Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Renewal of Philippine Passport in Doha Qatar

It was time for my friends philippine passport to be change because it will now expire within a month. Since we are here working in Doha, Qatar. He asked my other colleagues on how to apply for a new philippine passport. Although here is the detailed process and documents you might be needing in renewing your own passport.

Since my own passport will expire in November 2010, i have decided to go with him to see for myself on how to apply for renewal, which documents, pictures should i bring when its my time to renew. We went there at the Philippine Consulate Office located at AL Eithar Saha 2 Street, even we were lost on how to go there, i have managed to use my mobile phones GPS to go to the right direction. As we went inside, there were postings on where to go if you want to renew passport, get a marriage certificate, and other necessary documents a pinoy needs. Inside, there was a line where you will submit your documents, at the end of the line, there were only two(2) windows. First window is for checking your documents, Second window is the cashier.Application forms were only scattered around the room, since there was person to ask or billboard on how to apply.

As we waited for the long line, you will present your documents where my friend submits his old passport and pictures. It pass the necessary documents!! Since i was there, i managed to bring myself ID pictures to show the checker if my pictures are ok to use or not. WALAH! my Id's did not pass their requirement, they said that the blue background is pail.But,before i went there i have cut the same size my friends ID was taken, which was in Carrefour Kodak photoshop. They charge 30Qr, while you can take also this same picture, with blue background on other photoshops at 10-12Qr ONLY! What i cannot understand is that they are checking the kind of picture on where you have taken this picture, if the picture is clear, and not if the person on the picture is YOU!!! I will show you what is the difference of this picture taken in Carrefour - Kodak and taken in other Photo studio.

As i am waiting for my friend to finish the renewal of his passport, i was standing beside the line and a lot of people's picture was rejected on that day alone....And they only recommend to take your picture on that photo studio in Carrefour, no where else. So people here in Doha, who wants to renew their passport, go straight to carrefour to take your pictures there. If not, then go to DFA in Manila to check if your other picture will pass. Which i will do mine there!

Photo requirements

The photo of the new passport must show a full frontal shot of the passport holder’s face, occupying approximately 70-80% of the photograph. The photograph should be printed on good quality photo paper, preferably matte, and must be free from ink marks, dirt, grease, or other stains.

Background color of the pic must be royal blue or dark blue. Size must be 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm.

Applicant should be in decent attire with collar and sleeves and in dark-colored shirt. Ears and forehead should be visible. Wearing of accessories, colored contact lenses or eyeglasses, with name/name board are not allowed.

Application requirements – Renewal for those holding brown passports or passports issued BEFORE May 1, 1995

* Personal Appearance is required
* Old passport and photocopy of passport pages 1,2,3 (amendment)
* The pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps
* Supporting document (see list below) with complete middle name and Original ID
* Three (3) colored photos of the applicant (see photo requirements above)
* NSO Birth Certificate in Security Paper (SECPA) or Negative Birth Record from NSO if born in 1950 or below

Application requirements – Renewal for those holding green passports or passports issued AFTER May 1, 1995

* Personal Appearance is required
* Present passport and photocopy of pages 1,2,3 (amendment) inside and back cover
* The pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps
* For illegitimate minor, personal appearance of mother is required
* Three (3) colored photos of the applicant (see photo requirements above)

Other supporting documents

* Marriage Contract
* Land Title
* Driver’s License
* Government Service Record
* Old SSS-E1 form or digitized SSS-ID
* School Form 137 or Transcript of Records
* Other documents that show full name and birth details of applicant and/or citizenship
* Voter’s Registration Record
* Baptismal Certificate
* Seaman’s Book
* Income Tax Return (Old)


  1. how much will it cost for renewing passport here in doha ,qatar?.....

  2. what documents i have to bring to go to the embassy?

  3. Hi,A joint stock company or a Qatari shareholding company, the public shareholding company (PSC) with Registered Agents in Qatar is established in accordance with Qatari commercial companies law and by virtue of ministerial decree.Thanks....

  4. my friend want to renew his passport and he heard that their is an schedule f. he go to embassy to renew his passport is that true?

  5. hello. ofw po ako dito sa saudi arabia and will be transferring sa qatar next month. tinatanggap po ba ng qatar immigration ang extended passport? thanks