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Balikbayan Program
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Republic Act 6768 (passed on 03 November 1989) as amended by Republic Act No. 9174 on 03 January 2003, instituting a "Balikbayan" Program for the Philippines provides certain benefits and privileges to returning Filipinos, former Filipino citizens and immediate members of their family who have been out of the country (Philippines) for more than one (1) year. Click here

A balikbayan is defined as the following:

a)   Returning Filipino citizens;

b)   Filipino overseas worker;

c)   Former citizens of the Philippines who are now holders of foreign passport.


Benefits and other Privileges

1.     VISA-FREE entry for one (1) year.

The said privilege is also extended to the foreign spouse and minor children of the "balikbayan" but only when they are travelling together with the principal to and from the Philippines.

2.      Tax and duty-free custom-cleared shopping privileges in Philippine duty free shops in the amount of one thousand U.S. Dollars ($1,000.00) or its equivalent in other acceptable foreign currencies.

To avail of this privilege, former Filipino citizens must present their valid foreign passport and may be requested for the following (with translation in English, if applicable):

  • Old Philippine passport or Philippine birth certificate;
  • Foreign naturalization papers to show former Philippine citizenship; or
  • Certification from adopted country.

In case of qualified family members of the "balikbayan", they must present their valid foreign passport and may be requested for the following (with translation in English, if applicable):

  • Birth certificate (in case of children);
  • Marriage certificate (in case of spouse);
  • Adoption papers (in case of legally adopted children).


Philippine Embassy in Brussels


297 Avenue Moliere, 1050 Brussels

Consular matters: (+32) 02 340 33 73 
Consular matters: (+32) 02 340 33 74

Trunkline: (+32) 02 340 33 77 to 78

Fax Number: (+32) 02 345 64 25
Duty Officer: (+32) 0488 609.177


Operating Hours of the
Consular Section

- Assessment and processing of application for a travel document is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

- Mondays to Fridays (except Belgium & Philippine declared holidays)

Note: Applicants should come appropriately attired.



Philippine Trade & Investment Center

Jose Antonio S. Buencamino

Commercial Counselor
Avenue Louise 207, Bte 5B, 1050
Brussels, Belgium View Map
Tel: +32 2 649.44.00 / 649.89.48
Fax: +32 2 649.89.40





Consul General, a.h.

Venneborglaan 90, 2100 Deurne, Antwerp
Tel No./Fax (03) 325.71. 16



ALAIN KINSCHConsul General, a.h.
New Ernst & Young Bldg.35E Avenue John F. Kennedy 2L-1855 LuxembourgTel. No. (+352) 42 124 8444(+352) 42 124 84 06Email:


Agricultural Office

Jose C. Laquian

Agricultural Attaché
Tel:  +(32) 02 340 37 90 
Fax: +(32) 02 343 02 69
For more information on the Philippine agricultural sector, please visit the following website:




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