The Manila Economic and Cultural (MECO) oversees the processing of Philippine passport renewal and other consular services since the Philippine Embassy in Taiwan stopped its operation.
Filipinos can avail the consular services (including passport renewal) in different locations of MECO: Taipei (main offfice), Taichung, and Kaohsiung.
The Philippine passport should be renew at least 6 months before the expiration date. Visas will not be issued to applicants with passports that will expire in less than 6 months.
Steps on How to Renew the Philippine Passport in Taiwan
Step 1: Visit any of the MECO offices; personal appearance is a must. Filipino parent should accompany their child (minor passport applicant, under 18) during the application.
Step 2: Bring the required documents for the Philippine passport renewal.
- Accomplished e-Passport application form (pick up at MECO)
- Original Philippine passport
- Photocopy of the passport pages 2, 3, 4, 44 and the page with the latest Taiwanese visa and entry stamp should be made
- Original and a photocopy of the Taiwan Alien Resident Certificate (ARC)
- Photocopy and original of the NSO Birth Certificate in security paper (SECPA)
Check the additional requirements for different types of applicants:
- Holders of brown, green, e-Passport, or Machine Readable Passport (MRP)
- Change of surname (married women)
- Reverting to maiden name
- Dual citizen
- Muslim applicant
- Applicant with expired passport
The applicant with expired passport and wants to renew the passport should contact the Passport Officer to find out what are the necessary documents required for the passport renewal. Be ready to explain how the expired passport wasn’t renew on time.
Step 3: Pay the passport processing fee of NTD 2,000.00 (renewal of valid passport).
Step 4: Check online the status of the passport application. The processing time is 1- 3 months.
Step 5: Claim the e-Passport at the Philippine Embassy.
The passport applicant can pick up the passport or authorize a third party. For minor applicant, only the parent or guardian can claim the child’s passport. Take note of the requirement for the releasing of passport.
Passport Claim by Authorized Person: The passport applicant should provide an authorization letter before leaving MECO premises and attached the same to the Enrollment Certificate of the Applicant. The authorized person should present an ID.
Passport Claim by Parent/Guardian: The parent or guardian should present a notarized Special Power of Attorney executed by either parents who also signed the passport application form on behalf of the minor applicant.
Passport (Application and Releasing) Schedule
Monday to Thursday
9:00 am – 11:30 am
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Friday, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
1st and 3rd Sunday (no lunch), 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Monday to Thursday
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
MECO Consular Services
The Consular Section of MECO provides consular services other than the renewal of Philippine passport.
- Single Entry Individual Visa
- Multiple Entry Individual Visa
- Single Entry Group Visa
- Secondary Visa
- New / Renewal of Philippine passport
- Amendment (change of name due to marriage, divorce or death)
- Dual Citizenship
- Reacquisition of Filipino Citizenship
- Authentication / Acknowledgement
- Seen and Verified / Certified True Copy
- Certificate of Residency for Travel Tax Exemption
Assistance to Nationals
- Taiwan Police Clearance
- Repatriation and Legal Assistance
- Repatriation of Remains of a Filipino National
- Overseas Voting
Additional Resource: MECO’s Website and Facebook Page
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