Since 17 January 2011, the Philippine Embassy in The Hague has begun accepting applications for ePassports. Machine Readable Passports (MRP) will no longer be issued. All MRPs (and green passports) issued before the launch of the ePassport will remain valid and will be honored by immigration authorities worldwide until their stated expiry date.
Filipinos whose passports have already expired or are due to expire in six months are encouraged to apply for a new passport.
Please note that personal appearance is required for ALL passport applications. Personal appearance is necessary for the collection of biometric data.
Personal appearance is scheduled by appointment. Consular Section is open from Monday to Friday between 9:00AM and 3:30PM, except Philippines and Dutch holidays.
Note:Please call the Passport/Visa/ATN Sections at Tel.No. 07.03.60.48.20 for appointment between (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm). Application forms can be downloaded here.
NO PHOTOS REQUIRED
Applicants are no longer required to bring photographs as they will have their pictures taken using an ePassport data capturing machine.
POSE Applicants should look directly at the camera lens and show their full face. Rotation or tilting of the head either in an up/down or left/right direction must be avoided. The mid points of the mouth and the bridge of the nose should lie on an imaginary vertical line in the center of the image.
EXPRESSION Expression should be neutral with both eyes open and mouth closed. There should be no hair covering the eyes. Contrived expressions such as raised eyebrows, squinting or frowning are not acceptable.
SMILING When having their photos captured, applicants may smile, but without showing their teeth and gums. The ‘Mona Lisa’ smile is recommended.
EYEGLASSES / CONTACT LENSES Eyeglasses should always be removed before capturing the applicant’s photo. The use of contact lenses for medical reasons is accepted, provided that the contact lenses do not change the applicant’s true eye color. Therefore, applicants are advised to take off their contact lenses before having their photos captured.
EARS SHOULD BE VISIBLE As much as possible, both ears of the applicant should be visible.
EARRINGS / HAIR ACCESSORIES These accessories should be removed prior to photo capturing. Frizzy/afro hairstyles should be neatly arranged showing full frontal facial image. For men, wearing earrings is not allowed.
INFANTS Infants or very small children who are unable to support themselves should be assisted by either parent or their guardian. Hands, arms, etc., used to support the child should not be visible. High-chair for minor applicants may be used, if needed
RELEASE OF NEW PASSPORT
The passport processing time takes between 30 to 45working days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) from the time of application to the time of release of the new passport. Applicants are advised as to the approximate release date of their passport. Applicants may also choose to follow up on their applications with the passport section after about 45 working days or applicants may verify from the Embassy website - E-Passport Release section if their name is already on the list.
Applicants should personally pick up the new passport at the Consular Section of the Embassy and present the previous passport (if still valid) for cancellation. Prior to releasing, the signature of the applicant will be collected again to verify the identity of the applicant receiving the passport. The cancelled passport will then be returned to the applicant.
For application requirements, please click the appropriate menu:
For brown passport holders, please submit photocopies of the first three pages (and the pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps). Please also present supporting documents with complete middle name, example: authenticated birth certificate issued on NSO security paper. Please present original documents as stated above.
For MRP passport-holders whose city/municipality of birth is NOT specified in the Place of Birth entry (example: NCR instead of San Juan, Metro Manila), please present original authenticated birth certificate on NSO security paper.
4. If parents are married, Marriage Contract (MC) or Report of Marriage (ROM), issued by Philippine Embassy or Philippine Consulate General in the country where the marriage ceremony took place. Please present original documents, with one (1) photocopy, as stated above.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CHANGE OF NAME IN PASSPORT
For applicants who wish to change their name in their passport due to marriage, divorce or widowhood, please submit the additional requirements below:
1. From single name to MARRIED name
- If married in the Philippines, please present original Marriage Contract (MC) printed on NSO security paper and authenticated by the DFA.
- If married in the Netherlands, please present original Report of Marriage (ROM) issued by the Philippine Embassy in The Hague; or if married in another country other than the Philippines or the Netherlands, ROM issued by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the country where marriage took place.
2. From married name to SINGLE name
- Birth Certificate on NSO security paper
- Marriage Contract with previous spouse on NSO security paper authenticated by the DFA or Report of Marriage issued by the Philippine Embassy in The Hague or by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the country where the marriage took place. Please present original documents as stated above.
In case of DIVORCE
- Divorce decree issued by the Netherlands authorities, if divorced in the Netherlands or by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the country where divorce was finalized or certified true copy of the first page and the dispositive portion of the judgment on divorce authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate where the divorce is obtained.
- NSO-issued Marriage Certificate with the annotation on the divorce decree authenticated by the DFA. Please present original documents as stated above.
In case of ANNULMENT OF MARRIAGE
- Certificate of Finality of Decision and Court Order/Decision authenticated by the DFA.
- Amended Marriage Contract (with annotation of the annulment of marriage) on NSO security paper authenticated by the DFA. Please present original documents as stated above.
In case of WIDOWHOOD
- For those whose spouse died in the Philippines, original Death Certificate issued on NSO security paper, authenticated by the DFA or Court Order of presumptive death (in case husband had been missing for a number of years and has been presumed dead) authenticated by the DFA.
- For those whose spouse died outside the Philippines, original or certified true copy (CTC) of the Death Certificate, with English translation and legalized or authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of the country where the Death Certificate was issued.
2. Sworn statement narrating the circumstances on how the passport was lost or destroyed/damaged, which will be notarized by the Embassy.
3. Police Report, for lost passport cases.
4. If available, photocopy of lost/destroyed/damaged passport
5. Birth Certificate issued on NSO security paper and authenticated by the DFA.
6. If applicable, Marriage Contract issued on NSO security paper and authenticated by DFA or Report of Marriage issued by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the country where the marriage took place.
7. Applicants may also be required to submit one or more of the following supporting documents depending on the assessment of the application (e.g. discrepancies in personal information such as name or date of birth, etc):
-Voter’s Registration Record -PRC / IBP ID -Baptismal Certificate -Land Title -Seaman’s Book -Driver’s License -Income Tax Return (Old) -Government Service Record -Old SSS-E1 form/or digitized SSS-ID -School Form 137 or Transcript of Records -Seaman’s Book -Certificate of Identity and Tribal Membership issued by the Office of the Muslim Affairs -Counseling Certificate issued by the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) -Other documents that show full name and birth details of applicant and citizenship
Please present original documents.
The Embassy shall require the applicant to pay the costs of verification if applicant is not able to present a copy of his/her passport
The Embassy shall begin processing the application for an ePassport only after the 15-day clearing period for verification with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila
If the applicant cannot wait this long, he/she may wish to apply for a Travel Document.