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  1. This is what I was asked for and provided during check-in check-in: Passport, One Health Pass QR code from Bureau of Quarantine site (electronic is fine), PCR negative test result, electronic - the requirement is changing from 72 hours to 48 hours prior to departure as of Monday the 17th. Proof of vaccination, and Proof of booking in a verified quarantine hotel at destination. Nothing has changed on the exit immigration. Was all pretty seamless to be honest, we'll see how it goes at the other end.... Edit: Just to let you all know, I'm currently at the terminal awaiting departure.
    10 points
  2. They are the ones who can afford to have a test done.........anyone else who has a cough or a sniffle just stays home or toughs it out. How many vendors in your local wet market when as soon as they sneeze will run down to a test center, plop down 1500-2000 pesos, get tested, turn up positive, get hauled off to a camp and loose their income for 10 days.... The Philippines is in the "endemic" stage now, even if the powers that be dont want to admit it.........Your average Pinoy is just living with the virus.
    10 points
  3. TL;DR (Too long; Don't Read): Have your sh#t in one sock or they will deny you entry. To begin with, it should be noted that the PCR timeframe prior to departure for PI has been reduced from 72 to 48 hours and you should plan accordingly. Bureau of Quarantine officials are enforcing this upon entry. Anyway, to the matter at hand. Upon arrival at NAIA disembarkation will be delayed by various announcements with regards to COVID procedures etc. Some of them repeat the same points, but there’s information that is surprisingly helpful in each one. After you finally leave the aircraft, you take the usual meandering walk towards immigration with the addition of some of the departure lounges that have been added to the normal routes to accommodate the “checkpoints”. Before describing the process, I can’t emphasise how important it is to go through the One Health Pass (OHP) registration prior to departure on the Bureau of Quarantine website: https://onehealthpass.com.ph/e-HDC/OHP-Registration/ it must be completed within 3 days of your date of arrival. No sooner. I witnessed quite an interesting discussion between an Aussie and one of the officials due to the flight being delayed a day thus making his registration 1 day beyond the 3 day limit. They let him through but probably better to avoid the issue entirely. It should be noted that the current list of approved quarantine hotels found here https://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/boq-allowed-and-dot-accredited-quarantine-facilities-as-of-december-20-2021/ isn’t entirely accurate. Hotels are constantly having their accreditation revoked but they’ll stay in the pull-down list in the OHP registration. To be on the safe side, my advice would be to call your chosen hotel directly and confirm they’re still accredited. Checkpoint one, manned by Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) personnel they’ll require you to show the following: · Passport, · OHP, · Proof of negative PCR test, · Proof of vaccination from your home government app or hard copy. Checkpoint two – again BOQ personnel: · Same as checkpoint one but with the addition of proof of accredited quarantine hotel booking. Immigration: · OHP, · Entry paperwork you filled out on the plane, · Passport with valid visa, and · In my case proof of relationship (marriage certificate) supporting my 9a. Interestingly I noticed that the Balikbayan’s were being processed much faster than the visa holders. Head over to baggage claim, grab your bags then go over to.. wait for it… Checkpoint 4 (BOQ personnel): · OHP only. The guys at checkpoint 4 will then direct you to either the hotel shuttle vans, or if your hotel doesn’t provide one, to the un-metered taxis. For me it was the unmetered taxis. Exit the terminal, cross the road to where the taxis usually are, head to the left and you’ll see a booth. Go to the booth and show your OHP and they’ll give you a ticket with a fixed price and a copy of it to your driver. The non-metered taxis are all white with the old “3 stickers” on the front windscreen. The ride to my hotel in Malate just across the road from Robinson’s, was 530PHP; not a great price but not horrible either. Traffic was light even for 830pm at night, a sign of the “new norm” I guess. Upon arrival at my hotel, I had my temperature checked and signed a declaration I’ll comply with the quarantine regulations, then checked in as normal. Interestingly my hotel won’t allow food deliveries, which is in accordance with the regulations, but I know of some people that have been able to do this in other facilities. No big deal for me as they have a pretty reasonably priced restaurant for room service here and I’m in a studio with a decent kitchenette and they will go and do a grocery shop upon request. At some point the scanning of my OHP QR code triggered the randomly selected pathology lab on the OHP registration form (you’ll see what I mean when you fill in the form) to send me an email confirming my hotel and room number and after following the bouncing ball linked in the email, they sent another email detailing the date and procedure for my day 5 test. I think that about covers it all. Like Sydney, it was a reasonably seamless but unlike Sydney a time consuming process. I hope this helps some of you. Hopefully they’ll start making moves on the tourist visa front soon and you’ll be spared the process entirely. Oh, none of the money changers were open when I went through but it was well after dark so nothing unusual there. The Smart and Globe people were there to sell you a sim if you wanted one. On a whim I changed some cash in Sydney, glad I did despite the rate thus avoiding the international ATM fees which tend to be even more exorbitant. The old sailor in me can smell Ermita from here….
    9 points
  4. Ok, PCR test at Sydney international: Showed up at 1345, showed receipt from online request, passport, and proof of travel (e-ticket). Swab taken at 1350, results in my inbox at 1510 (negative )
    8 points
  5. You may chuckle about taking care of their women, there's a Facebook page where couples post photos of themselves and write a few lines explaining the government is keeping them apart and breaking relationships, pleading for the borders to be opened back up. Lets just say I recognise a few of the girls and have seen how loyal some are.
    7 points
  6. 7 points
  7. So, there I was, fat, dumb and happy in Zoom with a couple of mates having a beer in my hotel in Sydney, flight out to Manila the next day. Then this sequence of [email protected]#kery happened: 1700: Received an email from PAL stating that my had been changed from Saturday to Sunday. 1715: Received an email from JMM Grand Suites in Malate that they were not longer an accredited quarantine hotel despite still being on the Bureau of Quarantine list. 1715 and 23.5 seconds: I realised my negative PCR test would be 4 hours out of date at time of departure due to the 24 hour delay. 1716: Necked two beers in panic with that deer in the headlights look AKA also known as the.. never mind, you get the picture. 1717: Confirmed with PAL that I would be on the Sunday flight. 1725: Cancelled on Agoda my JMM Grand Suites booking. 1726: Refund came through with PayPal (yeah I know, but there it was). 1740: Looked up and called by phone the Kimberly in Malate to confirm that were still accredited quarantine then booked them - Major lesson learnt. 1815: QANTAS pilot in reception at my hotel here overheard me asking where I could obtain a new PCR test at very short notice. He told me walk-ins were accepted for international travellers and results within 3-4 hours at Sydney airport international departures area. 1816: In Zoom, having a couple beers with mates.
    7 points
  8. We all know its easy to criticise some of what happens here down, were probably all guilty of it. But wanted to share to a nice positive story. Was in Bantayan for all of December and got to see some of Odette etc. Meanwhile one day there was cooking dinner and unbeknownst to me, the airbnb condo I was staying in had sharpened their previously blunt knives. Cue deep finger laceration and loss of lots of blood. Managed to patch it up for the evening ( thanks owner for providing a good useful first aid box ) and the following morning drove to a doctors only for him to tell me that only in the hospital can they apply stitches. Drove to the only small hospital on the island where there were a few forms to fill in and then a nurse proceeded to attend to my cut. I was the only person in A&E that morning. Cleaned with distilled water, then betadine then made 6 stitches, then wrapped it up and gave me spare gauze pads. She checked with a doc somewhere along the way and he prescribed antibiotics ( as usual here). When all is done, I move back to the reception area and ask the nurse how much this was. She totally astonished me by saying "Sir, no cost at all. Free". Not much in life is free but this treatment was. Very surprised and very happy to have been so well treated. Was a nice positive experience. As a funny postscript, I went 10 days later to my local clinic for stitches removal but was told only a surgeon doctor could remove. So a nurse can put in , but needs a surgeon doctor to remove?
