Wednesday, January 21, 2009

DFA: Green Passport no longer valid in January 2010 a Hoax

Too many blogs posted information about this while an email is making the rounds about the passport advisory warning holders of old green passports to renew them for they will no longer be valid effective January 2010.

The typical cynical me checked the official website of the Department of Foreign Affairs for the authoritative source of news advisories and yet there are no statements nor press releases about the validity of the green passports.

I can only smell something: It's a hoax.

I suspect people from travel agencies want to cash in on the advisory for them to make money or just some misinformed souls.

Digging deeper since I found none at the DFA site, I found a statement of Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Domingo Lucenario Jr. in a Philippine Daily Inquirer report "the two earlier passport versions would still be recognized in ports around the world until expiration."

To be really sure, I called up the DFA hotline 556-0000, something I don't usually do since I hate calling up government offices, the reply I got was that the "green passport is valid for travel until expiration date provided it's not within six months from the date of travel."

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) started issuing Machine Readable Passports (MRP) last year to be th April 2010 deadline set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the phaseout of manually processed passports. It intends to issue more secure e-Passports this year.

Related Links:
Passport Application Requirements and Renewal
Passport Application Requirements and Passport Renewal Procedures

a copy of the supposed passport advisory is posted below, note the passport application requirements and renewal are correct. The non-validity of green passports beyond January 2010 is a hoax!
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ADVISORY
Department of Foreign Affairs
Travel Agency Section

Please be advised that effective January 2010, the green colored Philippine Passport will no longer be accepted even if it is still valid. Below are the list of new requirement for the application and renewal of Philippine Passport.

FOR RENEWAL MINOR AND ADULT

REQUIREMENTS:
1. OLD PASSPORT
2. 3 PASSPORT SIZED PICTURES W/ROYAL BLUE BACKGROUND WEARING DARK COLORED POLO/BLOUSE
3. PROPERLY ACCOMPLISHED APPLICATION FORM
4. IF 18YRS OLD & BELOW, SUBMIT PHOTOCOPY OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND ORIG. PASSPORT OF MOTHER (TO BE SIGNED AND THUMBMARKED BY MOTHER ON
THE APPLICATION FORM AND UNDERTAKING)

PROCESSING TIME: 12WORKING DAYS

FOR NEW PASSPORT (ADULT)

REQUIREMENTS:
1. AUTHENTICATED BIRTH CERTIFICATE, IF LATE REGISTRATION SUBMIT 2 OLD DOCUMENTS (EG. BAPTISMAL WITH DRY SEAL, FORM 137, VOTER'S AFFIDAVIT)
2. IF MARRIED WOMAN, AUTHENTICATED MARRIAGE CONTRACT
3. 3 PASSPORT SIZED PICTURES W/ROYAL BLUE BACKGROUND WEARING DARK COLORED POLO/BLOUSE
4. ORIGINAL I.D. (COMPANY, SSS, VOTER'S, DRIVER'S)
5. FILLED UP APPLICATION FORM WITH SIGNATURE IN UNDERTAKING (2ND PAGE OF APPLICATION FORM). PLS. DON'T SIGN AND DON'T AFFIX THUMBMARK ON

GREEN APPLICATION FORM

FOR NEW PASSPORT/MINOR BELOW 18 YEARS OLD

1. AUTHENTICATED BIRTH CERTIFICATE
2. AUTHENTICATED MARRIAGE CONTRACT OF PARENTS IF MARRIED. IF NOT PARENTS ARE NOT MARRIED, AFFIDAVIT OF ILLEGITIMACY
3. 3 COPIES PASSSPORT SIZED PICTURE W/ROYAL BLUE BACKGROUND WEARING DARK COLORED POLO/BLOUSE
4. DULY FILLED UP APPLICATION FORM, IF 8YRS OLD & ABOVE DON'T SIGN AND DON'T AFFIX THUMBMARK. BUT IF 7 YRS & BELOW, FORM SHOULD BE SIGNED
AND THUMBMARKED BY MOTHER
5. ORIGINAL VALID PASSPORT OF MOTHER
6. PHOTOCOPY OF SCHOOL I.D. IF STUDENT
7. IF TRAVELLING WITHOUT PARENTS NEED DSWD CLEARANCE AND ORIGINAL PASSPORT OF TRAVELLING COMPANION

NOTE:
1. FOR MINORS BELOW 8 YRS OLD NEW AND RENEWAL, MOTHER IS FOR PERSONAL APPEARANCE AT DFA
2. FOR 8-17 YRS OLD NEW AND RENEWAL, APPLICANT AND MOTHER ARE FOR PERSONAL APPEARANCE AT DFA
3. FOR 18-64 YRS OLD NEW AND RENEWAL, PERSONAL APPEARANCE IS A MUST. ONLY 65 YEARS OLD & ABOVE ARE EXEMPTED FROM PERSONAL APPEARANCE
PROCESSING TIME: 12WORKING DAYS AFTER PERSONAL APPEARANCE


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