How to Extend the Validity of Your Philippine Passport

2/17/2019 Update: Passport Application Appointment (2019 DFA Philippines Renewal Requirements)

My Philippine passport is expiring on March 1, 2011, and I have to fly to Malaysia this weekend for an OAP.TV shoot. I forgot to renew my passport, and when I applied for a passport renewal appointment, the earliest was mid-April already.

I was planning to cancel the trip until I learned how to extend the validity of the passport. It took me an entire day to line up at the Director’s Office at the DFA and I got the extension of validity 2 days after.

What a relief! It was extended for another two years with a gentle reminder that you need to renew your passport asap.

This is how I did it…

First, you have to renew your passport at least one year before it expires.

I was planning to go to Taiwan last year, and when I applied for a visa, they did not accept the passport since it’s not valid for more than 6 months. Since the appointment time takes longer now (about 2 months in advance), you have to initiate the passport renewal process 1 year before its expiry date.

Just go to to schedule your passport renewal appointment and prepare the requirements.  Regular Processing costs P950 (20 working days), while Rush Processing is P1,200 (10 working days).

There are only three conditions when you can request an extension of passport validity:
1. For Medical Reasons (with supporting document/s showing the urgent need to undergo treatment);
2. Incident of Death (with supporting documents or proof of urgency); or
3. OFW (with Job Order, working visa and ticket).

 You can call these DFA Emergency numbers: +632 834-4424, 834-4855.

TIP: You have to go personally to request for the extension of the validity of your passport. You have to enter Gate 3 and tell the guard you are going to the Director’s Office on the first floor to file your request.

There are two road blocks. The first road block is this guard checking if all your request requirements are complete. Here are the requirements that I brought with me:

1. Personal Request to extend the validity of the passport stating the reason why, addressed to the Director’s Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
2. I had supporting documents from the Malaysia Tourism Board and Star Cruises, certifying that they indeed invited me to travel to Malaysia.
3. You also have to have confirmed flights already to your chosen destination.
4. Lastly, you need to have a photocopy of the first two pages and the last two pages of your passport.

Also, manong guard gives you a piece of paper, which serves as your official “ticket” to fall in line in the queue.

I came at around 9am+ and there were a lot of people already inside the office, so I had to wait outside. It was only after lunchtime that my name was called and I was able to enter the office.

TIP: DFA opens as early as 7am, so better go there earlier than spend the entire day waiting in line.

The second road block is this guard, who queues your “ticket” for the interview/investigation unit. This is much faster and the people are friendlier.

This step basically involved a simple interview about my situation and why I was asking for the extension of validity. They will keep your request, including the supporting documents. (Make a duplicate copy if you want to have a copy of your documents for your reference.)

The fee for the extension is only P200, which I had to pay at the second floor. They asked me to go back 2 days after at an appointed time (10-11am).

When I went back, the process was seamless. I just presented the receipt to the guards, and when I submitted it at 10am, I got the passport with the extension immediately.

That’s it. Hope that information helps!

You can avoid having to apply for a request for extension by renewing your passport now! Schedule your appointment here —

Department of Foreign Affairs Consular Office
ASEANA Business Park, Bradco Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Paranaque City
(Beside S&R and across McDo along Macapagal Boulevard)
Here’s the DFA Location Map

Mondays to Fridays (except holidays) 7am to 5pm


  • Passport Processing & Releasing
  • Consular Records / Assistance to Nationals (ATN) Civil Registration
  • Authentication Processing & Releasing


  • Courtesy Services
  • Diplomatic & Official Passport Processing
  • Visa / ABTC Processing (3-5pm only for 9e visa Filing & releasing)

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218 thoughts on “How to Extend the Validity of Your Philippine Passport

  1. I agree with Ria! block it out Anton… although you’ll be applying for a new one when you come right?
    But this article sure helps! hope people use it for valid reasons din talaga… not to abuse the info. Like you said you had all the invitations and tickets booked already.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Very informative. Thanks for the tips. I didn’t know that we now have to make an appointment to schedule passport renewal. Thanks again. More power to your blog. 🙂

  3. hello po, question lang po: di ba pwede namang lumipad to other country if your passport is still valid 6 months before your scheduled flight?
    mag eexpire kasi yung passport ko on feb 2012, and we have a scheduled flight on may 2011.

  4. Another tip: better to make an appointment earlier than 10am, the queue during this hours is shorter. Also, you don’t want to be there during lunch time, the queue tends to move slower since staff takes alternate breaks to have their lunch (esp at the Picture Taking).

  5. Your passport should still be valid for 6+ months even after you return from your trip. Otherwise, you'll have a problem with getting a visa or when you are in the immigration.

  6. thanks anton, ill be back on May 2011 din naman. for tour reason lang naman yung trip. so thats ok lang, 8 months before my passport expires. 🙂 thank you

  7. thanks for this info. i still think though that the old passport renewal system (over the phone via nso) was much simpler. with the new one, not only do you have to contend with appointment schedules as far as two months, there are still pretty long lines at the dfa.

  8. This is helpful. But we don’t need the extension; we’re getting our new passports on March. Thanks for going through the process for our benefit, hehe!

  9. thanks for this, i’ve been trying to renew my passport which i overlooked and expired this february. The call center gave me the number to call but i can’t get anyone on the other line….
    will give this a try since i need to fly for work related stuff…thanks

  10. Hi Anton – thanks for this useful info. I am just wondering how come they stated only 3 reasons for passport validity extension but they gave you an extension even if your case did not qualify for the only 3 reasons! :). Weird, no? 🙂 They should have just stated “other reasons”, subject to assessment of the situation. I a glad you were able to have an extension and your trip will push through as planned. Have a safe trip!

  11. It's work/tourism related for Malaysia and we will be featuring the Star Cruise. Well the interviewers are fair naman in assessing your situation.