    7 points
  9. Breaking News MANILA- Aussie detained at immigration office at Ninoy Aquino International Airport pending arrest. As this is breaking news details are sketchy but it is reported that the Aussie arrived without a wedding band. The suspects wife had filed charges and now the Aussie can be deported for being an undesirable husband. More to come. Read More: https://sunoverthemoonpress.com Arrest of an Aussie
    6 points
  10. Actually you can. The SRRV marketeer is paid by the SRRV people so its not advertising the way I see it as the person you mention is not posting. There are a couple other recommendations posted here somewhere over the years Secondly new members can not use the PM system to stop those joining and blasting off spam to members. List of marketers to contact. Most of these are through businesses but individual's can also sign up to be marketeers. https://pra.gov.ph/marketers-agents/
    6 points
  11. Judging from what BrettGC has been through, and reading other forums on other peoples experiences with travel and airports, I dare say that my days of going to the airport early, going to the Qantas lounge and getting a skin full before the flight are well and truly over. Seems you have to be alert and have your wits about you for the changes that occur.
    6 points
  12. Good to see everything going to plan. Most likely in the back of your mind you knew this wont be easy but this time "one day" you will be here thinking about what crap you had to go through. When you are finally on the way and the captain comes over the PA and says, Brace, Brace, Brace, it's not an issue with the plane, just another change that he has to announce.
    6 points
  13. Sorry mate, but I was always under the impression that you Tottenham supporters didn't have ANY testicles!! Safe travels mate, see ya for a beer or two when you finally get your arse here.
    6 points
  14. After spending a couple of hours researching the SRRV visa, emails to the embassy here in Australia, I have to declare that I am non the wiser, I have a headache and I am going to break my standard rule of no alcohol before 4:30 p.m. The score today is Philippines 1 , ME ZERO. I give up. The next search is going to be for beer or wine.
    5 points
  15. Try telling that to thousands of idiots on the BI Facebook page. So many idiots in this world that I give up. Oh thats the foreigners and then you have the #loveisnottourisam wankers and then the blind. So much shit everyday. From now on I will remind foreigners that complain every day on FB that we are taking good care of their women while they can not enter the country.
    5 points
  16. Got an cell phone emergency alert for tsunami warning here in the Seattle area from an eruption explosion near Tonga of all places. Not sure how that may affect Philippines hopefully not. Video is amazing.
    5 points
  17. Without his wedding ring! Don't worry, I lost mine a few years ago and lived to tell the tale!
    5 points
  18. Thanks Jack. I have been saving my pocket money, so I have enough. Unless my wife finds it first! 🙂
    5 points
  19. In my case it was, Jack. She holds the purse strings so I needed her there for the 310php.
    5 points
  20. Thanks Brett, your report very much appreciated by the convicts waiting to escape gulag Australia.
    5 points
  21. I'm a bit of a spotter and follow a few immunologists and virologists. Like most things there's a lot of fake news out there and the anti vaxers tend to shout the loudest. Pretty much everyone I follow breaks it down to the vaccine was designed for the Alpha variant and was very good with that, proved pretty good for the Delta variant and getting by for Omicron. It's certainly still very good at reducing hospital admissions ratio wise. Anti vaxers make it sound worse by quoting total numbers instead of per 100k of each category. This scientist is good at explaining a lot of the news out there and links where the data comes from instead of using anecdotal evidence. https://www.tiktok.com/@distilledscience/video/7051650455167913262?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id7029641576688567813
    5 points
  22. Check the source of the article you have inserted. Have they included the only 3 establishments supporting their cause, are there others with different numbers? I don't know, I'm just asking. As I've said before, I'm not here to get into debate on vax v anti-vax, life's too short. Cut to the chase - in my opinion, being vaccinated offers me a better chance of avoiding ending up in hospital. Others may have a different opinion. That's cool. Sorry, forgot to add this part. I haven't included stats as I'm a believer in the theory that raw data is too easily manipulated but I have included an article which explains why we should take data with a pinch of salt. https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2021/dec/07/blog-posting/article-misleads-dangers-omicron-variant-using-uk-/
    5 points
  23. I concur, my wife's family members who live in the NCR all have cold/flu symptoms.
    5 points
  24. Now here I have to disagree, It is ( To me) all done online. I went to Today With an appointment,in and Out in 10 mins and the receipt was on the screen printed with no Copy required So what are we saying here? Things are different with a National situation?
