Philippine Embassy, Berne

Notices / Announcements

To The Filipino Community in Switzerland             
Appeal for Understanding in the Delay of Passport Releases

The Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines has announced a delay in the processing of ePassport applications as a result of technical concerns and the surge in the demand for the ePassport.

The delay is primarily the result of maintenance work and upgrades on the equipment in the ePassport Personalization Center at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) facility in Quezon City. This also coincided with the seasonal increase in passport applications as Filipinos start making preparations to travel abroad this summer. The Department of Foreign Affairs has been working dosely with the Bangko Sentral to resolve the issue. Until technical concerns are remedied, processing of applications will take around eight weeks from the time applications are received.

The Philippine Embassy in Berne, therefore, hopes passport applicants will understand these temporary difficulties.

Filipinos with expiring passports who cannot forgo their travel may opt to apply for an extension of the validity of their existing passport instead of applying for a new one.

For further inquiries, please contact the Embassy at 031.350.1717
or email info@philembassyberne.ch.

Consular Section
Embassy of the Philippines
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