Filipinos in Doha can now renew their passports at the newly-opened BLS International-Philippine Passport Renewal Centre (PaRC), the Philippine embassy in Qatar has announced.
The PaRC, located at Al Shoumoukh Towers, 17th floor, Building 58, 231 Suhaim Bin Hamad Street, Zone 23, in Doha, will serve as another option for the renewal of Filipino expatriates’ passports apart from the embassy at Jelaiah Area.
“The opening of the PaRC will now allow Filipinos to have the option to process the renewal of their passport at the embassy or at the PaRC,” the embassy said in a September 25 circular posted on its Facebook page. “The PaRC will only cater to simple renewal of the passport and not those requiring any changes in the biographic details of the passport holder.”
The embassy said those who want to apply for passport renewal at the PaRC can visit https://qatar.blsphilippinepassport.com/book_appointment.php to book an appointment.
The Centre is open from Sunday to Saturday between 8am-8pm, except during official holidays in Qatar.
The PaRC, on its official website, said that “booking a prior appointment is preferred” for the renewal of passport.
“This is keeping in mind that we maintain proper social distancing to ensure the safety of all customers and to cater to the high demand of renewals,” the PaRC said. “And to ensure availability of time slots, customers are requested to book their appointments well in advance.”
The Centre also issued a number of guidelines such as:
* Carrying e-mail confirmation of the appointment at the scheduled date and time to the Centre to show it to staff attendant/security guard.
* Applicants shall be charged a convenience fee of QR91 per application to be paid to the service provider in addition to the passport renewal fees.
* Completing online application form with all the supporting documents required for the passport renewal before appearing for the scheduled appointment.
* Arriving at Centre 15 minutes prior to the appointment time.
Only applicants will be allowed to centre.
Only one appointment can be booked per passport.
The embassy noted that “Qatar is the third country in the Gulf region, after Saudi Arabia and the UAE, that the Philippine government has opened a PaRC to cater to the needs of the Filipino community”.