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Old 15th September 2020, 10:49 PM
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Yes, I dive whenever I can, several times each week...the beaches and dive sites are open here in Bohol...

I am tired of being couped up inside since this pandemic started...and there is no better way to socially distance then to go scuba diving...Hahaha! I was very happy to hear that the Governor of Bohol opened up the beaches about 5 or 6 weeks ago...

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Yes, I dive whenever I can, several times each week...the beaches and dive sites are open here in Bohol...

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I was there in October/November last year. I dove with Philippine Fun Divers there. Good bunch to dive with.
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I love how on the front page of PRA's website, the thumbnail of the the video promoting the SRRV says "It also allows me to return to the Philippines anytime I want."
Oh... you want to come now?!

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I love how on the front page of PRA's website, the thumbnail of the the video promoting the SRRV says "It also allows me to return to the Philippines anytime I want."
Oh... you want to come now?!
Hi Nate and welcome to the forum.

The Covid response feels like unchartered territory and so if you're not married than the SRRV won't work for sure and this is a poor and developing country so the population is at risk, many can't afford any form of health care so as a single expat or? or one that doesn't or can't utilize the 13a Visa... traveling in and out of the country if you think about it, you are more like a permanent tourist.
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I would want to go to the Philippines now anyway but I can't.
After some need of travelling before settling, my meetings with people would be just with a few, because I want to live with just little contact with people anyway. I like to live in nice nature far from neighbours as my place in Sweden, but my joints want change to warm year around.

The Philippines make some misstakes (often by some people don't follow restrictions)
BUT they are much BETTER than the official handling in Sweden anyway...
(In Sweden there are just a few restrictions and one of them is crazy =Only an arm length as "safe" distance face to face!!!
Very few use facemask/shield in Sweden. I don't go shopping, I just send orders and get things delivered, but a friend of mine living elsewhere go shopping. He told in the supermarket mostly it's only him who use facemask and gloves! (Plus it's a transparent wall mounted at the cassiere and paying with card so no contact there.)

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I agree with your sentiments to an extent MCA, what we do at this juncture should always be with the greater good for the most people at the forefront.

I do not believe a piece of paper like a marriage certificate makes one any more or less capable of getting Covid or spreading Covid however. The rules seem entirely random, and made up by politicians instead of virologists and disease experts. I am one of those being kept out of my adopted country even though I lived there for years, own a condo, have family there, but lack a marriage certificate.

We were caught out of country when the lockdowns happened and are now forced to pay rent where we are sheltering (New Zealand), as well as paying a condo mortgage and fees back in the Philippines. I have millions of pesos at stake, yet bureaucracy is keeping me and my pinay away simply because we are not yet married. Is this right? Is this fair? Certainly the PRA won’t say a word about this inequity in their sales literature while they try to sell more SRRV visas, if people knew the truth that they would only be allowed entry if they were married they wouldn’t sell visa at all...

Sorry for the rant, but after 6 months of being kept from our home, forced to make dual rent payments, and hearing nothing but politicized nonsense from authorities we have about had it - both with the Philippines and Covid...
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I hear your anguish and frustrations BGC and sympathise because it could have been me too, flew back into Manila on the 14th of march and fled the city back to our house before the lock downs on the 15th.
Enforced retirement, not a bad thing.

OMO but I think what all have to remember when it comes to the PRA is the deals brokered prior to C-19 with, in reality the governing body, bureau of immigration and government doctrines, to try to change now? The PRA? I'm sure they went into bat for SRRV holders when this happened and possibly they are still nipping at the heals of immi, who knows but I hope they see the errors of their inconvenience caused to holders of a retirement visa that allows the holder to come and go when they want "as advertised".

Good luck and I hope things turn around with the PRA.

OMO.

Cheers, Steve.
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I agree with your sentiments to an extent MCA, what we do at this juncture should always be with the greater good for the most people at the forefront.

I do not believe a piece of paper like a marriage certificate makes one any more or less capable of getting Covid or spreading Covid however. The rules seem entirely random, and made up by politicians instead of virologists and disease experts. I am one of those being kept out of my adopted country even though I lived there for years, own a condo, have family there, but lack a marriage certificate.

We were caught out of country when the lockdowns happened and are now forced to pay rent where we are sheltering (New Zealand), as well as paying a condo mortgage and fees back in the Philippines. I have millions of pesos at stake, yet bureaucracy is keeping me and my pinay away simply because we are not yet married. Is this right? Is this fair? Certainly the PRA won’t say a word about this inequity in their sales literature while they try to sell more SRRV visas, if people knew the truth that they would only be allowed entry if they were married they wouldn’t sell visa at all...

Sorry for the rant, but after 6 months of being kept from our home, forced to make dual rent payments, and hearing nothing but politicized nonsense from authorities we have about had it - both with the Philippines and Covid...
Sounds extremely expensive and stressful BGC, I feel for you and your family... but is there anything you can do, so is there any hope for marriage in New Zealand? Can you or do you want to marry and with that document then come back, wouldn't that work? Because I'm not seeing any changes here unless they come up with a vaccine soon, so really you're only hope is a vaccine approved in the Philippines or another country donating a vaccine and that's not gonna be until the summer of next year, can you wait that long.

I know this must affect others so a very important topic for those that got stuck outside the Philippines and not married or for what ever reasons marriage isn't possible.
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Short of a rush marriage, I don’t see a way. We are engaged already, but do not want to get married just so we have a piece of paper that satisfies some border agent to allow us back in. Seems rather ridiculous when one thinks about it... I never knew a marriage certificate could ward of a rampaging virus...

We already have solid private health insurance and will have additional travel insurance that covers any costs associated with Covid, I can’t see why they would not allow us in but will allow a married couple in who actually might be a burden to the health system.
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OMO but marrying someone to save money and difficulties? At 23 I never wanted to get married but at 24 after a year with my girl that wouldn't live with me unless married I bit the bullet,,,,, reminds me of "paradise by the dashboard lights", Meatloaf. In saying this there was the proverbial religious pressure from her family even though she stayed at my house 3 days a week and I at hers for 3 days and on Sundays we rested. We lasted 22 years and 2 beautiful children etc etc. Nothing is forever.

I am sure BGC has looked at all the options as most of us have to suit our needs,,,,,,,, then C-19 came along, adapt we do, little choice at times.

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