    5 points
  25. Had a friend in quarantine last week, said they came to his quarantine hotel with a credit card reader and was able to pay for it there and then.. P 2250 for him and P2000 for filipina asawa. He had booked it in advance but hadnt paid.
    5 points
  26. What difference would a waiting period make? Most people dont get married at first sight. Even if you have been in a relationship for years does not mean once married that it will last forever. People change, circumstances change so no guarantees. In the Philippines there is a 10 day waiting period once you have applied for a marriage licence. If under 25 must have counseling before a licence is given. 10 days should be enough to sober up and realise what a mistake you are making and catch a flight out. Anyway at least with divorce it can free people from being forced to stay in a relationship which may not be healthy and also allow both parties to move on if they find the next soul mate and want to remarry.
    5 points
  27. Hi Northbird and welcome to the forum. I arrived in PI two days ago on a 9a visa. Much like @Gator I provided bank statements, some payslips (I was still working at the time of application) and proof of my two military pensions (yes I get 2, each from a different authority). As Gator said, there doesn't seem to be a set daily amount as such. There is an unverified theory that the magic number is $200USD each day of your stay, but I can't find any official confirmation of this other than on one of the PI embassy's websites, UK if I remember rightly. It's not mentioned anywhere else that I could find. I posted a thread with regards to everything I provided for my application, the information and documents I provided may seem excessive but I wanted to make sure of it first go. As stated in that thread I basically provided all the information stated on the Singaporean, UK and USA PI embassies' websites. The Australian PI embassy's website was next to useless. The thread can be found here: With regards to showing proof of an onwards flights and hotel bookings at the application stage, I simply wrote "TBA (to be advised) once the visa is approved" and the Australian consular staff were happy with that. In hindsight to make sure of it I probably should've taken Gator's route. You may or may not be asked for proof of your onwards flight by airline staff upon check-in and on occasion, I have been in the past but wasn't this time around. I suspect that this was due to my "throw away" being booked with the same airline as my my entry trip. I have never been asked by a BI official in PI for proof of onwards flights. I ended up having to provide an original of my marriage certificate for my application which they sent back with my passport. It may be different for you but personally I'd err on the side of caution.
    4 points
  28. Yeah, it's the preparation that's the hassle, changing rules, cancelled flights, officials with a modicum of power wishing to show it.. At both ends. Hot tip, don't argue with the private security guards doing the screening in Australia, a guy in front of me (funnily enough the same guy that had issues in Manila) called one a "jumped up rent-a-cop". Not sure how that all started but the feds were all over him like a rash at the first sign of trouble.
    4 points
  29. Very good, and thanks Brett, it all seems pretty straight forward, just a lot of mucking around. I think I'll be getting my PCR test done at the Australian airport it will save a lot of hassle.
    4 points
  30. That may be where they try to trip people up. When a fellow lets it slip that he is not with his wife anymore then they have a GOTCHA moment.
    4 points
  31. Good luck Brett, I hope your entry goes as smoothly.
    4 points
  32. WOW congratulations Brett!!! Finally after all you've waited through and been through you will return to be with your wife once more.
    4 points
  33. A day out will be a fraction of the cost back home...as with most things here. Perhaps share the catch with the boatman ? Keep a low profile and don't 'show off' to the locals. Be humble and friendly, and you will find a lot of equally friendly fishermen . That's my eperience anyway.
    4 points
  34. Another thing I just discovered, you can't edit your One Health Pass information, you have to start a new one if your flight details etc change. https://onehealthpass.com.ph/e-HDC/OHP-Registration/
    4 points
  35. Us yanks would call that hour and 15 minutes of major pucker factor time
    4 points
  36. 1. ALWAYS a good idea to look at the bike, take photos or better video of you walking round the bike as you take delivery of it. That way both renter and rentee know any damage issues. Rented one in Siquijor few years back, deliverd it back to bike shop and some fool 16 year old in shop, even without looking shouts " hey you need yo pay for the damage. I replied " hey then you need to call the cops as no damage done." No further conversation ensued. 2. Licences, sometimes people ask some dont. Depends where you are what the local custom is. 3. Some ask for money upfront some dont. Some have contracts to sign or ID to take. If some one wants money in advance I make sure gf takes a photo or video of me handing the money over. Thats saved a few issues of "sir we have no record of payment ". 4. cops...sometimes they might ask papers sometimes not. Depends where you are. Usually foreigners might get special treatment. Was stopped in Guimaras and cops wanted to take pic with me. The issue of whather i had papers or not was secondary ( No im not a rock star, theres just not many foreigners in Guimaras and basically no motorbikes for rent. I rented mine from a security guard near the ferry terminal ! )
    4 points
  37. Thanks mate. Somewhere between waking up this morning and arriving at the airport I've managed to lose my wedding band... I don't think the travels are what I have to worry about. The arrival is going to be terrifying; I don't call her the angry midget for nothing. Oh well, who needs more than one testicle...
    4 points
  38. Just as an aside, did my pre-departure PCR test at 8am Thursday, results were in my inbox 730am Friday. All this media hype with regards to the testing timeframes is utter garbage, at least on the Gold Coast here in Australia. I suspect the press starts these panics to create news and thus create the panic; to my mind they have a lot to answer for over the last two years. Btw, I'm at Gold Coast airport waiting for my flight to Sydney as I fat finger this on my phone.
    4 points
  39. 4 points
  40. Hahaha...I think half the population of North Luzon have it already. Not that they are going to volunteer that information, and get dragged off to an expensive hospital, or otherwise punished. I think I will be back to full fitness tomorrow.
    4 points
  41. It's exactly the same except when it's different, I guess, Jack.
    4 points
  42. DOH’s new guidelines cut COVID isolation, quarantine time for fully vaccinated MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said it has updated its guidelines on quarantine and isolation periods for vaccinated, partially vaccinated, and unvaccinated persons who are infected or a close-contact of a COVID-positive individual. In a press conference, the DOH said the quarantine period for a vaccinated close-contact of a COVID-19 afflicted person will be shortened from seven days to just five days but it will still be 14 days for a partially vaccinated or unvaccinated person who is exposed to a sick person. The isolation period for a fully immunized coronavirus-infected individual who exhibits symptoms – even if mild – will be reduced from 10 days to only 7 days, while it will still be 10 days for a partially immunized and unvaccinated individual who contracts COVID-19. As for an asymptomatic fully vaccinated person, isolation time will be cut to seven days, starting from when they received a positive test result, while it will still be 10 days for an infected partially immunized or unvaccinated person who shows no symptoms. But the isolation period for moderate COVID-19 cases will remain at 10 days for all individuals regardless of vaccination status. Meanwhile, COVID-19 patients who are considered as severe and critical cases will still be required to isolate for 21 days regardless of vaccination status. According to DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, these changes came about after the National Institute of Infectious Diseases Control and Prevention Center found that based on respiratory samples from the Omicron variant, the viral RNA (Ribonucleic acid) was highest 3-6 days after diagnosis or symptoms onset. “And samples were then observed to have a marked decrease after 10 days since diagnosis or symptoms onset,” she pointed out. “Findings also showed that vaccinated asymptomatic and mild cases are unlikely to shed infectious virus 10 days after the diagnosis or symptoms onset,” she added. The DOH said these updated quarantine and isolation guidelines will take effect starting January 13, Previously, the health agency announced a modified quarantine and isolation protocol for fully vaccinated health workers – who should undergo a five-day quarantine if fully vaccinated and exposed to coronavirus-hit persons or should not undergo quarantine at all if already inoculated with a booster dose “based on risk and benefit assessment of Hospital’s IPCC (Infection Prevention and Control Committee).” According to the DOH, quarantine refers to “the period to monitor well-being after being identified as a close contact with a person with COVID-19” while isolation refers to “separating people with symptoms or confirmed COVID-19 cases.” https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1539654/dohs-new-guidelines-cut-covid-isolation-quarantine-time-for-fully-vaccinated
    4 points
  43. Back in May it was arranged at the airport in Manila, there's a cattle call when you arrive, they look at documents and make sure you have a hotel booked as well.
