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Old 15th February 2019, 01:03 AM
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Bringing this thread up top again. My passport expires 23 March 2019.

Completed the online application and printed it out. Went to BDO to get USD bank draft. Refused, said I had to have a dollar account with them. Went to PBI, refused again with no account with them. They will not convert Peso to Dollar so I can open an account. Had to take USD from my emergency funds to open a dollar account. Then I could be issued a Bank Draft. All set. Tried to call the number for Air21, recording says call can't be completed. Checked online, found pickup could be scheduled online, sounds good only to find out they do not schedule pickup in Iloilo. Check google and see that Air21 has location in Giasano Mall in Jaro. Drive to Giasano Mall and search only to find that office had closed some time back. Come home, planning to send by LBC the next day. Asawa mentions there may be a shipping place a couple kilometers up Guzman street that has a name kind of like Air21 or something like that(she is not sure of the name, but she sent some stuff to her son in Manila some time back). Go up and down Guzman St. stopping and asking at 8 different places, some help - some not. Finally stumble on to it and it is actually a Air21 and they have done this before for other expats. So the renewal for my passport is finally on the way to Manila.

What an exercise in frustration. Getting to old for this kind of BS.

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Fred it sounds like it would just be as easy to to to Manila and bypass all of this hassle. The State Department seems to like Expats jumping through hoops to get anything done. When my passport comes due I'll just make the trip to Manila. You are right it's not worth it to go through all this BS being forced on us by our own Country.

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Bringing this thread up top again. My passport expires 23 March 2019.

Completed the online application and printed it out. Went to BDO to get USD bank draft. Refused, said I had to have a dollar account with them. Went to PBI, refused again with no account with them. They will not convert Peso to Dollar so I can open an account. Had to take USD from my emergency funds to open a dollar account. Then I could be issued a Bank Draft. All set. Tried to call the number for Air21, recording says call can't be completed. Checked online, found pickup could be scheduled online, sounds good only to find out they do not schedule pickup in Iloilo. Check google and see that Air21 has location in Giasano Mall in Jaro. Drive to Giasano Mall and search only to find that office had closed some time back. Come home, planning to send by LBC the next day. Asawa mentions there may be a shipping place a couple kilometers up Guzman street that has a name kind of like Air21 or something like that(she is not sure of the name, but she sent some stuff to her son in Manila some time back). Go up and down Guzman St. stopping and asking at 8 different places, some help - some not. Finally stumble on to it and it is actually a Air21 and they have done this before for other expats. So the renewal for my passport is finally on the way to Manila.

What an exercise in frustration. Getting to old for this kind of BS.

Fred
Fred, these local Air21 spots aren't really set up well or not staffed these guys are out delivering but I guess you could set it up online but I'd use the number from the US Embassy 02) 879-4747 there have been some number changes recently in the Manila area and I think if you are dialing from Globe you add a 7 or if you dial from PLDT add an 8 at the beginning of each 7 digit number. Example Globe 02 7879-4747 or PLDT 02-8879-4747, this is going into effect no later than March but I heard it already started but double check with your provider.

Each bank in question was given a letter to comply with the bank draft request so you'd want to talk with a manager or try another bank https://ph.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen...dity-passport/ When I got my bank draft the bank manager had the letter but they sure pushed me before that to open a dollar account, I told them I already had a dollar account with another bank.

Always a challenge here for sure. Late note, it does say you can use other courier services to the US Embassy but I'd get some form of tracking.

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Bad news Fred. The embassy outreach for Iloilo & Bacolod are scheduled for mid-May. Bummer. I did mine at an outreach and it was fast & easy. Plus you can pay in pesos.

March? I would have sent it off 2 months ago!

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Tim, The website says 2 -3 weeks so I'm hoping a bit over a month is enough time. Should be no problem even if delivered back to me after the march date as I just keep it in my desk anyway and only pull it out if I have to deal with Phil BI.

Mark, Yeah, I know that I could have forced the issue at the BDO or PBI but it seems that one finally just gets so tired of dealing with stupid people that you just go along with their deranged thinking just to get something accomplished. As far as the phone #, all I got was a recording "this call cannot be completed". The local Air21 I found close to me had 4 people in the office and I questioned about dealing with expats & the embassy, the lady seemed knowledgeable about what I needed done and that they had done it before for other expats so at least I feel confidant they will get it done for me.

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Fred it sounds like it would just be as easy to to to Manila and bypass all of this hassle. The State Department seems to like Expats jumping through hoops to get anything done. When my passport comes due I'll just make the trip to Manila. You are right it's not worth it to go through all this BS being forced on us by our own Country.
Will do most anything I can to avoid going to Manila.

The good part of this whole thing is that it is a ten year repeat activity.

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Yeah Fred I dropped mine off at the Embassy outreach, and they mailed it from Iloilo-Manila-US-Manila-my house. Total time was 3 weeks. I was just glad to be able to pay cash, and pesos. Made it easy for me.

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hey M.C.A.

Do you really think it is wise to send your passport through the mail? What would happen if it got lost? I think I would hand deliver it. I know it is more costly and farther to travel. I am just concerned mailing my passport.

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Do you really think it is wise to send your passport through the mail? What would happen if it got lost? I think I would hand deliver it. I know it is more costly and farther to travel. I am just concerned mailing my passport.

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Art I didn't' want to go through the process of setting up an appointment and then having to travel all the to Manila it costly for me and for me a waste of money and I don't plan on traveling any more outside the Philippines either but a current passport is still required even on our annual check-ins in order to remain here, I was a little worried but relieved it all went well you can use another delivery service.

Also, the US Embassy prefers you send it to them and not by appointment and they process and get it back to you, and the courier service for the US Embassy is Air21 so they have an office at the US Embassy, I used Air21 the number given for the US Embassy only and it was quick, they spoke English, they answered the phone quickly got my address gave me a tracking number and told me when the driver would pick it up I think the wait was two days, driver shows up had me sign in duplicate the documents he picked up and he placed my passport/documents in a plastic shipping bag.

I waited about 3 weeks and called the US Embassy wondering how my passport was doing and they said it was done and just sitting on their desk Lol... Dang! So the US Embassy representative said he would give it to Air21 and it will be delivered in two days, Air21 gave me my new tracking number and it was delivered in two days and it was the same driver the cost for this service was 150 pesos.

But hey if you got the money and want to spend time in Manila then it's just a vacation in Manila but then again I guess you'd have to go back to pick up your passport it takes from 2 - 3 weeks they have an express option but I didn't want to add an additional $50 for that.

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Do you really think it is wise to send your passport through the mail? What would happen if it got lost? I think I would hand deliver it. I know it is more costly and farther to travel. I am just concerned mailing my passport.

Art
The U.S. Embassy has an exclusive deal with Air 21 and they did very well on a few transactions I had, including passport renewal.

If you visit an outreach, for many transactions the embassy uses Air 21 to send the documents from the outreach back to the embassy. Otherwise they would have to haul many, many folders / boxes around with them, without accountability. Air 21 individually pouches them up and gives you the receipt so that there is accountability.
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hey M.C.A.

Do you really think it is wise to send your passport through the mail? What would happen if it got lost? I think I would hand deliver it. I know it is more costly and farther to travel. I am just concerned mailing my passport.

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The passports are processed in the US - they get mailed no matter what.

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