The Philippine Embassy informs the public that pursuant to Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 85 s.2020, the following may be allowed entry privileges to the Philippines under Republic Act 6768 or the “Act Instituting the Balikbayan Program” effective, 7 December 2020:

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

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

  • They are allowed visa-free entry under Executive Order 408 s.1960;
    • Nationals who are allowed visa-free entry under EO 408 s.1960 include:
      • British citizens
      • Irish citizens
  • They are able to present proof of former Philippine citizenship such as a Philippine Birth Certificate or an old Philippine passport.
  • They have a pre-booked quarantine facility;
  • They have a pre-booked slot for COVID-19 testing at a laboratory operating at the airport; and
  • Subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port of and during the date of entry

The foregoing is without prejudice to immigration laws, rules and regulations such that the Commissioner of Immigration shall have the exclusive prerogative to decide on waiver or recall of exclusion orders for the above foreign nationals, including foreign nationals who have entered the Philippines by virtue of IATF resolutions.

Further, the entry of the above-mentioned nationals shall be subject to the implementing guidelines to be issued by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration.

Other foreign citizen spouses and children of Filipino nationals who do not belong to the above categories, are still subject to existing travel restrictions. They may apply for visas, as appropriate, provided that they are exempted from the temporary suspension of visa issuance, as outlined in previous IATF Resolutions.

All enquiries may be directed to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..