  12. thats good to hear. we renewed our passport yesterday and applied for a new one for my 2 y/o daughter. our interview time was 2pm and we were there by 130pm. it was seamless because of the courtesy lane since we have a minor but we finished at around 530pm courtesy of the very intelligent guard who issues the number stub for the picture taking. we should have been placed in the courtesy lane since we had a minor. DFA should employ competent and able employees who knows his job description (get a ticket and give it to the applicant) and do that simple job well…

  13. I think you got lucky with yours, many other people do not get the same courtesy as you did. The DFA appointment system is so bad, one can schedule an appointment without confirming and paying and the slot gets used up.
    Also with all their technology you have to wait 2 months.
    Passports should be renewed 6 months before they expire, or before that, noone tells you this until it happens to you.
    Here’s a trick what I did last year. DFA Manila appointment too far away? Call up DFA Batangas or DFA Pampanga, they can tell you when the next appointment is.
    For DFA Pampanga you can email to reserve a slot while for DFA Batangas you have to go there to get an application form with a date on it.
    With the South Super and North Highway, going either way is way way faster now and easier. It will just cost you some gas and you can save weeks on your Passport appointment.

  14. Hi, my husband is now lining up in DFA having his passport renewed, they say the extension-scheme is allowable only for trips within Asia, not for trips to Europe. Is this true? Can anyone validate? Thank you!

  15. I was somehow impressed with the new system. Though its really a bummer that you have to wait 1-2 months for your appointment, but once you show up on your scheduled date, everything is a breeze.
    My appointment was for 10:00am, and arrived there a little past 9, but I was able to finish exactly at 12:00pm. I agree with Michelle that would be better if you pick a schedule earlier than 10:00am.

  16. Very timely! As i just renewed my passport (or tried to) last Saturday. And here’s my story:
    I was fully aware of the 6 months policy but somehow can’t find my paspport last Dec. It was holiday break then so I thought I left it in my drawer in the office. Come January, I totally forgot about it and just remembered by Feb. I also know you have to wait for 2-months to get an appointment in DFA (based on my colleague’s experience) and my next flight is end of March! I still tried though but the earliest date is April 8th.
    I asked some colleagues what to do and they referred me to a travel agency. I was surprised to get an appointment for the following week via travel agency! I asked the agent how they can get an appointment that fast. He said they (travel agencies) are “buying’ these schedules ahead of time from some insiders. Now I know why it’s hard to get an appointment. Btw, I paid 4k (express) for this agency.
    Now I earlier said “I tried to” renew. It’s because when I was at DFA, they told me that they can only release the passport by April. I told them I paid for express (10 days). They said they just received a memo last Friday stating that there would be no more passports released this month. I called my agent to verify. He talked to some people and called me. He said we’ll just have to wait and see as he said according to their insiders, DFA just don’t want to commit this month because they ran out of passport papers (from Bangko Sentral). Apparently, BSP put a hold on their paper delivery (being DFA’s supplier) because DFA has not paid a huge amount from previous supplies.
    So now, I’ll have to wait and see for a week. Otherwise, they are also offering this extension which means I have to go through another process. Haaay.

  17. i just went to DFA last friday,you have to pick the 8am schedule if you want to finish early.we went home at around 820am though, we were there at around 730am.process now is much more organized.

  18. You said that there are only THREE conditions that permit you to have your passport validity extended. But none of these conditions apply to your case, so how did you do it?
    I guess in our country there are exceptions?

  19. It is tourism work related and I got an official letter from Malaysia. In any case, there is an interview which assesses your request on a case to case basis.

  20. And I think they would be more lenient this month in extending passport validity due to their “insufficient passport supplies”.

  21. thanks for sharing, this is very helpful!
    for passport renewal, everything is a lot faster and easier if you get a travel agent to assist you. i spent an entire day doing it on my own, while my mom was in and out in less than 2 hours. so i’d say the assistance fee is so worth it.

  22. That sounds nice, thank you for sharing Anton. Weird thing is that for DFA Pampanga we were informed that DFA Manila is not printing passports since the 18th of Feb. Anyone else experienced getting their trips cancelled and paying more because of this DFA thing?

  23. Same here, I thought I’m the only one who experienced this thing in here. It’s just sad that I had to cancel a trip but much worse is the people who are scheduled to go out of the country for work reasons. I was able to talk to some ofw’s who were waiting for their passports, it’s just heartbreaking. I asked them why not go to DFA Manila, they just told me that they were informed to go back to DFA Pampanga for some paper stuff (LEC) if that’s the right term, sadly it’s seems like nobody from DFA Pampanga knows what’s that paper thing and would just rather wait.

  24. I’m planning to leave the country for a vacation on May. The problem is, my passport expires on November 3, 2011. Using the online appointment system, the nearest schedule is on May 4 (which is so late). I’m not sure if I can get a better schedule by phone but I’ll try later. Anyway, let’s say I leave by May 2. That would be within the 6-month limit right? But then, I intend to return to the Philippines on June 5 (less than 6 months from date of expiry). Would it be possible to travel without renewing my passport?

  25. Hi Jeremy,
    It's not. You won't be allowed to leave or get any visas. Dapat your passport is valid for 6 months when you return. 
    Try the extension process I described in this blog post.

  26. Hi Anton,
    Thanks for this helpful information. I am really on panic now. My husband just inform me last night that he wanted me to join him in Singapore on March 5, 2011. I just learned a few hours ago that I need too have a passport which is valid for 6 months. Mine will be expiring on June 29, 2011. I am really desperate now…what should I do?
    My husband by the way is a seaman. He is supposed to come home on the 3rd week of March but he is to be extended for another contract. He is given a week to stay in Singapore for him to rest and at the same time wait for the ship that he will be joining for his next contract.
    Can I ask for an extension of validity of my passport? Will I still make it to fly on March 5? Please help.

