HOW TO RENEW YOUR CHILD’S PHILIPPINE PASSPORT IN DUBAI – (FOR AGED 5 AND BELOW)
B’s passport will expire in November this year. Since we plan to travel in September, we decided to renew early.
When to renew your child’s passport
In general, it’s always a good practice to have at least 6 months validity on a passport. When applying for a visa, some embassies usually require between 3 to 6 months of passport validity. Another reason to renew before the passport expires is that it can take up to a month or possibly more to get the new passport.
Plan and prepare for your child’s passport renewal
- Check if the consulate is open on the day you want to go there for the renewal. You will hate yourself if you turn up to the consulate just to find out that they are closed because of some holiday that we do not normally celebrate here in Dubai.
- Prepare all the required documents which is usually listed in Dubai PCG website. Fill up the required form and make sure that data is entered correctly. It’s good practice to ask someone else to check after you filled it up.
- Make clear copies of the required documents and bring one or two copies more than what is actually required. It’s better to be prepared than go out of waiting line just to get another copy of your document.
- Find out how much you need to pay and bring exact change. Other people in the line will curse at you for delaying them just because you paid a small amount with a large bill.
- If your child goes to school, check that there are no test or examinations or quizzes on the date you plan to renew. Tell the school if your child will be skipping school on the day of the renewal.
On the date of the renewal of your child’s passport:
- Check again if there is any update on embassy/consulate timing.
- Double check all your documents.
- Prepare your child by letting them know where you are going.
- Dress appropriately for the occasion and for the weather. Don’t make them wear a jacket during summer just to look cool.
- Please wear shoes and pants. There is a signboard in the entrance of the consulate stating that they will not allow entry if you are wearing slippers or shorts.
- Pack something to eat and drink for you and the child just in case the waiting time is longer than usual. Before leaving the house make sure you and your child have done your business in the toilet. Trust me, you would not want to get out of line just because you or your kid wants to pee.
- Before exiting your door, check your documents again and make sure you also have a pen.
- On the way to the consulate/embassy, continue preparing your child by giving them an idea on what to expect. Tell them that someone will take their picture, and that they should look at the camera. Also, tell them there might be a lot of people and that they may have to stand in line for a while.
- After entering the gate of the consulate, it’s good practice to let the guard know what you want to do so that he can guide you where to go.
Steps to follow once you are in the Philippine Consulate/Embassy
- Proceed to Passport Processing Area in Hall C for document verification.
- Go to the Cashier located inside Hall B to pay for the renewal charge.
- Proceed to Passport Encoding Area just opposite the Cashier for the biometrics capture.
- After 2 weeks regularly check the list of passport ready for collection in the consulate/embassy website
For “B” and I, the whole process took about 30 minutes, the longest time spent is on cashier followed by the encoding process because “B” cannot seem to stare at the camera.
Ensure safe keeping of the receipt, it will be required in the collection of the new passport.