The Middle East is very popular among Filipino workers and a lot of OFWs are working in this region. In case you are in Saudi Arabia and have been working and residing there, the embassy is open to cater to your legal and employment needs, such as passport application, passport renewal, visa-related services, marriage solemnization, issuance of marriage certificate, birth certificate recording, death certificate recording, and a lot more. If you need any of those mentioned, you can head to the Philippine embassy in Riyadh. In Saudi Arabia, you can also get in touch with POLO for any employment-related matters.
POLO assists OFWs who need legal and emergency helps. Most of the time, you will see embassy websites giving hotline and emergency numbers to those whose life and limbs are in danger. Instances like these can happen anytime, which is why POLO has contact details especially assigned for emergency cases. With over 30 offices around the world, it won’t be too hard for you to contact their office. The embassy also works with them so if you need anything specifically from POLO, you can ask the embassy how you can obtain the assistance you need.
If you are staying in Saudi Arabia, whether you have a relative with you or not, you should not hesitate to get the information from the embassy and keep it with you. For instance, if you have a “notes” app on your phone or a pen and paper where you can write, try to jot down the contact details of the embassy for easier access when you need it.
To help you and our fellow OFWs who are in Saudi Arabia, we come up with a blog to let you know the essential information about the Embassy of the Philippines in the country. Here you can get the telephone, email, website, location, services offered by the embassy, and tips. Let this serve as your guide and make sure to be as resourceful as you can before or during your stay in the Middle East.
History – Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia
The relationship between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia started on November 1946 and the diplomatic mission was established in October 1969. The first embassy was located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and was built around December 1973. But due to a royal decree, all diplomatic missions were moved from Jeddah to Riyadh. There was a temporary chancery when the embassy was still adjusting to the new location and the chancery was eventually moved to its permanent building in Radaif Street.
If you want to know the services offered by the Embassy of Saudi Arabia, 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 needed when you apply for your passport renewal?
If you need to renew your passport, just head to the Philippine embassy in Riyadh and bring the following documents:
- 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
Can minors have their passports? What are the documents needed?
If you have a child and he/she is a minor, you can help him/her apply for a passport with the following documents. You also need to be with your child during the application process.
- 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
Can I get a new passport if I lost the existing one?
You can get a new passport in case you lost what you have. You need to report it first to the police to get a case certificate, which you will need to apply for a new passport.
- 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 allowed but you need to get a certification from the Philippine embassy allowing you to possess dual citizenship.
To dos when visiting the embassy
When visiting the embassy in Saudi Arabia, here’s what you need to do:
Go to the official website of the embassy in Saudi Arabia.
It lessens the hassle if you will go to the official website of the embassy in Saudi Arabia to check the latest updates, news, changes, and announcements.
Prepare the documents needed before you go to the embassy.
The next helpful tip is to prepare all the required papers before your scheduled appointment. If you have all the documents ready, you will not have to go back and forth with the embassy.
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Embassy of the Philippines in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Contact Person: H.E. (Mr.) Adnan Villaluna Alonto – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Address: C3 Radaif Street, Diplomatic Quarter
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
P.O. Box 94366, Riyadh 11693
Tel. Nos.: (+966-11) 488-3615; 482-0507; 482-1802
Fax No.: (+966-11) 488-3945
Hotline Nos.: (+966) 5516-99548 (POLO); (+966) 5012-69742 (POLO ERO)
(+966) 5698-93301 (ATN); (+966-11) 4823-559 (Duty Officer)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/PHLinKSA/
Google Map Location
In case you are wondering where the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia is located, below is a map guide for you: