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.
- completed application form
- old passport
- 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!
The embassy is 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 but 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 will no longer 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!
Feel free to download if you need:
- Passport Application form (for passport renewal)
- Passport Amendment form (if you want to change your last name, complete this form and bring a photocopy of your marriage certificate)
Office hours: Sunday to Thursday
9:00 -11:30 AM (visas, authentication and notarial services application)
1:30 – 4:30 PM (Releasing of documents)
#5-1 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Postal Code: 140-201