Credit, debit card payments for passport applications now accepted – DFA

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – Passport applicants may now opt to pay for their passport transactions through credit and debit card payments, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday.

In an advisory, the DFA said it has tapped PayMaya Philippines Inc. to allow more payment options for the transacting public.

“Passport applicants who secure an online appointment may now choose to pay online through their debit card or credit card,” it said.

Previously, passport applicants who secured an online appointment could only pay for their passport application through over-the-counter payments.

This required leaving their homes and going to the nearest accredited Bayad Center where they could pay for their passport application.

“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,” it added.

The DFA also announced in a separate advisory that applicants who filed an online application may choose to avail of the courier service to reduce exposure to health risks in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The cashless payment system is part of the DFA’s “new normal” procedures to minimize the risk of contracting coronavirus disease.

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