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How To Get A Philippines Retirement Visa For As Low As $1500

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Get the essential guide to the Philippines Retirement Visa program (SRRV) for expats retiring in the Philippines. No more visa runs or expensive visa fees.

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CAN I GET A RETIREMENT VISA IN BAGIO CITY


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Robert, I don't know if the PRA office is affected due to the lockdowns, but there is a Baguio branch that processes the SRRV (the shortened name of the retirement visa).

Unit 8, Bldg. 3 Nevada Square, No.2 Loakan Road, Baguio City, Benguet
Direct Line : +63 74 423 3123


   
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(@Sarah James)
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Well you've sold it to me as a destination! So many beautiful places to visit. And nice to know that it's relatively easy to move there.


   
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(@Josy A)
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Okay Marco, I am not anywhere near ready to retire yet, but you've still convinced me that I'd love to visit the Philippines! The beaches, waterfalls and views all look stunning. It's good to hear that it could also be possible to move there in retirement too. 🙂


   
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(@Rudy @ Backpack & Snorkel)
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Amazing how easy some countries make it to immigrate. Before taking the plunge, one can only advise to spend some time in country first during different times of the year and to see if this is truly the country one wants to spend their lives for many years to come.


   
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(@tanya Bindra)
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Not retiring anytime soon but I'm definitely inspired to visit the Philippines sometime soon! So many amazing places to see and things to do!


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Sarah,

Yeah, the Philippines government even has a special branch (Philippines Retirement Authority) to help facilitate people who want to retire there. Compared to my experience in Thailand or Cambodia, visas here are a breeze.


   
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Hi Josy,

It's easy to love the place. Another helpful fun fact: English is one of the official languages of the Philippines. Makes acclimating and making friends sooooo much easier.


   
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Hi Rudy,

100% agree with you. For the Philippines, I suggest people live through a rainy season before deciding. The rainy season is better than winter, but living through my first rainy season in SE Asia made me realize I dislike it as much as winter in the US.


   
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Hi Tanya,

The Philippines has over 7000 islands. Many of them ranked in the 10 top most beautiful islands in the world. It's definitely a country worth checking out.


   
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(@Kevin | Caffeinated Excursions)
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I'm a long way from retirement and plan to continue teaching for decades, but this is all super insightful and I can already say that I'm probably planning on retiring abroad for cheaper cost of living. I did not know that the Philippines allowed visa renewals without visa runs. That really puts it a bit higher on my list as a country to explore long-term.


   
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The Philippines would definitely be one of the nicer places in Southeast Asia for settlement. People from the Philippines are some of the friendliest and most helpful in the world.


   
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Hi Kez,

I have to agree with you. I made friends easier in the Philippines than in any other country I have lived in. The country was a Spanish colony for ~300 years and a US territory for ~50 years. As bad as 350 years of colonization is, the upside is that the Philippines' language and culture are more similar to Western culture than other places in SE Asia.


   
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Thanks Kevin,

I just finished an interview with an expat teacher in China, who is leveraging the lower cost of living to build up her savings. She's on her way to Financial Independence by SAVINGover $40,000 a year teaching kindergarten. Jump on the mailing list to get notified when the post is live. She has some great information and tips for people who want to save money teaching overseas.


   
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