24 December 2013
EXTENSIONS OF VALIDITY OF EXPIRING OR EXPIRED PASSPORTS NO LONGER ALLOWED BEYOND OCTOBER 2015
(RIYADH, 24 December 2013) – The Embassy informs all Filipino nationals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that, per regulations of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), all non-machine readable passports may no longer be extended beyond 31 October 2015 and must be completely phased out by 24 November 2015.
This means that Filipino nationals holding Machine Readable-Ready Passports (MRRP; green passports) and Machine Readable Passports (MRP; maroon passports) will no longer be allowed to apply for an extension of the validity of these passports beyond 31 October 2014.
They must instead apply for a new e-Passport as soon as possible before the expiry of their current MRRP (green) or MRP (maroon) passports. Those who fail to do so will likely encounter difficulty at immigration checks when traveling through any ports of entry around the world after October 2015.
Those wanting to obtain a new e-Passport may do so by visiting the Philippine Embassy website (www.philembassy-riyadh.org) and getting an appointment online. The documentary requirements and the schedule of fees are available online.
Passport holders are also reminded that there are strict rules for applying for an extension of the validity of expiring or expired passports. Passports that are valid for less than six (6) months or those that have already expired may be extended once only in the following instances:
- Death in the family requiring the OFW and members of his/her dependent family to urgently travel to the Philippines;
- Medical emergencies requiring the OFW and members of his/her dependent family to urgently travel to the Philippines or another country for medical treatment;
- OFWs returning to their employers abroad with valid employment contracts processed by the POEA; and
- Those going home on final exit visas.
In these instances, proof of urgency such as a copy of the death certificate, medical certificate, valid employment contracts processed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) or any of the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO) in Saudi Arabia, along with plane tickets with confirmed flight details shall be presented.
Likewise, Filipino nationals are informed that Saudi Labor Law prohibits employers from keeping their passports or not handing them over when requested. Filipino nationals are encouraged to report their companies or employers to police authorities or the Saudi Labor Office should they encounter this problem.