Thank you for your interest in renewing or applying for a Philippine passport. We are pleased to send you answers to frequently asked questions on passport applications:
Can I apply for a Philippine passport in other cities in Germany?
No. You can apply for a passport only in Berlin. Another option will be to avail of the mobile outreach services conducted in specific cities of Germany. You can renew your passports in these places on these special days.
Can I apply for a passport in Brussels or The Hague?
Yes, if you live in Germany near the border to Belgium or to The Netherlands. Please just contact the Philippine Embassies in Brussels or The Hague beforehand. If you live near Switzerland or Austria, you can also apply for a passport in the Philippine Embassies in Berne or Vienna.
I live in Denmark, or in Poland. Can I apply for a passport in Berlin?
Yes, you can apply for a passport with us in Berlin. What are the requirements to renew my passport? – personal appearance in the Embassy – filled up e-Passport application form – your Philippine passport, and photocopy of its title page with photo – €54.- cash – two (2) ID pictures (about 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm or similar size) – filled up Certificate of Registration Identity – self-addressed return envelope with €3.95 in stamps for registered mail ‘Einschreiben’ (if passport is to be claimed by mail)
Do I need to set an appointment to renew my passport in Berlin?
No, just come during our business hours 9.00 H to 16.00 H.
How do I know if the Embassy is open during holiday seasons like Easter?
The Embassy observes both German and Philippine Holidays.
How long does it take, and how much does it cost?
It takes about 20 minutes to apply for a passport, and costs €54.-.
Why do I need to go to Berlin? Can I not just mail it as before?
No, personal appearance is now required to capture the biometrics of each applicant such as, the face (photographs), the thumbprints and the signature.
When do I get my new passport?
After biometric data capture in Berlin, it takes about 6 to 8 weeks for the new passport to reach Berlin. The passports are all centrally printed in Manila. However, it is best to regularly check the Philippine Embassy website for announcements on possible delays.
What happens to my old passport?
It will be returned to you after you apply and you can continue using it until the new one arrives in about 8 weeks. When your new passport arrives Berlin, you bring or mail your old passport to us with a self-addressed stamped envelope. We will then cancel your old passport, and return it to you together with your new passport.
How will I know that my new passport has arrived Berlin?
Use the online passport tracking at the Embassy website: www.philippine-embassy.de/bnrelease You can check your new passport anytime, and anywhere. Very convenient to use, just enter your first and last names using your computer, tablet or smart phone.
When is the best time to renew my passport?
It is recommended to renew your passport about 6 months before it expires. You can also renew your old passport earlier than 6 months before expiry.
Is there a fine if the passport to be renewed is already expired?
No, there is no additional fine for renewing expired passports.
My Filipino wife and I just got married. We want her passport to be amended so that she will carry my family name. What does she need to do?
Your wife must first report her marriage. Click this link for the form and information on Report of Marriage (ROM). After the Report of Marriage is filed with the Embassy, your wife can right away apply for a passport using her married family name. The report of marriage can also be filed at the Honorary Consulates in Munich, Stuttgart, Essen or Dresden, whichever has jurisdiction over the place where you got married (see below under Report of Birth). But she can apply for a passport only in Berlin.
My daughter/son is half Filipino and half German. Is she entitled to a Philippine passport?
Yes, if at the time of her birth your wife was still a Filipino citizen. Your daughter’s (or son’s) birth needs to be reported to Manila. Click this link for the form and information on Report of Birth (ROB). However, if your wife was already a naturalized German citizen at the time of your child’s birth, then your child is not a Filipino citizen and cannot apply for a Philippine passport.
Can we report our daughter’s birth and apply for a passport at the same time?
Yes, it is more efficient that way, to combine both the report of birth and passport application, or combine both the report of marriage with passport renewal. One comes only once to the Embassy in Berlin to accomplish two things.
I live near Munich, can I report my child’s birth there?
Yes, you can report your child’s birth at the Honorary Consulates in Munich, Stuttgart, Essen or Dresden, whichever Consulate has the place of birth under its consular jurisdiction (see below). But after reporting the birth, you can apply for a Philippine passport for your child in Berlin only.
I still have other questions, whom do I contact?
Our passport officer Mr. Ruben Atienza at Tel. 030 / 864 95 022 (after 14:00 H) and E-Mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.