  27. Yes, if you apply now for extension of the passport, it would still make it for March 4. You need to have supporting papers from your husband's employer and your husband. Go for it 🙂

  28. I might try Lucena na lang. Wala daw silang appointment. Walk-in lang ang renewals. Problem is the queue. I’ll just try to go as early as possible.

  29. KUYA,
    TNX PO

  30. Try to get an appointment at the DFA Batangas or Pampanga or any other DFA that you can get to. For sure the appointment is earlier than 2 months away

  31. You are a gifted writer and blogger. Your blog is a blessing to many Filipinos. I thank God for what you are doing.

  32. Anton,
    This blog is sooooooooo helpful, I want you to know. I have the same sitch with you, I have to travel to the states on May, i tried to schedule an appointment last month but earliest was april 13 and it definitely wont work with my situation. So I was adviced to bring letters of urgencies to the passport direc’s office. I don’t have a ticket yet ‘cos I havnt applied for visa processing cos of this passport problem. is that okay?
    my big question…?
    Puede rin kayang Ipa-extend ko nalang yung passport ko? kahit last April pa sya expired? What do you think, Anton?
    Last question, Were you able to know the name of the Passport Director?
    Please reply…I need you experience insight on this.haaaaaa…

  33. You have to just apply your request and bring as many supporting documents as possible. They will decide on the spot if they would give you an extension. Good luck!

  34. This site is awesome. By the way, i was the one who rang your phone this afternoon trying to get answers to my question. 🙂
    i’ll keep checking these contents, all are interesting & very informative!

  35. Hi Anton..
    thanks for the INFO. i really like your blog.. very helpful.
    I had the same problem with yours. i got extension also for 2 years, medyo afraid lang kasi bka hindi i-honor ng SG immigration.
    by the way, so ikaw natuloy ka ba sa Malaysia? did they question you about your expired passport?
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Thank you

  36. Thank you so much for this post! I am in a similar situation right now so I will try what you did with the extension of validity of passport.
    Like Gwen, I would like to know your experience upon arriving in Malaysia. 🙂

  37. My mom’s passport is about to expire on Sept 2011. She was scheduled to fly to Dubai with my Dad and Sister on May 2011 (May to Sept is only about 4 months, so the 6 months validity rule applies. I already applied Visit Visas for them and my mom’s passport number is upon that Visit Visa. My mom’s case is different from the three conditions written here. My question is – can she still request an extension of her passport validity?

  38. I read that DFA is having problems with their renewal, and it is taking longer than ever to process renewals.
    According to the article, you can now opt to get extension instead, if you can’t avoid not to travel. However, typical of Philippines, he made no mention of how exactly to do that. Your experience however, helps a lot! I just wonder if the procedure is the same, given the article in philstar

  39. Just can’t thank you enough for posting this! If it wasn’t for your post, I would not have had the courage to go to DFA and request for an extension of my passport. You’re post validated that indeed DFA does offer such services for emergency cases like mine. It proved so useful that I was given the good news today that my request for extension was granted!
    My story goes like this…last January I booked myself for a trip to Singapore on April 8. I was confident that my passport would not expire anytime soon since my last trip out of the country was sometime 2009 and thought that it was renewed about that time. Little did I know that my passport would be expiring on June 2011, which is not within the 6 months period for traveling. If it weren’t for my stepfather reminding me to check my passport last March 25, I would not have known that I would be travelling with an invalid passport.Take note my trip is April 8 already!
    Anyway, went to DFA last March 29 and did as you said. I brought necessary docs, they gave me an appointment for today, March 31. This morning I got interviewed and they approved! I get my passport on Monday!
    Guys, I can attest to this too! Super thanks for posting this useful information! Thanks again and more power Anton! Keep on sharing secrets and helpful information! =)

  40. Hi. I already bought my ticket for Philippines this coming May. I am visiting with travel documents since my passport expired last year. I will be there for a month, so I am wondering if DFA Batangas processes rush application just as quickly. And do we need to set up an appointment or do we just go there as early as possible?
    Ps. I am a minor travelling without a guardian.
    Thanks a bunch!!

  41. Hi! Thanks for this post! We’ll try if this will work for us tomorrow.
    We had been traveling to HK and Singapore since 2006, and then, we decided to go back to HK again this May. It’s just this Sunday when we realized that our passports (my Mom’s and mine) are expiring in less than 6 months. We didn’t know that the DFA now works on an appointment basis. We already booked our flights and reserved our Hotel room.
    If it was just me and my mom, it’ll be ok to just cancel the trip. But we are going with my aunt, who will be experiencing this for the first time. And she’s so excited for the trip as it is her first time going out of the country. My mom actually planned this trip to celebrate their birthdays.
    I’ll go back here to say if our appeal for extension of validity was successful.

  42. Update: It was a success.
    We went to DFA on April 5, then we were asked to go back on April 7 for the interview. Our passport with the extended validity was released on April 12.
    Thanks for this post again.

  43. Excellent read! Thank you for sharing this information. I am in a rut myself as I have to go to Singapore soon as part of my re-assignment. I’ll revert back to this blog as soon as I get an extension of my passport.

  44. hello sir. my sister and i were to travel to singapore next week maybe may 17 but unfortunately our passport i only valid for 5 months. we were to travel pa lat month but we came back here last monday and decided to go back to singapore next week since the start of classes is still on june 7. Instead of staying here we decided to go back first to our mom and spend the rest of the summer. If we will go to the dfa on monday do you think that they will approve the extension that day? we will present our ticket that we are traveling the next day but were afraid that if the process takes days the we would not be able to catch our flight. hope to read your reply soon sir. Thank you very much.:)

  45. Hi Fina,
    You can get approval on the same day but not sure if you can get your extension stamp immediately. Ask DFA directly.

