As a foreign service mission of the Philippines, the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney issues passports to Filipino nationals residing in New South Wales and New Caledonia. The Consulate implemented the electronic passport (ePassport) system in November 2010, upon which it ceased to process the previous passport types called the Machine Readable Passport (MRP) and Green Machine Readable Ready Passport (MRRP).
The requirements for the ePassport vary according to whether the application is a first-time application, renewal, replacement of a lost passport, or if the applicant had re-acquired Philippine citizenship as a dual citizen. Refer to the following sections for the particular requirements:
Passport application hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays. The Passport Section is closed on public holidays. No appointment is necessary. Applicants are attended to on a first-come, first-served basis.
While the application for a Philippine passport is lodged with the Consulate, the passport is produced in Manila. It takes an estimated ten (10) weeks for the new passport to be ready for release.
Passport requirements remain the same, except that printed passport photographs are not necessary anymore, as the applicant’s passport photograph is now digitally captured on-site at the Consulate.
Guidelines for Photo Capture for the ePassport
|1.||All passport applicants must make a personal appearance at the Consulate for the processing of their passport.|
The applicant’s photograph, fingerprints and signature are digitally captured at the Consulate using on-site equipment.
Applicants must come to the Consulate prepared for the digital capture of their photograph. Applicants are advised of the following guidelines for their e-passport photo capture:
|a. POSE||Frontal pose looking directly at the camera lens showing full face. The tilting or turning of head must be avoided.|
|b. FACE EXPRESSION||Must be neutral. Eyes must be open and mouth closed. Hair must not cover any part of the face, especially the eyes.|
|c. SMILE||Applicants may smile for their passport photograph, but teeth and gums must not show. A “Mona Lisa smile” is recommended.|
|d. EYEGLASSES||Must be removed for the photograph.|
|e. CONTACT LENS||May be worn, as long as they do not change the applicant’s true eye color. Contact lenses that change true eye color must be removed.|
|f. EARS||As much of both ears should be visible.|
|g. EARRINGS||Must be removed before the photo capturing.|
|h. HAIR ACCESSORIES||Must be removed before the photo capturing.|
|i. HAIRSTYLES||Frizzy or afro hairstyles should be arranged neatly for the passport photo capture.|
Newborns and infants who are unable to support themselves must be assisted by either parent or guardian. The hands, arms, or any body part of the latter must not appear in the photograph. A highchair will be used if necessary.
|k. SHIRT / BLOUSE||The subject must wear a collared shirt or collared blouse. If the subject is wearing an uncollared shirt or blouse, then a coat or blazer must be worn over it. Women must not wear attire with a plunging neckline.|
|i. HEAD VEIL||A nun may wear a veil or a Muslim woman a hajib and not show her ears, but the face should be wholly visible to allow identification. The head covering must not cover the eyebrows and eyes.|
|4.||The procedure of data-encoding and biometric capture may take up to 20 minutes for each applicant.|