Passport Renewal in Korea

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The other day I went to the Philippine Embassy in Itaewon, Seoul to renew my passport. Renewing your Philippine passport in Korea is very easy. Here’s a simple guide on how to do it.

  • Set an appointment. You can apply for the Philippine electronic passport, or e-passport through online appointment only in the Embassy website. Fill out the application form and choose the date and time that you prefer. Print the application form and confirmation slip for verification during the scheduled appointment. In case you don’t have a printer at home, just make sure to jot down the confirmation number.

* If you’re not able to print the application form, make sure to arrive at the embassy before your scheduled appointment and fill out the application form. You can get the forms you need near the cashier.

  • Present your confirmation number at Window 4. Wait for your name and number to be called. Submit your required documents.
  1. completed application form
  2. old passport
  3. photocopy of data or photo page, last page showing the signature of the passport holder and the page showing your last departure/arrival stamp
  • The officer will check your documents and you will be asked if you’re going to pay in dollars or Korean won. The processing fee is  60 USD or 80,520 won. Proceed to the cashier and pay in your preferred currency.
  • Proceed to the Encoding Area and wait for your number to be called. What to expect: checking & encoding of data, taking of thumb marks, digital signature and passport photo. Make sure you wear a decent attire. And you are done! :-) You can claim your new passport after 2 months.

Tips: You can save money if you exchange Korean won to dollars at the Philippine store near the embassy. The exchange rate is 60 USD = 75,000 won. You can also enjoy Filipino dishes there! :-)

On the day of my application, the embassy was conducting a survey on the quality of their services. At the cashier, I was given a questionnaire to answer and I gave the embassy an ‘excellent’ mark. I hope I won’t disappoint myself. :-)

If you live far from Seoul, going back to the embassy to claim your new passport can be a problem especially if you are working. Then, you can avail of the delivery service. Just complete the courier form upon application for passport renewal and your new passport will be delivered to your doorstep. Payment is collected upon delivery.

While I was at the encoding room a kababayan entered the room to give his courier form but the officer didn’t accept it because his address was not complete (He just wrote the name of the building in English) and his new passport might not reach him. He was staring at the name card in which the complete address of his workplace was written in Korean. The officer told him to go out (because it was my turn) and complete the form first but he couldn’t read nor write Hangeul so I offered to write the complete Korean address for him. He was very thankful. I may not know him but it was a great feeling to help a kababayan in my own little way. At least he would not need to travel for hours just to get his new passport. May God bless and guide him as I know he’s here to work hard for his family back home.

In general, everything went well. It just took me around 30 minutes to go through the whole process. Actually I arrived at the embassy 30 minutes before my scheduled appointment and I had all my requirements ready. At 10:30 in the morning (my scheduled appointment), I was done! Hahaha! Yey! :-)

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Office hours: Sunday to Thursday

Rest day: Friday

9:00 -11:30 AM (visas, authentication and notarial services application)

1:30 – 4:30 PM (Releasing of documents)

Address
#5-1 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Postal Code: 140-201

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69 thoughts on “Passport Renewal in Korea

  1. Salamat po miss lanie .. pero pwede naman po siguro na dun ko nlng din po mismo kunin sa phil.embassy sa seoul ang passport ko hindi po ba kahit hindi ko na po ipadeliver ako nlng po ang babalik sa seoul and kapag nagpareniew naman po ako pwede ko naman po diba sabihin dun na gusto ko magpalit ng number na pwede pagkontakin sakin . kasi po magpalit po kasi ako ng phone no. baka hindi ako matawagan kung sakali eh . pwede naman po iyon hindi po ba ? Salamat po

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  2. Hi po miss lanie good evening po ! Meron lng po sana akong gusto itanong sainyo about passport reniewal po . ma’am kung sakali po ba na mapareniew ko ang passport ko at naibigay ko na pi ang address ng bahay na pwede ipagdeliveran ng aking passport maaari ko pa po bang ipachange ang address kung san ko gusto ipadeliver ang passport ko at saka po paano po ako makakapagpalit ng number na pwedeng makontak ako kung sakali kasi po balak ko po magpalit ng phone number pwede po ba yun at paano ! Sana po ay mabigyan ninyo ako ng kasagutan salamat po godbless

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    • Hello po. I suggest tumawag po kayo sa embassy and i-explain nyo po ang situation nyo. Mahirap po pag iba ang location nyo and yung address na nakalagay baka po mawala yung passport. More or less 1-2 months naman po ang process so pwede naman po siguro machange yun. Again, hindi po ako sure pero ang masa-suggest ko lang ay tumawag po kayo as soon as you can.

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  3. Hi Ms.Lanie,

    Good day!

    My passport,visa and alien card was in single status and i got married before my application. Now, I will renew my passport with married status,may I ask what to do?

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    • Hello. Actually nung pag apply nyo po ng renewal sabay po dapat ang pag apply ng delivery service(pagfillout ng form). Try nyo po tumawag sa embassy para mgrequest. Anyway, upon delivery naman po ang bayad nyan eh.

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  4. Gud afternoon po maam lanie,naka recieve po aq ng msg from embasy na ready to pick up na po pasport q,ask q po sana maam f pwd po ba epadeliver nlng yung pasport, xe po malau2 po bahay nmn sa seoul..salmt p♥.

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    • Hello po Sir George. Yun po ang hindi ko alam. When I renewed my passport, it was 60 USD. Just call the embassy nalang po during office hours at this number (02) 796-7387-110. Direct po yan sa Passport Services. :-)

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  5. Good afternoon po Ma’am Lanie. Thank you for sharing the tips regarding pasSport renewal. I hope u don’t mind me asking.. Sa pgpa renew po ba ng passport, yong needed docs like birth cert. kelangan aunthenticated by the DFA?
    Thank you .:-)

    Best,
    Nizza

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    • Hello Nizza, you don’t need to submit your birth certificate. Just the application form, old passport and photocopy of data page/ photo page of your passport and the page showing your last departure.