    4 points
  44. All great information mate, thanks for that! And no, it's currently 01:30AM and I'm up now to go and wait in the queue to do the pre-departure PCR. There's been massive queues here for PCR tests in general. I was told as an international traveller I'd be given priority in the queue and for results but not taking any chances.
    4 points
  45. No side effects from my first two jabs of AZ. No such luck this time. The Moderna jab has made all my glands in my neck feel swollen and sore, along with a headache. Started about 6 pm and seems to be easing at 11 pm. Took some paracetamol earlier and will repeat at bedtime.
    4 points
  46. I am thinking the whole testing process is arranged by the Bureau of Quarantine. The OHP process would trigger the events.... My partner (Filipino) has just gone through this process but as an OFW most of the process was handled by OWWA…in her case they transport from the airport direct to the hotel for quarantine. The hotel was not pre-booked (they allocate). On day 5 the guys performing the testing attended the hotel and lined all up for testing. Within 24 hours the result is back in and the One Health Pass is then updated showing a negative result or positive result to Covid. In her case they then flew here back to her hometown around day 7 with the remaining time to be done as home quarantine (which I think is not so heavily policed). All transfers to the hotel, hotel costs, food (which was crap and we paid extra for decent food and fruits) and the final domestic flight leg was paid for by OWWA. No testing fees either. If the day 5 test comes back positive (some did test positive in her group / flight staying within the same hotel even having passed a test pre-flight to Manila) prepare for an additional 7 days in quarantine ....
    4 points
  47. Even though the information is a little bit outdated with regards to vaccinated travellers, I think this is the only one I have to worry about: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=CwHXSIWn90GG3l93kpp6nm4esAJ-fclAnuuFwHYvxXZUN1I4QklBWFNKMEdDRzc4UUtZOEhIUTFGNSQlQCN0PWcu&fbclid=IwAR3XzoV9_D1FbveGJqqIwTs-cFIXGdKSm_1PIV9le3rb-nu_R6ovIyEZJZ4 I'm sure the efficient PAL check-in staff in Sydney will inform me if I have it wrong... I haven't even left yet and the entire process is leaving me a little jaded but on the upside, I'll be in Manila Saturday afternoon. Friday is Gold Coast to Sydney, Saturday Sydney to Manila. For those that are interested PAL are flying out of Sydney only for now. Flights are once a day on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Singapore Airlines have cancelled all flights from Singapore to PI until early Feb; that was my backup plan: Brisbane -> Singapore -> Manila.
    4 points
  48. I feel fortunate to live in a midwest US state which had no statewide mandates and even the more populous counties have relaxed most restrictions after the first 6 months or so. In fact we have traveled and stayed at campgrounds in our RV for 2 months total since COVID started and traveled to many states. For at least the last 8 months the only time we have worn a mask is when getting health care. Our daughter has attended preschool 2 mornings each week for the last year with no requirement to wear a mask. Yet the hospitalizations and death related to COVID is not very much different from other US states and less than some of those blue states which are very strict. I think it has been much better for our daughter from the age of 2-4 to live here where things have been pretty close to normal than in some big city, state or country which has very strict COVID rules.
    4 points
  49. No. You must have a motorcycle endorsement shown on your license.
    3 points
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