It has been a little over a week since Isabelle Daza shared the first photo of her newborn baby boy (super adorable!) on Instagram, and the family hits another milestone: the baby's very first trip out of the house. The Semblat family, who looks adorable in their first family photo (and our first glimpse of Isabelle after she gave birth), got a passport for Baby Semblat!
“First day out for this little nugget. [The photo was] taken before we were stressing for over an hour trying to get him to open his eyes [and] close his mouth for the passport photo,” Isabelle wrote in the caption.
While many netizens complimented Isabelle on her post-baby bod, a few wondered how she was able to schedule an appointment for her baby boy already.
Waiting months for an appointment to apply for or renew a Philippine passport has become a Pinoy frustration because it is hard to get one. We made a quick check on passport.gov.ph/appointment, and all slots were filled from now until the end of June.
So, how did Isabelle do it? We don't think she got special treatment because there are several instances where you don’t need an appointment to get a passport. You can simply head to your preferred Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) office at your leisure. (Find a list of DFA sites and their contact details here.)
Those who don't need an appointment are parents who have a child aged 0 to 7 years old. Walk-in applications through the courtesy lane are allowed for this age group together with their parent/s and minor siblings. Take note that office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. only. However, according to a recent editorial staff's experience, some branches of the DFA may impose a limit to the number of walk-ins. You may want to get there early.
Here are the other instances where no scheduled appointment is needed:
Isabelle wasn’t the only one who struggled with baby’s passport photo. There were some who also shared the same struggle. It can be quick difficult to get that perfectly timed shot where your little one has his mouth closed and eyes open especially if all he wants to do is nap!
Here are other things to keep in mind for the passport photo-taking:
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If your baby can't support himself yet, a parent must hold the infant for the photo.
No hair should be covering your child's eyes and both your child's ears should be visible.
Earrings and hair accessories are not allowed and eyeglasses will be taken off.
No teeth should be showing — that is, if your baby already has them!
Looking to get your little one his or her own passport as well? We have A Pinoy Parent's Guide to Passport Applications to walk you through the process. It includes the requirements you’ll need and what to do if your child is above 7 years old. Happy travels!