Japan is one of the countries where most Filipinos love to work or migrate. If you’re an OFW working in Japan, it is important to know the basics of passport renewal. The first thing to do is to look for the Philippine Embassy in the host country.
The Philippine Embassy plays a significant role in the lives of OFWs. Updating the Philippine passport is among the services that the consulate can help to the OFWs. Thus, if you need to renew your passport, you should go to the Philippine Embassy.
Here’s how to renew the Philippine passport:
There are two consular offices in Japan where OFWs can go to in case they need to apply for a new passport or renew. You can find the consular offices in two big cities in Japan such as Tokyo and Osaka. Each consular office has its own consular jurisdictions.
The areas that can transact passport renewal in the consular office in Tokyo are the following:
The Philippine Embassy requires applicants to renew their passports eight months before its expiration date.
- Original Philippine passport
- Accomplished application form
- Photocopy of the passport data page
- Self-addressed envelope (letter pack 510)
Easy steps for passport renewal
- Visit the e-Passport application portal to book for online appointment. Provide all the required details in the application before submitting it. You will receive a message in your given email address about the available date. Click “Yes” if you agree with the available date, otherwise you can look for other available dates. A confirmation message will be sent to your email. Print the application form on an A4-sized paper.
- Visit the consular office of the Philippine Embassy on the scheduled date. Proceed to Window 6 and submit the requirements for verification and assessment.
- Proceed to the cashier and pay the renewal fee amounting to JPY 7,800 after the verification process. Keep the official receipt.
- Proceed to the encoding area for the biometrics and photo taking.
- Release of the new passport would take a maximum of two months. It will be processed in Manila and will be sent through postal mail. The OFW must present the old passport to the Philippine Embassy for cancellation. before the release of the new passport.
In case there’s no update about your passport renewal application, you should send an email to the Philippine Embassy in Japan to follow up the status.
For more queries, you can contact the Philippine Embassy in Japan:
Address: 5-15-5 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8537
Tel. No.: 03-5562-1600 ext. 127
Office hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.