The Netherlands is very popular with expats all over the world, including Filipinos. If you are an OFW working or living in the Netherlands, you can head to the Philippine embassy to ask for help whenever you need its services such as passport application, passport renewal, visa application and renewal, recording of birth certificates, recording of death certificates, marriage solemnization, and other similar services. So, if you need any of these, don’t hesitate to go to the embassy. On top of these services, embassies also work with different agencies to protect OFWs. POLO and OWWA are known to OFWs for being the government agencies that assist them.
POLO, also known as the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, has the ultimate goal of protecting the interest and welfare of Filipinos. It has branches all over the world, particularly in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and America. POLO also helps Filipinos who are in legal and emergency situations. You can talk to them in case you need help during those times. Filipinos who don’t have relatives in the Netherlands can rely on POLO in case they don’t have someone to help them.
It is also important that you keep the contacts of the Philippine Embassy and POLO. If you have phones with a “noted” application, you can put the contact information of the embassy on the application so that it can be easily accessed when needed. If you want to jot down the information, you can do so for convenience as well.
In this post, we mentioned every information you need to know about the embassy in the Netherlands, including the services it offers, the questions you might need answers to, tips before you go to the embassy, opening hours, contact numbers, Facebook, location, and a map guide. This may serve as your guide when you go to the embassy of the Philippines in the Netherlands.
History – Philippine Embassy in the Netherlands
The relationship between the Netherlands and the Philippines started in the 17th century. It was when the Spanish outpost in the Philippines was raided by some Dutch warships. Informal trades were also done between the two countries but later on, the trades were formalized and simultaneous to it was the establishment of the consulate in Manila. In May 1960, the Philippines established its embassy in Hague with Queen Juliana as the first Ambassador.
If you want to know the services offered by the Embassy of the Netherlands, here’s the list:
- Consular Outreach Program
- Adult New Applicant
- Adult Renewal Applicant
- Minor New/Renewal Applicant
- Travel Document
- Authenticating Documents Made Simpler by the Apostille
- Civil Registry
- Solemnization of Marriage
- Report of Marriage
- Report of Birth
- Report of Death and/or Consular Mortuary Certificate
- Dual Citizenship
- Waiver of Exclusion Ground
- Certificate of Not the Same Person
- Balikbayan Program
- Schedule of Consular Services and Fees
- Consular Service Fees and Turnaround Time
- List of Other Services
- Transport of Pets
- NBI Clearance
- Renewal of Philippine Driver’s License
- Securing a J1-Waiver
- PH Requirements for Medical Missions
- Departure Formalities
- Philippine Overseas Labor Office
- Issuance of Overseas Employment Certificate
- OWWA Membership Program
- Employment Contract Verification and Authentication
- Implementation of POEA Rules on Direct Hiring
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Services
What are the documents I should bring during my passport renewal?
To renew your passport, you need to prepare the following documents. Make sure that you bring all of these when you go to the embassy.
- Original old or expired passport.
- Complete passport application form.
- Photocopy of your passport’s data page
- Photocopy of your permanent resident card, a record of landing, and work permit.
- Passport processing fee
What are the documents needed when a minor wants to obtain a passport?
Minors are allowed to obtain their passports while living abroad with their parents. If you have a child whom you want to apply for a passport, you need to complete the following requirements. It is also required that the child is with both his/her parents when applying for the passport.
- Birth certificate
- Report of birth form
- Letter from the doctor who delivered the child attesting to the birth.
- Medical record of the child from the hospital where the child was delivered, in case the doctor can’t be located anymore.
- Original and photocopies of the passports of the parents.
- Letter of consent with the signature of both parents
What happens if I lost my Philippine passport?
In case of a lost passport, the following should be submitted to the embassy for faster transaction and release of the document.
- Police report or case certificate
- Affidavit of Loss of Passport (this can be completed in the Philippine embassy but with a separate processing fee).
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage Certificate if applicable
- A legal document showing your name, date of birth, and place of birth.
- Photocopy of your lost or destroyed passport, if applicable.
- Death certificate of spouse, if applicable.
- Annulment/divorce, if applicable.
Is dual citizenship allowed?
Dual citizenship is generally permitted in the Philippines provided that you will get a certification from the embassy allowing you to have dual citizenship.
Tips When Visiting the Embassy
When visiting the embassy in the Netherlands, here’s what you need to do:
Visit the embassy’s website.
Visit the official website of the Philippine embassy in the Netherlands to check the latest news, announcements, and updates. You can find useful information here.
Make sure all the requirements are ready.
Before you go to the embassy, make sure that all the requirements are ready. This is so you can avoid the hassle of going back and forth with the embassy.
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Embassy of the Philippines in The Hague, the Netherlands
Contact Person: Hon. (Mr.) Jaime Victor B. Ledda– Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Address: Laan Copes Van Cattenburch 125, 2585 EZ, The Hague, Netherlands
Tel. No.: (+31) 70360-4820
Fax No.: (+31) 70356-0030
Emergency No.: (+31)(0) 65261-1079
Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/PHinTheNetherlands/
Google Map Location
In case you are wondering where the Philippine Embassy in the Netherlands is located, below is a map guide for you: