The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced the recommencing of walk-in passport applications in all of its consular offices nationwide starting March 16 (Wednesday).

However, the department noted that it will only be available to applicants eligible for the passport courtesy lane. 

According to DFA, the relaxing of walk-in applications is in response to the success of the courtesy lane at its Aseana Business Park Office in Parañaque City, which the public showed “great demand” for. 

DFA Undersecretary for Consular Affairs Brigido Dulay said only regular consular offices will have their courtesy lane accessible for walk-ins. Meanwhile, it will be unavailable at temporary off-site passport services (TOPS) since “they’re not built for that.”

“Please don’t line up if you’re not qualified. You’ll be taking valuable time away from those who are. Please,” Dulay reminded. 

The DFA said qualified applicants should be fully vaccinated and be able to present core passport application requirements.

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