Jif peanut butter recall

Please be aware that some of the recalled US Jif peanut butter products have been sold in Cuenca. I bought a tainted jar, so am speaking from experience. It is easy to find product descriptions and codes with an online search. Peanut butter and jelly, yes please. A side of salmonella, no thank you!

Judy ONeil: .

City: Cuenca

Stalking the elusive IVA refund

Together with Rick Snyder, I have written an article about obtaining IVA refunds which includes a very detailed, step-by-step instruction for the online process. You can download it at this link: https://yapatree.com/iva-refunds-ecuador/.

Here is the Table of Contents of the article:

1. First reveal… what is IVA?
2. The right thing to do?
3. Instant IVA Refunds are available but very limited
4 Who qualifies for IVA returns and for which purchases?
5. What is the maximum monthly refund amount?
6. How do you get IVA refunds?
6.1 Third-party providers
6.2 Facilitators
6.3 DIY
6.4 Set-Up Tasks
6.5 Step-by-Step instructions for online filing of IVA Returns
7 English-speaking third-party assistance
8 Final Words

Eric Fraterman: ericfraterman@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Jet Blue: NO, you do not need to be fully vaxxed to return to EC

While traveling in the US on business, I received an email from Jet Blue saying you must be fully vaxxed to return to EC with the last vax 14 days prior to return.

This is a lie! I went to the Denver airport and spoke with United airlines, and they confirmed it’s either vaxxed or a negative RT-PCR test. I then went to the Jet Blue counter, and she also confirmed it’s either vaxxed or a negative RE-PCR test. I showed her the email I received, and she said it’s incorrect and that she would advise her supervisor.

JetBlue’s incompetency damn near caused me a heart attack. For sure, they ruined my day. I am boarding the flight today in FLL to return to EC and will again speak with them.

Gerri

City: Cuenca

Re: Any experiences with Vibes Travel Store

Has anyone booked a trip with Vibes Travel Store? A friend and I did. We sent our deposit by cash transfer, they had promised to send us our flights and all our details immediately upon receipt. That was March 29th.

We requested our flight info over and over. They then ghosted us, through WhatsApp they kept asking us to send more and more money with no proof of any actual trip. We told them we would pay the balance immediately upon proof of our flights and our booking. They refused to answer at all.

I had an Ecuadorian friend contact them in fluent Spanish. They promised her they would send everything immediately over and over, then ghosted her too. So she called from different phones.

They would promise again each time to send a proper invoice with details and get right back to her.

They never returned a call. One after another they ghosted each phone she reached out from.

Then they sent an invoice for thousands more dollars, still without flights or details.

I texted them I would pay the balance as soon as I was given actual airline reservations, which had been promised over a month before. I wanted to call and verify with an airline as I had lost faith in them. Or I would like a refund of my deposit as they had no proof of any trip. At that point they ghosted and blocked me.

I am disappointed. I was really looking forward to the trip offered to Turkey, Greece and Egypt. I was fully prepared to pay what they had asked. But not with being scammed. No travel agency has ever treated me like that. I am not gullible.

Does anyone else have any experience with booking with them, good or bad?

Is it just us? We realize flight prices have gone crazy. If they had been honest and just told us they could no longer buy tickets that fit the budget we would have understood.

They could have refunded with integrity, or told us the situation. But, instead, they ignored us and when my friend reached out just kept saying it was done and they would get right back with her or us. They never did. We were supposed to leave early June. We are out our $600 deposit. If they had had their way, we would be out $6000 more.

I didn’t want anyone else to go through this. By the same token I would love to know if anyone has had a good trip with them.

I know the price hikes and fuel increases may have made us all a casualty. Perhaps they simply couldn’t follow through because of the flights not locked in at the price they based the trip on. But they should have communicated with us.

Thoughts?

Jan Dynes: jandynes1@gmail.com 096 795 4732. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Wes the Mentalist…apology

Thanks to all the contributors to the Cuenca Soup Kitchen at Wednesday night’s event at KOLO.

We had a few program hiccups…but thanks to your patience and goodwill there were some “mind-blowing” results according to a few well-wishers when the program concluded. And, as I think we all feel, it’s about the charity and seeing our fellow contributors. I’m glad to provide a little window dressing, even if there were a few “dropped stitches” in the fabric.

Sleight of mind not sleight of hand.

And, in case you’re wondering, the use of the blindfold to limit my sense of sight in order to enhance my sixth sense will not be repeated. Never again “out of sight not out of mind.”

Wes Elliott: Thementalistwes@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

6 on 6 Volleyball at Parque El Paraiso Sunday at 11 AM – free

You are invited to join an international group of dedicated 6 on 6 volleyball players on Sunday, May 22nd from 11 AM to 1 PM.

The weekly games will be at Parque El Paraiso where the group began four years ago.
The net will be set up on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.

You are welcome to join in or watch. We need at least 10 confirmed players. If you are interested in playing, please confirm with Cherrie at 593 099 220 3001 by Saturday. May 21st at 2 PM so we can get a count. We will update everyone that the game is on or off once we get the reservations.

