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Lost Philippine Passport While Abroad: What You Need To Know

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:

1. Make a copy of important documents before leaving

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.

2. Don’t panic

 

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.

 

3. Go to the police

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.

General Requirements

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:

1. Birth certificate

The DFA requires you to submit an original copy of a Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Authenticated Birth Certificate, printed on security paper.

2. Valid Picture ID

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:

  • Digitized SSS ID
  • Driver’s License
  • GSIS E-card
  • PRC ID
  • IBP ID
  • OWWA ID
  • Digitized BIR ID
  • Senior Citizen’s ID
  • Unified Multi-Purpose ID
  • Voter’s ID

3. Application form

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.

4. Confirmed appointment

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.

Other Things To Know About Your Lost Philippine Passport

1. In case valid passport was lost and cannot be found

  • Submit Notarized Affidavit of Loss (with detailed explanation on when, where and how passport got lost)
  • If the lost passport is still valid, submit Police Report
  • Photocopy of first page of lost passport (if available)
  • Penalty fee: P350

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.

2. In case an expired passport was lost and cannot be found

  • Submit Notarized Affidavit of Loss (with detailed explanation on when, where and how passport got lost)
  • Penalty fee: P350

3. In case passport was declared lost by the applicant but was eventually found and returned within 15-day clearing period

  • Submit Notarized Affidavit of Retrieval (with detailed explanation on when, where and how passport was found)
  • Original and photocopy of data page and last page of passport

4. In case of mutilated or damaged passports

  • Submit Notarized Affidavit of Mutilation (with detailed explanation on when, where and how passport got mutilated or damaged)
  • Original and photocopy of first and last page of mutilated or damaged passport

5. In case applicant was issued a Travel Document

  • Original Travel Document
  • Submit Notarized Affidavit of Explanation Regarding Issuance of Travel Document (with detailed explanation on when, where and why applicant was issued a travel document)
  • Original and photocopy of data page and last page of cancelled passport (if passport is still in the possession of the applicant)
  • Original travel records from Bureau of Immigration

6. In case applicant is a dual citizen

  • Government Issued IDs
  • Report of Birth OR Identification Certificate issued by the Philippine consulate or the Bureau of Immigration

7. In case applicant is a Naturalized Citizen

  • Identification Certificate of Naturalization from Bureau of Immigration

8. In case applicant is a Filipino citizen by Election

  • Affidavit of Election of Philippine Citizenship
  • Identification Certificate of Election from BI

When you finally get your new passport and want to go on a trip, make sure you book your flight and hotel with Traveloka!

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