Beginning June 2008, the Philippines will be issuing Machine Readable Passports, which contain greater security measures in compliance with international standards. For the Philippine Embassy in Seoul, the target date of implementation is 9 June 2008.
Please take note of the following important changes in the application process:
- Renewed passports will be released one month from the date of application. All passports will be processed in the Philippines. The new date of release will allow ample time for processing.
- Photos should have a background color of royal blue. Size is 4.5 x 3.5 cm. Kindly check the attached document on the new photo requirements for details.
- Personal appearance is required in all applications. Children 8 years old and below, as well as senior citizens 65 and above are exempted from this rule. The applicant may authorize a representative to claim the renewed passport by issuing an authorization letter.