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On 4/4/2019 at 8:04 AM, ExpatPH said:

Visa:

After the first 29 days on arrival, go to immigration and apply for 1 months extension. You can apply next day after arrival if you want. 3.120 peso 60$

 

After first 59 days in country, your extension options are 1, 2, 6 months extension. You can apoly for this as early as 3rd dau in country, if you applied for 1 month extension the day before.

After 59 days a obligatory ACR-I Card (alien registration card) is required by immigration, take finger prints, proof of adress, this is the only time I show proof of location, never asked to show proof later on. Lease contract or hotel receipt is enough. Take photo copy ahead.

Within the first 16 months in country, you are allowed to get 2 times 6 months extension, so if you plan to stay long, apply for 6 months extension after the first 59 days in country.

Then the 2nd and last 6 month extension after 8 months stay.

After this, extend with 2 month each time, unless you can get a 3rd 6 months extension.  Some got it, I did not, so just ask politely.

36 months is the maximum you can stay in PH on tourist visa extensions.

Take 1 day trip or more out if the country, and start from scratch again.

 

No re-entry permit here.

If you leave the country, all visa you have in passport is used. 

 

If you stay more than 6 months in country and want to leave, you are required to apply for ECC (Exit clearance certificate) at immigration.

Apply 1 week ahead of departure and bring airline ticket.

 

If you stay for 1 year, the cost for extensions has been around 500$

 

My visa extensions take 2-3 hour.

 

Visa agents can do all your extensions for you, they charge you 25-30$ for this.

 

Opening a Bank account in PH:

 

Regulations require that you have ACR-I card that you can first apply for after 59 days stay, but it takes months to receive the actual card.

Your options are:

- ask a expat to go with you to the bank, together talk with bank manager about open new account and bring with you a dash of US$

- Go alone to main branch in the city and ask to talk with bank manager.

- Western Union transfer to yourself a day before you travel.

- zoom

 

Banking in general is time consuming, all my visits take 1-1.5 hour.

If you dont have patience, you got to learn to be patient.

 

I have local ATM with online banking android app, and also Visa prepaid card for online purchase.

Standard withdrawal is limited to 10000 Php 95$ per day, apply in the bank for higher limit, I have 50.000 Php limit 950$ per day, applied in the bank with reason condo rental payment.

 

Foreigner Visa / Mastercard:

Go to HSBC near Ayala center and withdraw max 40.000 per withdrawal. Daily number of withdrawals limit depends of your bank own limits, in country of origin.

 

Need to carry Passport?

 

The first 59 days I carried a color photo copy of my ID page and entry and extension stamp.

Never been asked to show passport in public.

When ACR-I card arrive after some months in ATM size, this is your legal id card you carry on daily basis.

 

Much more to come

 

Regards

ExpatPH

This sounds like a nightmare for visas compared to Thailand. Is there no way for long term expats to obtain an annual renewable visa which isn't cancelled every time you leave the country?

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2 minutes ago, DannyCarlton said:

This sounds like a nightmare for visas compared to Thailand. Is there no way for long term expats to obtain an annual renewable visa which isn't cancelled every time you leave the country?

 Fyi The nightmare for visas isn’t in The Phillipines!

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DannyCarlton,

google for SRRV visa.

 

Example: If you are younger (35 above) you can get retirement visa with only 20k (SRRV smile) deposit in the bank, alternatively 50k upwards investment in condo (SRRV classic).

I would do one of those options once I am 35, because living there as a tourist for years and years - it seems they start cracking down on it too when I check the Philippines forums.

This SRRV visa means no visa extensions etc. - I think it is a good option.

 

If you are above 50, it is only 10k bank deposit I think.

 

So this sounds all like a dream to me. Just deposit some money. In Thailand I am required to pay 1M THB and never see it back.

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30 minutes ago, DannyCarlton said:

This sounds like a nightmare for visas compared to Thailand. Is there no way for long term expats to obtain an annual renewable visa which isn't cancelled every time you leave the country?

Believe you misread post - one day out of country and you start over again refers to max stay for tourist visa being 3 years - you leave for a day and then can stay another 3 years without leaving.  Any entry with a Philippine spouse gets a one year entry.  They have formal retirement visa called SSRV but it is so easy to stay as a tourist few bother with the paperwork.  

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2 hours ago, Destiny1990 said:

 Fyi The nightmare for visas isn’t in The Phillipines!

