Updated: Mar 31, 2022
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As I mentioned in the post before (click here to read it), we had an appointment at the Philippines Embassy in Paris to renew our passports.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippines Embassy really organised the process for their consular services (passport renewal, notarial, NBI clearance, and etc ...).
Reserving your appointment
Here's the website: https://parispe.dfa.gov.ph to reserve your appointment schedule.
On the right side of the screen, click on MAKE A CONSULAR APPOINTMENT and choose the schedule that best works for you. It is quite detailed and easy to follow.
On Jan. 31, 2022, we made the appointment on the website.
Immediately after we received an email telling us that the appointment had been reserved for us. By the way, these are single appointments. We renewed 3 passports (the Husband, S, and I), so we had 3 separate appointments.
On Feb. 9, 2022, we received another mail confirming our appointment.
For our daughter, we received a mail asking us to provide additional requirement.
On Feb. 15, 2022, we received confirmation for S after we sent the additional documents requested.
It is important to read the whole email. Don't skip. There is a list of required documents to bring. Make sure you secure them prior to your appointment. If you have any doubt, please don't hesitate to call the embassy. They are very friendly and accommodating, I promise! Also, if you don't receive a confirmation mail at least 1 month before, please contact them, especially if you have to travel (like we did).
Before the appointment
Prepare all the documents required.
Incomplete requirements may be subject to refusal even with an approved appointment.
Make sure to cancel the appointment if you can't make it in order to free the slot for others.
On the day of the appointment
Like any important appointment, make sure to come at least 10-15 minutes in advance. That's a given, right?
Wait at the gate until the security guard comes to open.
Proceed to the waiting area of the consulate.
Wait to be called to one of the windows.
Give the documents required (originals and photocopies)
Pay 54 Euros for the passport (they only accept cash or cheque de banque).
Make sure to get the receipt (you will show this when they take your photos and biometrics and upon claiming the new passport)
Return to the waiting area and wait to be called for the photo and biometrics.
When called, proceed to the photo-taking window.
Show the receipt and follow the instructions for the picture-taking and fingerprints.
Voila, you're done! They told us it will take 4-6 weeks for the new passport to arrive.
⚠️ Apparently, it is possible for the embassy to send the passport to your home if you live far away. Provide them with a self-addressed prepaid stamped envelope or lettre recommandée aves accusé de reception and stamp. We've decided to come back to Paris to pick up our new passports so please double check the requirements if you wish them to send it to you as have not done it ourselves.
So this was our experience in renewing our passports 2 weeks ago. The people of the embassy were very efficient and accommodating. My final advice would be to arrive at least the day before your appointment and stay at least one more day in case they need you to come back. You can never be too sure, right?