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hey Chuck

Oh I didn't know the advance visas approval was for 59 days. That is the reason for the charge. That makes sense now. I left in 2012 . I lived in Tagum City just outside of Davao city. I am going to check my passport. I thought it was for 21 days. Then I went to Davao City to get it extended for the 59 days more. that put me almost 3 months of approval.

i checked my passport and I arrived June 28, 2011 and and had to depart Jul 19, 2011. that is 21 days without my 59 day extension. I stayed there until 2012 and then left. I had to do a couple extensions.

They must have changed the days after I left from 21 to 30 days for visas.

Art
It was the case that the 59 day visa from the embassy was slightly cheaper than in country extension.
 

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hey Chuck

Oh I didn't know the advance visas approval was for 59 days. That is the reason for the charge. That makes sense now. I left in 2012 . I lived in Tagum City just outside of Davao city. I am going to check my passport. I thought it was for 21 days. Then I went to Davao City to get it extended for the 59 days more. that put me almost 3 months of approval.

i checked my passport and I arrived June 28, 2011 and and had to depart Jul 19, 2011. that is 21 days without my 59 day extension. I stayed there until 2012 and then left. I had to do a couple extensions.

They must have changed the days after I left from 21 to 30 days for visas.

Art
On July 1, 2013, the Bureau of Immigration began implementing an extended visa waiver for covered nationals from 21 to 30 days. I was incorrect with the 2010 year.

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hey Chuck

Oh I didn't know the advance visas approval was for 59 days. That is the reason for the charge. That makes sense now. I left in 2012 . I lived in Tagum City just outside of Davao city. I am going to check my passport. I thought it was for 21 days. Then I went to Davao City to get it extended for the 59 days more. that put me almost 3 months of approval.

i checked my passport and I arrived June 28, 2011 and and had to depart Jul 19, 2011. that is 21 days without my 59 day extension. I stayed there until 2012 and then left. I had to do a couple extensions.

They must have changed the days after I left from 21 to 30 days for visas.

Art
Art, I always got my 59 day visa in advance through my local Philippine Consulate or Embassy and when I was stateside I worked my 13a paper work all through the mail system, I had to pay for the overnight or Federal Express service but it was worth it.
 

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I thought a tourist had to leave and return after a year and start over again for a maximum of 3 years.Has things changed again? When I was there living in 2011 I stayed for 8 months with no problem. Just had to extend my visa. A retirement visa requires a tourist to deposit $10,000 into an approved account if they have a monthly retirement of at least $800. I get $1600 a month in SS benefits.

I wonder if they will go back to the norm after the virus has been contained? It was nice getting the passport stamped for 21 days at entry. then a tourist had time to extend the 59 day visa. Can a person extend the 3 years all at once or has this been discontinued?

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I thought a tourist had to leave and return after a year and start over again for a maximum of 3 years.Has things changed again? When I was there living in 2011 I stayed for 8 months with no problem. Just had to extend my visa. A retirement visa requires a tourist to deposit $10,000 into an approved account if they have a monthly retirement of at least $800. I get $1600 a month in SS benefits.

I wonder if they will go back to the norm after the virus has been contained? It was nice getting the passport stamped for 21 days at entry. then a tourist had time to extend the 59 day visa. Can a person extend the 3 years all at once or has this been discontinued?

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A 9a(tourist) can extend for a total of 36 months before leaving and then return and do it over again and again. Extensions can be in 1 or 2 month increments and some offices can issue 6 months. SRRV({retirement) has different cost for the different categories cheapest being $1500 deposit for Mil Vets,
 

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So, I guess the Philippines is not stamping the passport with the 30 day visa at port of entry? That means the 59 day visa is the only one to get and then keep extending it for 3 years.

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hey gary

This way we get screwed out of the 30 day free stamp. Always before I got a automatic stamp in my passport upon entry. then I would pay to extend it for 59 days each time.

