FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Thank you for your interest in renewing or applying for a Philippine passport. We are pleased to send you answers to frequently asked questions on passport applications:
CAN I APPLY FOR A PHILIPPINE PASSPORT IN OTHER CITIES IN GERMANY?
You can apply for a passport at the Philippine Embassy in Berlin or the Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt. Another option would be to avail of the mobile consular outreach services conducted in specific cities of Germany. You can renew your passports in these places on these special days.
CAN I APPLY FOR A PASSPORT IN BRUSSELS OR THE HAGUE?
Please contact the Philippine Embassies in Brussels or The Hague beforehand. If you live near Switzerland or Austria, please contact the Philippine Embassies in Berne or Vienna.
I LIVE IN DENMARK, OR IN POLAND. CAN I APPLY FOR A PASSPORT IN GERMANY?
Yes, you can apply for a passport with the Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt. What are the requirements to renew my passport?
– personal appearance in the Consulate
– duly-accomplished passport application form
- your Philippine passport, and photocopy of its data page with
- €54.- cash
- self-addressed return envelope with €4.05 in stamps for registered mail ‘Einschreiben’ (if passport is to be claimed by mail)
HOW DO I KNOW IF THE CONSULATE IS OPEN DURING HOLIDAY SEASONS LIKE EASTER?
The Consulate observes certain German and Philippine Holidays. Please refer to the front page of the Consulate’s website or Facebook page for the list of holidays observed and any other announced closures.
HOW LONG IS THE PROCESSING TIME AT THE CONSULATE AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
This will depend on the volume of applicants on the day and time you come. On the average, it takes about 20 minutes to apply for a passport and costs €54.-.
WHY DO I NEED TO GO TO FRANKFURT? CAN I NOT JUST MAIL IT AS BEFORE?
Personal appearance is now required in order to capture the biometrics of each applicant such as the face, the fingerprints, and the signature.
WHEN DO I GET MY NEW PASSPORT?
After completing the application process at the Consulate, it takes about 4-6 weeks for the new passport to arrive from the Philippines. However, it is best to regularly check the Philippine Consulate General’s website for announcements on possible delays. All passports are centrally printed in the Philippines.
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY OLD PASSPORT?
Your old/current passport will be returned to you after you apply and you can continue using it until the new one arrives in about 4 to 6 weeks. When your new passport arrives at the Consulate, you need to bring or mail your old passport to the Consulate with a self-addressed stamped envelope. We will then cancel your old passport, and return it to you together with your new passport.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO RENEW MY PASSPORT?
It is recommended to renew your passport about 9 months before it expires.
IS THERE A FINE IF THE PASSPORT TO BE RENEWED IS ALREADY EXPIRED?
No, there is no additional fine for renewing expired passports.
MY FILIPINO WIFE AND I JUST GOT MARRIED. WE WANT HER PASSPORT TO BE AMENDED SO THAT SHE WILL CARRY MY FAMILY NAME. WHAT DOES SHE NEED TO DO?
Your wife must first report her marriage. Please visit the Civil Registry section for the form and information on Report of Marriage (ROM). After the Report of Marriage is filed with the Consulate, your wife can apply for a passport using her married family name right away. The ROM can also be filed at any of the Philippine Honorary Consulates in Germany, whichever has jurisdiction over the place of marriage. But she can apply for a passport only in Frankfurt or Berlin.
MY DAUGHTER/SON IS HALF FILIPINO AND HALF GERMAN. IS SHE ENTITLED TO A PHILIPPINE PASSPORT?
Yes, if at the time of the child’s birth one of the parents was still a Filipino citizen. Your daughter or son’s birth first needs to be reported. Please visit the Civil Registry section for the form and information on Report of Birth (ROB). However, if your spouse was already a naturalized German citizen at the time of your child’s birth, then your child is not a Filipino citizen and cannot apply for a Philippine passport.
CAN WE REPORT OUR DAUGHTER/SON’S BIRTH AND APPLY FOR A PASSPORT AT THE SAME TIME?
Yes, it is possible to combine both the ROB and passport application, or combine both the report of marriage with passport renewal. One comes only once to the Consulate General in Frankfurt to accomplish two transactions.
I LIVE NEAR MUNICH, CAN I REPORT MY CHILD’S BIRTH THERE
Yes, you can report your child’s birth at the Honorary Consulates in Munich or Stuttgart, whichever Consulate has the place of birth under its consular jurisdiction. But after reporting the birth, you can apply for a Philippine passport for your child in Frankfurt or Berlin only.
I STILL HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS, WHOM DO I CONTACT?
You may direct your query by email to email@example.com.