Losing your passport is a hassle, especially after going through the tedious process of applying for it. It can also be challenging trying to think of what to do once you’ve lost your passport. To help you out, here are some tips on how to report your lost Philippine passport:
Other Things To Know About Your Lost Philippine Passport
This is the most important thing you can do if you’re leaving for a long overseas trip. Passport replacements require a lot of documents, whose original copies you may not always have on hand, or you may have lost along with your passport. Making copies of them before leaving makes it easier for you to apply for a replacement.
The most important thing to do, whether you’ve lost your passport here or abroad, is to stay calm. For all you know, it may just be stuck in between some furniture. Keep calm and try to retrace your steps.
If you’ve lost your passport outside your hotel room, try to remember the last place you took it out. The establishment may have a lost and found department that could be keeping your passport safe for you.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) requires affidavits from people applying for a replacement passport, so heading to the police should be part of your process. This also notifies authorities if somebody else tries to use your passport or steal your identity.
Once you’ve done all of those, it’s time to schedule an appointment with the DFA or the Philippine embassy or consulate in the country you’re in. To help you out, here’s the list of requirements you need to have when asking for a replacement passport.
When reporting your lost Philippine passport, you will be require to submit the same requirements as a first-time applicant. In general, you’re going to need the following:
The DFA requires you to submit an original copy of a Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Authenticated Birth Certificate, printed on security paper.
The valid picture ID and other supporting documents are needed to prove your identity. The IDs that the Department of Foreign Affairs will accept are:
You can download the application form from the Department of Foreign Affairs website. Make sure that you read the instructions properly and accomplish it correctly.
Appointments can be made on the DFA website, as well as the websites of Philippine consulates and embassies. For a more detailed list of requirements for first time applicants, check out our blog post here.
Aside from these general requirements, there are some additional requirements for those applying for a replacement passport. This applies whether you lost your passport here in the country or abroad.
Please take note that there will be a 15-day clearing period prior to the processing of application for replacement of a lost Philippine passport.
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