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What To Do If Your Passport Application Schedule Was Affected By ECQ
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it will resume processing passport applications in consular and satellite offices in areas downgraded to MECQ during the last 10 days of August 2021.

    Appointments were previously limited due to the two-week lockdown in high-risk areas nationwide.

    What to do if you have a passport appointment scheduled for August 2021

    All consular offices in the National Capital Region and all Temporary Off-Site Passport Services or TOPS will resume operations.

    For applicants with appointments between Aug. 6 to 20, 2021:

    1. Applicants must follow the new appointment schedule/location which they have received via email.
    2. TOPS applicants who did not show up at their rescheduled appointment are discouraged from showing up at their original TOPS locations or any DFA consulate office because they will not be entertained.
    3. Concerned applicants are requested to send an email to the following addresses to request a new appointment schedule:
    • TOPS SM Aura – ncrcentral.so@dfa.gov.ph
    • TOPS SM North Edsa – ncreast.so@dfa.gov.ph
    • TOPS Robinsons Place Magnolia Place – ncrnortheast.so@dfa.gov.ph
    • TOPS Robinsons Place Las Pinas – ncrsouth.so@dfa.gov.ph
    • TOPS SM MOA – oca.concerns@dfa.gov.ph

    For applicants with appointments between Aug. 23 to 31, 2021:

    1. Applicants must follow their appointment schedule unless they receive specific advice not to do so (i.e., unforeseen closure of a particular CO/TOPS due to disinfection, mandatory quarantine, etc.).
    2. No walk-ins
    3. For applicants with emergency and urgent medical travel needs
    • Send an email request to cl@dfa.gov.ph
    • Your email must contain copies of identification documents (current passport or, if new applicant, a government-issued ID)
    • Proof of your emergency travel
    • Possession of a flight ticket in itself is not considered urgent.

    Operations are subject to change depending on the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force, the advisory said.

    Applicants are advised to check the DFA website frequently for updates regarding passport appointments.

    All DFA offices are limiting the number of applicants' physical presence to make room for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the public and staff.

    All applicants making physical appearances are required to wear face masks and face shields at all times. Bringing your own pen is strongly advised.

    This story originally appeared on Reportr. Minor edits have been made by Smart Parenting editors.

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