DFA Shortens Passport Releasing Period

The long wait is over!

Starting next month, applicants will no longer wait for almost a month to receive their passports. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced today that passports will be released as early as six working days.


"We made a promise to the President and to our kababayan that we will work hard to give them fast, efficient, and secure passport services. Shortening the length of time our kababayan would have to wait before they could receive their passports is part of that promise," Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said in a statement. He is currently attending the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Beginning Monday, October 1st, applicants at DFA Consular Offices in Metro Manila who pay the regular processing fee of Php 950 can receive their passports after 12 working days instead of 15 working days. On the other hand, applicants who pay the express processing fee of Php 1,200 can receive their passports after six working days instead of seven working days.

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Meanwhile, applicants in DFA Consular Offices outside Metro Manila can receive their passports after 12 working days instead of 20 working days for regular processing and seven working days instead of 10 working days for applicants who pay the expedited processing fee.

"Providing better passport services is the heart of our work at the DFA," Cayetano said. He assured the public that the agency will continue to work hard to further improve the delivery of passport services. 

It is noted that in May 2017, the agency processes 9,500 passports daily. Cayetano said that they have increased their capacity to almost 20,000 passports a day and is hoping to increase this number to 30,000 by the end of the year.

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