Starting January 2018, the Department of Foreign Affairs will issue 10 years validity Philippine passports pursuant to Republic Act 10928 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Appointments for applications of new passports or renewals thereof can now be made online thru the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Appointment is not needed for the following:

  1. Senior Citizen with Senior Citizen ID
  2. Person with Disability with PWD ID or visible disability
  3. Solo Parent with Valid Solo Parent ID
  4. Pregnant Women with medical certificate
  5. Minors 7 years old and below

The above applicants can avail of the priority lane at DFA offices.

In 2018, passport applicants need to pay in advance thru the banks the application fee for a new passport or its renewal. This is to discourage “no shows” during the appointment dates. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said that the Department of Foreign Affairs will issue guidelines for the e-payment in the next few weeks. Applicants will be required to pay either in half or full of the application fee.

The passport fees are: P 950.00 for regular processing (20 working days) and P 1,200 for express (10 working days).