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For Filipinos wanting to renew their Philippine Passport in Dubai, or needing to upgrade to the ePassport, this is a post to guide you about the process. If your passport is about to expire, don’t wait further as you might get denied to travel. Please get an appointment and then head over to the PCG – Philippine Consulate General office in Dubai. The PCG (Philippine Consulate General) embassy in Dubai is the office where you will process your passport. They have enlisted steps to take in order to process your application.

Also Read: How to Get Married in Dubai for Filipinos

Remember that you might have a hard time travelling back to the Philippines or to any other country if you will wait 6 months before your passport will expire. Better to process it as soon as possible to avoid inconvenience.

UPDATE: Reminder to all Pinoys to Make sure to Schedule an Appointment at least 9 MONTHS before your passport expiration. We checked the availability for passport appointment on the PCG website and the schedule looks fully booked! So you really have to keep an eye out for the dates as somebody might cancel so you can book that slot.

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Steps to Apply for a Philippine Passport in Dubai / Renewal of Philippine Passport

Here are the steps for you to apply to renew your passport while you’re in the Emirates. Take note that this is applicable for residents of Dubai and the Northern Emirates. For those based in Abu Dhabi, you can head to the Phil Embassy in Abu Dhabi to process the renewal.

1. Book an appointment online. Schedule an appointment by going to the website and choosing the available dates. – http://dubaipcg.dfa.gov.ph/services/passports/epassport-appointment-system
2. On date of appointment or appearance, go to the Philippine Consulate Embassy located in Al Qusais (directions at the bottom of this post). Fill out the E-passport Application Form.
3. Proceed to Passport Processing Area [1]
4. Proceed to Cashier [2] to pay the fee. 240 AED.
5. Proceed to Passport Encoding Area [3] – this is where they will ask for your name, birthday, and other information needed to type in the new passport as well as your photo to be taken.
6. Proceed to Releasing Section on date of release [4]

Requirements during the Appointment/Appearance:

Things to Bring During the Appearance:

  • Money to pay the fee of the ePassport – 240 AED
  • Old passport, Photocopy of the Data page and Visa page (UAE Visa Page)

During the date of the appearance, since you already have a scheduled appointment, it will take about 2 hours for everything to be finished. The staff will process your biometrics, take your new passport photo and enter of your data in your new passport. You need to make sure that the data that the staff encodes in your passport is accurate and correct. Having an error will result to an invalid passport and you might have to go through the same process all over.

Courtesy Lane for Passport Application

There is a Courtesy Lane available for Filipinos who under specific categories and they are given priority due to the nature of their job or situation. The following are people who do NOT need to set an appointment. You only need to go to the Consulate and will be given

  • Minors (aged 12 and below)
  • Senior citizens (60 years and over)
  • People with disabilities (PWDs) with with medical report
  • Seafarers and Cabin Crew
  • pregnant women (with medical certificate)
  • household service workers (i.e., nannies, family drivers, household helps)

If you belong under this category, you can proceed directly to the Priority Lane section between 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. from Sunday to Thursday (except during legal holidays).

Release of the ePassport

After going through the renewal process, you will wait for about 4-8 weeks for them to issue your passport. Don’t bother calling the embassy every time you want to inquire as they will tell you to wait for an announcement from their website. For your convenience, here’s an article to check the status of your Philippine passport application online.

Important Reminders When Renewing Your Passport

  • Make sure to schedule an appointment a year before your passport expires. The reason is the availability of appearance schedules are very limited. Sometimes you have to wait until somebody cancels for you to get a slot.
  • During the appearance, ensure that the details the staff enters is correct. The staff will ask you to verify the details (birthdate, name, etc.) are accurate so pay attention during this time.
  • If you process the passport renewal back in the Philippine, you will not have to schedule an appointment as we will have priority.
  • The Consulate will announce the release of passports on their website so make sure you check it out after 4 weeks or so.
  • Keep the claim receipt so that when you come back to the Consulate, you can easily pick up your passport.
  • You CANNOT renew your passport if you are on a tourist visa, you have to go home to renew it, or convert your tourist visa into a valid residence visa.
  • For those whose residence visas are based in Abu Dhabi, please head to the Phil Embassy in Abu Dhabi to process the renewal of the passport. Here’s a guide.
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At the Philippine Consulate General office to process renewal of Philippine passport in Dubai

Other Important Information about the PCG Dubai office:

Address Location: 35 Beirut St., Extension 2, Al Qusais 3, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone Number: +971 4 220 7100

PCG Dubai Office Hours:

Sunday to Thursday (Except Holidays)
8am – 12nn – Morning
12nn – 1pm – Lunch Break – Compound will be closed
1pm – 5pm – Afternoon

4pm – Cashier Payment closes

PCG Dubai Website Contact Information

PCG Dubai Facebook Page – PCG Dubai and N. Emirates Facebook Page
PCG Dubai Website – http://www.dubaipcg.dfa.gov.ph/

During our experience renewing our passport, we didn’t wait that long (only 4 weeks) and the appearance took only about an hour. We were quite happy with the service and system that the PCG Dubai have set up. We look forward to an even better service and location in the coming months.

How to Get There:

Metro and Taxi seems to be the most convenient way to get to the Consulate embassy. Here are the directions to get there:

  • Red line – Drop off at Emirates Station or Rashidiya Metro station. Take a taxi and pay about 20 Dirhams for the fare.
  • Green Line – Drop off at Al Qusais Metro Station or Etisalat Station and you can also take a taxicab as it might get very hot if you walk (around 3 blocks away)

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Google Map Location of PCG Dubai office

Below is a map for directions on how to get to the Philippine Consulate General office in Al Qusais. You can save this map in your phone so you can be guided in case you will drive to the PCG Dubai office.

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