In my previous blog I shared where you can renew the Philippine passport in New Zealand. In this blog I will list out the steps to make your Philippine passport renewal in Wellington as hassle-free as possible.
Gathering the requirements
1. Identify the requirements for Philippine passport renewal in Wellington
You can find the requirements listed on the Philippine Embassy in Wellington website.
Or if you do not want to leave this page, here are the requirements:
- Confirmed appointment – http://philembassynzl.appointy.com/
- Personal appearance – Unlike New Zealand, the Philippines does not allow couriered applications.
- Wear a collared shirt
- Accomplished application form
- Original passport – original passport is to be submitted as they would punch holes in it.
- Photocopy of data page of passport
- Self-addressed courier bag (size 1 – NZD 3.00; recommend size 2 for families – NZD 4.00) with signature required upgrade (NZD 6.00)
- Cash (NZD 90.00 per passport holder) – Do not bother with bank cheques.
Please make sure to write legibly as the consular officer will copy your details from this form.
3. Go to the nearest New Zealand Post (NZ Post) and buy a courier bag
The passport will fit a size 1 red courier bag (red bags are only used for domestic mail). You can buy it for NZD 3.00. You must also buy a signature required upgrade which costs NZD 6.00. This upgrade would give your courier bag a tracking number and would require a signature upon delivery (does not need to be yours, may be your housemate). NZ Post employees will stick the tracking number to your courier bag and to your receipt.
Remember to write the receiver’s name (your name) and address on the front.
Trust me, if you are coming from outside Wellington, buy and bring the courier bag wherever you are coming from. Looking for an NZ Post in an unfamiliar city will give you headaches.
4. Withdraw cash from your bank
We are so used to EFTPOS transactions in New Zealand that you will assume that the Embassy will have the capability to accept EFTPOS payments. Nope. They do not. They accept bank cheques but they would require you to pay more than the NZD 90.00 fee since cashing the cheque will incur fees from the bank. Save yourself the hassle and bring New Zealand dollar notes. Bills. Cash.
5. Organise all your requirements in one envelope or bag
You can save time rummaging through your bag for your documents, right?
Getting to the Philipppine Embassy in Wellington
Depending on where you live you may have to fly or drive to Wellington. Once in Wellington you may have to use the city’s public transportation system, MetLink, or get taxi services. Here are the Philippine Embassy in Wellington’s contact details:
Office Hours (Consular Services): Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Address: 50 Hobson Street, Thorndon, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
TEMPORARY ADDRESS (starting 30 October 2017): Level 1, 95 Thorndon Quay, Thorndon, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
Phone Numbers: +64 4 890 3741; +64 4 890 3742; +64 4 890 3744
Fax Number: +64 4 890 3740
Mobile Phone Number (24/7 Emergency Hotline): +64 22 074 6517
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineEmbassyWellingtonNewZealand
Note: Replace +64 with 0 if calling within New Zealand; drop the area code 04 if calling within Wellington
Renewing the Philippine passport at the Philippine Embassy
Upon entering the building (or house?) you will step into the reception area. To your left is an entryway that would lead you to where the waiting area and the transaction counter are.
Press the bell on the counter to be attended to by a consular officer. Hand the consular officer your requirements and he or she will issue you a receipt. He or she will then ask you to read some guidelines.
You will be called to a room where the consular officer will take your photo, collect your fingerprints, and encode your information to Department of Foreign Affairs’ passport issuing system, and ask you to verify what he or she typed. Correct information if needed, submit the old passport, and you are DONE!
Waiting game for the passport release and delivery
In my experience it took almost three (3) weeks (a day short) before the package arrived in my doorstep. I had read stories on Facebook groups that the waiting period reached more than the estimated release period so I am glad it arrived earlier than it should.
I did not fill out the sender’s details side of the courier bag so they put a sticker with their contact details. I remember when you go to a mobile outreach, they ask you to write it down to save them from printing more stickers, obviously. 🙂
The bag contained both my now-invalidated passport and my new passport.
Hopefully this post has helped you in renewing your passport in Wellington. The process for mobile consular outreach renewals should also be similar, only the venue changes. If you have renewed your passport and you are reading this, I hope you would share your experience in the comment section below. Otherwise, please let me know if you have questions. 😀