KSA is the where most of OFW in the Middle East live. Since there are approximately 2.24 million (as per 2019) Filipinos living in the Kingdom, this has made KSA one of the countries in the world where you can find a huge population of OFWs.
KSA, as everyone knows, is very strict when it comes to personal identification like your passport. It is a must that you have a valid passport to avoid any trouble with authorities and even your travel plans out of KSA. In this article, we will talk about how you can renew your Philippine passport in the Kingdom.
- Applying for a New Passport in Saudi Arabia
- How to Book a Passport Appointment
- How to Renew Passport During Appearance Day at the Philippine Embassy/Consulate
- Video: Filipino Talks About How to Renew PH Passport in Jeddah
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Opening Hours
- Contact Information and Google Map Locations
Applying for a New Passport in Saudi Arabia
Before anything else, it’s important to know that the Philippines has two consular missions in Saudi Arabia: the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah. Each has its own consular jurisdictions or areas in the Kingdom.
The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh has consular jurisdiction over the regions of Riyadh, Qassim, Hail, Al-Jouf, Eastern region, and Northern border region. Meanwhile, the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah has consular jurisdiction over the regions of Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Madinah, Tabuk, Abha, Jizan, Najran, and Baha.
The requirements for passport renewal are generally the same for both consular missions. These requirements are as follows:
For adult applicants
- Personal appearance;
- Accomplished Passport Renewal Application Form;
- Current passport;
- Photocopy of current passport’s data page; and
- Renewal fee of SAR 240.
For minor applicants (17 years old and below)
- Personal appearance of the minor applicant;
- Personal appearance of either parent;
- Accomplished Passport Renewal Application Form;
- Original and photocopy of minor applicant’s passport;
- Original and photocopy of parents’ passports;
- Original and photocopy of minor applicant’s Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA);
- Original and photocopy of parents’ Marriage Contract issued by the PSA; and
- Renewal fee of SAR 240.
How to Book a Passport Appointment
For those who need to renew their passports at the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, you need to book an appointment online first. At the moment, “walk ins” are not allowed at the Embassy, so an online appointment is required.
There are actually two options for online booking with the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh: (a) get your own appointment; and (b) flexible date appointment. For the first option, you can set an appointment online through this link: https://riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/component/content/article/93-pages/1289.
The second option (flexible date appointment) is offered to those who are not in a hurry, and are open to getting any date or time that may be offered by the Philippine Embassy. To access this option, you can fill out the form at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdR_ioZW_lwTaoZ8CE_-4gE-iyTC5RJpsAlpeS7Qd84zHVUDg/viewform.
When setting an appointment, be sure to use a valid and correct email address; otherwise, your confirmation message might not get through. Don’t forget to enter complete and accurate information, to avoid any errors or spelling mistakes in your passport.
The appointment system provides only one slot for each applicant. If you are booking an appointment for your child, enter your child’s name and information, then use your email address to receive the confirmation message from the Embassy.
Meanwhile, if you are planning to renew your passport at the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah, please take note that as of this writing, the Consulate’s “online application system” is not available. We suggest that you contact the Consulate before submitting an application (contact details are presented below).
You can also follow the Consulate’s official Facebook page, as this is where they usually post announcements about Consular Mobile Services (CMS) and other activities. The Consulate will share a link where you can pre-register, then they will announce your names and confirmed dates on the Facebook page.
How to Renew Passport During Appearance Day at the Philippine Embassy/Consulate
As soon as you have booked an appointment and prepared all the requirements, it’s time to go to the Embassy/Consulate! Of course, be sure to come in appropriate attire. Avoid wearing sandos, sleeveless tops, shorts, slippers, and other inappropriate attire.
On the date and time of your appointment, head to the Embassy/Consulate with your requirements, including original documents and photocopies. These will be checked and verified by the staff.
