A travel document is a certification or identifying document containing the description and other personal circumstances of the bearer.

A travel document is issued to a Filipino citizen in lieu of a passport and is only valid for a one-way, direct travel to the Philippines. It is issued only for emergency reasons requiring immediate travel back to the Philippines. Such emergencies include life and death situations, serious illnesses, bereavement of immediate family, and threats to a person’s safety and livelihood.

Travel documents are also issued to Filipinos being sent back to the Philippines (such as in cases of deportation) and to tourists who have lost their passports.

Proof of urgency/emergency needs to be submitted to qualify for a travel document. Examples of proofs of urgency include: medical certificates issued by physicians, death certificates of a loved one in cases of bereavement, and signed letters from the employer.



  • Duly-accomplished travel document application form and affidavit (2nd page), typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink. Both the form (1st page) and affidavit (2nd page) must be notarized if application is sent by mail.
  • Print out/Copy of Valid Airline Ticket with departure date of less than one month from date of applying for a travel document;
  • Expired Philippine Passport
  • Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA, formerly NSO)-issued Birth Certificate on Security Paper, if the passport is lost or the expired passport is a BROWN PASSPORT. This can be obtained online at
  • If the passport was lost, attach an Affidavit of Loss, duly notarized by a local notary public, if the application is sent by mail
  • Four (4) colored photos, 2” x 2”, taken within six months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background. No sleeveless attire. Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  • Processing fee of $30.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash or postal money order made payable to the "Philippine Consulate General". Personal checks and credit cards are NOT accepted.

Travel documents may also be applied through mail by sending all requirements in a self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service.

Note: The Philippine Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service. The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted, and may track their envelopes at the USPS website: