DFA: Not true green passports valid only until end 2009


Posted at Feb 05 2009 05:36 PM | Updated as of Feb 10 2009 05:23 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday announced that green passports are valid until their expiration date.

“The Office of the Consular Affairs of the DFA wishes to inform the international community to honor the validity of all machine-readable ready passports (green passports) until its expiration date,” said DFA spokesman Bayani Mangibin in a text message to abs-cbnNEWS.com.

Ambassador Mangibin made the clarification following an advisory allegedly issued by the DFA’s travel agency section. The advisory is circulating among overseas Filipinos.

In the advisory, it says that effective January 2010, green colored passports will no longer be accepted.

It continued with a list of new requirements for the application and renewal of the Philippine passports.

“All green passports are valid until their expiration date,” Mangibin said.