MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has launched a new system for the online processing of passport and courtesy lane applications.
The DFA Office of the Consular Affairs said the Online Passport Application System (OPAS) and the Courtesy Lane Online Appointment System (CL-OAS) is now open to facilitate ePassport applications submitted through the courtesy lane facility at the DFA Aseana and its consular offices.
The DFA said the launching of new systems is in line with the physical distancing measures being implemented amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
It added that this initiative will also ensure a faster and more efficient process for the applicants, especially overseas Filipino workers and senior citizens.
“The system reduces the time spent on site by courtesy lane applicants and allows a more streamlined transaction,” the DFA said.
The CL-OAS will also allow cashless transactions and enable courtesy lane clients to pay for passport fees and book a slot in advance.
For those who are not eligible to use the courtesy lane facility, the DFA said they may still use the regular ePassport appointment system through passport.gov.ph.
The requirements for courtesy lane eligibility, may be viewed here.
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