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Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente said that starting next Monday (Dec. 7) the country will resume granting visa-free entry privileges for balikbayans who have become naturalized citizens of other countries.

“Following the latest resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), we have devised guidelines to guarantee the smooth implementation of the policy,” he said in a statement.

Under the Balikbayan Program that was launched in 1989, a one-year visa-free privilege will be granted to former Filipinos as well as their foreign spouse and thier children who will be travelling with them.

Morente said under the IATF policy inbound balikbayan tourists from visa-free countries should have a pre-booked quarantine facility; a pre-booked COVID-19 testing at a laboratory operating at the airport; and be subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry.

Morente also reminded that former Filipinos who wish to avail of the balikbayan privilege to present their old Philippine passports or a copy of their birth certificate to the immigration officer upon arrival.

While, their spouses and children should present their marriage certificates and birth certificates, respectively.

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