HOW TO RENEW YOUR PHILIPPINE PASSPORT AT THE EMBASSY OF THE PHILIPPINES IN BRAZIL
November 4, 2019
I only have one reason in mind for visiting Brasilia, and that was to renew my Philippine Passport. Mine will expire in August 2020, and I don’t want to go home yet to renew it.
PHILIPPINE EMBASSIES IN LATIN AMERICA
There are only four Philippine Embassies in Latin America – Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. Philippine passport renewal in Brazil is the easiest to do because it is visa-free for Filipinos, making it the best option.
The Philippine Embassy in Brazil also holds the jurisdiction of Colombia, Suriname, Guyana, and Venezuela, so if you are a Filipino living in these countries and need any consular help, you either need to wait for a Consular Outreach Mission or go to Brasilia to do it.
PREPARING FOR THE APPLICATION
As I mentioned in my border crossing story in the Amazons, I arrived in Brasilia after an almost 24-hour plane trip from Tabatinga. I dedicated my first day resting and researching the route to take to the embassy. Philippine passport renewal in Brazil is easy. My Brazilian friend from Iguatu, Ceara, already called the embassy before I arrived, and they informed her that I only need to bring my passport for the renewal.
The address and contact details of the Embassy of the Philippines in Brasilia are:
Address: SEN 801 – Asa Norte,
DF CEP: 70800-910-Brazil
Tel: (+55-61) 3224-8694, 3223-5143
Fax: (+55-61) 8230-2397
Hotline No: (+55-61) 9 9389-3042
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
GOING TO THE EMBASSY
The bus system in Brasilia is confusing, but Google maps plotted the bus route for me, so I did not have any problem. The hostel where I reserved my stay is far from the embassy, and the bus schedule was also erratic, so I waited for almost 30mins before the correct one arrived. It is also possible to take Uber to the embassy, but meh! I wanted to see the city too, and I was not in a rush anyways.
The travel time took 30mins, and I descended near the Catedral Metropolitana and walked 15 mins more to the embassy. The building looks modest and neat, and it was surrounded by other embassies as well.
I was anxious that I would not be able to communicate what I need because my Portuguese is not yet that good, but luckily, there were Filipina staffs so I was relieved. I missed speaking Tagalog so much, so I chatted with the Filipina staff, Ms. Tessa, about many things (she even told me where to buy patis and bagoong in the city! OMG!).
IMPORTANT DETAILS REGARDING PASSPORT RELEASE
She also informed me that releasing the passport will take between 4 to 8 weeks, and there is an option to ship it to whichever address in Brazil via courier. Now I don’t trust Brazilian couriers because it took almost a year before my friend in Iguatu, Ceara, received the package I sent from the Philippines, and to this day I have not yet received the parcel she sent me!
I decided to pick it up at the embassy itself. I paid the passport renewal fee of 237 reais. You can also pay using dollars – $60 to be exact, but you will save $3 if you pay with reais based on my calculation. Ms. Tessa then asked me to enter a room, and she got my biometrics. By the way, passports issued after January 2018 will have ten years of validity (Thank you, Mr. President!). She informed me that someone would message me on Whatsapp when everything is ready.
After leaving the embassy, I took the opportunity to tour the city and visit the Asian store that she mentioned to buy some Asian ingredients. Since passport release will take at least a month, I decided to visit my Brazilian friend in Iguatu, Ceara, and wait there.
After arriving in Iguatu after a two-day bus ride and staying there for three weeks, someone from the embassy called me and informed me my new passport is ready. FINALLY!