above. Also, there are information posted on every wall of the room which can help you what to do.
Its surprising that the passport renewal process is pretty much straight forward now. I can't compare it with the previous process as it is my first time to renew my passport. But from what I heard, the process previously is a pain in the a** and may take almost a few hours! 🙂 Most of all, the whole process only took me an hour and 15 minutes in total which is great!
If you have question or comments about this post, please feel free to comment below! 🙂