ICYMI: DFA Is Now Accepting Walk-In Passport Applicants Under Courtesy Lane
Walk-in applicants are now accepted under the Courtesy Lane.
by Ina Louise Manto | March 23, 2022
For most Pinoys, their passport has only been used as a valid ID for the past two years. But with countries reopening their borders for international tourists, going abroad for leisure is now possible sooner than we think. As more Pinoys feel more confident to travel again, the demand for passport renewal slots has been increasing. To address the demand, the DFA began accepting walk-in applicants under the courtesy lane, beginning March 16, 2022.
Courtesy Lane opens to Consular Offices nationwide
More Pinoys are getting their passports renewed – there has been an increase in the demand for Courtesy Lane at the DFA Office of Consular Affairs located in ASEANA Business Park. To improve DFA’s services and address the demand, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teddy Boy Locsin ordered the opening of Courtesy Lane in all Consular Offices nationwide this month.
This means that eligible passport applicants under the Courtesy Lane can simply walk in any Consular Office, without driving to the ASEANA office that previously offered the walk-in lane exclusively. Walk-in applicants must also be fully-vaccinated and present all passport requirements.
Note: Temporary Off-Site Passport Services (TOPS) will not be accepting walk-in applicants.
Who are qualified applicants under the Courtesy Lane? What are the requirements?
The following individuals are allowed to walk in under the Courtesy Lane:
- Senior Citizen card
- May be accompanied by one adult
- Proof of pregnancy through a medical certificate
Persons with Disabilities
- Valid PWD ID Card
- Valid Solo Parent ID
Minors aged 7 years and below
- Must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
- One (1) original and one (1) photocopy of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Birth Certificate of the minor, printed on security paper
- If not accompanied by parents, bring additional documentary requirements
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and Seafarers with incoming or active employment abroad
Present ONE of the following:
- Valid OWWA E-Card
- Valid Employment Contract
- Valid Work Visa
- Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB)
Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals under Courtesy Lane will not be accommodated.