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Validity of passports

Biometric passport

10 years (6 years if applicant is under 24 years old)

Children’s passport

1 year (only valid until child turns 12)

Temporary passport

1 year

Biometric passports

Biometric passport photo as well as two fingerprints will be saved on the chip. This concerns all applicants from the age of 6.

Processing time

Biometric passport

4 to 6 weeks

Biometric passport with express service

2 to 3 weeks

Children’s passport

3 to 5 working days

Temporary passport

3 to 5 working days

The above stated processing time only applies to applications for which all the required documents are submitted in original, the German Embassy is the competent passport authority and neither a document check nor the submission of a name declaration is necessary. If shipping is requested, please anticipate 1 to 2 weeks more.


It is not required to make an appointment for the pick-up of your passport. However, please note that passports can only be collected from Tuesday to Friday (excluding public holidays), between 8am and 9.30am.

If you wish to have your passport sent to an address in the Philippines, kindly note the following:

The Embassy hands over the passports to the external service provider VFS, which sends them via LBC. The courier service fee is PHP 300 and has to be transferred to the VFS Services bank account. You will be contacted by VFS once your passport is ready for delivery.

VFS Account Details:

Bank Name: Banco De Oro
Account Number: 005400331468

Bank Name: Union Bank of the Philippines
Account Number: 002230003532

The Embassy points out that it cannot be held responsible in the event of late delivery, damage or loss of the passport during delivery. Shipping is at your own risk!

It is recommended to personally pick-up the passport, since fingerprints are deleted from the system once the biometric passport is issued. Should you later discover that the information in your passport is incorrect, you would have to book a new appointment and go through the application process once again.

Telephone office hours

The passport section is reachable exclusively from Mondays to Thursdays (except on public holidays) between 2pm and 3pm. The contact number is +63 2 8702 3007.

You may also directly send us an email with your concern/s.

Official cancellation of your previous passport

Your previous passport must be cancelled at the latest when the new passport is picked up/sent. The Embassy only invalidates the official and empty pages in your passport. Existing visas will not be cancelled. Afterwards, you may choose to either get your cancelled passport back or leave it in the Embassy for proper disposal.

Administrative district of the Embassy

Philippines, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Palau, Guam and Wake, Northern Mariana Islands

There are two types of passports for children and young people:

  1. Biometric passports: Biometric passports can be issued from birth on. We recommend applying for biometric passports, as the children’s passports are not recognized in all countries outside the EU. Biometric passports for persons under the age of 24 are valid for 6 years and are printed at the Federal Printing Office in Berlin.
  2. Children passports: Children’s passports are simpler (non-biometric) passports and are usually issued within 5 working days. Children’s passports have replaced the green, folded children’s ID cards and are only valid for 1 year, but no longer than to the age of 12. Children’s passports are not accepted for the visa-free entry in the US, for instance.

Information about name law

Please be advised that the family name in a foreign birth certificate is not always recognized for the legal use in Germany.

Information regarding name law can be found here (in German)

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