When everything is in order, you will be asked to pay the passport renewal fee at the Cashier. To avoid any inconvenience, try to prepare the exact amount in cash (Saudi Riyal or SAR). Upon payment, you will receive an official receipt. Hang on to this receipt and keep it safe!
Then, it’s time to have your photograph, fingerprints, and digital signature captured. You will be asked to remove your eyeglasses, earrings, and other piercings before having your photo taken.
That’s it! All you have to do now is to wait for your new passport.
Video: Filipino Talks About How to Renew PH Passport in Jeddah
And now, let’s hear about the passport renewal process from a Filipino based in Saudi Arabia. In the following video shared via ikoy’s vTA YouTube channel, a fellow kababayan talks about the passport renewal process at the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah:
Frequently Asked Questions
Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions — and answers — about passport services in Saudi Arabia.
1. When will I get my new passport?
You can expect to get your new passport within 45 days (more or less). Please visit the following links to see the list of passports that are ready for release.
List of passports ready for release at the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh: https://riyadhpe.quickbase.com/db/bqzpeciiz
List of passports ready for release at the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah:
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please keep in mind that there may be delays in the availability of passports.
2. What are the requirements to claim my new passport?
To claim your new passport, you need to present your old/current passport and your official receipt. If you are unable to claim your new passport, you can ask someone to get it for you. In addition to your old passport and official receipt, your representative needs to present an authorization letter and a copy of his/her valid ID.
In addition, if you are claiming your passport from the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, you need to contact a courier company who will claim the passport on your behalf. Again, you will need to provide an authorization letter to the courier company, along with your old passport and official receipt.
On the other hand, if you are claiming your passport from the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah, there is no need to set an appointment. You can claim your new passport at the Consulate during office hours. Simply present your old passport, official receipt, and a screenshot/printed copy of your name on the list of passports that are ready for release.
NOTE: If two months have passed and your new passport is still not available, you can contact the Embassy or Consulate via phone or email to follow up on your passport’s status.
3. My passport is damaged. How can I replace it?
To replace a damaged passport, you need to prepare the following requirements and present it to the Embassy/Consulate:
- Original damaged passport;
- Affidavit of Damage of Passport; and
- Accomplished E-passport Application Form (no photo needed).
4. I lost my passport. How can I replace it?
To replace a lost passport, you need to prepare the following requirements:
- Original and one (1) photocopy of Birth Certificate issued by the PSA;
- Original and one (1) photocopy of Marriage Contract issued by the PSA (for married women);
- Report of Lost Passport from Saudi Passport Office (Jawazat), with English translation;
- Affidavit of Loss, in English;
- Accomplished E-passport Application Form (no photo needed); and
- Original and one (1) photocopy of any of the following valid IDs — Social Security System (SSS)/Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) ID, Unified Multipurpose Identification (UMID) Card, Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License, Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) / Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) card, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID, Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License, Senior Citizen ID, or School ID (for students).
NOTE: There is a 15-day clearing period before approval of the application for replacement of a lost passport.
5. I would like to change my name on my passport. What do I need to prepare?
Perhaps you recently got married and would like to use your husband’s name on your passport. Or perhaps you recently got a divorce/annulment, or became widowed, and would like to go back to using your maiden name. Either way, you need to apply for a change of name, and here are the requirements:
- Accomplished Passport Renewal Form;
- Current passport;
- Photocopy of current passport’s data page;
- Original and one (1) photocopy of document(s) that will support the change of name (e.g. Birth Certificate issued by the PSA, Marriage Contract, Annotated Marriage Contract showing annulment/divorce order, PSA-issued Death Certificate of Spouse, etc.)
The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah have similar working days and hours. They are open every Sunday to Thursday, except during Philippine and Saudi Arabia holidays. Their offices are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Contact Information and Google Map Locations
If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact the Embassy or Consulate through their contact details below. Google Map locations are also included, for your reference:
Philippine Embassy in Riyadh
Philippine Consulate in Jeddah
Address: 4663 Fajr St., Al Rehab District 6, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Telephone: +966 12 669 6303