Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 19 of 19

Thread: Balikbayan Privileges

  1. #11
    firefly is offline DI Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Belgium/Philippines (Bacong)
    Posts
    971
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 65 Times in 52 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by jimeve View Post
    I think it's the Philippines one, saves time too. Then when leaving the Fills, tell her to present the British passport, saves money.
    You cannot enter the country with one passport and leave with another.
    With Dual citizenship it is best to present the 2 passports upon arrival and leave also with presenting the 2 passports,
    Both passports will receive an entry stamp
    This way you don't have to pay the traveltax (1,620 pesos)
    For the (foreign) husband just ask for Balickbayan, if you enter the country together you have the right for BB
    Upon check inn (to leave the Philippines)just present the foreign passport to the airline clerk

  2. #12
    shadow is offline DI Forum Luminary
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Cebu
    Posts
    2,942
    Thanks
    160
    Thanked 357 Times in 233 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Union Jack View Post
    Hi folks, on this note, what if one's wife was to hold dual citizenship? Which passport would she have to present to Customs for her husband and herself to get the Balikbayan's privilegies?
    Many thanks....
    She should present both passports when entering/leaving the Philippines. In order to avail of the BB privilege she must establish she is Filipino, either passport or BC will do that.

    Larry




  3. #13
    SurfinUSA's Avatar
    SurfinUSA is offline DI Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    550
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default

    You'd use the PI passport so staying without paying visa fees is an obvious path for a Filipino citizen whose PI passport has been stamped at entry. Then use the other one when you leave- or both.

    Though one Filipino I know who comes back and forth from the US swears he doesnt have a PI passport and just shows some document-I forget what it is, which satisfies PI customs.
    Abandon hope, all ye who enter here

  4. #14
    expatron is offline DI Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Sibulan
    Posts
    1,511
    Thanks
    235
    Thanked 99 Times in 71 Posts

    Default

    I flew in once with my daughter and wife. My daughter was flying on her U.S. passport and we presented her U.S. and PI passport. The agent said that was fine and stamped both passports.
    Ron

  5. #15
    firefly is offline DI Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Belgium/Philippines (Bacong)
    Posts
    971
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 65 Times in 52 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by SurfinUSA View Post
    You'd use the PI passport so staying without paying visa fees is an obvious path for a Filipino citizen whose PI passport has been stamped at entry. Then use the other one when you leave- or both.
    When you enter the Philippines only on your Philippino passport you will have to pay traveltax by leaving the country.
    When leaving the country with your Philippino passport stamped at entry, immigration may ask for a visa for your next destination.
    Your foreign passport may not be accepted while no entry stamp.

  6. #16
    Union Jack's Avatar
    Union Jack is offline DI Forum Adept
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    354
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 11 Times in 6 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by shadow View Post
    She should present both passports when entering/leaving the Philippines. In order to avail of the BB privilege she must establish she is Filipino, either passport or BC will do that.

    Larry
    Hi Larry, very informative as always, many thanks, and thanks to all for the feedback...........
    I guess that if we were to carry with us both passports and Philippine citizenship retention/reacquisition Certificate for my wife and my passport and a copy of Marriage Certificate for myself, we would be covered for all eventualities, Customs Officer having a bad day excluded!!...;-))
    Which are the benefits for Balikbayans and how to get them?
    The free one year Visa by BB stamp on the passport is quiet straightforward (by the way, if my wife was to present her foreigner passport, along with her Filipino one, does she have to have her foreign passport BB stamped too?), how do you get to avoid paying the traveltax (is it the same thing as the airport tax?)? I was told that to be traveltax exempted my wife would have to queue into the Overseas Workers line but that would not make sense if she was to get a BB stamp on her foreign passport and I would still have to pay it....please clarify.
    Can one renew the BB one year free visa by simply leaving the Phils and travelling lets say to Hong Kong, to return just a day later and if so, can this be done for an unlimited number of times and even before the previous BB one year visa is expired?
    Any other benefits and how to get them?
    Lots of questions, true, but when it comes to Filipino bureaucracy, things are never straightforward...;-(
    Cheers, Marco.

  7. #17
    expatron is offline DI Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Sibulan
    Posts
    1,511
    Thanks
    235
    Thanked 99 Times in 71 Posts

    Default

    It's my understanding that if she present's both passports no matter what one she used to leave your home country, she will be stamped into the PI with no restrictions or any time limit. That is what happened for my duel citizen daughter. And you should get your BB stamp.

    Unless the rules have changed, if you stay less than a year and leave on a foreign passport there is no Philippine tax, If you stay longer than a year or leave at any time on a PI passport tax applies. Airport fee's always apply.
    Ron
    Last edited by expatron; 10-27-2011 at 02:20 AM.

  8. #18
    firefly is offline DI Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Belgium/Philippines (Bacong)
    Posts
    971
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 65 Times in 52 Posts

    Default

    There are many websites that explain the Philippine traveltax, this is one of them:
    Travel Tax | Embassy of the Philippines

  9. #19
    Union Jack's Avatar
    Union Jack is offline DI Forum Adept
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    354
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 11 Times in 6 Posts

    Default

    Excellent link........many thanks firefly!!




Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •