Getting A Philippine Passport: List of Acceptable IDs and Supporting Documents

* Updated March 2017. The information stated below is based on the DFA website and is accurate to the best of the writer’s knowledge. However, according to personnel from DFA Cebu, the DFA website is not updated regularly. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to personally get a list of requirements from their nearest DFA office, as there […]

Offloading, required documents, and other Immigration FAQs

* What documents are required by the Bureau of Immigration? I get this question all the time, so I thought I’d create another post just for this. Technically, there are only 3 documents that are required: Passport Round trip ticket Visa (if necessary) So, for those who are asking: “Kailangan pa ba talaga ang…” the […]

Must-Knows for Filipinos Traveling with Children

Are you traveling with, or making travel arrangements for, a Filipino child? Here are the rules/requirements of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for minors traveling abroad.   Definition * Anyone below 18 years of age is considered a minor (or child).   […]

The One Where I Was Detained and Fingerprinted Upon Arrival in Singapore

. This happened a long time ago — 2006, to be exact — and I actually rarely think about it, so it’s not something that has been traumatic or anything like that. When I do remember it, though, it seems a bit unfair, to say the least. The plus side is that it makes a good travel story, […]

Passport Application/Renewal at DFA Cebu: What You Need To Know

* First: The Basics * The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is at the Pacific Mall (also sometimes known as Metro Mandaue) in Mandaue City, Cebu. * DFA Cebu is open from Monday to Friday 9 AM-6 PM and Saturday 9 AM-3 PM. If you have questions, you can call them at (032) 520-5898 and […]