A Passport Through A Travel Agency

We had our share of doubts on getting a passport through a travel agency, but the conveniences this option offers still prevailed over our hesitations.

We sought the assistance of Land and Sky Travel Service and paid P1,000 for each passport (regular processing) instead of P500. I have inquired in other travel agencies at the Victoria Plaza Mall, and their rates range from P1,200 to P1,500.

Having gone through the process (see the next entry for a step-by-step account of the process we went through), I would say that these are the main advantages of agency-aided passport applications:

1. No falling in line. The agency’s liaison guided us straight to the receiving area. Others had to fall in line at least 4 times! That would be twice outside the building and twice inside the receiving area. The first is to get an application form while the second is to get a priority number after you have filled out the form. The third is to have your documents checked and fourth, to pay for the passport fees.

2. Less waiting. We overheard the lady behind us that she was there since morning. My husband and I, on the other hand, went in at 2 PM and left at 3:30PM. We could have finished earlier, but I had to repeat the thumb marking process since my marks were too dark.

3. One time visit to DFA. The agency facilitates the collection of their clients’ passports from DFA, once issued. The agency just gave us a call to inform that the passports are ready for pick-up at any time of our convenience. That’s the main reason we chose an agency located in SM City, which is the nearest mall from our place.

4. Someone checks your documents before you excuse yourself from work to make a personal appearance in DFA. You don’t need to go through 3 queues before someone tells you that your documents are not complete or not admissible.

Now, if you ask me if the convenience was worth the extra P500, I would say that it definitely is. 😉

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Check the article DFA: Delays For All by Dindin Velasco of the Sun Star Davao. She made a recount of her own experience in getting a passport. Actually, hers was a renewal, but the process she described was very similar. Her article was dated April 14, 2008. We applied for our passports last month (July 2008) and received them last week.

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37 comments

  1. Ano requirements for passport application? Thanks!

  2. Hi, Janeth! Thanks for visiting our site.

    Different ang requirements depende sa circumstances (first time applicant, renewal, married women, minors, Muslims, etc). Better check the list from DFA through this link.

    You can also ask for a list of requirements from accredited travel agencies.

  3. The United States dollar is continuously not doing well. It is value has gone down under the Pound yet again, for the fifth month in a row. Maybe we ought to do a little something about that…

  4. Nagproprocess din ba kayo ng passport from bacoor, cavite? ilang days po ang processing?

  5. same requirements ba kung sa accredited travel agencies mo apply??

  6. ok,na po ba ang form-137 galing dep-ed,nso my single and nso married contract,philhealth,postal id, hope u respnds thank you………..

  7. Hi tita riggle. Check this DFA link for a complete list of requirements: http://passport.com.ph/requirements

  8. ilang days po ba marelease ang passport? yung pangmadalian po. tnx

    • Hi, nimrod. DFA has 2 processing options:

      Regular Processing: Php 950.00 (15 working days)
      Rush Processing: Php 1,200.00 (7 working days)

      It’s probably best to add a few days allowance in case of unavoidable delays.

      • Lhea A. Macalisang

        Please i need your assistance also to have my passport. Kindly email me amd update me in every documents needed. Thank you.

  9. Charmaine Acacio

    where is this Land and Sky Travel Service located here in Davao City?

  10. Hi, Charmaine. It’s in SM City Davao, 2nd floor.

  11. Hi, can I ask your contact no. pls? thanks…

  12. gud pm po.i send an e-mail message po sa e-mail add you Land and Sky Travel Service.hope to hear from you soon thanks.

  13. Hello po, ask lang po sana ako.. Kasi meron po na po akong passport. Kaso po, kukuha ako ng visa sa feb,so magtatagal ang passport ko sa embassy, tapos may emergency akong puntahan din sa malaysia,mga one week lang,kso wala ako passport kaya kkuha ako ng isa, pwedi po ba yun?? Magiging dalawa na passport ko.. Pwdi po yun? parang may extra akong passport.. Salamat. 🙂

  14. And what po ang requirements if ever po??

  15. hello po,good day’ ask ko lng po sana kung pwede ba i process ung passport sa agency na accrideted ksi kukuha po sana ako nang passport dawala for y daughter ano po req. for me and for my daughter”pls.rply mo sa email ko

  16. Hi!mangutana unta ko unsa ang mga requirements para sa passport para sa ako ug akong anak nga 6 months old,.
    naa nakoy papers like,form 137,NSO,voters affidavit,barangay and police clearance,baptismal certificate,.unya sa akong anak kay birthcertificate ug papel gikan sa clinic,.

    I will wait for your reply,.
    thanks

  17. Hi po, poydi mangayu ug contact # ug pangalan sa inyung license agent pra mgtabang mgprocess sa passport sa akng brother. Thanks po

  18. hello poh,ask lang poh sana ako kung anu ang mga requirements pag mag renew ng passport at pwede poh ba hindi na kilangan ang personal apperance?
    please poh mag reply poh kayo sa email ko
    bakdai25@yahoo.com
    balak ko po kaisng magpa tulong pag renew ng passport q..thanks poh..

  19. hello gooday! nagpaprocess po ba kayo for tourist visa to US?

  20. Hello po, thank you for the quick walk through, this has been really helpful. I’m probably gonna end up using this service the next time I need my passport renewed(do they have the same services for renewing and not just application?)?

    Anyways, just wondering how long the whole process took (from applying to receiving the passport). And how long po for renewal?

    Thanks a lot!

  21. Pls. Send me your address some info mag pa assist ako para as batam renewal and first timer agency number and address where in Davao.

  22. same po ba ang processing time sa manila at davao? ang rush po b s sm davao ay 7 working days din? salamat po

  23. hello…ask ko lang po id naga assist kayo ng visa prossesing ng reentry sa canada?

  24. Hi, good afternoon po! pano po ba mag renew ng passport sa anak she’s 8 yo. at wla po ako sa pinas ano po ba dapat kung gawin or process na papel na paral pumayag po kayo na lola nya ang pede kumuha ng renewal nya?

  25. good pm po,,,followup po ako sa renew ng passport ko nung Jan.19’2015….dapat release na po nung March 10 2015.CHA-CHA L. DETROS

  26. hi po kukuha po aq ng passport ngayong december magkano po ba kung sa traveler agency ? 2 valid id bah kailangan? paki reply po sa email ko thx po

  27. Hi ask ko lnq if pwd naba nii aqng mga req. For passport..
    PHILHEALHT ID
    TOR
    DIPLOMA
    MDR
    OLD OPL.CLEARANCE,CEDULA,STUDENT PERMIT
    Voters cert.
    Nso
    Pls reply sa akung gmail..

  28. fidel ballesteros

    hello where exactly in victoria plaza?

  29. Naga process parin po buh kayo ng passport

  30. Marilou Vallecer

    hello, mag paprocess sana ako ng renewal of passport. this is my number 09568409423. thank u

  31. Hi goodnoon. Kukuha sana ako passport expire na kaso nawala ung passport ko.. Gusto ko sana sa inyu ko na lang ipaubaya.. Anung Requirements kukunin ko..

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