British Passport Renewals in the Philippines

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Renew a British Passport in the Philippines.

A British passport is renewed when in the Philippines, by lodging an Application in the UK.

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The application can be started at:

Emergency Travel Document

You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

Apply online for an emergency travel document If the person needing the emergency travel document is under 16, a parent or guardian should apply on their behalf.

If you are travelling in more than 3 weeks, check if you can get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

The British Embassy does NOT normally renew passports.

The British Embassy is located at:

120 Upper McKinley Road,
McKinley Hill
Taguig City
Metro Manila 1634

Update 24 May 2022

UK Passport Photos.

The UK government now allows two ways to do a passport photo, but only one is available for people overseas.

These two options can easily confuse people.
They are:
How to get a digital passport photo

  1. Photo with a code
  2. Take a digital photo at home

The first option is only available in the UK, where you use a special E-Photo booth, so you need to ignore that option, and just select “I’ll take or upload a digital photo” and the take a normal photo with your mobile phone.

Digital Photo UK passport

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hello can we renewed my British passport here in the Philippines?thanks for the help

my passport has now expired, ive been trying to get a new one but every apply it says a digital photo and number is required, I’ve been to 6 different photo shops here in bacolod and none of them know what i am talking about, the immigration office here also dont know what this means even when i show them your site,
can you please explain to me ( in idiot form) what i need to do to get it replaced,
many thanks

your post says that a number is to be included with the photo, does this mean a number i make up or what?
if you are not sure what i am talking about then i suggest you read your own site where it clearly says a number of some sort is required,

Go to a photo shop or booth that provides photo codes that can be used in UK passport applications.
The code must be in 3 parts. It will contain letters and numbers.
It’s simple to use in your online passport application.

  1. you’ll have the option to enter the code to access your photo
  2. after entering the code, you’ll see your photo on the screen

As part of the UK passport renewal process, I understand that one needs to send one’s old UK passport to the UK to be cancelled.
Does the British Consulate forward the old passport if we bring it to the consulate?
Otherwise does the consulate have a recommended or an accredited Philippines located courier service we can use?

Can anybody tell me if the 8 weeks waiting time is accurate? as i need it much much faster.

In the absence of an IDPC compliant photographer (there aren’t any in the Philippines) , can one simply have a JPEG passport pic taken and loaded onto a USB and sent with the online application?


Requirements or steps in renewing british passport while youre currently staying in the Philippines?


The Debit Card has different classes. Example : some are limited to ATM use only. Best you check with your card issuing bank. If the card shows “MasterCard” printed over the orange and red logo then it is valid worldwide.

I recently applied and renewed my ‘UK Passport’ online as easily as if I had been in the UK. So different to my Filipino wife’s experience when getting her ‘Filipino Passport’ name changed due to our marriage. I applied and received my new passport delivered by DHL in about 8 days, my wife’s took just over 4 months with several visits to administrative offices both where we live and in Manila at great cost to us. I love the Philippines and the Filipino people but the bureaucracy is a nightmare, there must be hundreds of thousands of Filipino’s who request minor changes to their passport and other official documents every year but when you speak to anyone from their many offices they act as if they have never carried out any of these simply tasks before. So frustrating but whereas I use to get annoyed with my wife countering by saying ‘we aren’t in the UK, this is the Philippines’ I now just sit and wait like a placid beaten down Filipino who accepts it as the norm.


Hi John, I would like to know if I have to provide my dual citizenship certificate when I renew my British passport as well as the Philippine passport? I do hold now both British/Philippine passports and been living in Philippines for nearly two years.

Hi John
I live in the Philippines with my wife of 4 years. I am a permanent resident.I need to get an extra passport due to it is nearly full. I work in Iraq so i can’t send it over. Any advice would be very much appreciated.

Kindest regards

My name is Tara Walker, I have dual citizenship as Filipino and English citizen
(as well as both passports). I have not renewed either passports since I was
around 5 or 6 years old, more than a decade now. I have surpassed the age of 18
and am wondering if this affectS the status of my citizenship in any way? I
was informed before that as I turn of legal age, I am required to choose one
citizenship (but now, I’m not so sure) and so far I haven’t chosen anything
but I dont want this to automatically go to my Filipino passport instead of my
English passport. Please help x

How do l pay for a new passport? I applied for a credit card at my bank but was turned down because of my age (81). I have a VISA debit card which strangely does not appear popular for making purchases. So what alternative methods are there for my payment?

Hello po
I am a British citizen living in the Philippines. I am applying for a new passport on line. The requirements are to send the old passport and an document with proof of residence, ok but when you come to pay for this service where do you send the documents? How? Will the information be shown after payment? I do not want to pay and then have these problems after!!!

Thank you po for your quick reply! Wow!!
There is one more question.
As well as the old passport being required they are asking for proof of address or residency. Recently I traveled to Hong Kong from Manila and upon my return my passport was stamped with a visa for 1 year is that ok / enough??

Thank you Po for your information.


Mr. Alastair Freeland Thompson July 9, 2018 Dear Sir/ Madam How can i renue my pass port. Im Leaving here in the Philippines. My Address Blk. 1 Lot 7 Aquino St. Perez Subd. Brgy. San Isidro. General Santos City 9500 Philippines.

My grandmother UK Passport is less than a year expired.So went to Embassy of UK here in Phils.But the staff informed us that they not longer renew passport here in Philippines we must lodging online.So we went to internet cafe to lodge it but there’s a problem about the Post Code we dont have any idea if what Post Code we’re going to lodge.We try the Post Code of where we live here in Philippines but it cant be we try her address at New York with the post code it cant be also then we try also the Main Philippines Postal cant be also.So Sir/Madam can you help us about my concern if What Post Code should we put to be able to renew her UK Passport.Thanl You

hi your grandmother uk address when she lived in uk will still have a post code if so just find it online under post codes in england on the internet

My Uk passport will expire on the 3rd of August 2018. Can I still travel on June 11,2018

Dear Sir/Madam,

For a red passport renewal can you possibly send me a paper form to renew same in UK? I have no convenient access to a printer at present. My name is Mr PJ Taylor. Address: Block 17, Lot 9, Garnet St. Green Park, Cainta, Rizal, Philippines, 1900
Tel. land line 6475438
Mobile 0905 220 8728

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