TRAVEL TO & IN THE PHILIPPINES. UPDATES AND NEWS

Overseas travel to the Philippines and travel in the Philippines has become more challenging with the present situation with countries restriction travel. The rules and options for international travel seem to change by the day. Here is some of the latest news regarding travel to and in the Philippines.

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  1. I’m from Des Moines, Iowa USA. Even here where we have less than a couple hundred cases and it’s starting to get hairy. Some of the store selves are empty and are usually gone within a couple hours of being stocks. Fellow travelers, I hate to say it but it’s time to prepare for the worse. Do not travel until this passes. The sooner everyone buckles down hopefully the sooner this is over. Stay safe.

    1. I think you are correct DakotaIWCC. I am being more careful and not going out unless I need to. Plenty of food on the shelves and markets here though. Stay safe.

  2. No test kits for the ChinaVirus in The Philippines. Also very few ventilators .
    So, you get it in The Philippines, you will probably be staying there.
    Duterte did a deal with the devil (CCP) and all the Philippine people will pay for it.

    1. I cannot make out any rationale from this “analysis”. Anywhere in the world, not exclusive to the poor nation Philippines, mostly very old people contacting this virus have very slim chances for surviving. So, one stays there where he drops

    2. I am sure that there is a shortage of test kits around the world and more being developed but it takes time to manufacture and ship them out. The various kits also vary in accuracy I suspect so it will all take time wherever one is in the world.

    1. I just heard that Luzon immigration offices will go to skeletal crews and not process visa extensions but that no one will be penalized for overstaying during this time.

  3. Chloroquine, an anti malaria drug has had good success treating serious cases (pneumonia) of the virus, especially if coupled with Zithromax.

    1. @American Expat In The Philippines I assumed you were referring to viral pneumonia as a virus is the topic of discussion. If you were you referring to bacterial pneumonia I apologize.

  4. Looks like we are here to stay, which in my case is good because that was our plans all along. Just a quick note again for you. If you are stuck here in the Philippines and are taking medicine for long term pain, just let me know. I’m have no u-tube channel but I watch all your videos and I remember we talked about this before and you have my email address. If lost just let me know and I can advise where they can try. Only 2 doctors in Cebu City take such patient’s.

  5. I was told today by someone that Immigration in Davao City is no longer doing tourist visa extentions. I looked online but could not confirm that. Anybody have any info about that ¿

    1. I just read that Luzon immigration offices are going to skeletal crews and will not be processing visa extensions and most other items but there will not be a penalty for not extending during this time.

  6. Rod,
    I believe international border closure is going to continue the situation stabilizes in the way of containment. ( Significant decrease in the number of new cases of infection in a given area.)

  7. Rod,
    Hope you are staying healthy there and safe. This has been an unprecedented week. I am surprised they have let any flights in or out. Watch what India does in a day or so. They will not even let their own people come back from international destinations.
    There are some interesting things going on in our barangay. But again, that changes every day.

  8. In the newspaper it saids Philippines can not handle more than 450 tests per day. There is only one testing center for all of the Philippines. Test results are taking a week to come back. The Philippines medical services can not handle the number of cases.

    1. Amazing Philippines Cebu City will receive 30,000 kits from S.Korea.A private hospital in Lapu-Lapu City got 100 kits from a private hospital in Singapore.

    2. Thanks Paul. There is a lack of tests and testing centers in most of the world presently and it will take time to ramp everything up. There are also different and new test kits being developed with varying degrees of accuracy also.

    1. Wow. Interesting Kenneth. I walked to a store yesterday a couple km away and got more “looks” from security along the way but no comments about where I was going.

  9. Hi Rod,
    Although the article you showed said there was a ban on foreigners with “no exceptions” you actually said in the vlog that the spouses of Filipinos were an exception. There was no reference to this in the article. Is it true or not? Duterte did make this exception earlier, but does it still stand. I am married to a Filipino and we have booked tickets to come to Cebu, where we have our own apartment in SRP. Am I likely to be refused entry?

    1. Thanks for this, Rod. I have to say, as a 74 year old diabetic, I would feel a lot safer in Cebu than here in the UK, where because of government inactivity, we look to be facing a similar situation to Italy soon.

    2. This is the article I read from in the Inquirer Chris. Sometimes details in articles are not fact but I take them as stated here at this time, subject to change and many things are changing daily.
      DOTr said Filipino migrant workers, repatriated Filipinos, foreign spouses of Filipino and their children (provided that the foreign nationals are traveling with the Filipinos), foreign government officials and international organization officials accredited to the Philippines are excluded from the temporary travel ban.

