How to renew your Philippine passport in Australia

How to renew your Philippine passport in Australia
Before the year 2021 ended, I successfully processed the renewal of my Philippine passport. As of this writing, I am waiting for my new passport with 10-year validity.  For the sake of helping other Filipinos living here in Australia, I would like to share with you the process of renewing your Philippine passport.

Before renewing your Philippine passport, here are the things you need to check first.
1. Check the validity of your current passport prior to booking international flights. Flight bookings should ONLY be made if the passport is valid for at least six (6) months;
2. Personal appearance is required for all applicants; No representative.
3. Prepare all the ORIGINALS and PHOTOCOPIES of the documentary requirements for passport application.
4. Prepare return Registered envelope, person to person (blue sticker) or Express Post envelope, signature on delivery for releasing of passport.

• Personal appearance 
• Accomplished Application Form (click here for Blank Application Form
• Original of the current ePassport and photocopy of its data page
• Photocopy of Australian Visa
• Original and Photocopy of the following PSA issued documents that will support the change of name (if applicable)
• Original PSA Marriage Certificate and one (1) photocopy;
• Original PSA Annotated Birth Certificate and one (1) photocopy;
• Original PSA Annotated Marriage Contract showing annulment/ divorce/ court-ordered instruction and one (1) photocopy;
• Original PSA Death Certificate of Spouse (if the spouse is Filipino) of Original Apostilled Death Certificate (if the spouse is not Filipino).
• Return Registered envelope, person to person (blue sticker) or Express Post envelope, signature on delivery.

For other services that are beyond the renewal of your Philippine passport, I recommend you to refer to the Philippine Consulate General website.

You need to secure an appointment to process your passport renewal. You can visit the Philippine Consulate website and book an appointment
Make sure that all your details are correct and complete. You will receive an email notification confirming your appointment. You should also check your junk mail in case you haven’t received the email. 

You might be fully embraced being an Aussie, but there is a certain decorum that you need to follow when visiting the Philippine Embassy (may also apply to any government offices). 
1. Applicants are required to wear decent clothing for passport photo capture. Plunging necklines, sleeveless clothing, see-through tops, tank tops, singlets, and the like are prohibited. 
2. Pieces of jewelry (including piercings), eyeglasses, and contact lenses are not allowed during photo capturing. You must remove them prior to photo capturing to avoid any delays. 

You need to bring an envelope with any of the following stickers, which can be obtained at Australia Post

return envelope requirement
Note: keep the receipt of your prepaid express envelope for tracking your parcel.

PASSPORT FEES (all fees are in Australian dollars)
* Cash basis only (recommended to bring exact amount)
* Passport (New / Renewal) - A$108.00
* Replacement of Lost ePassport - A$270.00

How to renew your Philippine passport in Australia

Based on my recent experience, here are some of the tips I would like to share with you when renewing your Philippine passport.
1. The Philippine Consulate General Office in Melbourne follows the strict COVIDSafe protocol. Wearing a face mask is required. Make sure that you are fully vaccinated and present your vaccination certificate. 

2. When preparing for your documents, it is wise to prepare two copies of each document. That includes photocopying the first data page of your passport, your valid Australian visa, and your application form.

3. Fill up your application form in advance to avoid delays in processing. Make sure your information is all correct and complete. Use a black pen only to fill up and sign your form.

4. Bring an extra pen with you.

5. If you are only filing for the renewal of your passport (and no changes on your information, such as name, date of birth, etc.) then you don’t need to submit another copy of your birth certificate. 

6. You don’t need to bring a copy of your recent photo.

7. Payment transactions are all-cash basis only. It is recommended that you bring the exact amount to avoid any delays. Credit/Debit cards, cheques, or bitcoin are not accepted. 

8. Personal appearance is a must. No proxy, or representative. If you can’t make it to your scheduled appointment, you can request rebooking or cancellation of your schedule.

9. It is recommended that you follow the dress code decorum to avoid embarrassment, leading to unfavorable experiences inside the embassy. Avoid wearing earrings, necklaces, or any facial piercing, including contact lenses, and eyeglasses (with or without prescription) prior to the photo capturing. 

