Ph Passports Will Have 10-Year Validity Starting January 2018
Ringo | On 26, Oct 2017
Starting January 2018, Philippine passports will now have a 10-year validity, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said.
On October 25, the DFA signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Republic Act 10928, which extends passport validity to 10 years, which was approved by President Rodrigo Duterte last August 2.
The new passport will still cost P950, the same price of the current ones, saying it will be the basic passport with no charges yet.
In a video taken by Rappler, Cayetano explained that the Philippine government will still have to use the remaining days of 2017 to inform other countries about the changes. He explained that if the DFA approved the changes without informing other nations, Filipinos outside the country might be questioned in the airports.
The DFA also cleared that passports owned by minors will still have five-year validity. Cayetano explained that these children will still undergo several changes as they grow old so it’s better for them to renew their passports when they turn 18.
In the future, there may be additional charges since the features are to be enhanced.