New law enables 10-year Filipino ePassports


From January 1, 2018, the period of validity of Philippine passports will double to 10 years, instead of the current five years — as the new passport law kicks in.

On August 2, the government of President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a Repubilc Act (RA10928) providing for a 10-year validity of the Philippine passport.

The 10-year validity, however, only applies to Filipino citizens who are over 18 years of age. Those who are under 18 will be issues passports with five-year validity.

The fees will remain the same — at Php950 (about Dh68), according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).


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