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Fri. Jun 18th, 2021

Balikbayans do not need to secure entry visas

In their latest May 10, 2021 Press Release the Philippines Bureau of Immigration, BI, warns airlines. The warning instructs airlines not to board aliens who are not allowed in the Philippines. The BI also restates their existing travel ban. Of course, the “aliens” are not coming from Roswell; the BI simply likes to refer to us foreigners as “aliens.” Frankly, I prefer “kano,” short for “Amerikano,” or “Joe.”


BI Commisioner Jaimie Morente states that it is the airlines’ responsibility to make sure only foreigners currently allowed to enter the country are permitted to board their flights bound for the Philippines. Airlines will face fines and sanctions for allowing improperly documented aliens to board.

“We reiterate that only foreigners with valid and existing visas are allowed to enter the country. The entry of foreign tourists is still temporarily restricted,” Morente said.

Foreigners currently banned from entering the country will get the boot upon their arrival at the airport. The aliens will be booked on the first available flight back to their port of origin.

The ban’s purpose is to curb the further spread of Covid-19 in the Philippines.

The ban on the entry of all travelers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka remains effective until May 14.

Who May Enter the Philippines Now

Only aliens with valid and existing immigrant, non-immigrant, and special visas issued by the BI and other government agencies may enter the Philippines.

Those holding a Temporary Visitor’s Visa 9 or Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) may also enter. However, they will need to first present an entry exemption document from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA.)

Those seeking a Tourist Visa are still out of luck.

Only foreigners qualified for the Balikbayan privilege do NOT have to secure entry visas.

Balikbayans are Filipinos and former Filipinos, as well as their foreign spouse and children who are travelling with them.

They may enter and stay in the country for one year visa-free.

All arriving passengers must also undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. The first ten days must be in an accredited quarantine facility. They must then quarantine at home for 4 days. Arriving passengers will be subject to a COVID-19 test on the 7th day.

All arriving aliens must present a 10-day booking in an accredited quarantine facility. Failure to present a confirmed booking will result in your dismissal from the PH.

In other words, your keister will go back on the first available flight back home.

By The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 21 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Malinois called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people over the years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

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