QPost aims to deliver Philippine Passports in Qatar

by: xtian001

In: Filipino Community | News | Qatar

18 Aug 2015

If you have ever applied for a Philippine Passport at the Philippine Embassy in Qatar, I’m sure you would have been frustrated at how the process works. Aside from a cramped space and long queue to get your photo taken, you have to make it a point to keep checking and calling the embassy if your passport is already available for pick up.

This is just annoying and I am sure that the Philippine Embassy gets inundated by calls from people just to ask if their passports have already arrived from the Philippines. Mind you, once you have applied for your passport, the usual waiting time, as advised by the Philippine Embassy, is 45 days. Since they took your phone number when you applied, wouldn’t it just be easier for them to send a generic text message to those people whose passports are already available instead of spending time answering the phone, then checking a list?

Then there is the Philippine Embassy Doha Facebook page (DohaPhilEmbassy) where they post an image of a list of names. I actually called the embassy last June to ask for an update regarding our passports which we have applied more than 45 days before. After so many attempts without my call being answered, someone must have been irritated with all the ringing and answered my call. He immediately referred me to check their Facebook page after asking for an update regarding our passports. I wanted to know if he would still help me if I told him I don’t have access to Facebook (as other people who applied would not have access as well) and so I lied. I told him I don’t use Facebook. I was glad that he asked for my name and checked his list, only to confirm that the passports have not arrived yet.

Claiming the passport in the Philippine Embassy is another issue for most Filipinos. The embassy opens Sundays to Thursdays, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm and releases passports till 4:00 P.M. Just looking at that schedule is an issue. They very well know that these are the usual working hours in Qatar and some find it difficult to get approval from their bosses to leave their work to get their passport. Those who don’t have cars have to pay at least 50QR to a taxi service to get them to and fro the Philippine Embassy in Jelaiah Area.

Hopefully, my ranting above is already moot. It has been announced that QPost will now provide courier service to deliver passports to Filipinos in Qatar. The delivery system will make it convenient for Filipinos to get hold of their passports and lessen footprint traffic in our Embassy. I am not sure yet if this is already being implemented but delivery should cost an extra QR25. A bit high but if it saves you the time and effort of going to the Embassy and then it should be worth it. What do you think?

St. No. 860, Zone 68,
Jelaiah AreaDoha,
State of Qatar
P.O. Box No. 24900

(+974) 4483 1585
Consular Section
Ext 23 (Visa)
Ext 26, 38 (Passport)
Ext 29 (Processing)
Ext 35 (Releasing)
Ext 37 (Marriage, Birth, Death,Travel Document, NBI)

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