The Philippines’ BALIKBAYAN PROGRAM allows a one-year visa-free stay for Filipinos working overseas and for former Filipinos who have acquired citizenship in certain countries (refer to list of countries below). The visa-free stay privilege is extended to the balikbayan’s non-Filipino spouse and children, on the two conditions that (1) they enter the Philippines with the balikbayan and (2) they are citizens of a country listed below.
Former Filipino balikbayans travelling to the Philippines are advised to bring either their old Philippine passport or copy of Philippine birth certificate as proof of their former Philippine citizenship.
Accompanying family members of the balikbayan can bring appropriate supporting documents to show evidence of relationship:
- For the spouse: copy of marriage certificate
- For each child: copy of birth certificate (indicating the balikbayan as a parent)
- For adopted children: copy of adoption papers
EXTENSION OF STAY
Visitors who are admitted as balikbayan are given an initial stay of one (1) year. Their stay may be extended for an additional one (1), two (2) or six (6) months at the Visa Extension Section of a Bureau of immigration office. Balikbayans who have stayed in the Philippines after thirty six (36) months may be required to submit additional requirements.
COUNTRIES COVERED BY THE BALIKBAYAN PROGRAM
Former Filipinos who have acquired citizenship from a country listed below can avail of the one-year visa-free balikbayan stay. If the country of citizenship is not listed, the balikbayan must apply for a Philippine visa.
The non-Filipino spouse and dependent children of a former Filipino can avail of the one-year visa-free balikbayan stay if their passport is issued by a country listed below. If the country of passport is not listed, the spouse or dependent children must apply for a Philippine visa.
|Angola||Grenada||Papua New Guinea|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Guatemala||Paraguay|
|Bahrain||Honduras||Republic of Korea|
|Benin||Ireland||Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|Bolivia||Italy||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Brunei Darussalam||Kazakhstan||Sao Tome and Principe|
|Cameroon||Lao People’s Democratic Republic||Slovak Republic|
|Cape Verde||Lesotho||Solomon Islands|
|Central African Republic||Liberia||South Africa|
|Cyprus||Malta||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Czech Republic||Marshall Islands||Tunisia|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Mauritania||Turkey|
|Dominican Republic||Monaco||United Arab Emirates|
|Ecuador||Mongolia||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland|
|El Salvador||Morocco||United Republic of Tanzania|
|Equatorial Guinea||Mozambique||United States of America|