The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh announces that its website now features a searchable database of passports ready for release. The new system was launched on August 6, and replaced the old periodic lists posted on the website where Filipinos had to search in every list to find out if their passports have reached Riyadh.
The Embassy has been working on this database which was launched as part of its existing website to further improve its services and make it easier for those waiting for the release of their new passports.
In the meantime, the Embassy reiterates its earlier advisory that passports which remain unclaimed for six months or more from the date of issuance will be cancelled in compliance with Department Order No. 37-03.
Filipinos who have not claimed their passports issued in the past six months or more may call 01-482-3818 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who need to renew their passports are advised to obtain an appointment from the online system on the website www.philembassy-riyadh.org. The online system requires a valid email address to send the confirmation of the appointment. Filipinos may choose the date and time of their appointment, as available on the website. Applicants should bring the printout of the confirmation, their original passport, a copy of the passport information page, an accomplished application form, and the passport fee of SR240 for renewal.
The appointment system greatly reduces the waiting time at the Embassy. Appointments through SMS are no longer available since they have been suspended on June 1, 2012 (Press Release 080-2012 dated May 22, 2012).
Filipinos are also advised that the Embassy, in compliance with instructions, shall no longer extend the machine ready readable passport (green). As the process of obtaining an e-passport may take up to 30 days, Filipinos who need a passport should plan ahead and apply in advance to avoid inconveniences.