You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set- Spike” volleyball) for updates.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Paws with Hope

Paws with Hope has rescued over 60 street dogs in the past 5 years, as well as a good number of cats. We have not been able to take in more dogs because we still have a few who first need to find their forever families. We try our best to give these dogs and cats the best life possible while living here, and if we took in more, we would not be able to provide, as it is hard enough already. It would not be fair to our dogs or the new dogs coming in. Thanks to people who have supported our rescue mission, every animal currently here is sterilized.

We are always in need of dog food, cat food, and cat litter. At this moment in time we desperately need these 3 things, as well as new harnesses for the dogs. We have been using the same ones for a while now, and they are broken and on their least leg!
If you can donate any of these items please reach out to me. You can also donate through paypal: Pawswithhopecuenca@yahoo.com

Any help is greatly appreciated!

JD: pawswithhopecuenca@yahoo.com .

City: Cuenca

Suspicious email demanding a court appearance?

I received a suspicious email in Spanish stating that I am required by law to appear at a courthouse to respond to a filed lawsuit. There is a file number but no other details as to which courthouse or when to appear. My name does not appear anywhere. I will not reply, of course. Just wondering if anyone else has received such suspicious email in Spanish.

Patricia: .

City: Cuenca

Road conditions

From time to time I see posts asking about road conditions. I found this link to be very helpful and it is updated frequently during the day. As always drive safely and watch out for the guy in back of the guy in front of you. https://www.ecu911.gob.ec/consulta-de-vias/

Christine Wright Badiian: christinelwb@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Assets Annex – what, when to file – Accro Corp

Have you heard about the Asset Annex filing requirement for Ecuador?

It is mandatory for any of you who had assets in Ecuador and abroad from Jan 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021, including property inside and outside of Ecuador, all investments and bank accounts inside and outside of Ecuador of $200,000 or more; $400,000 for married couples. No need to pay taxes but you must file to avoid fines. This is due in May as part of an agreement to share information between the US and Ecuador that was signed in 2021, but has just been extended to December, 2022 .

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6 on 6 Volleyball at Parque El Paraiso Sunday at 11 AM, free

We have enough commitments for us to play Sunday, May 15th from 11 AM to 1 PM.
The net will be set up on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.

You are welcome to join in or watch.

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Conference for Assets Report to SRI (Taxes)

Date: May 25th, 2022
Time: 11 AM – 1 PM

Foreigners living in Ecuador are required to declare their assets whether is individually or jointly with their spouse.

The topics to be discussed are:

• Requirement to file the net worth form, deadlines, assets, and liabilities to be considered.

• Temporary contribution to be paid on the Estate of natural persons, who as an individual exceeds
1 million or if jointly exceed 2 million.

• Abroad assets r regularization

• Inheritance taxes, donations, amounts to declare and exemptions.

Speaker: Dr. Paco Moscoso, former SRI attorney. Currently Attorney at Taxes Law

Place: Edificio Acrópolis – Av. José Peralta 1-119 and Av. 12 de Abril, 6th Floor Conference Office. Register your attendance to the following e-mail: uz.servicios@gmail.comor WhatsApp number (only for WhatsApp messages) 098 420 5336.

Lina Ulloa: uz.servicios@gamil.com 098 420 5336. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

6 on 6 volleyball at Parque El Paraiso, Sunday at 11 AM

You are invited to join an international group of dedicated 6 on 6 volleyball players on Sunday, May 15th from 11 AM to 1 PM.

The weekly games will be at Parque El Paraiso where the group began four years ago.
The net will be set up on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.

You are welcome to join in or watch. We need at least 10 confirmed players. If you are interested in playing, please confirm with Cherrie at 593 099 220 3001 by Saturday. May 14th at 2 PM so we can get a count. We will update everyone that the game is on or off once we get the reservations.

You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set- Spike” volleyball) for updates.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Getting a new passport? Transfer your visa

Attention Expats, I was at Azogues yesterday and I gathered this information. I hope it is useful. My immigration attorney asked for it since Azogues changes the requirements often.

I posted a new change about getting a cedula in another posting. The office has changed requirements for my cedula three times since December, 2021. Yesterday I was successful.

When we need to replace an expired or lost passport, we must transfer the previous attached visa.
Before the visa we received was applied like a sticker inside the passport.

Now they are issued as a paper visa that we carry with the passports.

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Azogues changes process for expat cedulas

I am writing as an expat who has a permanent visa. It was a process not listed on the website.

Now when you go the Azogues-province Azuay- to get that new visa, you can pay the same day as they accept the documents and return in the afternoon for the visa and the new order de cedulacion; one day service.

I was caught unprepared and had to return another day to get my cedula paperwork. This is not preferred, so do it as a same day service. The guard told me they changed this over a year ago but not listed in the website.

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Asset report for external funds due in May

According to our constitution, all residents of Ecuador, temporary and permanent regardless of their country of origin, have the same rights and obligations as Ecuadorians. This applies to tax benefits as well as tax filing. In May of each year the Asset Annex is due- this is not new- and it has nothing to do with the tax information agreement signed between Ecuador and the US back in 2021.

However, having this agreement means that Ecuador can legally request financial and tax information from the US if it feels the need to do so.

Who should file? All Ecuadorian residents who had assets in Ecuador and abroad from Jan 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021, including property inside and outside of Ecuador, all investments and bank accounts inside and outside of Ecuador of $200,000 or more; $400,000 for married couples.

