Filipino Muslims, who will make the Hajj pilgrimage this year, can process their passports at the courtesy lane of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in all its consular offices around the country.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. announced this on Sunday, May 22.
“DFA will assist Muslim Filipinos who will make the Hajj pilgrimage this year get their regular passports through the Courtesy Lane. Like I told you, we find ways,” Locsin said on Twitter.
Filipino Muslim applicants will be allowed to process their passports at the DFA courtesy lanes from May 23 to June 3.
“From 23 May to 03 June 2022, Muslim Filipinos intending to perform the Hajj will be qualified for walk-in accommodation at the DFA Courtesy Lane in all Consular Offices nationwide,” the DFA advisory read.
It added that aside from the regular requirements for passport issuance, applicants must present a certificate of Muslim Filipino tribal membership issued by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), which indicates that the certificate is intended for Hajj visa application.
This year’s Hajj pilgrimage will be held in July.