Being blacklisted in a country is a dilemma no one would want to experience and if you are one of the unfortunate folks who are currently blacklisted with Philippine’s Bureau of Immigration, well, here’s a few things we have for you to make things a little bit easier.

But before that let’s know the probable reasons why one would be blacklisted in Philippines.

There are heaps of factors a person can be blacklisted in the Philippines, which includes a person’s age, health status, mental status, social status, violation with the condition of stay, overstaying, illegal entry, and so much more, you can refer to the Bureau of Immigration website to see all possible reasons of being blacklisted in the Philippines.


What is a Black List Order and under what reasons can this be filed?

A Black List Order (BLO) disallows a foreign national entry into the Philippines.

One of the common reasons for inclusion in the Black List is that a foreign national has violated the Philippine Immigration law/s such as overstaying.

How would you know that you are in the blacklist?

There is no online database to show in the Philippine’s Bureau of Immigration website if you are on their blacklist, more often what happens is that when you arrive in the Philippine’s premise, the Immigration officer will do an assessment and check if your name is in their black list.

If you would like to double check if you are on the list prior your trip to Philippines you can contact the Visa Division (Telephone numbers: 834-4854, 834-3707, and 834-4810), Department of Foreign Affairs, 2330 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City or to any Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad.

Black List Order in the Philippines

Pursuant to the Philippine Immigration Act (Commonwealth Act 613), the country prohibits the admission and entry of foreign nationals who have been identified as:

AS*x Offenders
BViolators of Philippine Laws
CCriminally convicted
E Supporters of subversive acts

Prescribed Periods for Lifting of Entries from the Blacklist

WHEREAS, the gravity of immigration violation committed that resulted to a foreign national’s inclusion in the Blacklist are varied yet similarly in lifting thereof;

NOW THEREFORE, in order to distinguish the gravity of violation and to guide the Bureau in its exercise of discretion anchored on public interest and general welfare in lifting of entries included in the Blacklist, the following time frames corresponding to the immigration violation are required to lapse prior to giving due course to the motions to lift entries included in the blacklist.

Three (3) months from date of actual implementation of the exclusion order

Foreign nationals who were excluded under the following grounds:

1Public charge
2Incompetent and companions thereof
3Member of a family accompanying an excluded alien
4Children below 15 years old unaccompanied by parents
6Improperly documented

Six (6) months from date of actual implementation of the deportation order or inclusion in the Blacklist

Foreign nationals who were included in the Blacklist under the following grounds;

1Deported by virtue of a Voluntary Deportation Order.
2Overstaying for less than one year

Six (6) months after being cured of the condition or illness that exclusion

Foreign nationals who were excluded under the following grounds:

2Afflicted with loathsome pr dangerous and contagious disease

Twelve (12) months from date of actual exclusion or implementation of deportation order

Foreign nationals who were excluded/deported under the following grounds:

  1. Prostitutes of procurers of person who came for any immoral purpose
  2. Person who practice polygamy or who believe in or advocate the practice of polygamy
  3. Paupers, vagrant and beggars
  4. Unskilled manual laborers
  5. Indigent
  6. Those who entered the country through misrepresentation
  7. Those who entered the country without inspection and admission
  8. Those who are drunk and disorderly at the port of entry
  9. Those who refuse to comply with inspection procedures
  10. Those who display unruly behavior or discourtesy to immigration official
  11. Illegal entrants
  12. In violation of the condition of limitation of stay
  13. Overstaying for more than one year
  14. Cancelled visa
  15. Undocumented
  16. Improperly documented

Five (5) years from date of actual implementation of deportation order

Foreign nationals who were excluded under the following grounds:

1Engaging in profiteering hoarding, or black-marketing
2Defrauding of creditors

Ten (10) years from date of actual implementation of deportation order

Foreign nationals who were excluded under the following grounds:

1Conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude
2Conviction for a crime under Section 45 and 46 of the PIA, Alien Registration Act or the Naturalization Law

Not qualified for lifting

Foreign nationals who were excluded/deported under the following grounds shall not be qualified for lifting of entries from the blacklist unless otherwise ordered by the Secretary of Justice

1Involvement in subversive activities
2Conviction for a crime involving prohibited dr$gs; and
Registered sex offender

Various grounds including in one Blacklist entry

The longest period shall be observed for lifting of Blacklist entries based on more than one ground with different prescribed period for lifting as listed in this Order.

Foreign nationals who were deported on the ground of being a fugitive from justice shall be required to observe the time frame prescribed in the preceding paragraphs corresponding to the crime (or otherwise analogous to the crime) to which he was charge which shall not be less than twelve months.

What are the requirements?