    3. @Buzz Lightworthy Thanks very much for that information. On reading the whole article, I do see though that it seems to say that they won’t issue new spouse visas, only not cancel those already issued. I was in Philippines in January and was given one year then.

  10. AS LONG AS I HAVE BEEN HERE I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE JEEPNEYS WOULD BE RUNNING AND TRANSPORTING THE PHILIPPINES PEOPLE AND FOREIGNERS SUCH AS MYSELF HOW WRONG I WAS.

  11. AS LONG AS I HAVE BEEN HERE I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE JEEPNEYS WOULD BE RUNNING AND TRANSPORTING THE PHILIPPINES PEOPLE AND FOREIGNERS SUCH AS MYSELF HOW WRONG I WAS.

  12. Thanks again for taking the time and effort to bring this update Rod, much appreciated. Some measures will be be controversial, but their effectiveness or not will prove their merit . There seems to be fewer cases in Philippines than UK , where from today all schools are closed, in addition to the self isolation for over 70’s for four months. Appreciate all the videos, but don’t take unnecessary risks and stay safe always, until things return to normal.

  13. It all depends on how you look at it. I would never consider myself stranded in the Philippines. I would consider it a relief from tourists. However, I consider myself stranded here in the US.

  14. Maybe it changes tomorrow 🤣 Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 20)— Foreign nationals currently in the Philippines will not be forced to flee the country despite the government’s directive to cancel existing visas, the Foreign Affairs Department said.

    In an advisory Thursday night, DFA clarified that the newly-signed visa suspension policy “has no impact on foreign nationals that are already in the country or on holders of visas issued by other government agencies.”

    “Those foreigners currently in the country are allowed to stay until they depart. The BI (Bureau of Immigration) is currently addressing issues like expiring visas based on their directives,” the department said in a message.

    Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. revealed Thursday that all Philippine embassies and consulates will temporarily stop issuing visas to all foreign nationals— and that all previously approved entry documents are “deemed cancelled.” Visas of foreign spouses and children of Filipino nations, however, will remain valid.Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 20)— Foreign nationals currently in the Philippines will not be forced to flee the country despite the government’s directive to cancel existing visas, the Foreign Affairs Department said.

    In an advisory Thursday night, DFA clarified that the newly-signed visa suspension policy “has no impact on foreign nationals that are already in the country or on holders of visas issued by other government agencies.”

    “Those foreigners currently in the country are allowed to stay until they depart. The BI (Bureau of Immigration) is currently addressing issues like expiring visas based on their directives,” the department said in a message.

    Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. revealed Thursday that all Philippine embassies and consulates will temporarily stop issuing visas to all foreign nationals— and that all previously approved entry documents are “deemed cancelled.” Visas of foreign spouses and children of Filipino nations, however, will remain valid.Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 20)— Foreign nationals currently in the Philippines will not be forced to flee the country despite the government’s directive to cancel existing visas, the Foreign Affairs Department said.

    In an advisory Thursday night, DFA clarified that the newly-signed visa suspension policy “has no impact on foreign nationals that are already in the country or on holders of visas issued by other government agencies.”

    “Those foreigners currently in the country are allowed to stay until they depart. The BI (Bureau of Immigration) is currently addressing issues like expiring visas based on their directives,” the department said in a message.

    Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. revealed Thursday that all Philippine embassies and consulates will temporarily stop issuing visas to all foreign nationals— and that all previously approved entry documents are “deemed cancelled.” Visas of foreign spouses and children of Filipino nations, however, will remain valid.Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 20)— Foreign nationals currently in the Philippines will not be forced to flee the country despite the government’s directive to cancel existing visas, the Foreign Affairs Department said.

    In an advisory Thursday night, DFA clarified that the newly-signed visa suspension policy “has no impact on foreign nationals that are already in the country or on holders of visas issued by other government agencies.”

    “Those foreigners currently in the country are allowed to stay until they depart. The BI (Bureau of Immigration) is currently addressing issues like expiring visas based on their directives,” the department said in a message.

    Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. revealed Thursday that all Philippine embassies and consulates will temporarily stop issuing visas to all foreign nationals— and that all previously approved entry documents are “deemed cancelled.” Visas of foreign spouses and children of Filipino nations, however, will remain valid.

