Filipinos urged to collect passports on time

Filipinos in Dubai and the Northern Emirates are urged to check the website of the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai as early as three weeks after submitting their passport applications to be able to claim their new passports on time.

By Lily B. Libo-on (

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Published: Wed 31 Jul 2013, 10:19 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:19 AM

Vice-Consul Gerry Suliguin issued this advice even as he reminded some 87 passport applicants, who had applied for passports in November and December last year, to claim their passports on or before August 29 or else they will be cancelled and destroyed.

He said they should always log on to before the scheduled issuance of their passports, the date of which has been stamped on their payment receipts. “We destroyed last month all those unclaimed passports from January to October 2012. What we have now are those unclaimed passports applications for which were submitted in November and December last year.”

“We strongly advise our compatriots to check our website as early as three weeks after submitting their passport application. What usually happens is, they check the website eight weeks later. There are times that their passports arrive early so if they check on the eighth week, they should check also earlier lists to make sure their passports are already ready to be claimed,” Suliguin said.

He said that an average of 4,000 passports are released monthly, but one per cent of the applicants have not come back to claim them. “They could have gone home with their old passports. It could be possible also that their employers have kept their old passports that they cannot claim the new one.”

Pursuant to a department order dated September 23, 2003, the Department of Foreign Affairs and all Philippine diplomatic missions abroad are ordered to cancel and destroy all passports unclaimed by the applicants or their authorised representatives and travel agencies after six months from the date of issuance.

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