I renewed my passport about 7.5 months prior to expiration on the 4th of Feb 2014. So that meant that I will be able to get my passport on the 16th of August. The 6-month expiration window starts on the 4th of Aug. I never really bothered after finishing the renewal application because I didn’t have any plans to go out of Singapore. But the bf told me we were going for holiday to Genting on 8th of August. So after paying for all the coach ticket and hotel accommodation, I then remembered that my passport would be invalid on the time of the holiday. I quickly sent an email to the Philippine Embassy here in Singapore about my situation and the possibility of getting my renewed passport earlier than scheduled and they suggested that I just applied for Passport Extension.
It was fairly easy to apply for extension given that I already renewed my passport. The lady I talked to on the phone said that I should just bring my passport and the collection slip of my new passport and go straight to the embassy (no need to have an appointment). At the entrance they will direct you to window 8 (same window for Passport Application) and they will give you the application form for extension. Make sure to have a photocopy of the Passport particulars page and the collection slip and attach it with the extension application form (photocopying services is available inside the embassy). Then after returning the form, just pay the fee of S34 and give all the related documents (passport/collection slip photocopy and extension application form) to Window 11 where they will ask you to wait for a while. At first I thought that I would have to leave my passport and just return after two working days to get it back (information I got from the embassy website), but after waiting for about 15 minutes they returned my passport with the extension stamp on the front. The standard extension will be for 2 years but since I applied under the pretense of having already renewed my passport then they just reminded me to collect the new one on the day of collection. However, as for other situations such as the need to travel abroad ASAP, they will still require you to apply for renewal first before applying for extension. Other information are available at the Philippine Embassy in Singapore website, or call them at +65.9715 9293.
A nice lady commented on this post to narrate her experience in extending her Passport. While i’ve mentioned that no appointment is required in passport extension, she said that even though she called in to ask the embassy and they confirmed that she only needs to bring her passport renewal documents and her passport, when she went there they were asking for her appointment. Apparently, those who wish to apply for passport extension needs to make an appointment by email (which wasn’t indicated in the Embassy Website). I will update my post with the email address as soon as possible.
The following is an excerpt from the Embassy website regarding Passport Extension Application (link here):
Extension of Passport validity for Pass renewal and travel
The Embassy can extend the validity of a Philippine passport if the passport holder must make a Pass renewal or make an overseas travel in the immediate future, which cannot be delayed until the time a new passport can be applied for and is delivered.
However, the Embassy will extend a passport’s validity on the condition that the passport holder has made and done the passport renewal at the Embassy.
Requests for passport validity extension can be made to Passport Section with an email titled “Request for passport validity extension” to firstname.lastname@example.org.