  46. thank you sir anton. Pero pano po yon kung yung ticket po namin the next day na edi sayang po pag di approve. ano po kayang best way na gawin namin? thank you very much po.

  47. you have to go today or tomorrow. I'm not really from DFA so I'm not sure if they will approve it if you apply one day before. 

  48. Hi Sir Anton,
    I am Architect, and my client invites me to go to Guangzhou, China on May 27, 2011 to look for new Building materials for her beach house. I think there is an Expo or trade fair on that date. But my passport will expire in 5 months. Do you think my reason is a valid reason for an extension of my passport? I can’t think of any supporting documents except for a plane ticket(which i haven’t purchase it yet). Do you think my plane ticket is enough for supporting my reason? Thanks in advance.

  49. super thank you for this post. you saved my life!!! this is very informative.. btw, the DFA office is also open on Saturdays, I went there yesterday and only few people were in the Director’s office to apply for an extension

  50. Hi Sir, just to confirm, I don’t have to file an appointment to DFA if its for extension right? All I have to do is go directly to the Director’s office even if I don’t have an appointment schedule? I’m planning to go tomorrow for extension kasi. Thank you.

  51. Hi sir! thanks for posting this topic. My passport has already expired 4 months ago…am i still allowed to apply for extension? im invited to conduct a seminar in the US this november. and the embassy requires a valid passport 6 months before the trip date…
    what can you advise, sir?

  52. I am staying here in Taiwan and i also want to extend my passport’s validity because we are planning to travel to Philippines this June 23 and Korea on september 5-9, 2011. My passport will expire on March 12, 2012, and I am counting the days After september 10,2011, i still have at least 6 months and 2 days allowance. is it advisable to extend my passport validity now? thanks

  53. Hi Anton, I’m about to travel to the US for work this July but my passport is expiring on Jan 2012. Medyo alanganin na, so my boss advised that I should apply for a renewal na. But the next appointment (according to our travel agency) is 1st week of July pa. Do I just go to DFA with the supporting docs even if I haven’t applied for a passport renewal online yet? As in punta lang ako sa Director’s office and line up?

  54. Thank you very much for this post! Very helpful in getting my passport’s validity extended! God bless!

  55. hello anton,
    my passport will expire on dec, 4 2011 and i just found out today from the ticketing office that i will not be allowed to travel because of this, i have a confirmed ticket and hotel for june 26-28. and i really want to go. but i havent paid it yet because the ticketing told me that i should extend my passport. what is my chance of getting an extension..?
    many thanks!

  56. Hi Anton,
    thanks for inputs, its very helpful, just to clarify on the request letter.
    I’ll put Director’s Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs? thanks to kindly advise.
    Best Regards

  57. Thank you for this post kind sir.
    I’m currently experiencing the same dilemma because I need to go to Jakarta for a job which will start on July 11. My passport will expire on Aug 2012 and the embassy of Indonesia requires the passport to be valid for more than 18 months if you are going to apply for a working visa. So, for the last two weeks I have been so stressed out because I can’t figure out what to do. But God is so great He made me stumble upon your blog. So you see kind sir, I cannot thank you enough for this post. I feel like a thorn has been plucked out of my chest. haha!
    Seriously, more power to your blog! 🙂

  58. hi anton
    what if your reason for applying for an extension is just for vacation but already bought the tickets, will they approve the extension? because the visa will not be approved if the passports is less than 6months valid…by the way, thank you very much for your post, it helped me lessen my worries…

  59. Hi Anton – Your post is very very helpful to me who’s been trying to call DFA for 5 hours now but not lucky enough to get a hold of anyone. My Lola needs an extension since I need her help and company badly to travel back to Canada with 2 kids (2 yr old and 4 yr old). She’s the only one I know here in Philippines that can travel and accompany my kids to travel back in Canada. Her passport is expiring in January 26, 2012 and our travel dates are August 3, 2011. We miscalculated and did not renew her passport well enough in advance. Do you think the assessors will accept our reason of urgency? Thank you!

  60. You got to try it. This is the only way that they can reconsider your passport extension. Although Vacation might be the weakest reason for considering passport extension. Might as well just renew your passport.

  61. Do you think I could still get a passport renewal a week before my flight? I have been accepted as a delegate in a international leadership symposium. do you think they will approve it?

  62. My sister has her Immigrant Visa interview at the U.S. Embassy on July 25th. She traveled from Cebu to Manila July 19th for the Physical exam at Saint Luke’s. Her passport is good for three months. Saint Luke’s turned her away because it needs to be valid for at least six months. This was a surprise and big let down for us. I am here in the U.S. to research the renewal process. I found the renewal could take up to a month with rush processing. I then came across your blog; gave my sister your instructions for extension and then prayed for the best. By a miracle it is now July 21st and she has her extension for two years. Also she returned to Saint Luke’s today and she is finishing her medical examinations.
    Thank you so much for your blog. In our case we were able to get an extension and it was not medical or work related. We are so happy.

  63. I feel so relieved when I found this blog. Here is the story. My fiancee is in the US ARMY who just finished his 6month training this July. He started his training January 2011. And his passport got expired last March2011. There was no way he could renew it since he was in his training. (Although i know, he should have renewed it even before it expired.)Now, he wants to apply for the renewal, but he can’t go off post to personally appear to the Philippine consulate whenever he intends to, and we know that it would take him 8-12wks for the release of his new passport (since passport booklets are made in Manila, and he is in the states). He couldn’t wait that long because he might get deployed to the warzone sometime in Feb’12. He is taking his leave days and needs to go back to the Philippines by November of this year. We tried to ask about the issuance of a Travel document, but it would only allow him a one-way travel. So, we were looking for other ways, then we learned about Validity Extension. Do you think these circumstances would be valid enough for this?
    Take note of the fact: His passport has already expired last March2011.
    We surely do hope, we get the same luck as yours. Thank you! God Bless.

