We have already booked our tickets for our trip to Seoul next month. This is unexpected so we were not able to renew our passports earlier.
Although we have already confirmed appointment on June 23rd, I don’t think our passports will be available before July. I have a multiple entry Korean visa but my daughter doesn’t have yet so we need to accomplish everything to ensure that everything is settled before our upcoming trip.
Good thing DFA has this courtesy lane for government employees and their beneficiaries, children under 7 years old, pwd, pregnant, and senior citizens. We called DFA Aseana to confirm if I can also avail when I’m with my 7 year old daughter and they said ‘yes’.
Come weekend, we made sure that our documents are complete as we try our luck on Monday.
So today is the day and currently still waiting in line to be accommodated. We went to the second floor of DFA Aseana to submit our accomplished forms, person from the front desk advised us to wait until they call our names. We waited for atleast 20minutes then they gave us numbers and asked us to wait outside.
It has been three hours already since we arrived and everyone is already frustrated. We are still waiting for 15 more people before our number be called. Our line is only for its first step which is processing.. imagine how many hours more do we need to endure!
- Photo copy of the front page of old passport
- Photocopy of NSO birth certificate
- Old Passport if you are for renewal
- Filled application form
Payment is a bit fast as we were able to settle in just 5 minutes. We paid 1,200 each to expedite the release of our passport and opted for pick up.
Then we waited an hour or more for the last step which is data processing and capturing of photo.
They will get the receipts and will ask for your right and left index and thumbmark as well as signature. We look already so exhausted when they took our photo so I will remember this nightmare for 5 years since our passports’ validity is 5 years.
They asked me to review and ensure that all our data is correct and asked me to sign as an agreement that I would need to shoulder any additional expenses if there are errors in our passports. Then finally they gave back our old passports, receipts and told us to claim our passports June 15th!
We left DFA Aseana at 4pm! 7 loooong hours to renew our passports! But I am still happy that we are more certain that we will make it to Korea 😉
Although I still do hope that they do something about this. No one would like to spend the entire day renewing their passports!