Thirty-Day Visa-Free Entry to the Philippines

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It seems there is a slight change in the number of days that Germans and other nationals from 157 countries can stay in the Philippines visa free.

As far as I remember, it was 59 days as my husband was able to stay for 59 days before a visa extension was needed.

So I researched and found out that the change started in 2013. If you are a German or from another country, you can visit the Philippines for 30 days and less without needing a visa.

You can check the full list of countries where its nationals may enter the Philippines visa free by clicking here.

Requirements

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Getting a Permanent Visa in Germany

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If you happened to like living in Germany permanently and you are a foreign national from a third world country, you can apply for a permanent visa (or the so-called permanent EC status) so that you can live in Germany for the rest of your life without needing to give up your citizenship.

Take note: If you have obtained a permanent residence permit in Germany or other EU countries, you can live in Germany or other EU countries permanently.

Requirements

Before applying, you need to check if you have the following conditions as they are needed for you to be approved:

1. You have lived in Germany for at least 5 straight years. You can submit your application 1 month before your 5th year of living in Germany is up.

[In case you are married to a German citizen, the number of years may be different. You will be informed about it as soon as you inform them that you just arrived]

2. You have a job or other means to support yourself. You have health and care insurance, you fulfill your tax obligations, and you pay for your pension (Sozialversicherung).

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Renewing Your Philippine Passport in Germany

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The Philippine Embassy in Germany is located in Berlin. The exact location is Kurfürstendamm 194, 10707 Berlin, Germany. We’ve been there twice: when I applied for the renewal of my passport and when getting it. I could have let them sent it via mail, but I wanted to see Berlin again.

If you didn’t know, you can extend your passport either in Berlin, Brussels, Berne, or Vienna, depending on where you are located here in Germany.

If you live in southern Germany, you have the option to renew your Philippine passport at the Philippine Embassies in Berne, Switzerland or Vienna, Austria. If you are living in western Germany, you can renew your passport at the Philippine Embassy in Brussels, Belgium. Just a note that if you prefer to renew your passport in the aforementioned embassies, you need to make an appointment first.

I renewed mine in Berlin though I live in the western part of Germany as my husband and I also wanted to see Berlin as mentioned earlier. We roamed around the city right after submitting the application. It didn’t take long as there were only 2 to 3 other applicants when we were there.

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Application for lost Philippine passport replacement in Germany

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In case you are a Filipino and you lost your passport while traveling around Europe or your bag with the passport in it was stolen, you do not need to panic. Do not worry as you can apply for a replacement. Instead, just chill, breathe, relax.

Here are the requirements that you need to have before going to a Philippine embassy near you:

1. Personal appearance. This is a must because the embassy employee needs to capture your biometric data (photo, signature, fingerprint) to make sure you are who you say you are. The photo taken will be the photo that will appear in your passport. Therefore, as a piece of advice, fix yourself before going inside the embassy so that they can capture the best look in you. Please note that for minors below 18 years old, a legal guardian or a parent’s personal appearance is needed.

2. Duly accomplished passport application form.

3. Affidavit of Loss. You need to include in detail the reason why you lost the passport. You can state that you lost it somewhere, your shoulder or handbag was stolen or snatched, or it fell out of your pocket without your knowledge.

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March is a Travel Month

March is my favorite month not only because it is my birth month but also because a lot of special moments in my life mostly happened in March. Some of the memorable moments are grade school graduation, high school graduation, and college graduation. Also my first ever job right after college started in March 2006 and it was two days after graduation.

I was in Prague in March 2014; in Luxembourg, Metz, Nancy, Straßbourg, Basel, Zurich, and Heidelberg in March 2015; in Milan and Lake Como in 2016; and will be in _______ and _______ this year.

I cannot tell you yet where because I have a different belief. I want to be there first before I can share so that it will really happen.

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