The Philippines passport expiration date has confused many travelers.
Remember: the passport expiration date is different from passport validity period.
(For simplicity “valid until date”= expiration date in this article)
A passport’s validity period determines if a passport can be used for travel purposes or not.
A citizen needs to have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months (before Philippines passport expiration date) to be able to leave the country, according to the Bureau of Immigration.
Look at the 6 months validity period as 180 days (6 months x 30 days) to safely determine whether you can leave the country or not at a specific date.
For example, let’s say your Philippines passport expiration date is September 15, 2020 (Stated as “valid until date” in your passport).
If we count 180 days before September 15, 2020, we can determine that any departure date after March 20, 2020 will not be allowed.
Refer to the following calculation example:
(Sample computation of 6 months validity period)
A departure date of March 20, 2020 will result to a passport validity period of 179 days which is below the minimum of 180 days.
It is highly advised to renew passport one (1) year before expiry date to be safe.
You never know whether an immigration officer will choose a different method of counting the validity period.
You also don’t know when you might need your passport for travel.
It is also important to remember that the 6 months (180 day) rule only applies for Philippine departure.
A destination country might require a different passport validity as an entry requirement. Always check.
Early passport renewal will save you from worrying whether Philippine Immigration will allow departure or if a destination country will allow entry.
Nothing is worse than arriving in your destination country and being refused entry by foreign immigration. You would be forced to book a return flight to the Philippines immediately which will be more costly than normal.
Being aware of your Philippines Passport expiration and validity and renewing early will save you both from worries and unnecessary cost.