Due date – This must be filed in May, the day depends on your ninth cedula digit. This filing does not mean you have to pay taxes on the amounts you are reporting. But, if you do not file the Asset Annex for 2021, you can be fined by the SRI for not reporting.

For questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

WhatsApp: 099 892 4870

Jessica CPA: info@accrocorp.com .

City: Cuenca

XE International Money Transfer?

Has anyone had experience with XE International Money Transfer from Canada? I would appreciate any information you might have.

Thanks,

Larry

City: La Libertad

6 on 6 Volleyball at Parque El Paraiso – Sunday at 11 AM

We had some good games last Sunday (See Photo). Let’s do it again this coming Sunday!

You are invited to join an international group of dedicated 6 on 6 volleyball players on Sunday, May 8th from 11 AM to 1pm. The weekly games will be at Parque El Paraiso where the group began four years ago. The net will be set up on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.

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Asset report for external funds due in May

According to our constitution, all residents of Ecuador, temporary and permanent regardless of their country of origin, have the same rights and obligations as Ecuadorians. This applies to tax benefits as well as tax filing. In May of each year the Asset Annex is due – this is not new – and it has nothing to do with the tax information agreement signed between Ecuador and the US back in 2021.

However, having this agreement means that Ecuador can legally request financial and tax information from the US if it feels the need to do so.

Who should file? All Ecuadorian residents who had assets in Ecuador and abroad from Jan 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021, including property inside and outside of Ecuador, all investments and bank accounts inside and outside of Ecuador of $200,000 or more; $400,000 for married couples

Due date – This must be filed in May, the day depends on your ninth cedula digit. This filing does not mean you have to pay taxes on the amounts you are reporting. But, if you do not file the Asset Annex for 2021, you can be fined by the SRI for not reporting.

For questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

WhatsApp: 099 892 4870

Jessica Figueroa: info@accrocorp.com .

City: Cuenca

You can still register to vote in most US state primaries

You can check https://www.fvap.gov/guide for your state’s primary election date. You may still have time to register and request your ballot (both in one step) because you can do it quickly on your computer. On this website, choose your state to see 2022 federal election dates and the deadlines for your state’s registration/ballot request and ballot return.

One page summaries of voting information for the following battleground states are available:

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SciFi discussion group meets Thursday

Hey, this is Charles Castleberry again. Following up on Friday’s post, we’ve gotten some interest in forming this group from a few folks, so without further ado…

The first (and hopefully not the last) meeting of the Cuenca SciFi and Fantasy Discussion Group will be:

* Date: this coming Thursday, May 5th,
* Time: noon
* Place: Golden Prague Pub

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6 on 6 volleyball at Parque El Paraiso starts at 11 AM

You are invited to join an international group of dedicated 6 on 6 volleyball players on Sunday, May 1st from 11 AM to 1 PM. The weekly games will be at Parque El Paraiso where the group began four years ago. The net will be set up on the green space north of the bathrooms and concession stands and west of the lake.

You are welcome to join in or watch. We need at least 10 confirmed players. If you are interested in playing, please confirm with Cherrie at 593 099 220 3001 by Saturday. April 30th at 2 PM so we can get a count. We will update everyone that the game is on or off once we get the reservations.

You can also join us on our Facebook page (Cuenca “Bump-Set- Spike” volleyball) for updates.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1959316564147789

Garry: gl.e.volleyball@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Asset report for external funds due in May

According to our constitution, all residents of Ecuador, temporary and permanent regardless of their country of origin, have the same rights and obligations as Ecuadorians. This applies to tax benefits as well as tax filing. In May of each year the Asset Annex is due – this is not new – and it has nothing to do with the tax information agreement signed between Ecuador and the US back in 2021.

However, having this agreement means that Ecuador can legally request financial and tax information from the US if it feels the need to do so.

Who should file? All Ecuadorian residents who had assets in Ecuador and abroad from Jan 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021, including property inside and outside of Ecuador, all investments and bank accounts inside and outside of Ecuador of $200,000 or more; $400,000 for married couples

Due date – This must be filed in May, the day depends on your ninth cedula digit. This filing does not mean you have to pay taxes on the amounts you are reporting. But, if you do not file the Asset Annex for 2021, you can be fined by the SRI for not reporting.

For questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

WhatsApp: 099 892 4870

Jessica: info@accrocorp.com .

City: Cuenca

Lodging for expats

If you are looking for serenity and security at an affordable price this is the right choice,

“El Quindie Lodging ”

Rooms for monthly rent

Price $200, onwards

Please visit to know about more features and offers.

For English – 098 426 4658

For Spanish – 098 328 2668

“Be where the good life is.”

Elizabeth Quinde: 098 328 2668. Call after: 10 AM.

City: Cuenca

Attention expats; are you eligible to vote? AccroCorp

The upcoming sectional elections will be held in 2023. In these elections, prefects and vice-prefects, mayors, urban and rural councilors, members of the rural parish boards will be elected for the period 2023-2027. If you have been a resident of Ecuador for at least 5 years and would like to cast your vote, you have until May 14 to register in the following link. http://cne.gob.ec

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us.

http://www.accrocorp.com
WhatsApp: 099 892 4870

Jessica: info@accrocorp.com .

