COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 45: RESUMPTION OF VISA-FREE BALIKBAYAN PRIVILEGE FOR FORMER FILIPINOS AND SPOUSES AND CHILDREN OF FILIPINO NATIONALS STARTING 07 DECEMBER 2020

COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 45: RESUMPTION OF VISA-FREE BALIKBAYAN PRIVILEGE FOR FORMER FILIPINOS AND SPOUSES AND CHILDREN OF FILIPINO NATIONALS STARTING 07 DECEMBER 2020

UPDATE 1: The Bureau of Immigration has issued a Supplemental Advisory on the resumption of the balikbayan privilege. The advisory is available in full at the end of this advisory, please scroll below for the link.

The Embassy is pleased to inform the public that pursuant to Resolution No. 85 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) dated 26 November 2020, the following may again avail of visa-free entry into the Philippines under the Balikbayan Program starting 07 December 2020:

  1. Filipino citizens’ foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them; and
  2. Former Filipino citizens, including their spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them.

The entry of these persons shall be subject to the following conditions:

  1. They must be nationals permitted/allowed to enter the country visa-free under Executive Order 408, s. 1960 (this includes Norwegian and Icelandic nationals);
  2. They must have a pre-booked quarantine facility;
  3. They must have a pre-booked COVID-19 test at a laboratory operating at the airport; and
  4. Their entry is subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry.

Balikbayans traveling to the Philippines who are former Filipinos are advised to declare before the Philippine Immigration Officer at the port of entry that they are availing of the privilege and have to present either their old Philippine passport or copy of Philippine birth certificate as proof of their former Philippine citizenship.

Accompanying family members of the Balikbayan should bring appropriate supporting documents:

  • For the spouse: copy of marriage certificate
  • For each child: copy of birth certificate
  • For adopted children: copy of adoption papers
  • Note that marriage and birth certificates and adoption papers issued by foreign governments need to be apostillized or authenticated by a Philippine Embassy or Consulate.

Please check with the local authorities of your final destination in the Philippines regarding their own COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements.

This is an update to the Embassy’s COVID-19 Public Advisory No. 43. All other travel restrictions in said advisory remain in place until further notice.

For the information and guidance of all.