The Philippines has two diplomatic missions in the UAE: the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai, which serves the Filipino community in Dubai and the Northern Emirates; and the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi, which caters to Filipinos in the capital and nearby areas.
Both missions represent the Philippine government in the UAE, while at the same time providing services to Filipino nationals in the country. In this article, we will focus on the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi — its roles, programs, services, and other initiatives.
Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi: A Guide
The Philippine government first established a diplomatic mission in Abu Dhabi on June 17, 1980. Initially, the Embassy was situated at Al Ain Palace Hotel. It was then moved to several other places before settling on its current location at Al Qubaisat in Abu Dhabi.
At present, the Philippine Ambassador to the UAE is H.E. Hjayceelyn M. Quintana, who assumed her duties on August 20, 2018 and currently holds office at the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
As mentioned earlier, the Philippine Embassy provides services to the Filipino community, particularly those who are residing in Abu Dhabi as well as in the regions of Al Ain and Al Dhafrah. These include passport services, such as:
- Passport renewal for adult applicants (18 years old and above);
- Passport renewal for minor applicants (17 years old and below);
- New passport application for infants born to Filipino parents in the UAE; and
- Replacement of lost or damaged passports.
Due to the pandemic, all passport applicants are required to book an appointment at https://auhpe.checkappointments.com/ before going to the Embassy. Moreover, everyone is reminded to provide true and correct information in the passport applications forms, and to submit complete and authentic documents. Let us remember that giving false information and submitting forged documents are punishable by law.
Civil Registry Services
Aside from providing passport services, the Philippine Embassy also facilitates civil registry services, such as report of birth and delayed registration of report of birth, specifically for infants born to Filipino parents who are based in the UAE.
Moreover, the Embassy provides marriage-related services, including: report of marriage, delayed registration of report of marriage, and issuance of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage (LCCM), which is given to a Filipino national who is planning to marry a non-Filipino or a foreigner.
Other civil registry services that are facilitated by the Embassy are: petition for correction of entry in a Philippine civil registry document, re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship, report of death, and shipment of remains.
Once again, because of the current health situation, all civil registry applicants are required to get an appointment by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before heading to the Philippine Embassy.
From time to time, you may need certain documents for employment, business, travel, and other purposes: birth certificate, marriage certificate, Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR), transcript of records, diploma, employment certificate, trade license, etc. These documents must be attested/authenticated to be considered as valid in the UAE. Fortunately, the Philippine Embassy provides notarial/authentication services when it comes to affidavits, certificates, Special Power of Attorney (SPA), and other documents.
Affidavits. Have you recently lost your passport or was it accidentally damaged? If so, then you’re going to need an Affidavit for Loss of Passport, or an Affidavit for Damaged Passport in such cases. Perhaps you need to get an Affidavit of Support and Consent to Travel (e.g. for a minor child), an Affidavit of Support and Guarantee (ASG) or a Joint Affidavit for one purpose or another. Such documents may be acquired and processed through the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
Certificates. As part of employment or travel requirements, you may need to obtain a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance for getting a Certificate of Good Conduct. Likewise, for UAE residence visa applications, you may need to get a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from your employer or sponsor.
All of these certificates are attested/authenticated through the Philippine Embassy, along with other documents such as: Certificate of Appearance, Certificate of Residency and Unemployment, Certificate of Equivalency for High School, Certificate of Equivalency for College, Certification for Lost Passport, and Certification for No Philippine National Identification.
Special Power of Attorney (SPA). This is another important document that can be processed and attested/authenticated through the Philippine Embassy. You may need an SPA for NBI Clearance, School and Work Credentials, Traveling Minors, documents issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), banking, real estate, and other important concerns.
For notarial/authentication concerns, please be reminded that you need to send an email to email@example.com to set an appointment before going to the Embassy.
Assistance to Nationals (ATN)
The current pandemic has led to the repatriation of numerous Filipinos, not only in the UAE, but in other parts of the world. Repatriation is part of the Assistance to Nationals (ATN) services provided by the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
If you or anyone you know needs to avail of repatriation, take note that the following documents must be prepared: Personal Information Sheet, Affidavit, BI Passenger Assessment Form, and Repatriation Investigation Form, along with copies of your passport data page and visa page. These may be accomplished and submitted online to the Philippine Embassy.
The Philippine Embassy is open from Sundays through Thursdays, between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Since online appointments are required, be sure to take note of the specific date and time that you’ll be going there. Of course, don’t forget to come in proper attire. Sandos, shorts, slippers, and other inappropriate attire are not allowed as part of their policies.
Contact Information – Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi
Address: W-48, Street No. 8, Sector 2-23, Plot 51, Al Qubaisat, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 2 639 0006
Google Map Location
Here is the location of the Philippine Embassy on Google Maps, for your reference:
DISCLAIMER: The above guide is presented for general information-sharing purposes only. To know more about the programs and services offered by the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi, please visit its official website or Facebook page.
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