It’s that time again. That inconvenient requirement of renewing my passport. Actually, my passport is still valid till September. But one must have at least 6 months valid passport to travel and I don’t want to miss any opportunity to see the world! 😀 So the question is ..
HOW TO RENEW PHILIPPINE PASSPORT IN DUBAI?
- Get an appointment. Here’s where the confusion is. Previously, Philippine Consulate General in Dubai accepts appointment requests through their Facebook account (weird, I know. A government agency should not use a social media platform to do official transactions, but I digress). However, they’ve changed their process. You now have to book an appointment on their online portal : Dubai PCG Passport Appointments
- Register your details on the portal.
- Choose a date
- Once you have an appointment, you’ll get an email confirmation.
- Screening. On your appointment date, you will go to Encoder 2 for screening. Here’s where they check your documents to see if they’re complete and that you actually have an appointment on that date.
- Pay. Go to room 3 (Cashier) and pay AED 250 for passport renewal.
- Encoding. Go to room 4 for encoding. Here’s where everything takes time. You really have to wait with a capital W. By the time you finish, you’re already bestfriend’s with your seatmate. When it’s your turn, they take your documents, encode data, take your picture, thumb prints and digital signature.
- Realeasing. Passports will be released 8 weeks from your appointment date. Bring your receipt to collect. A list of released passports are posted on the Consulate webpage.
And you’re done!
I wish it was just this easy. But its’ really not.
Let me give you some tips based on my experience.
- Be there on time. I’m telling you, you don’t want to wait for a long time. If you come late, you’ll be the last to be served.
- Wear appropriate clothing. No slippers, no shorts, no revealing outfit. Just be decent.
- Don’t bother going there without an appointment. They won’t help you. (Unless maybe if you have “wasta” inside)
- Charge your phones/gadgets. I know that they prohibit the use of mobile phones but with the long wait you’ll need to entertain yourself. Just don’t use the phone for calling and put it on silent. Better yet, bring a book!
With regards to the appointment schedule, I know how frustrating it could be checking the online portal and not finding any available dates. I, myself got so desperate that I was looking for someone who has “inside” connections just so I could get an appointment! I did not find anyone who can help me so I just checked the portal everyday. As in every. single. day. until I found an available spot (somebody must have cancelled!)
And also, Dear Kabayans, don’t post your details on Facebook. It’s not safe! If you are reading this, then you have must have seen this link somewhere or you have “googled” how to apply for passport which means you have the time to go online (and not just browse FaceBook!). Please be patient and just keep trying on the portal.
Posting your passport and contact details on Facebook just opens you up for possible scams (cell phone scams, identity theft, etc).
Hope this helps!