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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

E-mail: [email protected]

E-mail: [email protected]


Trunkline: (+32) 02 340 33 77 to 78
Fax Number: (+32) 02 345 64 25

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

Duty Officer: (+32) 0488 609.177





Consul General, a.h. (Antwerp, Belgium)
Telefax: +323 325 71 16
GSM +324 754 609 32
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Consul a.h. (Antwerp, Belgium)
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Consul General a.h. (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg)
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Appointment_UrgentOperating Hours of the
Consular Section

  • Assessment and processing of applications for consular services is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Mondays to Fridays (except Belgium & Philippine declared holidays)





Announcements and Links


  • Situational reports on the effects of Typhoon Yolanda can be found at the website of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (
  • Republic Act No. 10590 An Act Amending Republic Act No. 9189, entitled "An Act Providing for a System of Overseas Absentee Voting by Qualified Citizens of the Philippines Abroad, Appropriating Funds Therefor and for other Purposes" (Click here)