One of the basic requirements when traveling is that your passport should have at least 6 months validity prior to its expiration date. Whilst, when visiting a country that needs visa, the embassy requires at least 2 blank pages of your passport. It is good to note that the new maroon coloured passport is 44 pages compared to the old green coloured passport that is only 32 pages. While, I have 1 more year before my passport expires, I needed to apply for early renewal as there is not enough blank pages for immigration stamp and to accommodate space for visa application.
The detailed guide in passport application for renewal can be found in the succeeding links:
1. For Filipinos living in Singapore, you can download the application form for renewal at: http://www.philippine-embassy.org.sg/wp-content/uploads/forms/consular-epassport-application.pdf . Fill in the form completely.
2. The next step is to set an appointment which can be done through email or you can submit it in person at the Philippine Embassy at Window 9. But why waste time when you can do it by email?
3. Once your appointment is fixed, you can proceed to prepare the basic requirements listed here: http://www.philippine-embassy.org.sg/consular/passport/application-renewal/. And that’s it.
4. On the date of your appointment, please make sure that you have the complete set of requirements:
> Employment Pass;
> Current Passport;
> Appointment Slip;
> Completed e-Passport Application Form; and
> A passport fee of SGD $102 in cash
> For Work Permit holders, they are required to bring the copy of their Employment Contract
By the way, the processing takes at least 4 weeks up to 6 weeks. And the collection can be done only on weekdays. No collection on Sundays. If you are lucky, you can set an appointment for application during Sunday.
If you need further information, please contact the embassy at:
Embassy of the Philippines (Singapore)
20 Nassim Road, Singapore 258395
Telephone: +65.6737.3977, Fax: +65.6733.9544