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SkyMan
10 hours ago, fred42 said:

Natural born Filipino`s that have lost their citizenship by gaining another  are not considered as foreigners here.
As such they are entitled to a one year Balikbayan stamp on entry.
A BB stamp cannot be applied for at any B.I office either here in the R.P or at any R.P embassy abroad.
Natural born Filipinos  without R.P citizenship can also have restricted land ownership Privilege's.

How does any of that mean it isn't a visa? By the definition you quoted, it's a visa. 

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Not a whole lot to add here but this is the official press release from the BI and not a quote from a news article. I'd link to their website but it's currenty down and the following comes from the of

I guess you're not the ony one. The gov't clarified today that it's the same one-year deal.... CNN Philippines article.... Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 27) — The foreign spouses a

They always took pity on my good friend Benjie when he tried this approach. Everbody likes a Benjamin!

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So now with the 1 year BB visas back, where is the preferred visa run location?  I think you can still go to HK without a kong flu test or quarantine if you're just transiting on a single itinerary but can you 'transit' from/to the same country? 

Of course you'd face testing and quarantine on return.

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58 minutes ago, SkyMan said:

but can you 'transit' from/to the same country?

Ever watch those airport security shows on National Geographic?! If it was somewhere in Central America, I'm sure all kinds of red flags would go up! Probably not so much from PI to Hong Kong.

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2 hours ago, SkyMan said:

How does any of that mean it isn't a visa? By the definition you quoted, it's a visa. 

I will say this only twice!! 

Visa definition.
A visa (from the Latin charta visa, meaning "paper that has been seen") is a conditional authorization granted by a territory to a foreigner, allowing them to enter, remain within, or to leave that territory. 

That does not define a BB stamp!
Who cares anyway?? You think it`s a visa and I know that it is not..
Not the end of the world.
 

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SkyMan
2 hours ago, fred42 said:

That does not define a BB stamp!

It does exactly. You highlight 'by a territory' (an area of land under the jurisdiction of a ruler or state) and foreigner. So you are thinking the Philippines is not a territory or that they are giving BB visas to RP citizens? Why would a citizen of the RP need a visa to enter the RP?

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The real question is will the Koreans let you on the airline without a pre arranged visa. 
 

They can get very particular. 

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15 hours ago, BossHog said:

I guess you're not the ony one. The gov't clarified today that it's the same one-year deal....

CNN Philippines article....

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 27) — The foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens will be allowed to travel to the Philippines with conditions starting December 7, as the government slowly relaxes travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on Friday said former Filipino citizens and their families can also enter the country, removing the age restrictions on children allowed to travel inbound.

The Bureau of Immigration clarified Saturday that the non-Filipino spouses and children should enter the Philippines with the balikbayans to qualify for the visa-free stay privilege for one year.

“They should be traveling with the Filipino or the former Filipino and they get the one-year balikbayan privilege,” Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval said in a briefing.

“Our recommendation is that they queue together pagdaan po nila sa (going to the) immigration booth for easier reference,” she added.

A quote from the article:All inbound travelers are required to pre-book COVID-19 tests with a laboratory at the airport and pre-arrange a booking with a quarantine facility. The IATF said their entry will be subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry.

how would a person pre-book a COVID-19 test with a laboratory at the airport?

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SkyMan
13 minutes ago, softail said:

how would a person pre-book a COVID-19 test with a laboratory at the airport?

I believe the instructions for that (and the required entry form) can be found on the MCIA website. 

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9 hours ago, SkyMan said:

It does exactly. You highlight 'by a territory' (an area of land under the jurisdiction of a ruler or state) and foreigner. So you are thinking the Philippines is not a territory or that they are giving BB visas to RP citizens? Why would a citizen of the RP need a visa to enter the RP?

The Philippines is a territory and a BB is the privilege given to natural born Filipino`s that are no longer citizens of the Philippines, their children and their spouse!
 

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Not a whole lot to add here but this is the official press release from the BI and not a quote from a news article. I'd link to their website but it's currenty down and the following comes from the official Immigration Helpline PH page on Facebook

p.s. Definitely bring along your marriage certificate!

 

28 November 2020

PRESS RELEASE

BI to allow balikbayans to enter PH starting Dec. 7, clarifies scope of privileges

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced on Saturday that they will be granting visa-free entry privileges to tourists falling under the Balikbayan Program starting December 7.

Balikbayans are former Filipinos and spouse and children of Filipinos or former Filipinos who are allowed visa-free entry under Executive Order No. 408, series of 1960.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente discussed that the 1-year balikbayan privilege shall be given to foreign spouse and children of Filipinos who are traveling with them.

Entry shall also be granted to former Filipinos, including their spouse and children who should be traveling with them.

“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 added.

