Renewing a US or American Passport in the Philippines


Renewing a US or American Passport in the Philippines

REMINDER:  Just because a passport is expired it doesn’t mean that you are no longer a U.S. citizen. That’s not true. You still have the same rights and privilege as a U.S, Citizen. This means you can go to the U.S. Embassy any time you want – during operating hours, of course, and receive the same service as you’d expect when your passport is valid. Your passport is just expired and just needs to be renewed. You can call in for information or go there and ask. That’s what they are there for.

You can renew your US or American passport in the Philippines either at the US Consulate in Cebu or at the US Embassy in Manila.

If you are closer to Manila, then renew your US or American passport at the American Embassy in Manila. To renew it in Manila, you need an email address. You mail your renewal application together with the (2 each) 2×2 ID photo and the old passport. Once they receive your application, the US Embassy will email you instructions when to come to the US Embassy to pay for your passport renewal. Rates change so please check the current price or for more up to date information click here.

On your appointment date to pay, it is best to stop across the street of the US Embassy and use the overpass walk bridge to go to the Embassy. You don’t have to fall in line outside the US Embassy on Roxas Blvd. There is a special line for US citizens and you go through that entrance. You will see a longer line outside but that’s for people applying for  a visa – visitor, fiance, spousal, work, etc. You do not go on that line. You will also encounter people outside the embassy asking you to have your cellphone secured with them – you don’t need to that because you are a US citizen. The guards in the US Citizen Services door/entrance will take your cellphone and/or other valuables to secure it while you are taking care of your business inside the Embassy. There are no cellphones or picture taking allowed inside the US Embassy building for security reasons.

Once inside the Embassy, you will be given a number so you have to wait until called. First, you will wait outside, then you go to the 2nd floor and wait. Make sure you have the money on hand – either in pesos or dollar. You will also pay for the mailing of your passport in advance. After you’ve (or your designated representative) made your payment, then you wait until the Embassy completes the renewal process. It usually takes 2-3 weeks for the renewal process to get done. You will not get your passport that day.

If you are in the Visayas or Mindanao, you can renew or file for lost US or American passport at the Philippine Consulate in Cebu. You don’t have to go to Manila. The US Consulate in Cebu is only open in the morning. You go to the US Consulate in Cebu located below the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug. The guard will give you a number at the door and you go in when your number is called. Once you’re inside the Consulate, your number will be called again and that will be the time that you either fill out or give your application, together with the (2 each) 2×2 ID photo and the old passport.

Passport renewals through the US Consulate in Cebu will take 3-4 weeks contrary to the Manila processing time because of the mailing time to Manila. You pay for the passport renewal on the spot and also need to make a note that you want the passport mailed to your address. This note will notify the US Embassy in Manila to mail your passport to you – collect, through Air21. Once your passport is renewed, the US Embassy will send your new and old passport to you through Air21. During the Air21  delivery of your new American passport, the courier will ask you for a cash payment. This will cover the  mailing (P91.00 as of Dec 2012).

US Passport renewal in the Philippines

US Passport renewal in the Philippines

Expired US or American Passport while in the Philippines

You may run into an expiring US or American passport while in the Philippines. No worries, you can renew it while in the Philippines. You can also ask for an emergency (temporary extension) passport which is good for a year but you have to prove or convince the Consul that it is an emergency. You will be asked to write down the reason why you need an emergency passport. Or you can renew it and go through the process.

The US Embassy or Consulate has to approve the issuance of an emergency passport and you will get a temporary passport the same day or the next day. It would be advisable to bring a copy of your flight reservation if you are flying out for an emergency or you can’t wait for the renewal process. It is still at the discretion of the American Consul.

Once you get back into the US, you can renew the emergency passport before it expires that year – for free. The fee you paid for the emergency passport will be credited towards an actual (renewal) passport. If you pass the one year validity of the temporary passport, then you will have to pay for a regular renewal. You will no longer get credit from the temporary passport payment.

Here are the instructions from the US Embassy in Manila. Please follow it step by step. There are no shortcuts. It is just a process and no, it’s not Burger King where you get it the way you want it. Also, you can click on the source below for other instructions such as first passport application for under 16 and over 16 years old or adults, renewing a child passport under 16, renewing for the first time as an adult, correcting or changing information on your passport, adding pages, lost, stolen, or damaged passport, and a passport that expired over 5 years ago. I only had experience renewing it.
(Source: http://manila.usembassy.gov/service/passports/renewal.html)

Step 1:

  • Fill out electronically and print the DS-82 Application for a U.S. Passport wizard form.  If you experience trouble with this Passport Application Wizard, click here for Form DS-82 (PDF format).  To view PDF files, you need a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat.  Get a free download from the Adobe website.
  • Fill out and print  (PDF Format). You may also complete the form electronically by using the Passport Application Wizard by clicking here.  To view PDF files, you need a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat.  Get a free download from the Adobe website.
  • Check that you have read the Privacy and Computer Fraud and Abuse Acts Notices and Disclaims and click submit.
  • Print out the DS-82 form upon completion.  Make sure to include a valid email on the form.
  • Please note that some instructions and options on the form are only applicable in the United States.

Step 2:
Mail your documents to the embassy at the following mailing address: Citizenship and Passport Unit, American Citizens Services, Consular Section, U.S. Embassy, 1201 Roxas Boulevard, 1000 Manila.  Do not make an online appointment for this service. Strictly Mail only and no walk in. You may also use our contracted courier by calling (02) 879-4747  to have Air21 courier pick-up the documents and  deliver them to the Embassy.  Note: If you send it via Air21 courier, the one-time courier fee covers the two way service: pick-up of documents and delivery of the completed passport.

