Renewing Your Philippine Passport in Germany

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The Philippine Embassy in Germany is located in Berlin. The exact location is Kurfürstendamm 194, 10707 Berlin, Germany. We’ve been there twice: when I applied for the renewal of my passport and when getting it. I could have let them sent it via mail, but I wanted to see Berlin again.

If you didn’t know, you can extend your passport either in Berlin, Brussels, Berne, or Vienna, depending on where you are located here in Germany.

If you live in southern Germany, you have the option to renew your Philippine passport at the Philippine Embassies in Berne, Switzerland or Vienna, Austria. If you are living in western Germany, you can renew your passport at the Philippine Embassy in Brussels, Belgium. Just a note that if you prefer to renew your passport in the aforementioned embassies, you need to make an appointment first.

I renewed mine in Berlin though I live in the western part of Germany as my husband and I also wanted to see Berlin as mentioned earlier. We roamed around the city right after submitting the application. It didn’t take long as there were only 2 to 3 other applicants when we were there.

In Berlin, you do not need to set an appointment. You can be entertained between 9 am and 1 pm. If you come from Bayern, Baden-Wüttemberg, Hessen, North-Rhine Westfalen, Rhineland-Palatinate, or Saarland, you will be accommodated also in the afternoon starting at 2 pm.

Here are the requirements for a simple renewal (this is without the need to change your surname due to marriage, widowhood, or adoption):

  1. Personal appearance.  It is a must due to your biometric data which include the thumbprints, photograph, and signature as they have to capture them electronically in the Embassy. Passport quality photos are not required anymore. You can bring two ordinary photos just for registration purposes.
  2. Duly accomplished passport application form
  3. Current passport (the one that you need to renew)
  4. Photocopies of the data page and valid data page (if there is) of the passport
  5. Passport fee of €54.00 in cash. This is regardless if the old passport is due to expire or already expired.

In case you need a change of surname, you need to provide the following in addition to the above:

  • Report of Marriage if you got married in Germany; or
  • Marrige Contract and Birth Certificate issued by the NSO and authenticated by the DFA if you got married in the Philippines

In case you are a first-time applicant, you need to include your Report of Birth.

You have the option to pick up your new passport or to let them mail it to you. If you prefer the latter, you need to include a self-addressed return envelope with €3.95 in stamps for registered mail.

During the application, you can let them punch holes in the cover of your passport. This is only when you have no plans to travel outside the country while waiting for the new one.

In case there are no holes yet, you need to send the passport to the embassy so that they can punch holes. It will be returned to you via mail together with the new one.

Please note that your new passport is ready around 7 weeks after the application. You will receive an email from the embassy informing that the passport is ready.

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