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  1. #6574
    Quote Originally Posted by Lefeu  [View Original Post]
    Actually, this rule has been in effect for at least 5 years. I remember flying to Sao Paulo from Medellin, and I was told about that rule. I just traveled to SEA recently, and Singapore required that vaccination for folks who had traveled to Colombia recently.
    Thanks for that reminder. Do you know if Philippine, Thailand and Indonesia also require the Yellow Fever vaccine proof?

  2. #6573
    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBud  [View Original Post]
    I found out couple of months ago, if you are flying into Colombia from Brazil, you are required to show a yellow fever vaccination card. You don't need yellow fever vac card flying into Brazil...
    Actually, this rule has been in effect for at least 5 years. I remember flying to Sao Paulo from Medellin, and I was told about that rule. I just traveled to SEA recently, and Singapore required that vaccination for folks who had traveled to Colombia recently.

  3. #6572

    FYI: Warning if you are Flying into Colombia From Brazil

    I found out couple of months ago, if you are flying into Colombia from Brazil, you are required to show a yellow fever vaccination card. You don't need yellow fever vac card flying into Brazil.

    The Avianca clerk at Rio airport took pity on my despondent face, and she told me the "hack" flying on Avianca. Purchase a full fare, refundable ticket from Bogota to Quito, Ecuador (or anywhere else). Then she can put the 2 flights together, using Bogota as a layover. Then she doesn't need to see your vac card. Then when you are in Bogota, leave immigration. The small risk is if border agent ask to see your yellow fever vac card.

    Then after you enter the baggage claim area, go and cancel your flight. It took me an hour to get my bags. Minor problem is that Avianca gave a flight voucher (good for 1 year) instead of a full refund.

  4. #6571

    Got 4000 last week when I arrived in Bogota

    Today, 7 days later it's already up to 4,203.274 a great exchange rate. Now if only airfares would come down from the stratosphere.

  5. #6570

    Schwab Maximum

    Quote Originally Posted by MrEnternational  [View Original Post]
    I am in Thailand using my Schwab check card. The daily limit is automatically set at $1000. I have a couple of large purchases to make so I called to see if the limit could be raised. I was able to raise it to $4000 for tomorrow only. She said that the limit resets everyday at 3 am EST. So if you took out $1000 today you would not be able to withdraw again until 3 am the next day.

    All of this however is independent of the ATM you are using. So the lady said I would probably have to run around to different banks' ATMs to withdraw the money since each bank also sets a daily limit for your card.
    I managed to get my maximum daily withdrawal limit permanently raised to $1,500 a few years ago.

  6. #6569

    Schwab Account

    I am in Thailand using my Schwab check card. The daily limit is automatically set at $1000. I have a couple of large purchases to make so I called to see if the limit could be raised. I was able to raise it to $4000 for tomorrow only. She said that the limit resets everyday at 3 am EST. So if you took out $1000 today you would not be able to withdraw again until 3 am the next day.

    All of this however is independent of the ATM you are using. So the lady said I would probably have to run around to different banks' ATMs to withdraw the money since each bank also sets a daily limit for your card.

  7. #6568

    Exchange Rate for June 28

    I just checked the Visa exchange rate for tomorrow and it will be 4,129.87 per dollar. This is one of the best rates in a very long time.

    Remember the ATM (cajero) basics: don't get your cash from Bancolombia because they have a 600 mil limit and charge a sizeable fee. Better banks to use are Davienda, Colpatria or BBVA. Also never accept any conversion rate that is offered if you just decline that offered rate you will get the Visa Exchange rate which will be considerably higher.

  8. #6567

    Landed on a red eye this morning

    Got to Baggage about 6 am and went straight to the Cambio next to the baggage carousel. Got 4,000 to 1 so fuck the ATM, all of the airport cambios have sucked for years. For some reason the one next to baggage started giving very close to the official rate and they are continuing this for my last 3 or 4 trips this year. I hope it continues.

  9. #6566

    Exchange rate changes at midnight

    I checked Visa and MasterCard. They both changed the exchange rate at midnight local time. I imagine they adjust the rate according to the time zone of the transaction. I can't imagine they would use EST worldwide.

  10. #6565
    Quote Originally Posted by Nounce  [View Original Post]
    They cut out the corner of the passport cover and send it back always.
    For me (US Passport), they always just punched 2 holes in the cover and first page with the photo and send it back, Visas or no visas.

    I have no idea why they send back the old one when renewing but its appreciated. I like flipping through the pages of my previous 3 passports and looking at all the different shapes and colours of the stamps each country uses.

    DR on arrival they use the dog tag shaped one but on departure they use the square one.

    Thailand on arrival its square but on departure its triangle shape one.

    Canada shaped like a postage stamp on arrival and on departure its the oval shaped one.

    Colombia with the orange and purple.

    My favorite is the multiple "canceled without prejudice" stamps on my US visa in my original's country passport LOL.

  11. #6564
    Quote Originally Posted by Nounce  [View Original Post]
    They cut out the corner of the passport cover and send it back always.
    I am looking at my expired passport now, not the last one but the one before that. No corner cut on the cover. Two holes punched through the front cover and that's it.

  12. #6563
    Quote Originally Posted by Huacho  [View Original Post]
    I have every passport I've ever had. They don't keep the old one. Not sure where you heard that. I normally renew by mail and they send the old passport back with holes punched in it.
    I did not hear it, I experienced it. Okay it was a different situation than it expiring. I sent it in for more pages and they kept it saying it was damaged because the corner of the picture page was coming up. When I told them about the visas they fedexed it back to me.
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  13. #6562
    Quote Originally Posted by MrEnternational  [View Original Post]
    Yes, that is visas for anywhere. In the USA, when you get a new passport they are supposed to keep the old one. But when you tell them there is a visa inside that you need and they will invalidate the old passport by punching holes in the picture page and send it back to you.
    They cut out the corner of the passport cover and send it back always.

  14. #6561
    Quote Originally Posted by MrEnternational  [View Original Post]
    Yes, that is visas for anywhere. In the USA, when you get a new passport they are supposed to keep the old one. But when you tell them there is a visa inside that you need and they will invalidate the old passport by punching holes in the picture page and send it back to you.
    I have every passport I've ever had. They don't keep the old one. Not sure where you heard that. I normally renew by mail and they send the old passport back with holes punched in it. I renewed in person at the US Embassy this time and it was the same thing. That was in February.

  15. #6560
    Quote Originally Posted by MrEnternational  [View Original Post]
    Yes, that is visas for anywhere. In the USA, when you get a new passport they are supposed to keep the old one. But when you tell them there is a visa inside that you need and they will invalidate the old passport by punching holes in the picture page and send it back to you.
    At least now there's proof that:

    1. I don't know everything.

    And.

    2. I can still learn. Slowly.

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