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Stay for 1 year in the Philippines with a free ‘balikbayan’ visa (for former Filipino citizens)

December 24, 2012

Most foreign visitors in the Philippines get a 21-day tourist visa for free. I was born in the Philippines but now a US citizen (Philippines didn’t allow dual-citizenship until 2003). I was looking online on how to extend my visa as I’m planning on staying here for at least a month, then I found out about the balikbayan visa which applies to me since I was born in the country.

I actually just checked my …

How to get a Brazilian visa in Buenos Aires

November 21, 2012

I was originally going to skip Brazil and end my backpacking trip in Latin America in Buenos Aires, Argentina because I heard Brazil is very expensive and I didn’t want to deal with the process of obtaining a visa. But I made a last minute decision to visit it anyway as I kept hearing good things about it from other travelers and I figured the cost would only go up in the future thanks to …

Obtaining a Bolivian Visa in Puno, Peru or at Copacabana, Bolivia Border (for Americans)

July 24, 2012

As far as I know, other than Brazil, Paraguay, and Suriname, Bolivia is the only other country in South America that requires a paid tourist visa for U.S. passport holders to enter the country (source). Apparently, from what I read, Bolivia made this requirement because the U.S. charges a fee for Bolivians to enter the U.S., which the U.S. pretty much does to most countries.

The visa costs a whopping $135! Very …