    1. @Amazing Philippines Red Alert, Red Alert
      Germany has now caught the toilet paper virus from the USA and Canada 🤣🤣 🤣. Went shopping today to buy a few things and toilet paper is sold out, I am down to my last roll, Oh well i can always use the bum gun.🤣😂😂😂

    1. They are giving extensions at this time in Mandaue immigration Rod but that could change with more restrictions in the future. Luzon immigration offices are not doing many processes but those affected will not be penalized because of the public transport shutdown and quarantine there.

  15. Thanks for the travel updates. I was supposed to fly there on MArch 26th. Not sure if I will cancel or rebook for the end of May. Thanks again for the information. Stay safe and Healthy!

    1. I think you will have to rebook as the latest is that they will not accept foreigners for the next several weeks at least James. If you did manage to arrive, you would be required to be in a quarantine center for at least 14 days.

    1. I think our food situation will remain pretty good here. The USA economy and retailers/warehouses have been set up on “just in time” shipping so that inventories are kept low and any emergencies disrupt that system quickly.

    1. I am pretty sure that is for foreigners who have not yet arrived in the Philippines Tom as they are not allowing foreigners in for a month or more to try to stop the spread of the virus.

    1. Very true Gary. I read that the “checkpoints” were not allowing “nonessential” items to be delivered to food processing plants, things like cans and labels, but this has been addressed and now allowed to pass.

  16. Hi Rod, When they announced the visa cancellations, they kept stating that these are visas for people trying to enter the Philippines, not for foreigners already IN the Philippines. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr likewise gave assurances foreign tourists stranded in the Philippines will be “deemed to have their visas extended” and will not face penalties when departing the country.

    1. Thanks Dan. I did read that also later. I also read that Arizona USA DMV is extending drivers license renewals out for 6 months which give me some leeway in visiting for that purpose. Stay safe.

    1. @Amazing Philippines I’m hoping this will all blow over by May-June. They’re already talking cures in the works. One thing for sure the next month will tell us a LOT. I know people are so tightly compacted there things spread much much faster so I pray a cure comes quickly.

    2. I am afraid it will get worse before it gets better Don. There is a lot that is not known about it and how it is spreading and many more are infected than have been tested so stay as safe as you can.

  17. Thanks for the updates and insights, Rod. For us out in Cebu province, it has been very quiet here, with very few venturing out except for picking up food from the local wet market/vegetable vendors. Last night a truck with a loudspeaker, was reiterating that all young people were not to be out past curfew, and for parents to take notice or face sanction. Stay safe Rod, along with all Cebu and elsewhere. As far as taking care of oneself, we did prepare, but are also eating a lot more local vegetables too. A lot of the local vegetables are affordable and full of nutrients to help protect the immunity and strength of even the poorest residents ,during this stressful time.

    1. I think this is very serious and we do need to take as many precautions as possible. It is spreading across the world rapidly and so much is not known about it yet. Good to hear you are safe and well Regina. I have seen lots of kids still playing in large groups and Filipinos in groups in neighborhoods so I suspect several are getting infected through those meetings.

  18. Thanks for your video. A subscriber from Canada here. Our government just blocked all incomming migrants as of Mar 20. Our grocery stores are enforcing a limit of 2 quantity of the same item to reduce over buying. Never before happened in Canada. All the best!

  19. Hi i came here last june on a balicbyon visa as i came with my wife was going to get a visacto stay so do uI ou think idd be able to get a Bbnnnj isa to stay i dont want cv to go back to australia

  20. You need to self quarantine being as old as you are. The survival rate at your old age is very low should you be infected. Stay safe and lock it up

  21. I was there in Cebu for 2 months and enjoyed my stay. I would have loved to extend my vacation but decided I would leave by 11th March, my ticket’s return date. So glad I did it because on that day the Phil. president gave the bad news. I hope you are taking care of yourself and practice social distancing. God bless you.

  22. Great info Rod—-they have to close the international borders—80% of confirmed cases in Australia are people coming from overseas—-10 new cases yesterday in my state, all USA tourists who beat the border closing by one day and been travelling around three states —-we even have Tom Hanks and his wife quarantined here after positive tests

    1. Thanks Clyde. Travel needs to be shut down for a time. They just caught a Chinese trying to get around the checkpoints by hiring a local boat to bring him from Negros to Cebu and he is now under observation.

  23. Getting news here in the US is tough, lots of contradictory reports. I’m stuck here until a Dr. appointment on April 9th. After that I need to get back home to Mandaue. Is there any word on when the travel ban will be lifted or reviewed?

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