You can now pay passport application and delivery fees online using your credit or debit card, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on June 16.
The implementation of digital and cashless transactions is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as social distance and minimized contact with other individuals are encouraged.
Before community quarantine, those applying for a passport could only pay appointment or application fees over the counter, which requires them to go out of their homes and head to a payment center.
“This new system of paying through credit and debit cards offers faster and real-time payment without having to leave the safety of their own homes,” the DFA said in an advisory.
If you want to make your payment over the counter or pick up your passport from a DFA branch, you still can. However, the DFA encourages applicants to pay online and have courier services deliver the passport to prevent the spread of the respiratory disease.
The DFA partnered with online payment portal PayMaya Philippines Inc. that allows for a wider selection of payment options for applicants.