Dubai in United Arab Emirates. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, AreJay

The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai has said it will return new passports to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila if they are not claimed within six months, The Gulf Today reported.

Concerned at the slow release of passports, the consulate also urged overseas Filipino workers to keep their application receipts so the process could be speeded up, and to be on time for appointments.

Consul General Paul Raymond Cortes asked applicants to notify the consulate five days before an appointment if they couldn’t make it.

The consulate in Dubai processed 71,566 passports last year.

There now 618,726 Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates, according to the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, with 347,210 of them living in Dubai.

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