City: Cuenca

Al-Anon Family Group English meeting

The Cuenca English Speaking Al-Anon is meeting in person again.

Al-Anon is for anyone who is or has been affected by another person’s drinking,

Thursdays at 11 AM.

Address: 7-68 Presidente Borrero

For more information call or email
Holly D, Cell: 098 894 7841 / WhatsApp +1 314 276 4841 Email: nanahollyk@gmail.com

City: Cuenca

Much love and gratitude to you all: Cherie Rose passed away

Cherie Rose just fought the battle of her life in trench warfare, immersed in her campaign against severe osteoporosis.

She had a wonderful life here in Cuenca! Over time, she grew to love and respect Ecuadorian people, as they represented “tranquilo,” a concept, idea that Cherie cherished. She had become enamored of her dear Cuencana friend, assistant, Susana who taught her many cultural tricks of the trade here. In addition, Cherie appreciated the multiple opportunities she had to mingle with so many adventurous expats, which consistently stimulated her own highly free-swinging spirit.

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Indivisible Ecuador – emails for May US primary ballots are arriving

The federal law called the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (known as UOCAVA) governs the way all States must provide for military members and US citizens living abroad to participate in the voting process. These rules usually differ in some ways from those that apply to voters within the US. If you are looking at your state’s election website, be sure to go to the section specifically for military and overseas citizens.

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Credit card interest rates

Card surcharges prohibited – The Defensoría del Pueblo announced that there is no law that authorizes surcharges on payments with credit or debit cards. Complaints should be addressed to the financial institution issuing the card, at the Superintendencia de Bancos, or some kind of judge.

It is prohibited for businesses to charge different prices for payments in cash and payments by card. The commission of 4% for credit cards and 2% for debit cards needs to be paid by the business and not the customer.

Michael J OKeefe: mjokeefe2@gmail.com

City: Cuenca

CSK: providing education, empowerment, environmentalism

The focus of the Cuenca Soup Kitchen is providing a hand up to those in need, primarily through food distribution.

We are also concerned about the environment. When CSK solidified its commitment to the environment, we knew that it would be an ongoing process which started when CSK volunteers Gary Curry and Paul Kaperick generously purchased reusable kit bags.

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Jack Hardy Memorial

A memorial service for Jack Hardy will be held at Sunrise Cafe on Tuesday, April 5 at 11 AM. Sunrise Cafe is located on Calle Largo just west of Begnino Malo.
Of those of you who will be attending, could you please respond to us for a headcount.
Thank you.
Sam and Jean Carothers

Jean Wall Carothers: innerspaces007@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

National Garbage Collectors Day

Often I stand and look down from my high floor, large window at the garbage men quickly collecting heavy cans from the large condo next door. It takes them only a minute to pick it up and be gone to the next stop. As I also watch them run behind their trucks on our busy street, I have wished I could express my great appreciation and drop them off a token of gratitude and respect. As someone else noticed, there are no fat garbage collectors. We couldn’t live well without them.

I do not know of a National Garbage Collectors Day but there should be one.

Jon: .

City: Cuenca

Assets Annex – What, when to file – AccroCorp

Have you heard about the Asset Annex filing requirement for Ecuador? It is mandatory for any of you who had assets in Ecuador and abroad from Jan 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021, including property inside and outside of Ecuador, all investments and bank accounts inside and outside of Ecuador of $200,000 or more; $400,000 for married couples. No need to pay taxes but you must file to avoid fines.

This is due in May as part of an agreement to share information between the US and Ecuador that was signed in 2021. There are some things that need to be done before filing in May, such as getting your SRI password.

Questions? Need more information? Feel free to contact me at:
http://www.accrocorp.com
WhatsApp: 099 892 4870

Jessica: info@accrocorp.com .

City: Cuenca

Invitation to Grace Grand Re-Opening- slots are filling quickly

Grace Grand Re-Opening, March 30, 2022
After six months of construction to upgrade our building to provide additional medical services for refugees and other people in need, Grace has recently received new permissions from the government to provide both obstetric and pediatric services. Grace invites you to our open house grand re-opening. Due to Covid precautions, and to assure the quality of your visit, please contact Grace to sign up for a 30-minute small group tour of the building between 1 and 6:30 PM.

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Become A Grace Angel-limited angel spaces available this year

Have you ever waked up in the morning and not felt well and did not know what to do, who to call, when to call, when to see a doctor, or when to stay in bed? Sometimes the fear of making a decision as to what to do, is worse than your initial ailment. By becoming a Grace Angel, you can put these concerns and fears aside while supporting the only Cuenca foundation who serves both refugees and others in need with health services to include licensed general medical care, pediatric care, obstetric and gynecological care.

By being a Grace Angel and paying a small monthly fee or an even smaller annual fee, you can pick up the phone or sit down in front of your computer and have a video conference with an English-speaking MD, at no charge. Grace is also able to perform many health assessments either in their new offices, provide dental care and other services. Please contact Foundacion Grace and put your worries and fears aside and become one of limited number of people who will be able to obtain a membership this year. Grace is also establishing agreements with local restaurants and businesses so that you can receive a discount.

Please call/email or WhatsApp to schedule your tour time.

