2014 was a very memorable year for me. It was a year of change and big decision-making. And now we've just entered 2015 and wow! I can't believe I've been in Japan long enough to have to renew my passport already!
That's right. Renewing my passport was number one on my to-do list for 2015.
Here, I will be writing about my experience during passport renewal and some tips to make your processing faster and easier. Please take note that the steps I will be listing here are for processing in the Tokyo area. The steps in other branches of the Philippine Embassy might be different.
According to the Philippine Embassy (Tokyo) website, the processing can take up to two months so I would recommend you start processing your passport renewal at least 6 months before the expiration, especially if you have plans to travel. Also, personal appearance of the applicant is required, so make sure to arrange your schedule beforehand to avoid conflicts.
What: Philippine Passport Renewal (E-Passport, with the brown cover)
What to Prepare: (as listed on the embassy's website)
1. Passport for renewal
2. Photocopy of the photo page AND the back page (emergency contact page)
4. Letter-pack 500 envelope, addressed to yourself
*Your new passport will be mailed to you using this envelope so make sure to fill-up your address correctly.
5. 6,900yen for the processing fee