New process of passport renewal at the Philippine Consulate in Dubai


I just renewed my passport few weeks ago at the Philippine Consulate General office in Qusais and noticed there was a slight addition to the process. It still looks as easy as 1-2-3 but in reality, well, it could make you hungry.

I booked an appointment 2 weeks prior and luckily still got an available slot.  That's very rare.

It was Thursday afternoon. I reached the consulate 25 minutes ahead of my 2:20 appointment. Still, it took me 2 hours and 10 minutes to complete the process.

Here's what I went through and how:

STEP 1: Secure an appointment online
Click here or copy and paste this address -> http://dubaipcg.checkappointments.com to your browser to book an appointment. Register a new account or login with your existing PCG account, if already a member.

I advise to do this at least 8 months before your passport's expiration as the schedule could be full for 2-3 months ahead.  Make sure also that you won't travel in the next 2-3 months.

You will receive an email confirmation like the one below if your appointment is confirmed.


Note: Children 5 years old and below don't need appointments.

Before your appointment date, prepare the following documents, along with your expiring passport:
  1. Download, print and fill-up the e-Passport application form - click here to download. Bring a blank copy of this when you go to the consulate in case the checker identifies some errors on your filled-up form. 
  2. Minimum o2 copies of the following pages of your passport:
    1. Passport info page
    2. Emergency contact page
    3. Residence visa page
  3. Copy of the confirmed appointment email
Note: Better prepare more copies of your documents. Sometimes, they'll ask for more of it. It won't hurt if you have extras than to hassle your way photocopying on your appointment date.

STEP 2: Appearance day - go to the screening room
Arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment. The screening room is currently at the first tent to your left upon entering the consulate - the Moneygram tent.

Clip all your document copies and signed application form with your passport and place it at the tray corresponding with the first letter of your last name and time of appointment.

Wait for your name to be called and your documents verified.

Once confirmed, you will be given an invoice to be paid at the cashier.

STEP 3: Pay
Go to Room 3 (as of today), and pay AED240.




STEP 4: New Overseas Absentee Voting (mandatory) registration
Go to Room 4. They will give you an OAV form. Fill it up. Hand it over, along with another passport copy, to the usher and wait for your turn.

I waited for 45 minutes to get called. I was standing because there's no ample seating.

While waiting, you will hear the same usher selling dinuguan, pansit, kwek-kwek, adobo, etc. Better go to the consulate full so not to endure eating in a plastic container on your lap.

I had to queue for another 10/15 minutes inside. After registering my info and getting my biometrics, picture and digital signature done, they gave me a small paper which is my OAV acknowledgment receipt (below).


STEP 5: Passport renewal encoding
You will be directed to the next room where you have to queue for another 45 minutes to an hour.  On your turn, they'll get your documents, biometrics, digital signature and your selfie.

On observation, processing takes 5 minutes more or less for every person. So see how many people are ahead of you and do the math.

Release of new passport takes 6-8 weeks. You can check its status here: http://www.dubaipcg.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/services/passports/available-for-release-2015

UPDATE: I got mine in 6 weeks.

Once ready, bring your receipt (below) and your Emirates ID or old passport to claim.


Remember, the best thing to bring with you on the renewal date is your PATIENCE. Bring lots of it.

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23 comments

  1. Hello po...good afternoon po...nag renew po ako nv passport ko last may 4,2015...mahigit two months na po bakit po hanggang ngayon wala pa po sa list...pakitignan naman po...thanks

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  2. I've been trying to book an appointment online this past 3 weeks but after login and clicking Book an appointment, no dates appear. It says, "All appointment times as currently reserved..." I tried it several times but same appears...

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  3. i was trying also to book an appointment but no dates appear.I tried many times but same appears.can u help me with this

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  4. yes same here... so what is the use of online booking if all are showing thesame? please advice po kung anu po ang dapt gawin..

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  5. My passport will expire on May 6, 2016 and my visa will expire on Nov 11,2015. Visa renewal requirement at least 7 months validity. What can i do? Please advice and reply immediately.

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    1. Ano pong nangyari s situation nu?

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  6. Wala po akong nareceie na confirmation email, how else am I going to verify my appointment?

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  7. how can i check my passport status

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  8. I already renew my passport,its on process but i want to know the status that how long it will take?
    am waiting for your reply

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  9. hello i need to ask regarding for my passport it will expired on June 04 2017, but i need to travel on december 25 2016 going back home in philippines, do i need to renew before 6 mos.? or i can renew it if im in philippines before i come back here in dubai?

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  10. hello i need to ask regarding for my passport it will expired on June 04 2017, but i need to travel on december 25 2016 going back home in philippines, do i need to renew before 6 mos.? or i can renew it if im in philippines before i come back here in dubai?

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  11. I book an appoinment to renew my passport on october 5,2016. How many days before i can release or get my new passport. Thanks.

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    1. 3-4 weeks po after 3 weeks check nyo nalang sa site ng pcg kung for releasing na ung pp nyo.

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  12. I book an appoinment to renew my passport on october 5,2016. How many days before i can release or get my new passport. Thanks.

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  13. hello po , ask ko lang ilang days po ang passport ma release yung usaually po talaga

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  14. Sabay lang kami ng anak ko nagparenew ng passport.bakit ung sa anak ko released na ung sa akin hindi pa?

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  15. Dear Maam,sir
    hello po. tanong lang ko po. bakit hindi ko maka I book an appoinment to renew my passport

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  16. can I renew my passport here in Dubai even if I am on tourist visa?. I only have 6 months left before my passport will be expired. Thanks.

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    1. http://dubaipcg.checkappointments.com/ click nyo po yan sign in kayo register poh kayo bago poh kayo maka pag book.

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  18. can I renew my passport here in Dubai even if I am on tourist visa?. I only have 6 months left before my passport will be expired. Thanks.

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  19. I just want to ask, is it possible to renew my passport even I am visit visa?
    nakaschedule na po ako for renewal, gusto ko lang po makasure na pwede since inaantay po ng new company ko ung renewal pra maproceed na sa employment visa.
    Thank you.

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    1. Hello po what happened po sa case nyo pwede po ba magrenew even if you're in a tourist visa?thanks po sa answer.

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