10. After processing your documents for renewal, the processing period of your renewed passport takes 8 to 9 weeks. It is wise not to book any international travel during this period.

11. Don’t forget to fill up the details of your return Express Post envelope, and take a picture of it as your reference in tracking your parcel. I submitted the Express Post envelope with a blue sticker for person-to-person delivery, which cost $11.85

12. Your old passport will be kept by the consular office, and will only release to you once the new passport has arrived.

13. All staffs are very helpful and speak Filipino and English!

Express Post envelope with a blue sticker
Express Post envelope with a blue sticker

Inside the Philippine Consulate General Office – Melbourne

Inside the Philippine Consulate General Office – Melbourne

I am currently living in Warragul VIC, and the nearest Philippine Consulate General Office is located in the 660-square meter office space of Emirates House in Collin Street, Melbourne. 

My passport validity (with only 5-year validity) will expire in August 2022. 

I decided to renew my passport last December 2021 so that my new passport will be readily available for this year’s travel adventure!

It only takes 15-minutes (or less!) in processing the renewal of your Philippine passport. Make sure that you secure an appointment to avoid any hassle. 

Inside the Philippine Consulate General Office in Melbourne
Inside the Philippine Consulate General Office in Melbourne. Enjoy the art exhibit featuring the pieces created by the late Joel Magpayo, a prominent multi-awarded Filipino-Australian painter. Not sure if those paintings are for sale.

Did you know that the Philippines have embassy offices in each state of Australia? This is great news which means that Filipinos don’t need to visit the Capital (ACT) to process any Philippine documents and other services available for the Filipinos. 

For reference, here are the contact details and addresses of the Philippine Embassy, and Consular General Offices around Australia

The Philippine Embassy – Canberra
1 Moonah Place, Yarralumla, ACT 2600, Australia | Google Map 
Telephone: (61 2) 6273 2535 / 36
Fax: (61 2) 62733 984
E-mail: canberra.pe@dfa.gov.ph

The Philippine Consular General – Melbourne
Address: Level 10 Emirates House, 257 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 | Google Map 
Telephone: +61(03) 7023 7032
Hotline: (For emergency & very urgent only) please SMS +61 426 561 217
Website: https://melbournepcg.dfa.gov.ph/
E-mail: melbourne.pcg@dfa.gov.ph

The Philippine Consular General – Sydney
Philippine Center Level 1, 27-33 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney 2000 | Google Map 
Telephone: (61 2) 9262- 7377
Fax: (61 2) 9262-7355
E-mail: sydney.pcg@dfa.gov.ph

The Philippine Consular General – Brisbane
Regus - Level 22, 69 Ann Street, Brisbane, Qld 4000 | Google Map 
Telephone: 0411 359 182
E-mail: admin@qldphilconsulate.com
Website: www.qldphilconsulate.com

The Philippine Consular General – Adelaide
Innovation House, Tenancy Room 23 & 24
50 Mawson Lakes Boulevard Mawson Lakes, South Australia 5094 | Google Map 
Office Hours:
Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm ( By Appointment Only )
Telephone: +61 421 049 881
E-mail: consul@philconsulatesa.com.au

The Philippine Consulate General – Darwin 
22 Mirrakma Crescent Lyons, NT 0810 | Google Map 
Office Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Appointment Necessary)
Saturday: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Strictly by Appointment)
Sunday: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Strictly by Appointment)
Telephone: (61-8) 8927 3926
Mobile: (61) 417 081 546

The Philippine Consulate General – Perth
Australia Asia House, Ground Floor, 275 Stirling Street Perth, WA 6000 | Google Map 
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Telephone: 0408 301 038
E-mail: philconsulperth@iinet.net.au

The Philippine Consulate General – Hobart
Ground Floor 146 Campbell Street, Hobart, TAS 7000 | Google Map 
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1061, Sandy Bay, TAS 7005
Telephone: +61 419 608 124
E-mail: consul@tradesmarts.com.au

UPDATE - 21st of January 2022: My new passport arrived today, 5 weeks after I applied back in December 17, 2021. 

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