EXTENSION AND REVALIDATION OF PASSPORTS IN VIEW OF THE DELAY IN THE RELEASE OF NEW PASSPORTSThe Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila is experiencing some disruptions in e-Passport operations due to technical problems in the system. The DFA is anticipating delays in the printing and release of e-Passports to applicants. To ensure uninterrupted services to the public, especially those who have urgent need to travel, the Philippine Embassy will either: a) extend the validity of unexpired passports for a period of one (1) year; or b) revalidate expired passports for a one (1) year period. Requests for passport extension or revalidation for more than one (1) year may be considered on a case-by-case basis. The revalidation or extension option shall be granted only to Machine Readable Passports (MRP or “maroon passports”) and e-Passports (with computer chip logo). Unexpired Machine Ready Readable Passports (MRRP or “green passports”) shall be granted extension with validity only up to 30 October 2015. Expired MRRPs and earlier “brown passports” shall not be granted the revalidation option. These temporary measures, which will be provided by the Embassy for a fee (IDR 260,000.00), shall continue until the normalization of passport production in DFA. Passport holders who will avail of the passport extension/revalidation are advised to have their current passports renewed first prior to having these extended or revalidated.The Embassy has requested the Indonesian immigration authorities to give due consideration to Filipinos who are applying for Indonesian visa using a revalidated/extended passport, and accept Filipino travelers holding a revalidated/extended passport in the ports of entry of Indonesia.