PHILIPPINE EMBASSY Advisory 120-2011
4 December 2011
DFA Discontinues Gratis Passport Extensions
The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh advises Filipinos in the Kingdom that the Department of Foreign Affairs has discontinued the extension of Machine Readable Ready Passports (MRRPs) gratis (free of charge) as the delivery of electronic passports (e-Passports) has normalized.
Those applying for the extension of their passports’ validity shall be required to pay the consular fee for the extension of passport’s validity. The fee for extension of passport validity is 80 Saudi riyals.
However, applications for extension of passport’s validity may be given due course only when the applicants simultaneously file their applications for e-Passports. The fee for passport renewal is 240 Saudi riyals.
The Embassy urges all Filipinos to check the validity of their passports, and to ensure they apply for renewal of their passports early or at least six months before the expiry of their passports in order to avoid any inconveniences.
The Embassy also reiterates to all applicants its earlier advice for them to secure an appointment for passport renewal through text (SMS) to 0560503895 or preferably online on the website (blue button on the right side) which provides for instant confirmations for appointments. Only a limited number of walk-in applicants are accepted at the Embassy’s Consular Section, and an appointment makes time spent at the Embassy shorter.
The requirements for passport renewal are the original passport, photo copy of data pages, accomplished application, and fee of 240 Saudi riyals.END