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hey gary

This way we get screwed out of the 30 day free stamp. Always before I got a automatic stamp in my passport upon entry. then I would pay to extend it for 59 days each time.

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While you say you get screwed out of 30 days free, you actually pay less for the 59 days! Visa waiver(30 days free) for 59 days cost php 3030($62) while Visa in advance cost $30. Which is cheaper?

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I would simply be happy that borders appear to be opening art. We tend to get screwed here from time to time and I know screwing happens in all countries in one or many forms. Get your visa, get back here and enjoy.

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hey Steve,

I didn't know the visa was cheaper in advance. Yeah I agree we get screwed in a lot of countries. Even here in the USA. hahahaha

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More confusing info:

02 May 2021
PRESS RELEASE

Foreign tourists still banned from PH, BI reminds public

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reminded the public that foreign tourists are still banned from entering the Philippines despite the lifting of certain travel restrictions that took effect Saturday.

In a statement, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente stressed that only foreigners with valid and existing visas are currently allowed to enter the country.

“Foreign tourists are still prohibited from entering the country and said restriction remains effective until it is lifted by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) ” Morente said.

He explained that the country only reverted to implementing the travel international guidelines that existed prior to March 22 when the government reimposed a ban on the entry of all foreigners due to recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the country.

“The recent easing of travel restrictions applies only to those aliens who were allowed to come here before March 22 and they should have valid and existing visas at the time of their arrival in our ports of entry,” the BI chief added.

The BI earlier announced that starting May 1 aliens with existing immigrant and non-immigrant visas may again enter the country.

Exempted from the visa requirement are the foreign spouse and children of Balikbayans or returning Filipinos and former Filipinos who are travelling with the latter.

Foreigners who are holders of valid and existing Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV) or Section 9(a) temporary visitors’ visas may be allowed entry, provided they present an entry exemption document from the Department of Foreign Affairs upon arrival.

Execept for foreign diplomats and members of international organizations, all foreign travelers are required to present a pre-booked accommodation for at least seven nights in an accredited quarantine hotel of facility where they will be tested for COVID-19 on the sixth day from date of their arrival.

The BI also emphasied that following the IATF-MEID, travellers who came from India or have a travel history to India within the last 14 days preceding their arrival are banned from entering the country until May 14.
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Until now I've generally used the Balikbayan to gain entry and extended in 6 month increments as needed. Glad to see the Balikbayan re-introduced.
 

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if I had the SSRV then I need a special entry document. What is that and how does a person get one before coming there?

Great information chuck.

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It's great news that the PRA have opened up the SRRV program again for the over 50's, common sense won the day.

art, as for getting a retirement visa (SRRV) it has to be done in country, tourist, Balakbayan, marriage visa (13a), SIRV, already accomplished and from memory Manila and Cebu process this visa, others can let us know of other offices processing this visa.
Chuck (above) posted the link and needs to be reviewed and digested, lots of paperwork involved.
Only a suggestion but if you are keen to come back to PH. why not contact the Philippines consulate in the States and see what's required and go from there. Let us know what you discover.
Good luck and happy hunting.

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hey Steve

the only one here i think is in Washington DC for East coast. I will contact them and see what they say. Will post what I find out.

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I received this message from the embassy in Washington DC today about the SRRV visa.


Issuance of SRRV visa is now suspended.

Please be informed that entry of foreign nationals/tourists remains suspended. Only foreign spouses of Filipino nationals or parents of minor Filipino nationals (17 yrs and below) are exempted from the travel ban and will need to apply for a visa to travel to the Philippines at this time.





Visa Section
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
Washington DC, USA




It seems no tourist are allowed into the Philippines at this time. they did not say when tourist will be allowed back into the country.

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It seems no tourist are allowed into the Philippines at this time. they did not say when tourist will be allowed back into the country.
I was looking for the government post I saw on Facebook, but cannot find it. They posted to clarify the point that opening the entry to foreigners did not include tourists yet.
There seemed to be some misunderstanding of their terribly worded press release... 😎
 
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