Please include the following:

Once your documents are received, the Embassy will notify you through email for the instructions on when to come to the Embassy to pay the application fee as well as to arrange for delivery of the passport with the Embassy’s contracter courier, Air21 courier (for mailed-in applications). Alternatively, you may send a representative to pay the application fee on your behalf.  Please bring:

  • $135 in cash (U.S. dollars or Philippine pesos equivalent) or credit card
  • A printout of the email notification sent to you by the Embassy

Step 4:

Once payment has been made and application has been approved, passport will be processed and delivered within 2-3 weeks. The expired U.S. passport (duly cancelled by the Embassy) will be delivered together with the new U.S. passport.

170 Comments on Renewing a US or American Passport in the Philippines

  1. My husband need to renew his passport but he’s overstayed in the PH. We havent updated his visa status until now so our concern is that, does the US Embassy will still renew his passport once we decided to do the normal processing/steps of renewing a passport at the US Embassy despite the unpaid penalty for not renewing his visa or will they(US Embassy) inform him at the BI and not renewing his passport at all? We cannot afford to pay the penalty right now for we have such limited financial resources and it is just enough for our expences here such as his medical maintenance and for our infant’s needs. I would love to know if somebody here has the same experience about what I have mentioned above and if so, can He or she atleast give me some advice on how to deal with our situation. It will surely help us a lot.

    Looking forward for any insights or advice.
    Eniale

    • He can still renew his US passport regardless of his Philippine status.

      He just ahs to deal with his Philippine immigration issues separate from the US.

      Salamat for inquiring on thefilipino.com

      TheFilipino.com Webmaster

  2. My husband need to renew his passport but he’s overstayed in the PH. We havent updated his visa status until now so our concern is that, does the US Embassy will still renew his passport once we decided to do the normal processing/steps of renewing a passport at the US Embassy despite the unpaid penalty for not renewing his visa or will they(US Embassy) inform him at the BI and not renewing his passport at all? We cannot afford to pay the penalty right now for we have such limited financial resources and it is just enough for our expences here such as his medical maintenance and for our infant’s needs. I would love to know if somebody here has the same experience about what I have mentioned above and if so, can He or she atleast give me some advice on how to deal with our situation.

    Looking forward for any insights or advice.
    Eniale

  3. Hi, what do you mean by mailing the documents? I’m a US citizen and my flight is on April 2015. I already have an appointment on January, and I’m planning to just bring the documents with me and walk in the embassy. Is it really necessary to mail the documents? Also can you summarize the requirements for me and also the instructions(the things that I need to do.) Thanks this will be a big help! God Bless.

    • They will tell you to mail it. Unless you qualify for an emergency passport issuance – which has to be approved by the Consul, you will need to go through the same process like everyone else.

      Salamat for inquiring on thefilipino.com

      TheFilipino.com Webmaster

  4. Hi! I would like to ask kasi my husband is and american citizen and his us passport witll expire next month (january 2015) but philippine airlines told us that he cant travel without 6 mos validity of his passport. We already booked pur flight on dec 6. Can we ask the embassy for temporary passport? Will they allow us kaya? Thank you

    • You can try but it really doesn’t matter because he’s coming back to the US – which the passport is issued.

      He can try an emergency passport but it has to be approved by the Consul.

      I believe he doesn’t need it since he is an American and coming back to the US and the passport is not yet expired. He can still come back.

      Salamat for inquiring on thefilipino.com

      TheFilipino.com Webmaster

  5. Hi! I’m gonna turn 18 on december 17 and it’s gonna be my first time renewing my passport ever since i got it when i was still months old. I got here in the philippines before i turned 1 and never left ever since. Will there be major problems in renewing my passport? And currently, i’m living with my aunt because my mom died and my father is nowhere to be found. Can i renew it on my own? And lastly, how much will it cost? I am so sorry for so many questions but answers will be highly appreciated! Thank you so much!

    • You should be able to. Please contact the US Embassy in Manila. There is also information on their website on how to renew your passport at 16 yrs old or older.

      There are a lot of documents and pictures that you need. As far as cost, the website has all that information.

      Salamat for inquiring on thefilipino.com

      TheFilipino.com Webmaster

  6. Hi, I am holding American and Filipino passports, I got married recently here in Manila and my husband is an Egyptian Citizen. Is it true that I will automatically lose my american citizenship by marrying a foreigner and I won’t be able to renew my U.S passport anymore if I declare that I am married? Pls help. Thanks

  7. Hi please help. I had an appointment last Friday for my son’s passport renewal but unfortunately we weren’t able to make it because of Mario – we live in Bulacan :( should I make another appointment or can I just walk in on Monday? Kami po I checked their appointment system and the soonest available day is on December 1st. What do u think we should do?

  8. hi,i just want to ask something. i need to renew my grandparents passport. is it possible to have just one transaction for both of them?thanks..

  9. Ronnie Mendoza // September 2, 2014 at 1:06 am // Reply

    Hi Admin, ask ko lang po paano po kung ang process kapag senior citizen gn US, ang lola ko po kase mag eexpire na ang passport this september 22, 2014. hinde ko po kase masyado maintindihan ang process ng pag renew ng passport pede po ba patulong ako.. Maraming Salamat po

  10. Marle T. Dacasin // August 7, 2014 at 12:02 pm // Reply

    My parents are both elders 82 and 83 yrs. old. Their us passports are expiring sept & oct. 2014. It would be stressful for them to go

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