The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Tuesday that passport applicants may opt to pay for their applications online using credit or debit card payments.

The DFA said it had partnered with e-wallet service PayMaya Philippines Inc. to make the online transactions possible.

“This new system of paying through credit and debit cards offers faster and real-time payment without having to leave the safety of their own homes,” DFA said.

Applicants may also opt to have their passports delivered through courier services, through DFA’s Passport Online Appointment System.

While applicants still have the option to pick up their passports at the Consular Office where they made their application, the DFA said it strongly recommended delivery through courier services to limit physical contact and exposure to health risks amid the pandemic.

Passport application may be done through John Ezekiel J. Hirro