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Foreigners w/Permanent Resident Visas Still Allowed in Philippines Despite Stricter Lockdowns

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President Duterte issued a stricter lockdown status for Metro Manila and other regions from August 4-August 18. However, foreigners w/Permanent Resident Visas can still enter the Philippines despite stricter lockdowns. International air travel flights are still ongoing. Consequently, when the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) went into effect, I assumed that international air travel would … Read more

Face Shields Required for Sea Travelers and Land Transportation Passengers in Philippines

The Philippine Department of Transportation (DOTr) has mandated the “No Face Shield, No Ride” policy. The new policy is effective Aug. 15 for those passengers using any mode of public transportation such as jeepneys.  Passengers must wear face shields. As for sea travel, the policy mandating passengers to wear face shields will take effect on … Read more

Strict Lockdown Returns to Metro Manila

As a result of pleas from doctors and frontliners, a strict lockdown returns to Metro Manila. Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan will be under modified enhanced community quarantine, MECQ, from August 4 to 18. Strict Lockdown Returns to Metro Manila After discussions with the medical community, Duterte approved the MECQ’s return. Medical professionals believe … Read more

Quarantine Levels for Expats in the Philippines

Because lockdowns for the coronavirus continue in the Philippines, I decided to release this post. “Quarantine Levels for Expats in the Philippines.” Quarantine Levels for Expats in the Philippines Of course, the quarantine levels for expats in the Philippines are the same for Filipinos for the most part. However, LSIs, Locally Stranded Individuals, which can … Read more

How Many Foreigners Living in the Philippines?

Have you ever wondered how many foreigners are living in the Philippines? For example, how many Chinese, Americans, Brits, Australians, etc. are living in this Southeast Asian archipelago? First of all, the current population of the Philippines is 109,678,880 as of Monday, July 27, 2020. Moreover, that data comes from Worldometer.  It’s their estimate from the latest United Nations … Read more

Immigrating to the Philippines during COVID-19

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Are you considering immigrating to the Philippines during COVID-19? Because of the current coronavirus pandemic, only foreigners with long-term visas are currently able to enter the Philippines. Therefore, why even consider immigrating to the Philippines during COVID-19? Certainly, this current crisis won’t last forever. Consequently, now would be a good time to plan for when … Read more

Only Foreigners with Long Term Visas Allowed Back in Philippines

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I’ve resided in the Philippines for over 11 years. As a result, I consider myself a seasoned American expat in this archipelago. However, recent news reports that only foreigners with long-term visas could return to the Philippines was somewhat confusing. Only Foreigners with Long Term Visas Allowed Back in Philippines Why? Because foreigners with Filipino … Read more

American Living in Philippines Marks 11-Yr Milestone

I’m a foreigner. A stranger in a strange land. I’ve resided in “paradise” since 2009. Been married to a lovely Filipina for over 20 years. Hence, today’s post, “American Living in Philippines Marks 11-Yr Milestone.” Metallica Musings As my Jango internet radio plays a Metallica classic, “Enter Sandman,” I reminisce over the past 11 years. … Read more

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