The policy requires inbound Balikbayan tourists to: (i) be from visa-free countries under Executive Order No. 408, s.1960; (ii) have a pre-booked quarantine facility;

(iii) have a pre-booked COVID-19 testing at a laboratory operating at the airport; and (iv) be subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry.

Morente further reminded that former Filipinos who wish to avail of the balikbayan privilege should present their old philippine passports or a copy of their birth certificate to the immigration officer upon arrival, while their spouses and children shall present their marriage certificates and birth certificates, respectively. He likewise recommends they queue together for easier verification and processing.

The Balikbayan Program as instituted by Republic Act 6768, amended by Republic Act 9174, was launched by the Philippine Government in 1989 to attract and encourage overseas Filipinos to come and visit their motherland. This is in recognition of their contribution to the economy of the country through the foreign exchange inflow and revenues that they generate.

Other travel restrictions for inbound passengers, according to the BI, remain in effect.

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SkyMan
On 11/28/2020 at 8:14 PM, fred42 said:

a BB is the privilege given to natural born Filipino`s that are no longer citizens of the Philippines, their children and their spouse!

And to the foreign spouses Filipinos who are still citizens but they and all of the above are foreigners.  All visas have some sort of requirements. 

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This is interesting and may have some effect on BB travel as well as all travel.

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Would-be airline travelers may soon have to present evidence of having the COVID-19 vaccine before being allowed to board a flight domestically and internationally, according to a statement released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) this week. Work is already underway for a  universal digital document that will reveal virus test results for those wishing to travel by air.

https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/11/30/vaccination-papers-before-boarding-digital-covid-19-passport-in-the-works-for-airline-travelers-1000893/?utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_source=Get+Response&utm_term=EMAIL&utm_content=Newsletter&utm_campaign=bizpac

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1 hour ago, RogerDuMond said:

The optimist in me sees this as a good thing, at least someone is thinking ahead and working on standardizing it so that vaccine and test results are accepted by all airlines. Until the vaccine is readily available worldwide, I would hope they don't pull the trigger on making it a requirement. If a person has decided they are never going to take the vaccine, then this is probably more bad news!

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BossHog

Back on topic...here's a further Press Release/clarification from the BI:

PRESS RELEASE

01 December 2020

BI reminds: Aliens families of Pinoys can’t come to PH if not traveling, joining them

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) advised foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens not to travel to the Philippines if the Filipino or former Filipino is not traveling with them or is not in the Philippines, lest they be turned back upon their arrival at the airport.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the advisory after the bureau received a clarification from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) explaining the rationale behind the recent decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to lift the restrictions on the entry of foreigners who are immediate family members of Filipinos.

“The intent of the IATF resolution was to enable foreigners to reunite with their families in the Philippines. Thus, such intention is not served if the alien comes here when his wife or children are not in the country,” Morente said.

As a consequence, Morente stressed that arriving dependents of Filipinos or former Filipinos may be denied entry if the immigration officer finds that said Filipino or former Filipino is not traveling with them or is not in the country.

The BI chief said that they received queries from foreigners who complained they were not allowed by the airlines to board their flights to Manila because their Filipino spouses are not in the Philippines.

"The intent of the relaxed restriction for balikbayans is to allow families to reunite this holiday season," said Morente. "Apart from those exempted by the IATF, others who will be entering under a tourist status will still not be allowed," he clarified.

On Saturday, the BI announced that they will be resuming granting visa-free entry privileges to tourists falling under the Balikbayan Program starting December 7.

Balikbayans are former Filipinos and spouse and children of Filipinos or former Filipinos who are allowed visa-free entry under Executive Order No. 408, series of 1960. They are eligible for a 1-year stay in the country, without the need to apply for an entry visa but must be traveling with the Filipino or former Filipino principal.

Inbound Balikbayans are required to: (i) be from visa-free countries under Executive Order No. 408, s.1960; (ii) have a pre-booked quarantine facility; (iii) have a pre-booked COVID-19 testing at a laboratory operating at the airport; and (iv) be subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry.

Morente clarified that if the dependents are not traveling with the principal but are joining him in the country, they may still enter if the principal is still a Filipino citizen, and if the dependent child is a minor, but will have to secure an entry visa from the Philippine post abroad.

“The Balikbayan privilege is specifically for spouse and children of a Filipino or a Former Filipino only, who is traveling with him,” clarified Morente. “If they are not traveling with the Filipino or former Filipino spouse, and are just joining him in the Philippines, then they may be allowed to enter if they secure an entry visa, but with a limited stay in the country,” he added.

Morente said that foreign parents of minor Filipinos are also eligible for entry, but are also required an entry visa. "The Balikbayan privilege may not be extended to other members of the family," said Morente.

Other travel restrictions for inbound passengers, according to the BI, remain in effect.

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