Renewing Your US Passport in the Philippines.
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No More Travel To The Embassy To Pay Your Passport Renewal Fee!
- 0.1 No More Travel To The Embassy To Pay Your Passport Renewal Fee!
- 0.2 Basic Procedures are Simple:
- 0.3 _IF_ you follow the procedures on this page:
- 0.4 Renew the 10-Year validity Adult Passport
- 0.5 Recently This Takes a Lot Longer
- 0.6 The Big News Is There’s Now An Alternative To A Personal Visit To Make Payment
- 0.7 Very specific aren’t they?
- 0.8 “Self Serving” Advertisement”
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Isn’t that great news? Yeah,it is indeed, but read on a little to find out the latest “flies in the ointment”with this procedure.
Basic Facts Review:
- All US Citizens should maintain a valid passport in the Philippines (or anywhere else outside the USA)
- Your standard US Adult passport has a validity period of 10 years. (have you checked yours lately?)
- Your US citizen children’s validity period is 5 years. (have you checked theirs lately?)
- You can renew your US passport (or your spouse and children’s passports) through the US Embassy Manila or the US Consulate in Cebu. (there are special procedures for the first renewal of a child’s passport after the child reaches 16 years of age. See these rules here: Renew a Passport for the First Time as an Adult
Basic Procedures are Simple:
_IF_ you follow the procedures on this page:
For those of you who haven’t renewed your passport recently, the entire procedure has changed a lot in the past few years. Basically, you download and fill up an application form, provide the required information and then call the number provided on the Embassy site and order a pick up of your renewal package from Air 21, the embassy’s contracted pick up and delivery service in the Philippines.
Air 21 will come to your location, pick up the application _BUT_NOT_YOUR_RENWAL_FEE_. Why don’t they pick up your fee along with the rest5 of the package, as they did for many years in the past? I don’t know.
Once your package is received in Manila (often as soon as overnight),
Recently This Takes a Lot Longer
The embassy will send you and email giving you instructions in how to make payment, in person, at the US Embassy, Manila.
This can be quite an issue for those of you not living in or close to Manila. Again, I have no idea why you can’t make payment through a local bank (as you can for visa fees for the Embassy). I suggest you ask someone, like4, say, the Secretary of State or someone else in authority. But for now, that’s the way it works here in the Philippines.
After the fee is paid, the Embassy will then send you new passport (and the old one, you’ll need it) back to the address you gave Air 21. It usually comes within two weeks after processing at the embassy is complete.
And then you’re good for the next 10 years.
The Big News Is There’s Now An Alternative To A Personal Visit To Make Payment
Instead of making a visit yourself (or via a representative, the Embassy now allows you to send payment along with your application package. This is great news.
But the requirements for making this payment are quite complex. Be sure you pay attention:
- (NEW!) Mail-In Payment: With your application, you may include a US-dollar demand draft issued by the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) and made out to “U.S. Embassy Manila” for $110. We do not accept demand drafts from any other bank or any other financial instruments at this time. Including any other form of payment with your application may result in significant delays in processing your application. NOTE: If electing this option, the bank draft must still be cleared during the 2-3 week processing time of the passport. If applying for an emergency passport, it is advisable to select the second option below (personal payment in cash). DO NOT INCLUDE CASH WITH YOUR MAIL-IN APPLICATION.
Very specific aren’t they?
I’ve received some very valuable feedback from readers on this procedure. It works, but there are some issues.
- According to at least one reader’s experience, you must first open an account at BPI.
- Also you must pay BPI $10 usd for the demand draft itself, plus documentary fees.
- You must pay the fee in Pesos and accept BPI’s conversion rate.
- And as explained above by the Embassy above, clearing of this draft may add weeks to the process.
All in all this new option is welcome, if it avoids making a trip to Manila, just to pay the bill. Be sure to follow the steps and you should be good to go for 10 more years.
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Really this is only an announcement which serves you, my faithful readers. I offer a service, which I really don’t want to offer, but may help those of you who have problems in making a trip all the way to the Embassy in Manila, just to pay the fee.
Or you don’t want to deal with the hassle of BPI and the extra weeks of wait time,
I’ve offered this service for some time now .. every now and again I consider just dropping the idea, because going to the Embassy is NOT something I very much care to do, even for a fee.
But I’m going to keep providing this service for my fellow American citizens for the time being … because trips to Manila are not cheap and they consume a lot of your precious time as well.
1. You can send a demand draft along with you application package, as outlined above.
2. You, yourself, can travel to the Embassy to pay the fee … exactly as you official email outlines.
3. You, yourself, may also travel to the US Consulate in Cebu City and make your payment there (information on this procedure is included in your Passport Renewal official email)
4. You can also authorize anyone (of any citizenship) to travel to the Embassy on your behalf and make the payment for you. Again, guidance is provided on your personal embassy email.
OR (For a Fee):
5. If you don’t want to travel yourself, and don’t have anyone you know in the Manila area whom you feel comfortable in asking to do the trip for you, I will go to the US Embassy and make the payment for you,
How Does That Work?
Quite simply, actually. You send me a copy of your embassy payment email, you send me a simple one paragraph letter (via email is fine) which authorizes me to make the payment on your behalf, and you send me the fee(or fees) due to the Embassy and an additional $50 USD (or peso equivalent).
I then go to the Embassy the next available business day and make the payment for you. You can contact me with questions, clarifications, etc. through the Contact form off the menu at the top of this page, or you may call me (during daylight hours here in the Philippines) at 6344-797-0216.
Again, I’m offering this service strictly to those who feel it is worthwhile to them … you are totally free to do it all yourself if that’s what you choose.
So, No Matter How You Choose To Pay, Get This Taken Care Of. You _have_ checked the expiration date on your passport lately, haven’t you? It might be time for …
Renewing Your US Passport in the Philippines.