I have an urgent need to travel but my passport has already expired. Can I extend its validity?

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Update: Effective October 2019, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will no longer extend the validity of Philippine ePassports in compliance with the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organizartion (ICAO). It’s highly recommended that passport holders renew their passports at least one year before their expiration dates. 

Yes, but only under specific circumstances.

According to DFA, the validity of an expired Philippine passport can be extended if:

  • The passport expired within the last calendar year.
  • The passport is not an ePassport (maroon color with a microchip symbol in front).
  • The passport is already scheduled for renewal through the online appointment system.
  • The passport holder already applied for renewal but the release date of the new passport falls on the date of the scheduled trip to the Philippines.
  • The passport holder has already purchased tickets to travel due to a medical emergency or sudden death of a loved one, provided that it will be supported by verifiable proof/documents.

The validity extension is given so that you can pass through immigration without any problem. Basically, your soon-to-be expiring passport won’t be punched with a hole yet so you can still use it on your trip temporarily and show to the immigration officials that it’s already scheduled for renewal.

If your request for an extension has been denied, and you really need to travel to the Philippines ASAP, you may request a temporary travel document from the Consulate.

The temporary travel document only permits one-way flight to the Philippines, where you can then renew your passport.

Go back to the main page: How to Renew Philippine Passport: An Ultimate Guide