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  6. Good am. Ask ko lang po mam lanie, kung my office tomorrow morning and what time po ang releasing ng passport for july 26, 2015. Thanks po info.

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    • Hello Miss Maylene! sa pagkakaalam ko open ang embassy pag Sunday. I think 1:30-4:30 po ang releasing time. But to make sure, tumawag po kayo sa office baka may changes. :-)

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  7. hi po ask ko lang po ok lang ba mag renew na ku nang passport kahit na sa march po ung expired nya?balak ko po kasi umuwi ng november .. ok lang kau un sa july 16 kasi ung appointment ko tumatawag kasi aku sa embassy wala po sumasagot saken

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  8. hellow po Mam Lanie hingi lang po ng advice nagintay po aq d2 s daegu kz po pu2nta po daw d2 ang mga tga seoul embassy ngaun june 26 at 27 tapos nagpost po ulit na d daw po matu2loy dhil daw po n nta2kot daw po s mers kya pinagpaliban nila ,..ala po ako idean kung kelan next schedule eh ngaun din po june ang xpired ang passport q eh finished n po aq d2 ngaun last dec or firstweek ng jan ,..ano po kya mgnda ko gawin ,..

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    • Mas mabuti pong tawagan nyo na lang ang embassy and ask when po ang next sched nila jan. Pero I don’t think na it will be soon kasi hindi pa po tapos ang MERS, lumalala pa nga. You will need to come to Seoul para mgparenew po. But to be sure, tawagan nyo nalang po bukas. :-)

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  9. Mam lanie tanong ko lang po ma e expired. na kc ung pasport this coming sept. dto po ako sa busan,sbi nla may mobile pasloring sa oct.sa may gimhae pwd po b dun ko nalang pa renew salamat po sa tugon.

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    • Kung di naman po kayo mgtatravel and meron kayong alien registration card i think ok lang..irerenew nyo din naman yun on October.. Gagastos lang po kayo papuntang Seoul and for sure it will consume much of your time. :-) but i suggest po magcall din kayo sa embassy for an advice baka mali ang thoughts ko. Hihi. Have a nice day!♥

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  10. Gud pm po mam…tnung lng po nag pil-up po kc me 4rm s online 4 renewal….ung apilyido q po kc enye…naitype q enye pero ung final n nlbas s 4rm wl po enye….mañabo n type q…pero nkita qs last nk lgay lng manabo…d po ky mag k prob un pag punta q.

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  11. Hi mam lanie,puyd po ba mgtanong kc ang passport q ngaun is ung maroon hnd xa epassport puyd b aqng mkauwi nyan s pinas ngaung january?puyd q pbang magamit…

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  12. gud pm po need ko lng po ng advise ung passport ko po punit na po ung klahati ng unang page pero valid pa po till 2015 oct.ano po ba dapat ko gawin mag parenew ng epassport or magpaamend nlng po kc bagong kasal po ako para magamit ko na din lastname ng asawa ko..ty po

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  13. Ms. Lanie, thanks for giving insights and assistance to our kababayans here in South Korea. You are warmly appreciated for that.
    If you don’t mind asking, after claiming the renewed passport, need pa ba na dalhin eto sa Korean immigration for information to them that my passport is a renewed one? Or anything na need pa ayusin sa Korean immigration about sa renewed passport since ang may tatak or stamp ng entry ay ang lumang passport?

    thanks again,

    Ronnie

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  14. Hi. Ask ko lang po kung gaano katagal ma-release ang new passport kapag RUSH?
    And if ever, puede po ba ipa-deliver sa Pilipinas ang new passport? Kasi po magbabakasyon ako sa Pinas this coming June sana, kaso by that time, my Phil. passport is still in the process of being renewed. I am planning to just use my Korean passport na lang. Any advice? Thank you in advance.

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  15. Hi lanie, pano ba punta ng embassy after lumabas ng subway sa itaewon station, pwede bang lakarin na lang? Di pa kais ako sanay sa bus

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  16. helo po..mag ask lng po ako,.yung passport ko mag eexpire ngayong april 21 po,may bayad po bah pagdelay yung pagrerenew ko..?tnx,,,^^

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      • Bkit ang tagal naman 2 months bgo ma claim new passport.magre renew sana ako ng passport ko kasi hanggang MAY 15,2015. nalang passport ko.ang visa ki 2. Months lang edi problem yun diba.

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      • Bkit ang tagal naman 2 months bgo ma claim new passport.magre renew sana ako ng passport ko kasi hanggang MAY 15,2015. nalang passport ko.ang visa ki 2. Months lang edi problem yun diba.

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  17. hello po! itatanong ko lang po sana kung marerenew ko po yung passport ko kasi po may problem sa birth certificate ko yung gender po female po ako pero male nakalagay feb.2015 expired ng passport ko …

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    • Hello po.. so male po ang nakalagay sa passport? Marerenew po kaso nga same lang ang info sa dati nyong passport. If you want to make changes sa info sa inyong passport may separate application form pero dapat may supporting documents so dapat cguro ayusin muna ang birth certificate nyo po ichange to female yung gender. Para ma change na din yung sa passport. Kasi nakabase sa birth certificate yung details sa passport. Try to contact the embassy kung ano ma advice nila sa situation nyo.. you still have a year pa naman before mag expire ang passport. Have a nice day!♥

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    • When you apply for a new passport kukunin nila yung old dadalhin sa pinas for processing.. and ibabalik sayo when you pick up the new one.. and may butas na yung old pagbalik..

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