+593 95 920 4786
info@giverefugeesachance.org

Donate at: https://givere fugeesachance.org/how-to-help/make-a-donation/
For more information about Grace and all our services: https://giverefugeesachance.org/

Steve Chasson, President of Give Refugees a Chance a 501.c3 organization

City: Cuenca

To those who are currently in Ecuador with an expired visa…

If you are an expat with an irregular migratory status in Ecuador (i.e. if your Tourist visa or your residency visa expired prior to the 10th of March, 2022) and you have the requirements to apply for a residency visa (either temporary or permanent), you may apply for it after paying a fine until the 8th of April, 2022.

Note: This applies to you only if you meet the requirements for a residency visa at this moment and you would actually like to apply for a residency visa in Ecuador without needing to leave the country and then needing to apply for the visa at an Ecuadorian Consulate overseas.

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Message for US citizens: American Citizen Services in Cuenca, April

I got this today, probably has been or will be submitted by others, but could be important to some.

American Citizen Services in the City of Cuenca – April 6 and 7, 2022

The US Consulate General in Guayaquil is pleased to announce that representatives from the Consulate will offer notarial services and accept passport applications in the City of Cuenca on Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7, 2022

Where: Abraham Lincoln Center Calle Borrero 5-18 y Honorato Vásquez Cuenca

When: Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 1 to 5 PM
Thursday, April 7, 2022, 8 AM to noon

Appointment required

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Information

Long time journalist, Lara Logan, appeared on Real America AM and during the segment made some very surprising observations about Ukraine. You can watch it at http://thetruthliveshere.com

Daniel Joseph

City: Cuenca

PM Emergency Button, by Punto Medico S.A.

Prehospital emergency care service at home, we provide professional first response care services.
We have a high-tech device that, when pressed for about 5 seconds, activates an emergency call to the professional paramedic who, in turn, responds and guides you step by step until you reach your home and provide care. necessary. We also have custody of keys exclusively for home emergencies and to facilitate access and provide the necessary help. In addition, programming and reminder of medications and medical appointments, 24/7 assistance, periodic control of the user’s status, GPS location for people with memory problems or in case of need of primary help outside their home. Consultations with a general practitioner.

We are a company dedicated to caring for your health and well-being and that of your loved ones. We have qualified professionals and provide first class care.

Andres Perez: pm_boton_emergencias@hotmail.com 098 128 3135. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Visa de Amparo/Dependent Visa

An Amparo visa is granted to dependents as an extension of somebody who already holds a temporary or permanent visa. These visas are also called “Amparo” (Dependent) visas. In the new provisions of the law for visa of ´´Amparo´´under marriage it is necessary that the marriage be registered in Ecuador.

For more information, contact:
Dra. Lina Ulloa
Immigration, Civil and Constitutional Lawyer
Email: uz.asesoresecuador@gmail.com,
Address: Av. Jose Peralta 1-19 and Av. 12 de Abril, Acropolis Building, 3rd Floor, office 312.
Telephone numbers: (07) 410 3588 or 098 420 5336

Lina Ulloa: 098 420 5336. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

New documentary about Cuenca

I would like to thank all of the locals and expats who took part in and supported my recent documentary. It was a very fun two months putting this together, getting to know the city, and making friends along the way.

“Coworking in Cuenca” (2022).

Without your support to participate and to share the word, it would not have been possible. The documentary has been well received well. I am so happy with the response.

Much love,
Capture Joseph

City: Cuenca

Professional behavior in Ecuador?

I get confused about culture or crazy here. Our dentist found a posting error around 5:30 Monday. She called and my spouse was in the shower so I left it for her to leave a message. After three calls she leaves a text. The text instructions are for us to arrive the next day to pay this. Then she started calling repeatedly. She would hang up and call immediately. It reminded me of those stalker movies. I turned off the phone about an hour later. The next morning about 9 AM the receptionist shows up at our door. I wouldn’t talk to her. I sent an email requesting the dentist to stop calling or coming to our place and only use email. Also, because I was so annoyed by this point, I requested a three-day break to calm down and be able to talk rationally. She is still sending emails. It was the first time in my life I had to block someone’s emails. Can anyone decipher this to what is cultural and what is crazy?

Ronald Snitzer: ronsnit@msn.com .

City: Cuenca

RIP Jerry Joe Holland

August 17, 1951 – March 15, 2022

My beloved husband and our robustly-talented “Cuenca Blues Man”, Jerry Joe Holland, died on March 15, 2022. Jerry was diagnosed last Christmas week with stage 4 pancreatic cancer that had spread to his liver. He was given only 2 months to live. He immediately started receiving palliative care to keep him as comfortable as possible.

Jerry loved performing music more than anything else. He also had a deep and abiding respect and connection with animals and all living things, for that matter. In the past 4.5 years, Jerry grew to love and appreciate the people and places of Cuenca and Ecuador. He was very happy here and did not ever regret leaving the United States. Jerry was a soft-spoken, gentle soul, who was so easy to approach as his friendliness radiated from his heart.

Jerry Joe is survived by his loving wife, Jo Austin, of Cuenca, and his sister, Paula Holland, of California. He is also survived by his beloved rescue doggies, Ande and Marvin, from Cuenca, along with his precious kitty, Giselle, from Seattle. Jerry’s additional survivors include many beloved friends from Seattle and California.