If deemed that you are included in the blacklist of the Philippine’s Bureau of Immigration and you are looking to request the lifting of you being blacklisted, here are the steps and requirements you need to accomplish:

Submit a Letter of request addressed to the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and a Photocopy of your passport, indicate in the letter the nature of your request. The letter should be detailed where it indicates the reason why you were blacklisted and the reason why you need the blacklist be lifted.

Duly authenticated/certified true copies of documents

It would be best to seek professional advice with this, you can always consult a lawyer who can assist you all throughout the process.

Removing Name from Philippine Immigration Black List


Those who have been found violating Philippine laws while staying in the country, overstayed without proper visa or authorization or became a public burden and threat to the national security will be included in the BLO list after being deported.

  • Any foreign national who is included on the Black List can apply for the lifting of the ban at the Bureau of Immigration. The only process stipulated is the submission of official letter request with supporting documents to substantiate the defense, which should be addressed to the Office of the Commissioner.
  • Once the request is granted, a Lifting Order shall be issued, a copy of which shall be furnished to the representative of the petitioner


The Commissioner may waive the period prescribed herein for humanitarian economic political or other special consideration,

For case of Blacklist for some other ground than those specified herein, the Commissioner shall exercise his discretion in determining the relevant period to which the request for lifting of entries from the Blacklist may be given due course.

Filing of Requests for Lifting of Entries from the Blacklist

All Requests for lifting of entries from the Blacklist shall be addressed to the Commissioner and filed at the Main Office, stating therein the nature of the request with attached duly authenticated/certified true copies of documents to prove that the ground for inclusion in the Blacklist no longer exists.

Requests filed within the periods prescribed herein do not however guarantee its approval. Conversely, filing of requests outside the prescribed periods may automatically cause its disapproval unless the said request is meritorious as to constitute a waiver of the periods herein prescribed.

Repealing clause and effectivity

  1. All previous issuances inconsistent herewith are hereby deemed repealed.
  2. This Operations Order shall take effect fifteen (15) days from publication hereof.

How Much Cost of Removing my Name from Immigration Blacklist?
Fees varies with the nature why you were blacklisted, here’s an example where the requestor was blacklisted because of overstaying:

Documentary requirements in applying for the lifting of Black List Order: Letter of request addressed to the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Official Receipt of payment of Overstaying Fees.

Authorized representative pays overstaying fees at the BI Cashier

Application Fee ₱2,000.00
Service Fee ₱1,000.00
Legal Research Fee ₱20.00
Express Fee ₱500.00
Total ₱3,520.00

In case you have a question looking for answered about Immigration Blacklist, or you need assistance to start/check your name, visit the nearest Philippine’s Bureau of Immigration to your place.

For clarification on their process, you can always contact BI Helpdesk Hotline at (632) 524-3824 or (632) 524-3769 or

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I have a friend in the Philippines that has called all three of those numbers and nobody answers. I am living in Florida and I am trying to find out iwhat my status is in returning to the Philippines. Can you assist me?




I have a friend, she is vietnamese. She went to Philipines, but she was stopped by customs officer in the manila airport. She had to come back Vietnam and her name was in black list.
Can I ask you when will she can remove her name from black list? how can She do it? How much?



Hi can someone help me plzz
My gf is there in philiphine and i went to see her this march 17 to manila airport but at that time i deported from manila airport to srilanka my home country .when i ask them they told me im already black listed to philiphine emigration so i want to know my gf can remove me from the black list and does she can send me a visa to me to go to philiphine



I read your articles how to know if you are on blacklisted by the immigration.

Am filipino and heard that i have police warrant of arrest.I have a plan to have a vacation this year but am afraid if am having trouble in my arrival or departure.

Can you please help me how to find out if i my name is on immigration?

Hope hearing from you soon.

Mhareeze Fernandez
Mhareeze Fernandez

Hello im mhareeze just want to asked how much is the total fees to be paid to lift the blacklist of my friend who had been black list here for over staying for two years. And how long is the processing to before blacklist will be listed. Thank you


My appeal for my name to be lifted off the blacklist was rejected
How can I go about appealing for reconsideration
Thank you

Christopher s Brock
Christopher s Brock

Please help i need a lawyer to help with blacklisted all i did was sleep walk

jj Mónaco
jj Mónaco

Hi I was deny entry to the Philippines twice my x wife have file a case against me for adultery, and also block me for going to the Philippines, I went to the embassy of the Philippines here in California but they said they can’t do anything about it, they suggest me to write a letter to the B.I or to the commissioner regarding my situation. I want to go back to the Philippines because I do have a girlfriend there who’s is sick with cancer and I would like to be by her side my step daughter is all… Read more »


Has anyone here been successfully taken off the blacklist for having insufficient documents?