  64. My passport was extended in Doha, Qatar until June 2013. I’m leaving for Brunei on September 1, 2011. Am i allowed to depart Manila with this kind of passport?

  65. thank you!!!! very helpful ang blog mo…
    mabbigyan kaya ako ng passport extension kung sasabihin kong mag aaply kasi ako for us visa…

  66. hello po sir. Papauwi po ako sa Pilipinas para sa 3 weeks vacation at para kunin na rin ang pamilya ko dito sa Canada. Ang passport ko ay mag-e-expire sa february 14,2012. At March 2012 naman sa misis ko. Meron kaming permanent residency visa na kailangan namin mai enter sa Canada before expiration which is February 14,2012 kasabay ng aking passport expiration. Nakabook na po ang ticket namin ng December 4 papunta dito sa Canada. Less than 6 months na po passports namin kasi by the time na irerenew sana namin saka naman nirequest ng immigration para sa visa so wala na kaming time irenew. Papayagan po ba kaming magtravel? Para dito na lang sa Canada namin irenew ang mga passports. Maraming salamat po!

  67. 18 days lang po ako diyan sa Pilipinas, enough time sana para makapagrenew kaso naka attach na po sa passport namin yung visa. Valid pa rin po ba yung visa dun sa old na passport ko if ever mairenew ko? ano po ba requirements sa validity extension? maraming salamat po!

  68. I just want to share my experience in applying for extension of passport validity. We have a confirmed flight on Nov24-29 but our passports will expire in March. My hubby and I decided to go to DFA Batangas this morning. Processing was really quick and easy. No interviews. We were there at about 7:15. By 10:30 AM, we’re already in Magallanes with our passport stamped.

  69. thanks so much Anton for posting this. i went to DFA early this morning and requested for extension of my passport. mine is valid until end of june 2012 but my travel back to PH will be days behind the 6-month passport allowance. anyway, i dont want to have problems with my travel plans so i applied for extension and got the approval 😀 i’ll get my stamped passport on tuesday 🙂

  70. Hi,
    I was supposed to fly this morning to Singapore.
    But my passport will expire May 08 2012, di ko alam na ung 6mos validity is from the date of departure, so di nila ako binigyan ng ticket para makaalis.
    Since today is sunday, bukas ko pa lang mapaprocess ung extension ng validity ng passport ko. Well hopefully mabigyan ng extension, is there a way na magrant/ process agad ung extension?

  71. Hi,I also got an extension, do I have to bring supporting docs? Are there questions to validate my extended passport upon arrival in the country I’m going?

  72. Hi,I also got an extension, do I have to bring supporting docs? Are there questions to validate my extended passport upon arrival in the country I’m going?

  73. i am going to travel on march 2013 and my passport will expired at may 2013. can i renew it kahit malayo pa ang expiry? halimbawa 1 year before expiry pwede na ba ako agad mag renew?

  74. Hi. Can anybody help me regarding the basic information on passport extension when the holder is in the province? My father is based in Palawan and his passport is gonna expire in June. The problem is, he just got back there from Manila after spending the holiday season. Does he really need to go back to Manila to do the entire processing? Don’t they have any office in Palawan that can extend the validity of his passport? I need to apply for his visa here in UAE asap and purchase his ticket at the same time.. however, immigration and airline offices will require first a copy of his passport which must be valid for 6monts or more. I intend to bring him here for my delivery on March, thus making me feel that it won’t be enough for me to finish his visa application on time. By the way, nobody seems to answer my calls in DFA hotline. What’s the best thing to do?

  75. I happen to be outside the country where I applied for my passport extention, i just walk in there (Philippine Embassy) and apply for an extension, right there and then they put a stamp on my passport very very quick but only the green cover passport is applicable…

  76. I happen to be outside the country where I applied for my passport extension, i just walk in there (Philippine Embassy) and apply for an extension, right there and then they put a stamp on my passport very very quick but only the green cover passport is applicable…

  77. yun passport ko sept 1 2011 mag expire ,tapos pina extend ko sa pinas ng two year (EXTENDEN TO 2013)at ok naman po nunG PUMUNTA AKO NG QATAR…TANONG KO PO KUNG OK PA RIN BA ITONG PASSPORT KO PA BALIK PINAS NGAYONG 2012 MARCH?

  78. sir ask ko lng po ung passport ko expired on MAY 2012 pde po b ipa extension ko. ksi po bka magka line -up po ako s barko at hindi ko p nagagamit ung passport ko…

  79. Hi sir, my passport(green) has expired last feb. i’m 17 turning 18 this march, and this is my first time in this sort of thing because my parents always do this stuff,anyway my parents insist that i visit them abroad so that i can renew my visa, my only problem is can i still renew my passport even if its already expired? plz relply asap.(coz i need it this march & i don’t know what to do)

  80. I am scheduled to travel to Spain this coming May and did not realize that my passport expires on September 2012. What kind of supporting documents would I need in order to extend my passport?

  81. Just bring all supporting documents that would support the urgency of the trip and hence the need for extension like letter from your Spain host, etc.

  82. hi,there ask ko lng po kng pwde pa po ko mag travel if my passport will expired in 5 months,nsa china po kc ako i am going bact to philippines on september 16 ang come back here on october 16 din po ma expired po kc passport ko ng march 18 2013 hnd po ba ko mag kka problema sa imgration nun or i should renew my passport before i go back to china,thaks po

  83. Hi Anton , I am working in Singapore and planning to go back to the Philippines for a vacation. Im planning to go back on May 4 2012 till May 14 2012, but my passport is expiring this Nov 9 2012. Which is 5 days short for a six months validity. I already applied for a new passport which will be release this May 17 2012. Do i still need an extension of validity? Others said ,as long as i have the receipt of my new passport , immigration might allow me to go back to singapore. Hoping for your answers. Thank you so much..

