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  1. Dutchie

    Dutchie DI Member Showcase Reviewer Veteran Army

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    Some recent experience (went to Cebu to get my ECC clearance yesterday)

    I went to the Dumaguete BI office first, to make sure I would bring the correct documents to Cebu.
    That was a bad idea. The list of "requirements" they have at the Dumaguete office is completely wrong.
    It mentions copies of this, that and the kitchensink, none of which turned out to be needed.
    It also mentions five 2x2 pictures, you need only three.
    It does not mention to bring a printed copy of your flight ticket, but I was asked for one.
    I was told at the Duma office that it would take 5 days, which turned out to be not true.

    So here are my tips to increase your chances of getting your ECC in one day.
    1. Bring your passport, three 2x2 pictures, and a copy of your plane ticket out of the country.
    2. Be at the Cebu BI office as early as you can; it gets a lot busier in the afternoon, plus there is a 2 p.m. cut off time for accepting ECC applications. We took the 6 am fastcraft boat from sibulan, were at JCenter Mall just before noon, it wasn't really busy yet at the BI office. I would probably have walked out with my ECC within an hour or so, but because of the missing copy of the flight ticket we needed more time. When I returned to the BI around 1:30 p.m. it was already a lot busier.
    3. Be polite and kind, but explain that you travelled from quite far to get to Cebu and that it would be very awkward if you need to return there just to pick up the ECC.
    4. The fee has been increased to 700 Php (plus 10 peso for legal costs or something); don't offer to pay more to hurry things up, you may insult the person you are making such offer to. No other fees.
    5. Note: I'm on a tourist visum, longer than 12 months in the country, no problems with previous visum extensions whatsoever and I have a valid ACR-card. My experience may be of some help to you, but possibly not if your situation is different.
     
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  2. AlwaysRt

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    If you have been in the country on a 9a "Tourist Visa" for 6-12 months you CAN get your ECC at the Airport. You recieve it on the way to the gate, after checking your bag(s) and recieving your boarding pass, usually no more than 3 hours before takeoff. Here is my low production quality Video showing how/where at NAIA Terminal 3.

    The 72 hour wait for getting an ECC in advance of departing the country is suggested, not mandatory, lead time. It can take that long to recieve it but doesn't always take that long. Planning on getting it faster, even if BI has been issuing same day recently, is taking a risk of missing a flight. Once the advance ECC is issued it is 'active' immediately and good for 30 days.

    I am constantly amazed by people who post 'facts' about something they have never tried - contradicting others with personal experience, and confusing the crap out of those asking for help. If you don't know, Don't Answer. If you 'have' to answer, qualify your answer with 'I think', 'I have heard', 'I am not sure butt'.....
     
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  3. Brendan

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    My experience of obtaining an ECC at Cebu BI yesterday , ( 22nd May 2018 ) I’m on a tourist visa with an ACR-I card. >6 months < 12 months.

    We Arrived at the BI at 11am , the guy at the desk on the right as you enter took 3 Photos that I provided and attached them to an application form which I then duly filled out.
    This was then taken back to the same guy for him to check that all the information was correct on the completed form.

    He then directed me to window 1 where the completed form and passport where handed over, I was then given a number and told to wait to be called for payment, 5 minutes later I was called to the payment window, P500 paid.

    I was told then to wait for someone to call my number to Collect the ECC.
    I asked how long this was likely to take and was told 3-4 hours as they were busy.

    We returned after 2 hours and the ECC was ready to Collect.

    At no point was I asked for my ACR-I card or the copy, I was also not asked to present copies of my passport or the official receipt of my last visa.

    My experience may not be the same as
    yours, so I would advise to always take the original and a copy of the documents mentioned above.
     
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  4. AlwaysRt

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    That is kind of what I was getting at. The BI officers have discretion to do what they want with people just because they feel like it, there is no standard AND there guys complaining about treatment even though they may have asked for it through their behavior. OR there seems to be too much leeway for BI officers to be a-holes (not that they all are) AND there is no way to know if an expat complaining about visa issues was actually treated unfair or is lucky they didn't get deported. There are extremes on both sides.

    Anyway, we are back from our Hong Kong trip. Everything was smooth on my wife's end, handed BI officer in NAIA terminal #3 our marriage certificate and our passports. He asked why our surnames were different and my wife said she didn't have her new passport yet (should be ready tomorrow). So he stamped her passport and stamped by Balikbayan..... woops, nope, decided since our passports didn't match yet he would give me tourist visa.... back to the a-hole thing above. Yes it is a privilege, no he had no real reason to deny me other than not liking to read a marriage certificate instead of matching passports. Want to go chew some a** but it wouldn't due any good as it won't get changed, it is a privilege not a right, all I would do is dig a hole and make us all look bad.
     
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  5. Show Pony

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    I am also a permanent resident. Ever time I leave the country the BI collects about P2270 (or so). Part of that fee is an ECC plus a bunch of random charges.
    I pay at the airport. No need to make a special trip to the BI for the ECC. The ECC is charged wether I have been in the country for 2 weeks or 2 years.
     
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    Arrived Manila yesterday via Cebu Pacific from Dumaguete. Plane landed terminal 3, after a short ride to the terminal I made my way to the Walkway on the 5 floor. I had previously booked a room at the Belmont hotel. The hotel is at the end of the walkway.

    After an uneventful night I checked out early the next morning, expecting a crowd at immigration. It was 0600..I had my Air Asia boarding pass already in Dumaguete.

    Immigration was less than 10...minutes. Only a carry on bag.

    The Buffett breakfast at the Belmont is 400 pesos. It opens at 0600..there’s a 24 hour McDonalds next to the Walkway and hotel.

    International flights are risky if there’s inclement weather in Dumaguete.

    This morning it was hurry up and wait...just like in the army. Going to Kota Kinabalu for one night. Will stay at the Jesselton hotel.

    This visa run...was a little expensive, but it was 3 years ago my last departure.

    Lots and lots of tall, high end, eye candy walking in the vicinity of the Belmont.

    There’s other hotels near the Walkway but the Belmont is the closet.
     
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    Update just here and shorts and nice t shirt okay
     
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    They just put an exit stamp in your passport. No need to bring any additional documents, pictures etc. The express lane fee of 500 peso you can pay two steps away. No, you cannot go back to the city or even leave the airport as your status is already exit The Philippines.
     
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  9. Brian Oinks

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    Or use their partner only as a means to an end... (I suppose why not when often it is a two way street...) Beware he who wants you to invest in his great new venture (after all the others have failed lol) They walk among us, that is for sure!
     
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  10. AlwaysRt

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    I went to Duma BI last Tuesday the 13th, did 6 month extension, they said come back Monday the 19th for my passport and 3 weeks for my new ACR card. Here was the fees.

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