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In this article, we’ll discuss the latest requirements, fees, and procedures in Philippine passport renewal in Saudi Arabia.
Read the main article here: How to Renew Philippine Passport Abroad: Guide for OFWs and Filipino Immigrants
Table of Contents
- Philippine passport renewal requirements.
- Where to renew a Philippine passport in Saudi Arabia.
- How to Renew a Philippine Passport in Saudi Arabia: 6 Steps.
- Tips and Warnings.
- Frequently Asked Questions.
- 1. Can I apply for passport renewal without an appointment?
- 2. I can’t personally claim my passport. Can I ask somebody else to get it for me?
- 3. I can’t get an appointment for Philippine passport renewal because all slots are full. What should I do?
- 4. I need to renew my passport now, but I can’t secure an appointment. Can I still travel back to the Philippines with an expired passport?
- 5. Can I still renew my expired Philippine passport?
Philippine passport renewal requirements.
- A printed copy of confirmed passport renewal appointment (only for applicants in Riyadh).
- Original old passport.
- Photocopy of the passport data page.
- Accomplished e-passport application form.
Where to renew a Philippine passport in Saudi Arabia.
1. Philippine Embassy in Riyadh.
Address: Alradaef St., Al Safarat, Riyadh (next to the Embassy of Jordan and across the Embassy of Canada)
Contact information: 011-482-3816 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) / 011 482-3559 (5 p.m. to 8 a.m.) / [email protected]
Office hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Eastern Province
- Northern Border
2. Philippine Consulate in Jeddah.
Address: 4663 Fajr St., Al Rehab District 6, Jeddah
Contact information: 055-5219-614 / [email protected]
Office hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Al- Baha
- Madinah Al Munawarah
- Makkah Al-Mukarramah
3. Consular outreach program.
Update: As of July 2020, outreach services are temporarily suspended until further notice from the embassy/consulate.
The Philippine Embassy and Consulate hold consular services, including passport renewals, in different cities in Saudi Arabia.
Availing of this service near your location is much more convenient than submitting your application to the Embassy or Consulate.
If you’ll go to an outreach conducted by the Embassy in Riyadh, you’ll need to set an appointment online first.
For schedules and updates on consular outreach missions, check the Embassy or Consulate website and their respective Facebook page: Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia / Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah.
How to Renew a Philippine Passport in Saudi Arabia: 6 Steps.
1. Get an online appointment.
An online appointment is required for passport renewal at both the Embassy in Riyadh and the Consulate in Jeddah.
For applicants in Riyadh: Use the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh Online Appointment System. After setting an appointment, print or take a screenshot of the email confirmation and bring it on your appointment day.
For applicants in Jeddah: As of July 31, 2020, the Consulate in Jeddah is still working on its new online appointment system.
2. Go to the Philippine Embassy/Consulate.
Arrive at the venue 15 minutes before your appointment schedule.
Bring your iqama because it’s needed for the guest ID. If you’ll renew your passport at the Embassy in Riyadh, present your iqama and the copy of your appointment confirmation email.
For passport renewals in Jeddah, simply look for your name on the list of confirmed appointments at the Security and present your passport.
Submit the passport renewal requirements, except for your old passport that you’ll present later when you claim your new passport.
3. Proceed to the encoding area.
Have your photo and biometrics captured. The information on your application form will also be encoded to a computer. You’ll be issued a collection slip.
4. Pay the Philippine passport renewal fee.
Bring the collection slip to the cashier and pay the Philippine passport renewal fee of SAR 240.
5. Check if your Philippine passport is available for pickup.
New passports are ready for release after six to eight weeks.
Check the Philippine Embassy or Consulate website every week for updates on passports that are available for pickup.
For applicants in Riyadh: On the Embassy’s homepage, click on the “Passports Ready for Release” link at the right side of the page. Look for your name on the list.
For applicants in Jeddah: On the Consulate’s homepage, click on the “E-Passport Ready for Release” link at the right side of the page. This will take you to a page with links to different batches of released passports. Click on each link and look for your name on the list. Once you find your name, print a copy or take a screenshot of the list with your name.
If two months had passed and your new passport is still unavailable, you may email the Embassy or Consulate to follow up on your application status.
6. Claim your new Philippine passport.
For applicants in Riyadh:
Schedule an appointment for claiming your passport through the VFS website. Account registration is required before you can book an appointment (Start with clicking on the New User link).
Also, passports are no longer released at the Embassy. Instead, claim your new passport at a VFS Global Center. Bring your official receipt and old passport when claiming your new Philippine passport.
Choose from any of these passport releasing locations and schedules:
- VFS Global Riyadh – Address: Basement Level, 2591, Jeddah Road, Al Hada District, Riyadh (next to Marriott Courtyard Hotel); Schedule: Sundays to Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- VFS Global Al Khobar – Address: 2/F Al Katheery Centre, Opposite SABB Bank, Al Rakaa, Al Khobar; Schedule: Sundays to Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- VFS Global Buraidah – Address: 40th Street, Opp. Jawazath, Buraidah; Schedule: Fridays only, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For applicants in Jeddah:
No need to secure an appointment for passport releasing in Jeddah. You can personally claim your new passport at the Philippine Consulate during office hours. Present your official receipt, old passport, and the printed copy or screenshot of your name on the list of ePassports ready for release.
The Consulate in Jeddah serves only a limited number of people daily for passport releasing (50 in the morning and 50 in the afternoon). So come early on the day you’ll pick up your passport.
Tips and Warnings.
1. Don’t schedule more than one appointment.
The Embassy allows only one appointment per applicant and cancels any double or multiple bookings made by one applicant on its system.
If you can’t make it to your scheduled appointment, cancel your appointment first before booking a new appointment.
To cancel an appointment, send an email to [email protected]
2. Avoid dealing with agencies and people offering passport appointment assistance for a fee.
Beware of fixers at the Embassy in Riyadh and mobile consular service sites who charge SAR 100 to SAR 500 in exchange of a passport renewal appointment slot.
Filipinos don’t have to pay a fee to secure an online appointment. Avoid and report any fixer to the Embassy via email.
Frequently Asked Questions.
1. Can I apply for passport renewal without an appointment?
No, both the Embassy in Riyadh and Consulate in Jeddah no longer accommodate walk-in applicants. No one is exempted.
All passport renewals are by appointment only. You won’t be allowed to enter the building without a confirmed appointment.
If the need to renew your passport is urgent and you can’t get a schedule online, contact the Embassy or Consulate for assistance.
2. I can’t personally claim my passport. Can I ask somebody else to get it for me?
You may send someone to pick up your passport if you can’t claim it yourself. Your authorized representative must present his or her valid ID (both original and photocopy) plus your official receipt and old passport.
If you applied in Riyadh, you may have your passport delivered through a courier service, like DHL or LBC. Just let the Embassy staff know about it during your passport renewal application.
3. I can’t get an appointment for Philippine passport renewal because all slots are full. What should I do?
4. I need to renew my passport now, but I can’t secure an appointment. Can I still travel back to the Philippines with an expired passport?
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