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I'm DONE with these VISA policies!!! CEBU here I come!!


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7 minutes ago, vogie said:

Surely the Philippines does have some advantages over Thailand, the main one being you are not required to have this 800,000 baht tied up in a bank, no 3 month reporting and only costing around $130 a year to renew your extension and the cost of living is much cheaper AFAIK.

Good luck to the op.

Isn't it a violent, crime-ridden hell-hole with shit food?

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5 minutes ago, vogie said:

Surely the Philippines does have some advantages over Thailand, the main one being you are not required to have this 800,000 baht tied up in a bank, no 3 month reporting and only costing around $130 a year to renew your extension and the cost of living is much cheaper AFAIK.

Good luck to the op.

Yes the baht is the main problem, putting added pressure on folk .Which country does give the best return for, say, the AUD?

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Just now, brewsterbudgen said:

Isn't it a violent, crime-ridden hell-hole with shit food?

Gotta say I,ve only been once years ago and was shit scared the whole time!

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Just now, brewsterbudgen said:

Isn't it a violent, crime-ridden hell-hole with shit food?

I'm not an expert on The Philippines BB, never been, having said that Thai food hardly rocks my boat.

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43 minutes ago, fishtank said:

Marriage Extension takes around 30 minutes every time I do it.

Easy if you have the correct paperwork.

At CW it is almost 5 to 8 hrs if one has the correct paperwork. The interaction with the imm officer is only about 20 mins and the process is easy.

 

Usually have to return the next day again because the imm officer always finds something they don't like with the photos, so every extension needs 3 visits to CW.

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Strange fella. Why are so many people throwing tantrums over TM30? The Jomtien office (quite a user-friendly place these days) told me I had 3 days to file it, but don't panic about it. And when I said I was going up to Bkk next weekend and should I file another TM30, the answer was a shake of the head. When I extended my SETV, it took all of 5 minutes, after which I wandered down to the beach to spend a couple of relaxing hours in a deckchair drinking coconut juice as dusky grass-skirted maidens swayed to the sound of a ukelele. 

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34 minutes ago, kellersphuket said:

having to report your presence to immigration everytime you return home from an overnight trip to another town is beyond ludicrous.

I agree. Thankfully as a retiree with my own condo I dont have to do it. But if I did have to do it I would consider it an unnecessary imposition and it would encourage me to look elsewhere.

 

The whole thing is made even more ridiculous when you consider that if you carry a mobile phone the government knows where you are at all times, to within a few hundred yards. The TM30 offers no such guarantee of accuracy at all. It is just a pointless bit of paperwork.

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1 minute ago, Dexlowe said:

Strange fella. Why are so many people throwing tantrums over TM30? The Jomtien office (quite a user-friendly place these days) told me I had 3 days to file it, but don't panic about it. And when I said I was going up to Bkk next weekend and should I file another TM30, the answer was a shake of the head. When I extended my SETV, it took all of 5 minutes, after which I wandered down to the beach to spend a couple of relaxing hours in a deckchair drinking coconut juice as dusky grass-skirted maidens swayed to the sound of a ukelele. 

Some folk live nowhere near an immigration office...

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3 minutes ago, transam said:

Some folk live nowhere near an immigration office...

That's hardly the fault of the immigration people. Anyway, the OP didn't say that this was his problem.

 

(I know things ain't perfect - I'm as affected as anyone else.)

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2 minutes ago, Dexlowe said:

That's hardly the fault of the immigration people. Anyway, the OP didn't say that this was his problem.

 

(I know things ain't perfect - I'm as affected as anyone else.)

But it is, all this reporting and TM30 stuff is a total waste of time, plus I doubt the paperwork involved is used for anything but storage...

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i also wish for a hassle free reliable visa, but thailand has reliable electric unlike phil, and its painful to move,

and now that im 50, i dont have to do visa runs in thailand.

if i could do it all over again, knowing what i know now,

i would likely have settled for another EU nation,

but with more sun

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