Upon representation of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Tourism adopted a liberal interpretation of the Balikbayan Law to benefit all the balikbayan.
No visa shall be required, as a privilege, for maximum stay of one (1) year for the following, everytime they enter the country to visit, regardless of the frequency of their travel:
- Former Filipino citizens (specifically Filipinos who have been naturalized British or Irish citizens) and their families
- Filipino citizens (Filipino passports holders) and their families
- Filipino overseas workers
The traveller has to declare before the Philippine Immigration Officer at the port of entry that he/she is availing of the said privilege and has to present his/her current British or Irish passport plus any of the following documents:
- cancelled Philippine passport or birth certificate
- naturalization paper to show former Philippine citizenship or
- certification from adopted country
This privilege is extended to families of former Filipino citizens and families of Filipino citizens (i.e. foreign spouse and minor unmarried children) provided
- that the latter are not required entry visas under existing regulations and
- that they are travelling together with the balikbayan spouse to the Philippines.
The family member should present at the Philippine port of entry the following:
- valid passport
- marriage certificate in case of the spouse
- birth certificates in the case of minor children or
- adoption papers in the case of adopted children.