Filipinos in Doha who want to renew their passports, there is now a new OPTION by going to the PH ePassport Renewal Center (PaRC) located at the BLS International office in Al Shoumoukh Towers. We have listed the details below on how you can renew your PH passport via BLS International so please be guided of the process.
The great thing about this new process is that the BLS office is open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm so you can just book an appointment in order to schedule your appearance at a time that is most accessible for you. As this is a third party service provider, there is a convenience fee of QR 91 for this passport processing.
Note: All Filipinos who want to process a simple renewal of their Philippine passports can process the passport renewal via BLS. If you need to change your name or status, you will have to go through the regular process of passport renewal by going to our Philippine Embassy in Doha.
- Confirmed Passport Appointment
- Passport Application Form duly filled out
- Photocopy of existing ePassport data page
Filipinos who have existing passports that are about to expire and need to renew it. If you have to make any changes to your information (e.g. married women who want to change their surname), then please proceed to the PH Embassy to renew the passport.
- QR 240.00 – passport renewal fee
- QR 91 – Convenience Fee for the passport processing
There may be an additional fee (for delivery) if you request the passport to be delivered to your preferred address – please check with BLS International if such service is available.
How to Renew Philippine Passport via BLS International in Qatar
Step 1: Book an appointment for passport renewal in PaRC BLS International Doha through this link – https://qatar.blsphilippinepassport.com/book_appointment.php
Step 2: During the date and time of appointment, applicant ust bring a printed copy of the application form, and photocopy of their existing passport, and other document requirements.
Step 3: Get a queue number at BLS International office and proceed to the processing area.
Step 4: Present the document requirements.
Step 5: After verifying the documents and identity, applicant needs to pay the relevant fees.
Step 6 : Proceed to the Biometric capturing stage to capture your passport photo and fill out the necessary details in your passport.
Step 7: Wait for the passport to be released (4-6 weeks).
Step 8: Pick up the passport once it is ready.
How to Track the Status of Philippine Passport Application at BLS International
After you have successfully processed the passport during your day of appearance, there is about 4-6 weeks waiting time for DFA Philippines to print it out and send it to Qatar. You can track the status of your passport application by going to the link below:
Track Passport Application – https://qatar.blsphilippinepassport.com/track-application.php
Just enter your reference number of your application as well as your date of birth to know the status.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some common questions and answers that may arise about the new process here in the BLS International office for PH passport renewal:
What is a Philippine ePassport Renewal Center? How is it different from the Philippine Embassy in Doha?
The Philippine ePassport Renewal Center or “PaRC” is a stand-alone facility established by the Department of Foreign Affairs with BLS International, an industry leader in outsourcing and digital technology for government services. It is authorized to accept passport applications from Filipinos holding regular passports and whose applications do not entail a charge in the passport record of the holder While the PaRC is a stand-alone facility, its operations are supervised by the Embassy. This means that the Embassy monitors passports applications lodged with the PaRC and the passports produced go through the Embassy.
This is established by the DFA in response to the President’s directive to make government transactions more accessible and more convenient for Filipino expatriates. The PaRC provides Filipinos with an additional option and location where they could lodge their applications for ePassport renewal. While the PaRC is meant to complement the services provided by the Embassy, Filipino expatriates could still continue to renew their ePassport at the Embassy.
What was the reason for the establishment of the Philippine ePassport renewal center? Does this mean the Embassy no longer accepts renewal of ePassports?
The Department ensures that the employees of BLS International working in the PaRC are properly vetted, subjected to thorough background checks, and are bound by Philippine data privacy and confidentiality rules. Moreover, all personal information and data are processed using only the DFA’s proprietary ePassport System to ensure data privacy and confidentiality.
Aside from the PaRCs that are currently operating in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (in Riyadh and Jeddah) and the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi and Dubai), preparations are also underway for opening of PaRCs in the other countries, such as the United States, Italy, France, and Malaysia as part of the DFA’s efforts to better serve Filipino expatriates.
To ensure that passport applicants at the PaRC would feel at home and would have no difficulty in conversing with its staff, the PaRC is staffed by Filipinos, including the passport application processors and data encoders.
Would my personal information be safe if I renew my ePassport in the PaRC?
The Department ensured that the employees of BLS Intl. working in the PaRC and involve in passport renewals are properly vetted, subjected to thorough background checks, and are bound by the Philippine data privacy and confidentiality rules. Moreover, all personal information are processed using DFA proprietary ePassport System only in order to ensure data privacy and security.
BLS Intl. currently operates passport and visa application center on behalf of many other countries all over the world, including the Philippines and in other parts of the United Arab Emirates. Which proves that these governments have full confidence in the capability of BLS Intl. and its staff of keeping the information of their applicants with strict confidentiality.
To ensure that Philippine ePassport applicants would feel at home and would have no difficulty conversing with its staff. BLS Intl. staffs are all Filipinos, from the processors to the manager.
What fees are to be charged when a Filipino renews his/her ePassport at the PaRC?
The passport fee of 240 QR will be collected during the application process. At the same time a convenience fee of 91 QR will be charges by BLS Intl. for the use of t he PaRC.
Why is the PaRC charging a convenience fee?
While the PaRC acts as an extension of the Embassy when it comes to passport renewals, a cost of establishing, operating and maintaining the PaRC are shouldered by BLS International. Thus, BLS International charges a convenience fee to recoup its expenses and investment in the PaRC.
What are the operating hours of the PaRC?
The PaRC would be open twelve (12) hours a day from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, seven (7) days a week from Sundays to Saturdays, except for the legal holidays of the State of Qatar. These holidays would be circulated by the Embassy and BLS International through their respective websites.
When and Where a Filipino receive his/her new passport?
Passport renewals lodged with the PaRC will also take four (4) to six (6) weeks to process, which is the same as the schedule of passport applications filed with the Embassy. Passports renewed at the PaRC should also be claimed there. On the other hand, those who renewed their passports with the Embassy should claim their passports with the Embassy.
Will I be able to receive my new passport at my preferred address?
This may be possible but BLS Intl. may charge an additional fee for this service
What is the procedure for passport renewal at the PaRC?
- Filipino expatriates who choose to renew their passports at the PaRC should first secure an appointment through the BLS International website and should also prepare his or her application form by accessing the website.
- The applicant should come the the PaRC on his or her scheduled appointment. On the date and time of the appointment, the applicant should bring the printed copy of his or her completed application form and prepare one photocopy each of his or her passport and other required documents.
- Upon arrival at the PaRC, the applicant should get a queue number and then proceed to the processing area.
- Applicants present his/her ePassport and other documents to the processor.
- The processor scans the applicant’s application form. If the processor confirms the identity of the applicant and determines that the passport may be processed at the PaRC, the applicant then pay relevant fees.
- The processor issues a receipt to the applicant and proceeds to the biometric capturing stage.
- The processor will capture the applicant’s photo, scan the application documents, takes the applicant’s fingerprint impressions using the fingerprint scanner and his/her signature on the signature pad.
- Once these are done, the applicant would be requested to review the application summary and also read the terms and conditions of the application process. The applicant would then affix his or her signature on the signature pad for a second time to confirm the acceptance and accuracy of the encoded date.
- The processor would then save the application.
- If the applicant is minor, he or she should be accompanied by a parent and the parent must present proof of filiation, which could be established by presenting documents, such as the child’s birth certificate.
- Once the renewed passport is available, the applicant should visit the PaRC and bring his or her old passport so that the new one could be claimed.
- The releasing officer would then proceed to cancel the applicant’s old passport.
Passport Collection Time: 15:00 to 18:00 hrs
Business Hours: 08:00 to 20:00 (Sunday – Saturday)
Call Center Timings: 08:00 to 18:00 hrs
BLS International – PH Passport Renewal Center
Address: Al Shoumoukh Towers, 17th Floor, Building 58, 231 Suhaib Bin Hamad Street, Zone 23, Doha, Qatar
Telephone Number: +974 40416555
Opening Hours – 8am to 8pm, Sundays to Saturdays (7 days a week), except Qatar legal holidays
Google Map Location
Below is a map guide to the location of Al Shoumoukh Tower, where BLS International office is located for the renewal of Philippine passport in Doha: