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Applying for a passport or identity card if you live in the Philippines

If you want to apply for a Dutch passport or ID card and you live in the Philippines, follow this step-by-step plan.

Attention: If you are only applying for a passport or ID card in order to keep your Dutch nationality, you can apply for a Dutch nationality certificate instead. This saves time and money.

Step 1: Create your personal checklist

Creating a personal checklist will show you what documents you need in order to apply for a passport or ID card. Create a separate checklist for each application. This means one for you and one for your child, for instance.

When you have created your checklist, go to step 2.

Step 2: Check the additional requirements

Your personal checklist (see step 1) will show you that you also need documents from the Philippines in order to apply for a Dutch passport or ID card.  You can also see whether your documents need to be legalised and translated.

Step 3: Make an appointment

Once you know which documents you need, you can make an appointment in the Philippines or the Netherlands. Make a separate appointment for every application you wish to submit.

Step 4: Go to your appointment

You must submit your passport or ID card application in person. Even applicants under 18 must appear in person.

Step 5: Collect your passport or ID card or have it sent to you

It usually takes 4 weeks until your passport or ID card is ready. You will be contacted if there are documents missing from your application. In this case, it will take longer than 4 weeks until your passport or ID card is ready. You must collect your new passport or ID card within three months; after three months it will be destroyed.

Travelling abroad from the Philippines

If you plan on travelling to another country from the Philippines, you will need an Emigration Clearance Certificate. Even people under 18 require this.

You can apply for one as soon as you have your new Dutch passport. To apply, contact the Philippines Bureau of Immigration. It takes at least 2 weeks before your certificate is ready.

Contact

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.