Foreign parents of Pinoys need visa, exemption docs to enter PH

Published May 16, 2021, 12:33 PM

by Jun Ramirez

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has clarified that foreign parents of Filipinos need to secure a visa and an entry exemption document first before travelling to the Philippines.

(Photo from BI Facebook page)

In a statement, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said foreign parents of Filipino citizens are not covered by the Balikbayan privilege, thus they have to apply for an entry visa from Philippine posts abroad.

Morente added that the parents are likewise required to present an entry exemption document, which may be issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) or the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF) if they wish to come to the country.

Morente stressed that even if the foreign parents are traveling with their Filipino children, they would still need to have a valid 9(a) visa and entry exemption document.

“Those who do fail to present a visa and an exemption document upon their arrival at the airport will be denied entry by immigration officers and they will be booked on the first available flight back to their port of origin,” the BI chief warned.

He issued the reminder following queries from families of Filipinos who wish to travel to the Philippines.

Morente reiterated that only Filipinos and former Filipinos, as well as their foreign spouse and children who are traveling with them can avail of the Balikbayan privilege.

Travelers eligible for this privilege are allowed to enter the Philippines visa-free with an authorized stay of one year.