Well, for me it certainly ain't Thailand.

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On 9/1/2019 at 4:09 PM, cerox said:

Hello guys,

 

looking for information about Bohol; from people who have actually been there.

 

I will arrive in Bohol around mid-November after travelling other parts of the Philippines. I would like to explore it there a bit longer to see if it is suitable for living. Also, because there is lack of accommodation in PH and with Nov/Dec Christmas/New Year/high season is approaching I wonder if it makes sense to prebook 3 months there.

 

My questions to you:

- Panglao with the airport: is it more for tourists and the main/Alona beach? Or is it nice to live/stay there longer?

- is Tagbilaran city a better option? I see the ferry from Cebu goes there and they have a mall too

 

ExpatPH posted the bus schedule between Panglao and Tagbilaran - it looked a big gloomy so I need a bike. But perhaps the transport in Tagbilaran City is better.

 

Are there police checks on Bohol if I rent a motorbike because I do not have a local driving license?

 

Recommendations about other cities on Bohol island are appreciated too if the Internet is acceptable. ExpatPH mentioned good Internet, but I guess that he was on the main spots on Panglao and Tagbilaran.

 

Anybody been to Puerto Princesa? Nice for living or only a good travel spot?

I like Bohol, but if you're considering Puerto Princesa then have a look at Coron, probably my favourite place in PI. 

 

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On 4/7/2019 at 5:48 PM, Destiny1990 said:

Small kids toddlers will beg u very consistently in ur face or pull ur shorts for food and pesos coins. U will see them each and every day they sleep in groups on carton boxes things in open streets. Things like that we never experience in Thailand but that is very normal in phillipines. sooner or later it breaks ur heart number one reason for foreigners to leave is orher people their poverty.

its like that in cambodia, no doubt not as bad. cant really expect to escape poverty if all you do is hold out your hand or scam people. doesnt break my heart at all

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On 4/8/2019 at 6:07 AM, stravers said:

Due to supply and demand factors, these girls have few choices. It's usually down to you or Somchai the taxi. Great she's with you and devoted but what's her better options? 

same in cambodia and they choose somchai. could be the language barrier tho

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33 minutes ago, phycokiller said:

its like that in cambodia, no doubt not as bad. cant really expect to escape poverty if all you do is hold out your hand or scam people. doesnt break my heart at all

Begging hungry children is very sad however this is only in minor areas and in some Filipino big cities such as Manila Cebu 

Also if ur a foreigner then they will beg with u more then if u are a local.

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10 hours ago, Destiny1990 said:

Begging hungry children is very sad however this is only in minor areas and in some Filipino big cities such as Manila Cebu 

Also if ur a foreigner then they will beg with u more then if u are a local.

There's an adult near by to directing them & collecting the money......Usually the high traffic areas.....Many of these groups rove only in certain territories.....

Some in outlying neighborhoods are truant gangs run by the older kids....Most "appear" not to have much of a home life based on appearance & round the clock activity......

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12 hours ago, Destiny1990 said:

Begging hungry children is very sad however this is only in minor areas and in some Filipino big cities such as Manila Cebu 

Also if ur a foreigner then they will beg with u more then if u are a local.

In Manila I had ladies and kids hold out their hand, I was never touched. Sometimes I gave kids food, never money.

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On 4/10/2019 at 6:49 PM, ExpatPH said:

 

Thats good news for expats who prepare plan B. Easier to move to neighbour country, than overseas to PH.

Local forum khmer440 and cambodiaexpatsonline can be a good resource for those interested in Cambodia as Plan B.

 

Friends in Pattaya emailed me that they only see people from China and India these days, less caucasians tourists and expats, they said.

Thaivisa today reported decline in hotel bookings for songkran.

 

I don't care what destination people choose as their Plan B.

My intention in this thread, is to tell about life here, the good and the bad.

For those who have a agenda against PH, please continue enjoy Thailand as long you can.

why is it easier? just a slightly more expensive plane fight really, unless you prefer buses 

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On 4/10/2019 at 9:38 PM, Destiny1990 said:

So what is thailand gaining exactly  from discouraging foreigners to longer stay or very frequently visiting?

How is that beneficial for locals and especially for local shops owners and employees?

 

its a dictatorship. they want to try and limit outside ideas influencing their people

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1 minute ago, phycokiller said:

its a dictatorship. they want to try and limit outside ideas influencing their people

But behind the scenes China is colonizing... 

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