If you’re so inclined to make a donation in honor of Jerry Joe’s memory, please consider Cuenca’s animal welfare organizations.

Patan Rescue Group: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/patananimalrescue

FAAN c/o Dr. Segundo Javier Gallardo Ramirez
Banco Pacifico, Ahorros Cuenta 1040395901. Cedula 0704545110 cvetgallardo@hotmail.com

MCA c/o Dra. Sandra Cornejo
Banco Pichincha, Ahorros Cuenta 2204611652. Cedula 0106990344 sandy15cornejo@gmail.com

or your favorite animal welfare organization.

A Celebration of Life Event will be held to honor Jerry Joe and all the love and contributions he made to our lives and our community. Details to follow.

With love and blessings,

Jo Austin: jomarieaustin99@gmail.com 099 535 7387. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Opportunity to regulate your migratory status

This is very important information. This week I was checking with the migration police and if you are without visa you have until April 8th to go to the migration office and pay around $200 as a penalty and you can proceed with your visa application in the Ministerio in Azogues without having to leave the country. This is until April 8th, so hurry up. Time is running out.

If you need more help, contact me. I work as a facilitator for the expat community, so I can help you with everything that you need.

Email:
monicagonzaga.facilitator@gmail.com

WhatsApp:
098 384 1691

Website:
https://cuencamonica.com/

Monica Gonzaga

City: Cuenca

Expired cedulas, will be valid until June 30th

Hi all, The Ecuadorian government, extended the expired Ecuadorian cedulas validity, until June 30th. All the private and public institutions, will be notified to accept the expired cedulas, for any process. Link HERE.

Ulises Acosta: ulisesacostac@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Visa category change

There has been a category change in the Investor Visas. The new regulation authorizes the substitution of the investment that guarantees the visa; as long as the new investment complies with the new values ($42,500); You can change the CD investment visa from one bank to another bank or from CD to property and vice versa.

For more information, contact Dra. Lina Ulloa at:
Email: uz.asesoresecuador@gmail.com,

Address: Av. Jose Peralta 1-19 and Av. 12 de Abril, Acropolis Building, 3rd Floor, office 312.
Telephone numbers: (07) 410 3588 or 098 420 5336

Lina Ulloa: 098 420 5336. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Temporary residence visa for online jobs

There is a new visa category for persons working online. The new two-year temporary residence visa gives the opportunity to foreigners who have a job under a sponsor relationship or business owners.

For more information, contact Dra. Lina Ulloa at:
Email: uz.asesoresecuador@gmail.com,

Address: Av. Jose Peralta 1-19 and Av. 12 de Abril, Acropolis Building, 3rd Floor, office 312.

Telephone numbers: (07) 410 3588 or 098 420 5336

Lorena: 098 420 5336. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Frozen Azutaxi app

I can’t close it or get back to the home page (and other issues). Is this a common occurrence? I’ve closed it and reopened it, but it’s still frozen. Any pointers? Thanks in advance.

Reid Tanner

Extending your visa

I suspect l am asking a question that crops up repeatedly from first time arrivals. My visa about to expire and l wish to extend. What’s the simplest route to get this done.

Thanks,

Leo

US passport renewal in Ecuador

Please share your experiences in renewing your US passport at either the US Embassy in Quito or the US Consulate in Guayaquil, especially if your experience was recent. For US citizens residing in Cuenca, which office do you think would be more prompt and convenient (Quito or Guayaquil)? Did you send your DS-82 application and original passport using DHL? How did that work out? Did the entire process take between 25 to 30 business days as suggested on the Ecuador US Embassy web site? Did you employ a facilitator to assist you in the process? Were you required to attend an in-person interview to support your application? Would you consider returning to the US a better option to renew a US passport (for instance, did you experience some unexpected consequence from applying for renewal in Ecuador rather than in the US)? Thanks for your input. To avoid trolling, you are invited to respond directly to my email address. Your suggestions and comments will be received in strict confidence.

David Naccari: dnaccari1@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

The story of coffee

Two podcasts from Gastropod. Not directly related to Ecuador, but seriously well done, and this still is a coffee-producing country.

#1: Grounds for Revolution: The Stimulating Story of How Coffee Shaped the World (February 21, 2022) “About 400 years ago, a dark and mysterious stranger arrived in Europe and sent the jitters—really, shock waves—through society. That newcomer was the coffee bean, and it’s hard to overstate its effects on the world.”

Link: https://gastropod.com/grounds-for-revolution-the-stimulating-story-of-how-coffee-shaped-the-world/

#2: Déjà-Brew: How Coffee Got Bad, Then Worse, and, Finally, Good Again (March 8, 2022) “This episode, tune in for the story behind how new technologies, over-the-top advertising, and a forgotten female coffee visionary helped coffee go from bad, to a little better, to downright terrible, before reaching today’s Nirvana of coffee choice and quality.”

Link: https://gastropod.com/deja-brew-how-coffee-got-bad-then-worse-and-finally-good-again/

Dave Sailer

City: Cuenca

Do I have to file for Ecuadorian Income Tax? – Accro Corp

If your earned income (including from abroad) during 2021 exceeded $11,212, you must file your Income Taxes in Ecuador.

Don’t wait until the last minute and avoid fines.

We offer our services to private individuals, privately owned businesses, public and nonprofit organizations.

