The Department of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday, January 03, 2018, the issuance of passports with 10-year validity.
“Since January 1 and 2 were holidays, passport applications made starting today, January 3, shall be 10-year valid, provided the applicant is not a minor,” said Director Geronimo Suliguin, Officer-in- Charge for DFA-Office of Public Diplomacy.
The Republic Act No. 10928 or Act Extending the Validity of Philippine Passports, stated that only applicants 18 years old above will be provided with a 10-year valid passport, those below 18 years old will be issued with five-year validity.
Director Suliguin told the Philippine News Agency that regular release schedules are still observed for applications made from all DFA units. Meanwhile, for the applications made in DFA National Capital Region units on January 04, 2018 are expected to be released by January 12.
The passports that were issued prior to January 01, 2018 with a validity of five years will remain valid until expiration. Both the 10-year and 5-year passports will hold the same designs, security features, and the number of pages. Furthermore, there is no change in the passport application fees.
The additional costs may be implemented once the DFA add pages, change materials, and enhance security features of the passports, according to the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).