Tips and tricks to get that elusive passport appointment slot
We see alot of people complaining to Department of Foreign Affairs about appointment slots being always full. In the past few months, DFA has announced that they will be releasing appointments from time to time. As per their page:
If you do not see available online appointment slots, it does not necessarily mean that they have been completely taken up
We decided to stalk the passport website to see if they do release appointments, lo and behold, here’s what we found out!
The 1 minute trick
To set an appointment, access the passport appointment page via mobile phone or laptop on the 59th minute of the hour. This means 9:59pm, 10:59pm, 11:59pm so on and so forth.
Select the branch you would like to set your appointment at, go through each branch until the clock reaches the next hour, ie: 10:00pm, 11:00pm etc etc
Watch video demonstration
This is the magic minute where the appointment slots appear. Quickly go to your branch of choosing, and grab the earliest date you can find. Select the hour and proceed with the appointment.
At this time of writing (July 6, 2018), pre-payment is already required for NCR branches (ASEANA and malls). Please pay for your appointment promptly to avoid losing it.