  84. valid pa for 2 years ang passport ko at gusto ko ng iparenew ito bago ako mag travel at ang destino ko ay remote area walang embassy kaya gusto ko irenew na ito dito. posible po ba ito?

  85. is it posible ba na ma release ang extension sa xpry date sa passport during the day na mag aply ka for extension sa passport.

  86. My Phil. passport is expiring in less than 5 months. Im currently living in China with a valid working visa that will expire about the same time as my passport.
    I wont be travelling abroad anytime soon. My question is, will this cause a problem considering my passport now has less than 5 months validity while living in China?

  87. sir and madam,tanung ko lang po kung pwede ko ipaextend dyan sa pinas ung passport ko,ipa DHL ko sa kapatid ko at sya mismo ang magpunta dyan sa tanggapan nyo!!!

  88. sir paano ko mapa extend ang passport ko andito po ako sa bagram airbase maexpired na po ang passport ko sa oct 6 2012 wala po ako kontak sa pakistan embassy para ipadala sa DHL ask ko lang po pwede po ba ipa extend ang passport ko sa pinas kahit andito ako!!

  89. Pwede na po ba mag renew ng passport kahit na 11 mos. pa ung validity ng passport bago magexpire? Thanks

  90. Pwede kaya mag process ang Philippine embassy ng ganyan?
    Nagpa-book ako going to Korea from Japan at tulad mo hindi ko naisip na 2 months na lang validity ng passport ko

  91. Hi,I also got an extension, do I have to bring supporting docs? Are there questions to validate my extended passport upon arrival in the country I’m going?

  92. Do you think I could still get a passport renewal a week before my flight? I have been accepted as a delegate in a international leadership symposium. do you think they will approve it?

  93. Thankz for sharing this…i have a question about my phil passport i have plan to visit in singapore this coming 1st week of Dec for 4 days only.but my problem is my passport will be expire on May 19 2013.Can i still use my passport?….hope you can reply…Maraming salamat! GOD BLESS…

  94. Renewal na po passport ko,pwede po ba mag renew SA DFA pampanga ka hit SA DFA pasay ang original nto?

  95. Problem. help naman po. uuwi ako ng pinas this january. Then babalik ako in this country this feb. bali one month po ako sa pinas. Here nako nakatira sa europa now. and after one month in sa pinas 5 months nalang validity ng passport ko. What will i do. magwowork kaya yung extension for me?.. Please.. help me anyone.. I’m stressed out right now..

  96. Schedule a renewal of your passport immediately upon your arrival. You should be able to get the new passport on an expedite delivery within one month. You can book an appointment online at the DFA site.

  97. hmm.. I can’t risk taking renewal.. 30 working days ang renewal sa provincial areas.. I’ll try to extend it nlng.. I’m sure it will be a valid reason to go back in the country where I currently live hmm?

  98. My passport is still 6 months valid. I can still travel to the Philippines. Pero ang problem ko po eh yung pagbalik here. Resident na po ako here at may valid ID card napo ako so i don’t need any visa’s (europe) .pero yung passport ko is just five months valid nalang nun pabalik. Sabi kasi nila sa Province namin is, it takes 30 working days na daw dun ung pag process ng passport.I don’t want to risk po. You think they will allow me to extend my passport in the PI? kasi Returning resident naman ako? at urgent talaga? Please help.. I’m stressing… 🙁

  99. hello. i’m planning to go to hong kong coming april 2013 but my passport will expire on november 2013. is the validity still safe for travel?

  100. hi Anton, ask ko lang po if dapat po ba mag pa extended muna ako ng passport before going to embassy?kc my sched interview ako sa dutch embassy sa feb 11..and ang passport ko po is less than 6 months na departure date is set on april 11..if mag pa renew ako passport di na ata aabot..i’m worried..i need ur advice 🙂

  101. hi, valid reason ba un for us immigration interview and medical exam? coz they need passport valid for 6 mons, my passport will expire on May, applied for renewal pero sa march 12 pa. my interview is march 5. i have supporting documents like appointment letter for interview from NVC. maapprove kaya? thanks! 🙂

  102. Good Afternoon Sir,
    Until now I am having a second thought of travelling back to the Philippines. My Passport will expire on June 16, 2013 and my schedule of vacation is on March 16, 2013. Question is, am I still allowed to travel back to the Philippines and right after will renew my passport? Or should I renew first, the problem is , there are no slots available for the renewal here in Saudi Arabia since all schedules are occupied already.
    Please clear my doubts. Thank you very much and more power.

  103. hi po..please attend to my query..
    My passport will expire this May 2013 and my employer required me to extend my passport. However the supporting documents with me are visa, job order and near expiring passport, tickets are not yet settled. I need to be in my point of destination this month. My agency and my employer will only release my plane ticket If my passport validity was already extended. Do you think DFA would allow my passport extension even if there’s no ticket yet? thanks

  104. hi po..please attend to my query..
    My passport will expire this May 2013 and my employer required me to extend my passport. However the supporting documents with me are visa, job order and near expiring passport, tickets are not yet settled. I need to be in my point of destination this month. My agency and my employer will only release my plane ticket If my passport validity was already extended. Do you think DFA would allow my passport extension even if there’s no ticket yet? thanks

  105. I have Philippine Travel Document that was issued by the embassy, I will be in Manila for 2 weeks. I have an appointment with the DFA office to renew my passport. The embassy told me that it should not take long since you have the urgent need to travel back (round trip ticket and the travel document) Do I have enough time (2 weeks) to get my renewed passport? I noticed that they have an express service. Thank you

  106. ask ko lng po kng pwd mag renew tpos pwd paba gamitin ung passport hbng hnd pa nakukuha ung passport…..kase on going pa ung work ko sa sg pupunta lng ako ng manila para marenew….

