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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  • What is a Machine Readable Passport?
  • What are the other features of the Machine Readable Passport?
  • Is there a new photo requirement for the issuance of a Machine Readable Passport?
  • Must I appear personally at the Philippine Embassy?
  • What are the benefits of a Machine Readable Passport?
  • How can I get a Machine Readable Passport?
  • What will happen to my current green passport?
  • What happens in case my green passport has expired and I need to return immediately to the Philippines because of an emergency?
  • I work in South Korea. In what other instances aside from travel would I need a passport?
  • New Photo Requirements for Machine-Readable Passports