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You might need a new Philippine passport if your old one is expiring, if it has been lost, damaged or stolen, or if your personal details have changed. If you’re in Hong Kong as a legal resident you can apply to renew your passport at the Philippine Embassy without needing to leave the country.
This guide runs through all you need to know about renewing your Philippine passport here in Hong Kong. We’ll also touch on how low cost international transfers from Wise can help you cut the costs of currency conversion when you send money home. Pay less for overseas payments, with Wise.
If you need to renew your passport because it’s going to expire soon, has been lost or damaged, or your personal details have changed, you can do so in Hong Kong. You’ll need to renew your Philippine passport in person at the Philippine Embassy in Hong Kong.¹
It’s worth noting that the exact requirements including the documents you need to take and the fees you’ll pay do vary depending on the reasons for renewing, and the specific type of passport you have. You’ll need to double check the full details for your situation when you start to apply for your Philippine passport renewal in Hong Kong.
Here are the steps you’ll need to take to get your new Philippine passport in Hong Kong.
You’ll need to attend an appointment in person to get your new passport organised.
In most cases applicants need to make an appointment ahead of time which can be done online² or using the dropbox available at Metro Remittance Shop (2042-A 2nd Floor, United Centre Admiralty). Appointments are available between 9am and 4pm, Sunday to Thursday.
The only exceptions are for people over the age of 60, minors under the age of 7, pregnant women and people with disabilities. Applicants from these groups can attend the Embassy for their passport appointment using the courtesy lane and do not need a time booked in advance.
The exact documents you need to collect for your appointment may vary a little depending on the circumstances and the reason you need a passport renewal. However, you’ll usually need:
- Latest passport and a photocopy of the first page
- Hong Kong ID if you’re a permanent resident
- Photocopy of your valid visa
- 7 x 10 inch brown envelope with 32 HKD of stamps
Next, you’ll need to go along to your appointment at the planned time, present your documents and pay the fee. Costs can vary depending on the type of service you need - we’ll cover that in more detail in just a moment.
Once your documents are verified, the new passport will be sent to your home. You’ll need to double check the address you give on the tracking slip is correct, to make sure it arrives safely. If you change your address before your passport arrives you’ll have to inform the authorities immediately so your details can be updated.
There is no fee to arrange an appointment to renew your Philippine passport in Hong Kong. The Embassy does warn against transacting with third party services which may charge a fee for a simple appointment. However, there is a fee to get your new document, which depends on the exact service you need:
|Passport/document service needed
|Replacement Green/MRP passport
|Replacement of e-passport
You can apply for your new passport at any time in the year before your old passport expires - the processing time can take from 4 weeks, but you may need to wait for up to 12 weeks. In most cases you’ll get your passport in around 6 weeks as long as there are no problems with the documents you present.
Getting your Philippine passport renewed in Hong Kong can be done in just a few steps - but you’ll need to make sure you’ve left enough time for processing which can take up to 12 weeks. Use this guide as a starting point to explore the options available to you, to make sure everything goes smoothly.
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Sources used in this article:
1 Philippine Consulate General: Renewal of Passport
2 Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong’s Passport Appointment System
Sources last checked on 6-Dec-2021
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