Green Philippine passports valid until April 2010 only?



And we thought the green Philippine passport is valid until its expiration date.
In January 2009, we wrote that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that the old, green passports can still be used by Filipinos until the validity date written on the passport.Says the official DFA statement on their website:
All green passports (non-machine readable passports) will be valid until the stated date of expiry.
But a news report on GMANews.tv about Philippine ePassports said manually scripted passports (i.e., the green passports) are valid only until April 2010.
Says the GMA News article:
[The DFA] clarified that machine-readable passports will remain valid until their expiration date. On the other hand, manually scripted passports will no longer be recognized starting April 10, 2010.
Which is which?
I hope the DFA issues a final statement regarding this. My green passport will expire in August 2011 and if this passport will no longer be valid by next year, then I should get a new one ASAP.
Update (January 2014): Green, Maroon MRP Philippine passports valid only until 2015

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22 thoughts on “Green Philippine passports valid until April 2010 only?”

  1. This is old news and yes Green passport will be valid only till 2010. I had mine renewed the other year even though it was gonna expire 2012.
    I suggest to those who plan to travel change their passport to the new (brown) one ASAP. Besides, it is really faster when you queue to those immigration officers. They don’t have to manually check your details. The new passport can be machine “read”.

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  2. the canadian embassy in Manila mailed a letter form my daughter ( 10 yrs old) to mailed to them her passport ( which happen to be a green passport and valid till 2012) for the issuance of her Visa in Canada (I sponsored her) it say’s in the letter that it is much easier to facilitate if we’re going send them a maroon passport ( but I thought it’s for all those who renew their passport and their validity is about to expired)that’s why my sister in law ( her guardian in the Phils) sent the requirements including the green passport to the Canadian embassy- Manila, now, my question is, is there any problem once the Visa issue in the green passport when she will flying here in canada soon? or is’t possible if when they issue visa in the green passport then we will going to renew ( for maroon passport)it before she fly here and attached the old ( green) which have a visa will there be a problem for that? can somebody gave me advice what to do..tnx!!

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  3. good day !
    I am scheduled to go to hongkong ( tourist ) this 19th day of may 2010 and my passport is still green but the expiration date is on 2012… I am afraid that my flight will be cancellad due to my green passport..
    some says that it is still pwede in asian countries..
    can I still use it on may 19,2010 ?

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  4. mga kab’s parehas tayo ng sitwasyon… nakakalito nga ang mga balita. ito pa mas nagpapalito… tingnan nyo ba to…

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  5. hello guys, confirmed ko nang ok pa ang green passport na handwritten ang text. I just got back from hong kong/macau kahapon. well, as far as hong kong/macau is concerned ok pa. ang passports natin.
    So para sa mga may flights na darating at hindi pa nakakapagparenew, ok pa rin ang mga passports natin hanggang sa expiry nya. Pero kung wala naman kayong flights na darating, I suggest you renew your passports na rin para makaiwas sa hassle in the future. Kahit 2012 pa ang expiry ng passport ko, magpapa e-pass na din ako hopefully this month.

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  6. hi guys, anyone who’ve just been to the US with green passports? was there a problem entering the US with green passport.

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  7. Klaro ko lang po ang issue about Philippine Passport… pero gusto ko muna malaman nyo na currently we have 3 kinds of passport… first ang green passport… , second ang MRP or know as machine readable passport at lastly ang electronic passport (e-passport) or tawag nila dun is biometric passport.
    Kung ang green passport mo ay valid pa (meaning hinde pa expired) puede nyo pa po ito magamit palabas ng bansa! valid pa po ito.. pero pag dating nyo po ng ibang bansa possibleng tanungin kayo or warning ang pasport holder na magpalit agad due to nearest expiration date.. (6 months before expiration usually dapat bago kayo payagan mag travel)
    Clear na po ba?
    Ngayon for additional info:
    Kung nag renew kayo dati… from green… ang possibleng issue sa inyo ay MRP. hinde pa ang e-passport.. dahil kailan lang naging e-passport… parang mid february or mid march lang nag start ang biometric or e-passport. Kung naka pag MRP na kayo , dont tell me na dapat mabago kayo ng e-passport? its not necessary.. kasi 5yrs validity pa po ito… , so kung ang issue nito ay january 2011 pa, sa 2016 pa ang expiration nito. Clear po ba? some province or regional issue ng dfa natin sa pinas… MRP issue pa at hinde E-passport.
    kung may question kayo kindly email me
    binondocenter@yahoo.com

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  8. I am leaving for Macau on november 10 and be back to manila on nov. 12 2010. I am leaving as tourist for 3 days in macau. My philippine green passport will expire on may 22,2011. Can I still be allowed to travel ifmy passport will expire on may 22,2011?

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  9. how about my green passport ill be leaving for US on june 5 but then my passport will expire on dec. 12 . 2011will there be any problem at the imigration

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