  107. Good Day Everyone! My Philippine passport will Expire on September 15, 2013 and I was booked to travel to Singapore on April 12 to April 14, 2013 only. Is my passport still valid for travel? Please let me know what to do. Thank you so much po.

  108. Thanks Anton, I’m willing naman to do renewal however it will take several days pa bago ako makapag-renew because of the scheduling and the processing. Sayang naman ung na-book na travel next week. Is it possible to request for an extention kahit one month lang para pasok lang sya sa six months requirements? Pasensya na po..I’m just confused…Salamat ulit.

  109. Hi po im Janice. How many times po ba pwede makakuha sa extensions po sa passport natin? Hope to hear you soon.. Thank you

  110. may tanong lng po ako..mag expire na ang passport ko sa August 13th – then im planning to take my vacation on June until August 10th.. magkakaron b ako ng problem…nag pa shced ako ng renew ng passport ko sa june 3 kaso it take 30 days wala ako makuha scehd ng month of May ano pob need ko gawin?? – thank you

  111. Hi! I got my passport validity extended but do i need any certification from dfa as a supporting document to be presented during the process of my check in at the airport?

  112. Hi Anton!
    Had my passport extended too! Now am renewing na talaga. But in the space marked “Date Issued” in the application, what did you put — the original issue date, or the new one from when the extension starts?

  113. Hello Sir. The expiration of our passport is on August 2013 and we don’t know about the 6 months rule. We already had our ticket to Singapore this June 25. And we went to DFA Davao Office kanina and the guy in the information desk told us na wala na daw extension coz its only apply in OFW. Ano po ang gawin namin? Do you have any idea? Please reply. Thank you so much!

  114. question. my daugther passport expire on april 2014. it can be renew next month because her mother want to buy her ticket going to malaysia earlier for discounted ticket. it will be no problem about renewing m daugther passport?

  115. hello po, ask ko lang po because im here in singapore and my passport will be expire on october 2013, and our company sponsoring us to have a 1 day tour to indonesia this aug 2013. can i get extension of my passport,and my passport is color maroon.and do i need to set aN appointment for extension of passport here in singapore? thanks..please let me know..thank you

  116. hi po pano po mag cancel ng shedule kc po incomplete p ako anong gawin ko pwede aply ulo new pasport ilang beawan ako ulo antay

  117. I am here at Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia as an OFW. My scheduled vacation will be on mid-September 2013 and it is only 7 days. My problem is my passport is expiring on Feb. 19, 2014 and meaning when the time I am going back, my passport will be valid only less than 5 months already. The problem is, if I renew my passport upon arrival, I cannot make it because of my short vacation. Can you help me with my problem? Is it possible to apply for extension first and if possible, what are the requirements for these? Waiting for your prompt response. Thank you very much.

  118. Hi,
    My passport is about to expire on January 2014. But we have to travel to hong kong on August 28, 2013. Is it too late to have my passport renewed? I-allow kaya kami sa immigration without the extension? What do you suggest in this situation? Sa province pa kami nakatira.

  119. hi sir,
    What if ang flight ko na sa korea ay Oct. 1,2013 but my passport will be expired on march 15,2014 valid pa kaya un even if i have to stay there for 2-3 months lang? at kung magrerenew naman po ako this late august, is it possible na makuha ko rin ang passport by sept.? tnx po ^^,

  120. An incident happened in DFA CEBU, they did not honor the request letter that has been prepared instead they directed my friend to take an Affidavit which costs PHP 300 WITHOUT A RECEIPT. I immediately called their office and asked about this affidavit and a FE BALILING confirmed that they needed the affidavit for documentation and that the request letter is no longer accepted.
    I was just wondering why that particular info was not included in this blog.

  121. Hello po.
    just asking a question regarding my renewed passport i already vacation in the philippines this august then i decide to renewed my passport in pampanga DFA they renewed already my passport and worry ko lng is passport number ko ngyon ay bago na then ung sa exit- re entry visa ko sa saudi is nakalagay ay dati kong old passport number kyalangan ko pa po b pa transfer ung exit, re entry visa ko sa bago kong passport?? then or pag bumalik ako sa saudi pakita ko nlang ung old passport ko? thanks for the help

  122. Hello po sir
    tanong ko lang po kasi pwede po bang pumunta ng DFA khit next week pa ung sched ko thru online kasi need ko na pong pa extend ung passport ko nakalimutan ko na 5months n lng ung validity eh sabi 6months daw po ang kailangan pag mag vacation sa singapore
    thank you

  123. Ask ko lang po, pano po kung ung japan visa ko nasa old passport ko and less than 6 mos. na to, maaapektuhan po ba ung validity ng visa kapag nagpa renew ako or mag apply na lang po ako ng validity extension? Valid po kaya ung reason ko for extension? Sa oct. 27 po ung sked. Namin. Thanks.

  124. sir na extend ko na po dati ang passport ko dito sa italy ngayun po eh expired na uli asap po kailangan ko umuwe pwede ko po ba i extend ng pangalawang extension dito sa milano italy

  125. hi anton nag aapply ako sa canada employers wont entertain me dahil they need passport within 2 years of expiration….butayaw ako payagan magrenew ng supervisor sa dfa what should i do?

  126. Hello po ask ko lang kung pwede po mag parenew ng passport 9 months ang validity. Mag eexit po kasi ako dito sa saudi on April 2014 and applying for Qatar baka kasi kung maaprove application ko magcrosscountry ako doon bka mahirapan ako kasi hindi 6 months ang validy. Ang passport ko due po sa august 2014 then balak ko magparenew this coming november 2013 sa embassy sa jeddah and november lng tlga ako pwede makapunta ng jeddah kasi sa staffing namin and sa Jizan pa po ang work place ko. Pede po ba?? Hope for kind reply soon.

