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I understand now, the actual visa does not affect visa extension stay prices. Unless I am in and out or doing visa runs, the visa is not necessary. A 3 month visa gives 59 day stay and is cheaper than applying. Beyond 59 day stay,a visa is not needed. The BI sites are clear as mud, often no info.
I want to stay 5 or 6 months soon. I've been in Ph 3 times and its never enough time for me to find where I want to live. Cebu- no, Davao- no, Manila-no, Subic FP, I liked area, rent seemed expensive for old buildings. Or find a deal, the 1 yr leases I saw in Cebu were insane. I'm not ready to do a one shot 25 yr lease yet.
I live rural in Canada, 3 acres on lake, I built the house, I hate winter, I wouldn't mind living province except that scares me. I don't like the scooter noise and dust in cities. I want to find a place that I like, so many islands, so little time
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I understand now, the actual visa does not affect visa extension stay prices. Unless I am in and out or doing visa runs, the visa is not necessary. A 3 month visa gives 59 day stay and is cheaper than applying. Beyond 59 day stay,a visa is not needed. The BI sites are clear as mud, often no info.
I want to stay 5 or 6 months soon. I've been in Ph 3 times and its never enough time for me to find where I want to live. Cebu- no, Davao- no, Manila-no, Subic FP, I liked area, rent seemed expensive for old buildings. Or find a deal, the 1 yr leases I saw in Cebu were insane. I'm not ready to do a one shot 25 yr lease yet.
I live rural in Canada, 3 acres on lake, I built the house, I hate winter, I wouldn't mind living province except that scares me. I don't like the scooter noise and dust in cities. I want to find a place that I like, so many islands, so little time
As a tourist you have two options. You get a 59 day visa from your local Philippine embassy in Canada. You then arrive in the Philippines and just before you 59 days expires you extend your visa for another 2 months and every 2 months up to a maximum of 36 months. Second you arrive in the Philippines with no visa where you receive a 30 day free visa. Just before the 30 days expires you extend another 29 days (30+29 + 59) then yo again extend 2 months at a time up to 36 months. Simples.

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I understand now, the actual visa does not affect visa extension stay prices. Unless I am in and out or doing visa runs, the visa is not necessary. A 3 month visa gives 59 day stay and is cheaper than applying. Beyond 59 day stay,a visa is not needed. The BI sites are clear as mud, often no info.
I want to stay 5 or 6 months soon. I've been in Ph 3 times and its never enough time for me to find where I want to live. Cebu- no, Davao- no, Manila-no, Subic FP, I liked area, rent seemed expensive for old buildings. Or find a deal, the 1 yr leases I saw in Cebu were insane. I'm not ready to do a one shot 25 yr lease yet.
I live rural in Canada, 3 acres on lake, I built the house, I hate winter, I wouldn't mind living province except that scares me. I don't like the scooter noise and dust in cities. I want to find a place that I like, so many islands, so little time
Good luck on your Visa options, looks like you'll be okay there. What are you talking about, worried about living in the Provincial area's? Man your paying dearly to live in around other expats and tourist traps, you could live so much cheaper and more relaxing out in the Province area's, malls are always a short ride away. You won't need to sign any contracts or leases my God, in fact if you do your hurting yourself and other expats, this is the Philippines stop doing things like we do in the West and don't let anyone here run things on you like it's Canada, this is still the Wild-Wild West you can have it your way, like Burger King, just don't let these Philippine realtor's and slickster's run the show, find another way to rent, your the boss because you have the cash, so hopefully you have a friend here that can help you with the function of finding a spot to live in.
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i thought living in province can be dangerous

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It can, but not as dangerous as the cities can be.
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and I'm terrified of snakes. At least in China all the cobras were in wine bottles

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Yes I've heard there are snakes in the Philippines, yet to see one. Generally snakes are timid and will only attack if threatened.
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I live next to Laguna de Bay and occasionally they do show up but it's been 5 years and it averages two snakes a year at the most and these snakes are usually tiny and don't bother anyone, I did have a cobra dangle down on me and the grandson, from the roof, and he wasn't small, it was a wake up call and after I'd cut the back yard grass one time, a very huge cobra came out the in-laws side, I guess the brush cutter spooked him out, I also burned an overgrown grass area. As long as your in a fairly clean yard, you should be okay.

So many nice markets to get your vegetables, seafoods, meats and food items along with serveral large grocery stores and smaller malls, hey..... it's easier to shop, could you imagine trying to get around and find all the cheap spots in Manila, the traffic the hassles.....ughh. Mall of Asia is one example of a spot to shop that's way overpriced and so large I don't even want to go there ever again.

A local built house in our municipality(not nice) the rent will run you about 1,200 peso's a month, right next to the water and nicer house will end up costing you 3-5,000 peso's and when you add in the costs of electricity, water ? it'll run 7-8,000 peso's it all depends on your Air Conditioning needs, that's the real wallet burner, soon as the AC comes on, it just adds up.

You'll need to buy yourself some sort of transportation, motorcycle, if you find someone your serious about, possible a used vehicle would be better, if you get around allot or don't spend much time at the house, to rely on local trikes and jeepeny's can add up quickly, especially for a foreigner the price is alway's higher.

You have within 90 days of entering the country to get a Philippine Drivers License.
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As a tourist you have two options. You get a 59 day visa from your local Philippine embassy in Canada. You then arrive in the Philippines and just before you 59 days expires you extend your visa for another 2 months and every 2 months up to a maximum of 36 months. Second you arrive in the Philippines with no visa where you receive a 30 day free visa. Just before the 30 days expires you extend another 29 days (30+29 + 59) then yo again extend 2 months at a time up to 36 months. Simples.

Or, as I understand it, you can do the 59 day Visa right at airport upon arrival...just tell the Immigration Officer you want that and they direct you to another point And you have to pay the small fee there (??)
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Or, as I understand it, you can do the 59 day Visa right at airport upon arrival...just tell the Immigration Officer you want that and they direct you to another point And you have to pay the small fee there (??)
"...is possible to get a 59 Day waiver on arrival and it costs less than going to an Immigration Office. Just ask the Immigration Officer when he checks your passport.

So why doesn't everyone apply? It's because it can take up to 2 hours to complete the procedure."

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