Current Expat Situation because of lockdown in Philippines?

Hello All, hope your doing well and staying safe.  Have tried to find some current updates on travel to the Philippines but nothing with any detail.  Is it still on lockdown, any changes to the lockdown in discussion, anything current would be helpful and to when someone from the US will be able to come over.

Thanks in advance.

Luzon Lockdown continuing until at least 5/15/20, currently no international flights unless you jump through a bunch of hoops, are headed home.  Many who land or get off ships are forced Into 14 day quarantine.  Could not advise stopping here on your way to Vietnam.

They are saying no international travel until next year.

“International travel might not happen this year, pending the travel restrictions of other nations. At this point in time, traveling is but a dream,” she added.

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1101261

pej1111 :

They are saying no international travel until next year.

“International travel might not happen this year, pending the travel restrictions of other nations. At this point in time, traveling is but a dream,” she added.

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1101261

Some Major Airlines have already sent their planes for storage at Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage (APAS) near Alice Springs desert, in the Northern Territory of Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic,
which is an aircraft storage facility that caters for short, medium, and long term storage needs for the airline industry.
(Understand there are already billion$ worth of aircraft stationed there!)

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You might try Freighter travel, although it isn't cheap and takes a lot longer. At least there is no jet lag.

Check again after the 15th and again in a month or so.

Everything that I’ve read indicates that international tourism may not happen until again until 2021. Who knows, doesn’t look good.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel … pines.html

Vietnam
Travelers who have been in the 26 European countries in the Schengen Area, plus the UK, within the past 14 days will not be permitted to enter or transit through Vietnam.
Visas upon arrival will also no longer be issued for all foreign nationals, according to a government statement issued Saturday.

Expats can "step out" any time you like (using the special sweeper flights) they provide, but never to return!
(Not exactly in the "Hotel California" mode anymore!)

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"never to return!"

Did I miss something, why?

"never to return" at least in the near future!
Maybe in 2021...nothing confirmed as yet!

The lockdown is easing slightly, although each area has its own rules. Travel visas are still not being issued, and it appears that this will continue for the foreseeable future.

If you are married to a Filipina or have biological children, I believe there is an exception. Why don't you contact the Embassy or consulate nearest to you.?

PAL, Air Canada and Cathay Pacific flights from Vancouver (Canada) to Manila will resume June 2nd on reduced frequency. Not sure about flights from other countries/cities but if they are resuming from Canada then other places wont be far behind. Visas are a problem. Philippines are not issuing new entry visas still and no word on when they might resume.  If you have a permanent resident Visa 13A (spouse of Philippine national) or some other type of permanent visa you are able to travel but regular tourist visas aren't available yet. Not much point going as a tourist just now anyway. Things are opening up somewhat but still restricted enough that its not a great tourist environment. If you are a resident with your own house and can just hang out at home its bearable.

Good info, thanks.. hope the visas open up soon. I suspect there will be a quarantine process involved.

Thanks but don’t believe that for a minute.  That country Is based on tourism, they cannot survive that long without it.  But thanks for you opinion and feedback.

Hello all...does anybody know when we can go to Manila Immigration office to renew our tourists visas. Last I know we can do when restrictions lift.
And when we can travel on Grab taxi to go there.

http://immigration.gov.ph/..

Everything u need is here!

Anyone's guess.  In Angeles immigration opened last week but it is unclear if they are still doing extensions.  I got mine but there is one report they stopped.  But you still have 30 days from when they open to renew.
I think you need to be a lot more flexible than just using Grab.

Thanks for reply!  More flexible?

More flexible like a regular taxi

AaronAardvark :

Anyone's guess.  In Angeles immigration opened last week but it is unclear if they are still doing extensions.  I got mine but there is one report they stopped.  But you still have 30 days from when they open to renew.
I think you need to be a lot more flexible than just using Grab.

I believe you 30 days from the time quarantine ends! Not just when things start to reopen!

More flexible should include hiring a private car! I don't believe that going to BI for visa needs is considered essential travel! If you are going to BI for ECC for example is considered essential travel as long as you are leaving the country! I checked that out with a real person at BI

" I believe you 30 days from the time quarantine ends! Not just when things start to reopen!"

Quite right.  I was just testing to see if everyone was paying attention. ;)

LOL!!

More local planes seen heading to Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage (APAS).

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