Discussion in 'Expat Section' started by filmguy, Jun 29, 2020.
a friend of mine made it to manila yesterday so thx to everybody who responded
For the Social Security Annual Report, if you have family in the USA and you travel there every year or so, and stay for more than a month, you can honestly claim partial residence in that State even if you stayed at an extended stay Hotel. You then can use that USA address on your MySocialSecurity page where you can find all of your notifications etc.. That also permits you to buy Medicare which you can use when in the US and use your time there to have decent physicals, perform procedures like colonoscopies etc.. But claiming partial residence also obligates paying partial income tax to that state, usually multiplied by the fraction of the portion of a year that you lived there. It is also good for keeping a US drivers license current, credit card billing addresses and so on. When you do that, no annual report required because you are partially resident in the USA.
is it a bird ????is it a plane ????.....its been a long 30 days
Just released from DI jail! :-)
It would be informative if those "Virtual" friends would give us the particulars on how they escaped Negros and what is going on in Manila getting their flights out.
Where locally did they get the Rapid test and what paperwork was necessary to get on a sweeper flight.
Were they quarantined on arrival in Manila and or the U.S. if applicable.
We all have opinions but facts matter.
shakey aka John
I'm in Manila as of yesterday. The process to get here is simple when they first tell you it is only two steps, then it becomes almost intolerably more complex in execution.
Step 1) Get a medical certificate.
Step 2) Obtain "Authority to Travel"
That's it! So simple, right? Now, the real process is below. Words of Philippine origin may be misspelled because I didn't go to school here. My apologies in advance.
1a) Obtain Barangay clearance. This certifies that you correctly participated in a 14 day quarantine, self or otherwise. They'll consult their records, ask some basic medical questions, maybe take your temperature and blood pressure, then give you their clearance. The place I was sent to in Bayawan seemed like a government clinic.
1b) Take said "Barangay Clearance" to the "City Health Office" in your municipality. They will do everything stated in step 1a, but each task will be split between multiple desks, which may or may not have a person manning it at any given time. "Sir, kindly wait." Shortly before your patience runs out, they will ask you if you've paid.
1c) Proceed to some obscure place, that they'll give you some landmarks to find, and pay 50 pesos for the medical certificate fee. I have no idea what this place was called, but we found it and paid. My wife seems to recall it may be the "City Health Treasury Office."
1d) Return to the "City Health Office" and try to find someone and tell them you've got your receipt. After providing the receipt, you will be asked to kindly wait. For us, there was a step 1e at this point, basically explaining the circumstances of our quarantine, despite having received a "Barangay Clearance", to another person, prior to him telling someone to go type it. We were then presented with a "Medical Certificate" that states they weren't aware of us having the disease and that we didn't appear at the time to have symptoms.
2a) Obtain Mayor's signature for "Availability of Travel." I don't know why the mayor of Bayawan knows, but he does. This step took 3 days the first time, 2 hours the second time. Be generous with explaining why you need it quickly and they seem to step up to the plate to get it done.
2b) Ask to hand carry the papers to the PNP for the next step. If you have a copier in your vehicle, you may be able to avoid needing to run off somewhere to get a copy for their records. Not hand carrying the papers resulted in the initial 3 days period. It was Friday, people had other things to do, and they got it to the PNP on Monday.
2c) Obtain the signature of the "Chief of Police" for the municipality. This shouldn't be a step, because getting the signature means you are done, but you'll most likely have to leave a phone number which won't be called, and then have to go back later, twice in my case, to catch him/her when present.
2d) Pick up your signed "Authority to Travel" "COVID SHIELD" document, with a control number on it.
2e) You now have the document that needs to be presented to medical personal at the airport to obtain the "Medical Certificate" they will give you for presentation to the airline, which will allow you to travel. They will take your temperature again and ask questions to see if you still remember how to answer them, prior to giving you the certificate.
We were told more than once, the papers were only good for a day, 2 days, 3 days, or the month of July, so I'm not really sure how long they are supposed to be good for. My papers were dated 2 July and my wife's were dated 9 July and we both boarded a plane on the 10th of July.
A PCR test was not required to fly from Dumaguete to Manila. My airline, Emirates, states a PCR has to be done no more than 96 hours prior to travel, so you if you combine that information with what I stated above for the clearance, you'll probably decide as I did, to get clearance and fly to Manila for the test. My wife and I waited for 4 hours in the St. Luke's BGC emergency room on the 10th, paid 6600 pesos each, and expect to get our results tomorrow. I'm happy to answer any questions.
This is a remarkably detailed piece of information and, even though I have no need for it, I appreciate the effort you put into writing it.
Also admire your patience.
Wow Well done. Very informative and nicely put. Thanks.
Thank you for this detailed info. This must have been a nightmare for you or still is. Lucky I could escape early March just before all this started. But now I'm stranded here in Europe and my return flight cancelled. So who knows if this Corona travel mayhem will go on for months. Maybe I should start preparing myself for the european winter..................
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How did you know what date to book your Emirates flight with all of the unknown delay. In your case 2 nights at least in a hotel waiting and numerous P400 taxi rides really adds to the expense and of course BI will extract the last Pisos in your pocket before allowing you into the transit area.
I and most of us appreciate your pioneering spirit!!!
The old and infirm won't be able to make the "Great Escape" and die in our beds if we have the misfortune of contracting Covid.
When you arrive at your destination please continue this "never ending" story so we can envy you two.
shakey aka John