Message from the Philippine Embassy in London

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ADVISORY: Philippine Embassy in London to Issue Electronic Passports (ePassport) Starting 01 July 2010

Effective 01 July 2010, the Philippine Embassy in London will officially start processing applications for the new Electronic Passport (ePassport).

The United Kingdom has been chosen as one of the first batch of Philippine Foreign Service Posts to issue ePassports.

Among the new features of the ePassport are:

An integrated circuit chip which contains the passport holder data as found on the passport datapage, biometrics of the passport holder, a unique ID number and a digital signature

Allows for faster verification of the identity of the passport holder during immigration and security checks at international airports/borders

The ePassport is compliant with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the international body responsible for establishing and monitoring global standards for the security and integrity of passports and other travel documents.

Following are requirements for the processing and issuance of the ePassport:

1. PERSONAL APPEARANCE. This is a strict requirement for the taking of biometric data

2.CURRENT PASSPORT

3.COPY OF THE DATAPAGE (PHOTOPAGE) OF THE CURRENT PASSPORT

4.DULY-ACCOMPLISHED ePassport APPLICATION FORM. This may be downloaded from www.philembassy-uk.org or obtained at the Philippine Embassy Consular Section, Bldg. 6

5.ONE (1) PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOGRAPH WITH WHITE BACKGROUND TAKEN WITHIN THE LAST SIX (6) MONTHS

6.FEE OF Fourty Three pounds PAYABLE ONLY IN CASH OR POSTAL MONEY ORDER MADE OUT TO THE PHILIPPINE EMBASSY

7.OPTIONAL: IF YOU WANT YOUR NEW PASSPORT TO BE MAILED TO YOU, PLEASE INCLUDE A SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED SPECIAL DELIVERY ENVELOPE. Special delivery envelopes may be obtained from post offices throughout the UK.

Processing Time: Processing of the ePassport is 4 to 5 weeks as all passports are processed in a centralized facility in the Philippines

When to File Passport Applications : In view of the international requirement for travellers to have passports valid for at least six (6) months for travel purposes, applicants are reminded to regularly check the validity period of their current passports. Passports may be renewed before the expiration date.

Validity of Green Passports and Machine Readable (Maroon) Passports: All holders of the green and machine readable (maroon) passports are assured that their passports remain valid until the expiration date indicated therein. Holders of these types of passports may, however, apply for the new ePassport if they wish to avail of the enhanced security features of the new type of passport. END






 

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