Passports: Overview

Important Reminders

The Philippine Passport is at all times the property of the Republic of the Philippines. It must be surrendered upon demand by an authorized representative of the Philippine Government.

Alteration, addition, or destruction of contents is strictly prohibited. Any unauthorized change will render a passport invalid and will have accompanying penalties.

Using the passport as collateral is against the law and will automatically render the passport cancelled.

The information provided in the passport application form must be true and correct. The documents that will be submitted should be complete and authentic. Under the law, making false statements in the passport application form, furnishing falsified or forged documents in support thereof are punishable by law.


Before Applying for a Philippine Passport

  1. Personal appearance is required for all
  2. Prepare all the originals and photocopies of the documentary requirementsfor passport application.
  3. To ensure entry to countries with strict dress codes, all applicants are required to wear decent clothing for passport photo capture. Plunging necklines, sleeveless clothings, spaghetti strapped tops, see-through tops, sando, tube tops, halters and the like are prohibited.
  4. Jewelleries such as earrings and necklaces and colored contact lenses are not allowed during photo capturing.


After applying for a Philippine passport:

  1. The applicant should bring their passport receipt for release of their passport. In case of lost passport receipt, an Affidavit of Loss is required.
  2. Check if all the data on the passport are correct before leaving the Consular Office.
  3. For applicants 13 years old and above, immediately affix the signature on the third page of the passport booklet upon receipt of the passport. For minors 12 years old and below, leave it blank.
  4. If the applicant cannot personally claim his/her passport, an immediate family member or an authorized representative shall present an Authorization Letter or a Special Power of Attorney to claim the passport on behalf of the applicant. Both documents should contain the name and photocopy of the ID of the authorized individual.
  5. Passports unclaimed after one hundred and eighty (180) days will be cancelled per Department Order No. 37-03.
  6. Do not staple anything on the passport booklet especially the covers as it may damage the electronic chip and render the ePassport unreadable.


Passport Application at the Philippine Consulate General in Geneva

An appointment is NOT needed when applying for passport or renewal of passport at the Philippine Consulate General in Geneva.

However, please observe the office hours of the Consulate:


Processing of Passports:

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays





  • Social Security System (SSS) / Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card
  • Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License. Student Permit may be accepted if in card format.
  • Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) / Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) Card
  • Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certification from the Election Officer with Dry Seal
  • Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License
  • Senior Citizen ID
  • School ID (if applicable)
  • Current Valid ePassport (For Renewal of ePassport)
  • For applicants based overseas, they may use their host government issued IDs showing their Philippine citizenship. (Example: Residence Card)

Important Reminder: The Consulate may require additional supporting documents as may be necessary.



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