At the moment my passport is still not renewed. I am just waiting for 24th of June to go the Philippine Consulate in the Dubai, UAE. I booked the schedule via email to the good consulate’s “Yahoo! Mail” address. At least they tried to be hi-tech right?
They should definitely stop using a free email service like Yahoo! Mail for important public matters like – passport renewal.
I noticed that a lot of people are actually looking for details on how to renew their Philippine passports in the UAE. I can only speak of how it is in Dubai, since I am currently residing in Dubai.
I do not think that people come to the Consulate in Al Qusais as early as 3 A.M. I may be wrong, but I believe this is a myth or unecessary. I went there 2x at around 7a.m., even went to a wrong queue on my first ten minutes and still managed to get to serviced by the people there at around 10:30 – without crashing queue. That’s on a Tuesday however, they say it swells on Sundays and Thursdays but I wouldn’t know. I think the people working in the consulate are doing the best they can to accommodate as much people as they can.
Two very important things I have learned regarding photos though. For passport renewals, there is no need to bring a passport photo. This is stated in the electronic form you need to fill out anyway. Your photo will be taken in the consulate.
For passport extension however, you may bring a passport copy, but still if you don’t, you can have your photo taken there.
Photocopying your documents are a bit expensive. It is best to have 2 sets of copies for whatever you needed there. For example, the First page of your passport (where you have your Name and other details), the Visa page, the last page, and some say the page where you have your last exit from UAE/ and latest departure from the Philippines back to UAE.
I did not do this last time, but it doesn’t take much to prepare this anyway.
Again, bring 2 sets of everything, a pen and some patience.
Here’s an article from GulfNews.
I will be posting more links here so that people will have an idea how it is. Hope this helps
UPDATED: 13 Feb 2012
Latest procedure in renewing your Philippine passport – http://www.pcgdubai.net/services/philippine-passports/passport-application-direction/
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