For due dates and information, please feel free to contact us at:
http://www.accrocorp.com

WhatsApp: 099 892 4870

Jessica: info@accrocorp.com .

City: Cuenca

Need a traveler to mail my business envelope securely in the US

If you are going to the United States week of March 28, I need someone to drop a fully stamped business envelope securely in a USPS mailbox.

Sister lives in Connecticut and it is going to CT.
Please let me know soon if you can assist me with this matter.

Thank you,

Susan: 096 841 9412. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Ecuador visa info update

New rule. After 2 years of permanent residency, your visa will be canceled if you spend more than 2 years outside of Ecuador. Lose permanent residency if spending more than 180 days outside of Ecuador during the first 2 years.

Mike OKeefe

City: Cuenca

Road from Loja to Cuenca update

Hi al, The change of a big culvert (armico), in the San Lucas zone, between Loja and Saraguro, started yesterday. According to the Engineer Eduardo Punín Burneo, Public Works boss for the Loja province, the road to Cuenca will not be closed, but, they will do a “controlled passing.” They are working right now creating a by-pass.

Attached here, is the twitter account of Engineer Punín (more pictures there), you can follow him on twitter, because, in his account, also will be published when the road to Vilcabamba will be closed for reparation or how they will proceed.

Also, attached here, is the official letter from the Ministry of Transportation and Public works. The works in this San Lucas town area will last for 20 days and the road will be operative in this time.

Any questions,

Ulises Acosta: ulisesacostac@gmail.com .

City: Loja

Changes in the Ecuadorian Immigration regulations

Hi all, As you are probably aware, there are new changes into the Ecuadorian Human Movility and Inmigration law… but, the changes are not published yet into the official gazette, Registro Oficial. https://www.registroficial.gob.ec/

Yesterday, was at the migration office in Azogues city and everything is normal. Some of the changes coming, you can check here:
https://visatoecuador.com/changes-in-the-immigration-law-update/

Let me know any questions…
ulisesacostac@gmail.com

Ulises Acosta: .

City: Cuenca

Exemption from the naturalization exam in Ecuador

For people over 65 years of age, children and teenagers and people with intellectual disabilities will be exempt from the naturalization exam.

The regulation to the law of human mobility, which we have waited so long for, only waiting for it to be published in the Official Registry so that it becomes effective.
The good news is confirmed through this regulation, foreigners who have completed a university or postgraduate degree in Ecuador, who have received these classes in Spanish, are also exempt from the exam.

For more information, contact:

Dra. Lina Ulloa
Immigration, Civil and Constitutional Lawyer
Email: uz.asesoresecuador@gmail.com,
Address: Av. Jose Peralta 1-19 and Av. 12 de Abril, Acropolis Building, 3rd Floor, office 312.
Telephone numbers: (07) 410 3588 or 098 420 5336

Ab Lorena Ugalde: 098 420 5336. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

To apply the retirement visa the new income will be $1,275

The regulation of the human mobility law, which we have waited for, is only expected to be published in the Official Registry so that it becomes effective.

The new income for retirement visa will be 3 basic salaries, this year the basic salary is $425. For that reason, the new Income will be $1,275. This means that each year it will increase according to the basic salary. For each dependent the income will be $250 plus.

For more information, contact Dra. Lina Ulloa at:


Address: Av. Jose Peralta 1-19 and Av. 12 de Abril, Building Acropolis, 3rd Floor, office #312.

Telephone numbers: (07) 410 3588 / 098 420 5336

Lina Ulloa: uz.asesoresecuador@gmail.com 098 420 5336. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

The temporary residence visa will have 90 days to leave the country

The regulation of the human mobility law, which we have waited so long for, is only expected to be published in the Official Registry so that it becomes effective.

The last paragraph of Article 84 of the Regulation establishes that “For purposes of continuity of permanence, the foreign person may not leave the country for more than ninety (90) days during the entire period of validity of the temporary residence visa”

For more information, contact Dr. Lina Ulloa at:


Av. Jose Peralta 1-19 and Av. 12 de Abril, Building Acropolis, 3rd Floor, office 312.
Telephone numbers: (07) 410 3588 / 098 420 5336

Lina Ulloa: uz.servicios@gamil.com uz.asesoresecuador@gmail.com 098 420 5336. Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca

Where do I get help? Police? City?

Information to save and use. Many posters have asked for solutions to issues of police and city. These are helpful.

Where do I place my concerns about noises, traffic, police and more?

Two sources listed below

City Concerns: https://www.cuenca.gob.ec
WhatsApp +593 95 978 3034 Municipio de Cuenca Monday through Friday 8 AM – 4:45 PM.

The city has a chat robot for many different business needs. This was started during the quarantine. Translated information for your better understanding with the actual WhatsApp text and menu below. When the robot cannot answer a person replies.
Municipality of Cuenca: I am CuencaBOT, your Virtual Assistant of the Municipality of Cuenca. I can help you with queries related to:

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Azutaxi app presented for Cuenca, again…

Hello Neighbors:
Save this information please.

A friend hailed a cab and then lost her cedula. Several attempts to recover it were not successful and she is paying a facilitator to acquire a new cedula. Her facilitator will charge $150 for the paperwork and the trip to the registro civil. The option was hers to pay for someone to do the work but the process is a little complicated.

