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Philippines' Non-machine-readable passports (Green) still valid until expiry date.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

There's an email circulating around the net stating that Philippines' old green passports will no longer be honored starting January 2010. Please be informed that such claim is not true.

Filipinos can still use their old green or maroon non-machine-readable passports for foreign travel until their expiry.

This was clarified by Philippine Vice Consul to Dubai Edwin Mendoza in an interview with Khaleej Times after receiving queries from members of the Filipino community whose old green passports are valid beyond April 1, 2010.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), of which the Philippines is a member, has mandated its member countries to issue at least Machine-Readable Passports (MRP) by April 2010.[source]

Please note, however, that most if you are applying for Visa to travel abroad, you may be required to submit a Machine Readable Passport and your old green passport will no longer be accepted.

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