Show up for passport appointment or free up slots for others, Filipinos in UAE told

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Show up for passport appointment or free up slots for others, Filipinos in UAE told

 

DUBAI – Filipino expatriates who book appointments to renew their passport but don’t show up on their appointment date are slowing down the consulate’s efforts to speed up passport processing, according to the Philippine Consulate General – Dubai (PCG Dubai).

To renew their passport, Filipinos in Dubai and the Northern Emirates need to book an appointment online before going to PCG Dubai to begin the process. Slots are limited per day to avoid crowding at the consulate.

In its recent Special Consular Day, while 277 people were able to renew their passport, only 68 percent of those who booked an appointment online showed up, “putting to waste a number of appointment slots that could have been used by those who needed to renew their passport soonest”, according to the PCG Dubai.

The Special Consular Day is held in addition to the special passport processing days that the PCG Dubai conducts one Friday every quarter in Dubai, and to the regular consular missions in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. The PCG also offers consular services on weekends to keep the wait time for passport appointments as short as possible.

Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes reiterated his request for Filipinos to cooperate in addressing the long waiting period for passport renewal appointments, urging applicants to appear personally on their scheduled date and time for passport processing and data capturing.

Cortes also advised those who cannot come on their appointment to cancel their appointment or inform the consulate through email epassportcoord@pcgdubai.ae, a least five days before their schedule.

“This would allow the consulate to cancel the appointment and open the slot for others,” he said. DAJ/Expat Media


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