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  1. Has your wife been to the UK ? I have been married twice to Filipinas...one of whom I took to England, and is now a British citizen... so yes, I can understand her receiving something...had we still been married. My second and current wife has never been to the UK, and so although I am being paid a UK State Pension while resident in the Phils, I don't believe that she will ever receive a penny from the UK government, and indeed, why should she ? Yes, I know the rules have changed... and probably a good thing too, IMO.
  2. I also have a wallet-sized (laminated) vax card, as well as my original full-sized one.... not that I've been asked for either yet.
  3. I don't think every British expat's wife...here in the Phils, is entitled to anything from the UK government. Some clarification needed ?
  4. I have just sprayed my keyboard with rubbing alcohol. Okay... back, with my other keyboard. I have had (and still have) what must be the longest-lasting cold/chesty cough/runny nose, in my long life. No headaches. Not really debilitating. Just a bloody nuisance really.
  5. Never worn jewellery on hands or anywhere else... and will not be starting now ! What nonsense.
  6. Actually, I was in the same situation as you a couple of weeks ago, and they DID ask where my Mrs was (She was waiting outside)... so I'd drag her along, just in case.
  7. Latest from the BI Facebook page today: 15 January 2021 PRESS RELEASE Inbound passengers from red list OKd, general travel restrictions till in place –BI MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration announced that it will be allowing the entry of qualified travelers from red list countries. In an advisory, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said that following the updated guideline from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), the travel ban from passengers coming from red list countries has been lifted. “This would mean that our kababayans who are in the red list countries may now fly back to the Philippines via commercial flights, without the need to join repatriation or bayanihan flights,” said Morente. All arriving passengers are required to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from country of origin, and are also subject to the testing and quarantine protocols as set by the IATF-MEID, and as implemented by the Bureau of Quarantine. He added that RT-PCR tests taken 72 hours prior to departure, which was part of the previous protocol, shall be considered until 12:01 AM of January 19, 2022. The IATF-MEID announced the updated red list countries which include: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Canada, Curacao, French Guiana, Iceland, Malta, Mayotte, Mozambique, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Spain, and US Virgin Islands. Meanwhile, included under the Green List are the following: Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, British Virgin Islands, China (Mainland), Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Hong Kong (Chinese Special Administrative Region), India, Indonesia, Japan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Montserrat, Morocco, -----------, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands), Saint Barthelemy, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sint Eustatius, Taiwan, Timor-Leste (East Timor), and Uganda. All other countries not mentioned are under the yellow list. Morente clarified that despite the lifting of the travel ban from the red list countries, the general travel restrictions are still in place. “Currently, only Filipinos, balikbayan, and those with long term visas are allowed to enter the country,” said Morente. “Those holding tourist visas are still not permitted to enter,” he added. The BI earlier said that it has been experiencing a surge in the number of immigration officers affected by the virus. “Thankfully most of the cases are either mild or asymptomatic,” said Morente. “We are hoping this surge passes soon, so that our services remain unhampered,” he added.
  8. Just give me a net and a river. .
  9. 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.
  10. Another clue: There has been a run on all types of analgesics up this way (Pangasinan), and now getting hard to get hold of...according to my Mrs, who was out shopping for some yesterday.
  11. 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.
  12. My local BI Field Office (Dagupan) had a large poster of the QR code needed to scan with your phone, on the wall outside, so you could book an appointment there and then... or for another later time. People were also permitted to do the same if they'd already gained entry to the office. Minutes later they were able to pay their fee, get a receipt, and go. This of course is a small, relatively quiet office.
  13. No probs mate. I wasn't disagreeing with, or questioning you.
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