  127. Is passport extension still allowed by dfa? Im living in Pampanga. My kids and I are leaving on Oct 30, 2013 to Singapore. I just found out that my kids’passport will br expiring on April 1, 2014 ( which is less than 6 months valid), pls help

  128. Hi po, pwede po ba mgpa renew ng passport ngayon kahit sa February 14, 2014 pa expiration nito at kung ano katagal bago makuha? pls help

  129. hi,sir! im working here in saudi arabia. my company already booked me for my annual vacation this november 5, 2013. my passport expires on feb 24, 2014 and havent renewed yet because i really dont know that renewal is made 6mos. before the expiration. will they(airport officials) allow me to travel to philippines? if so, is there a chance that dfa would grant me to have my passport renewed as my scheduled departure is on dec. 22? tnx!

  130. Hi, I’d like to inquire, if we request for an extension for our kids as well, do we have to bring my 12 and 10 yr old kids? Thanks!!!

  131. Hi, I have a working visa, passport expires on August 11, 2014, my flight back to China would be Feb 10, 2014. Will there be any problem?

  132. Sir gud eve ask kulang po if any country valid po yung extension like s
    u.s.a or japan kase nag aalala po kase ako bka instead of extention mas magandang mag renew nlang po the problem is pgnagrenew po ako yung visa ko naman po ang hindi umabot

  133. mag e- expire po ang passport ko this coming june 2014 kaya nagpa extention po ako ng 1 year at valid sya til Jan 15, 2015 nun magbakasyon ako, pero ngayon po eh I will be in manila this coming July 15 for 2 weeks pwedi po bang sa pinas na ako mag renew since mas mabilis mo sa pinas.

  134. Hi Anton,
    I just received a text message from DFA
    Pampanga that my passport renewal pick up on may 19 is cancelled due to technical error in Manila DFA epassport center.
    I have a confirmed flight to Singapore in May 22 to attend a conference.. My old passport is expiring on October 28, 2014. Should I go directly to DFA in paranaque or DFA pampanga first to file an extension of my passport? Thanks…

  135. Hello po may problema ako tungkol sa passport ko expired na po sya sa april 5 at ang amo ko po binilhan ako ng ticket pauwi sa atin december 18 at di po pwede i refund.Babang luksa din po ng asawa ko at binyag ng una kong apo kaya gusto ko makauwi netong kapaskuhan nag apply na ako ng e passport dito sa london at ang releasing period ay between 2 to 3 months daw po.ang tanung ko po kung mapapayagan ako ng airlines na mag fly garantisado ba na makapag extend ako dyan?dahil sabi ng embassy dito wala na daw po extension na binibigay ngayun?totoo po ba eto?I need answer as soon as possible please.
    Best regards

  136. Hi Anton,
    My children are now in the Philippines. Their passport has been expired 2011 and 2012. Are they qualified to extend the validity of their passport? They were supposed to fly last July 22 and got hold at the immigration due to their Philippine Passport was expired. Both of them are Dual Citizen. Also, their reason for the extension is because my children are going to be late for their school enrollment. School here in Phoenix, AZ starts on Aug 6. Would this be a valid reason to get extensions? They have their ticket/boarding pass etc…How soon can this extension be given? Would it be a lot faster if I do the extension here in the US?
    Please advise.

  137. hello po sa lahat,,, mag ask po ako kase kami mag ina me visa na po kaso pinasok nmin ang elegibilty nming mag iina ng july 27 at lumabas ng 15 ng august sa akalain nming mag release agad kami ng mas maaga dahil ang passport po nmin ay paso na sa aug.2 ( 2016 feb mag expire 6 months before kaso naabutan sa loob ng embassy) kung sakali po maari po ba ako maka kuha ng extension of validity ??? please help po sa mga makaksagot salamat po ng marami gb

  138. Good morning Sir/Mam ask ko lang po Kung ppwede pa po ba ako makauwi at magbakasyon ng Philippines nandito po ako ngaun sa Saudi Arabia bale may plano po Kasi akong magbakasyon by March pero Ang Validity po ng Passport ko po Hanggang May 15,2018 pa po Sana masagot nyo po Ang katanungan ko Salamat po…

  139. Hi sir. Can i used my extended passport to travel abroad? My passport will be expiring after 4 months, and i already got the extension for 1 year.

  140. Maaari po ba akong makabyahe pauwi bilang exit kahit 30 days remaining na lang po ang validity ng aking passport? Salamat po.

  141. Hi. My flight is on Sept27, 2019 (just 3 days away) and my passport will expire March 11, 2020 which is less than 6 months, my problem is as an OFW i need to get an OEC but i cannot acquire my OEC from POEA because my passport’s validity is less 6months…i came across your blog and was planning to go to DFA Aseana to have my passport extension… Can they accommodate my passport extension within the day and not have to wait for 2 days just like you, because im of time constraint and still need to process my OEC…

  142. Hello po good morning everyone
    Yanong ko lang po
    February 26 2020 flight nya papuntang jakarta

    Pero expiration ng passport nya is
    September 25 2020

    Pwede po ba nyang magamit ung passport nya
    Or hindi po siya pwedeng mag flight

    1. Kailan ba ang Balik? 6 months before the date of expiry, technically “expired” na yung passport and you can’t fly na.

  143. Hello po good morning everyone
    Tanong ko lang po
    February 26 2020 flight nya papuntang jakarta

    Pero expiration ng passport nya is
    September 25 2020

    Pwede po ba nyang magamit ung passport nya
    Or hindi po siya pwedeng mag flight

  144. Hi Sir Anton,

    Have you traveled in the States using the extended visa? Or outside Asia? Do they just treat the extended passport the same as a ‘Valid’ one? How strict are they outside borders? I am advised to get an ext. here in Canada since the renewal appointments were canceled due to COVID-19. Looking forward to your response , thank you!

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