The Azogues department of Immigration has a website for appointments that is a bit confusing, incomplete, and of course, in Spanish. That is just for the paperwork and then she must go to the registro civil in person to get the cedula. Don’t forget there is a newer digital cedula option now.

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AA meetings in English in Cuenca

English speaking AA is alive and well in Cuenca.

There are open meetings at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

There is an open meeting at 1 PM on Thursdays.

And there is a Women’s meeting at noon on Wednesdays.

Call or email for more information

Gerard: gtretton@yahoo.com 098 656 4887 Cell / +593 98 656 4887 WhatsApp. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Register to vote

Remember, as a US citizen living abroad, it is required that you re-register to vote every year. 2022 is a critical mid-term election year. Go to votefromabroad.org to register.

Contact me via email if you need help with the process.

Carol Winters: carolj1214@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Reduction of VAT(IVA) from 12% to 8% for tourism – Accrocorp

Enjoy this upcoming holiday with an IVA reduction from 12% to 8% for touristic activities only!

The Ecuadorian government, by means of an executive decree, has reduced the VAT(IVA) rate from 12% to 8% for tourism activities, during the following holidays:

Carnaval – Saturday, February 26th to Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

Good Friday- Friday, March 15th to Sunday, March 17th, 2022

This applies to touristic activities only, including:

Accommodation; Food and beverage services; Transportation, when it is mainly dedicated to tourism; rentals on cars, boats and even aerial tramways; tourist services agencies and event organizers; racetracks and stable amusement parks.

For more info, please feel free to contact:

Jessica: info@accrocorp.com .

City: Cuenca

Ecuador Perú land border

Ecuador Perú land border, open again in Macará and Huaquillas points

Hi all, In the last COE resolutions, the border with Perú, in the Macará and Huaquillas points, will be open again from Tomorrow.

Resolution here https://www.gestionderiesgos.gob.ec/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Coe-Nacional-Resolucion-jueves-17-de-febrero-del-2022-FINAL-signed-signed.pdf

For merchandise, the border will be open 24 hours and for the rest of transportation, and walking pass, from 8 AM to 5 PM.

In 30 days, there will be an evaluation of this and other resolutions. Vaccine cards will be shown to access non-essential activities and transportation.

Ulises
http://www.visatoecuador.com

Ulises Acosta: ulisesacostac@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Bus and tranvia cards

A recent post was inquiring about where to get bus and tranvia cards. For some kind of software glitch reason, I was not able to respond to the inquiry.

However if you want to buy Tranvia cards, you can always go to the Tranvia station at the airport, or the one in the underpass at the Feria libre. At these locations you can also obtain the discount card for senior citizens.

For a bus card you can always go to the bus office which is located just on the north side of the Terminal Terrestre. This location an also be accessed by using the Tranvia. If you want a senior citizen card for either, then you need to take your passport or cedula so that they can use the photo.

Jonathan Mason: jmm1951x@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Indivisible Ecuador: US primary elections coming up soon

Voting in the US midterms for Senators and Members of Congress is extremely important. Midterm elections will determine who controls both houses of congress.

The dates and requirements for voting in your party’s primary vary from state to state. Election deadlines and voting instructions for your state can be found at FVAP.gov/guide. Just click on your state. There you will also find the deadlines and requirements for voting in the general election.

Even if you are already registered to vote in your state, you must still send a ballot request to your voter registrar in order to receive your ballot.

The states listed here are considered swing states in the upcoming elections. If you vote in one of these states, it’s extremely important that you vote this year:

Arizona
Florida
Georgia
Iowa
Michigan
Minnesota
Nevada
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Texas
Wisconsin

If you need help with registering and/or requesting your ballot, please contact indivisible.ecuador@gmail.com.

Ruth Marcom: .

City: Cuenca

Customer satisfaction with banks and co-ops in Ecuador

The magazine Vistazo, published top-line results of a survey by Advance Consultora among 1,000 clients of banks and cooperativas of the perception from their customers of customer service received.

The methodology used is the one developed for the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

Banks with the best CSI ratings (ranked by asset size):
Banco Pichincha
Banco de Pacifico
Banco Guayaquil
Produbanco
Banco Boliviano
Banco Internacional
Banco del Austro
BanEcuador
Banco Solidario
Banco de Loja

Cooperativas ranked by asset size:
JEP
Jardin Azuayo
Policia Nacional
Allianza del Valle
29 de Octubre
CoopMego

Eric Fraterman: ericfraterman@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Whatever happened to Jack Hardy?

For those who have asked about Jack Hardy:

On December 2 Jack Hardy had breakfast with me at Sunrise café and reminded me that he would be leaving on Saturday, December 4 to visit with his Friend and administrator for his estate in Florida. On Sunday, December 10th, my wife Jean and I were at Dos Chorreras where I received two telephone calls telling me that Jack was in an ICU in Florida but I was asked not to tell anyone.

On December 13th, I received a call from Jack’s accountant/administrator telling me that Jack did not feel good when he arrived at the accountant’s house on December, 12. The morning of December 13, Jack told his friends that he did not feel good and was going for a walk before breakfast. About 6 blocks from the house, he had a seizure and was taken to a local hospital. When an autopsy was performed, it was found that a blood clot had interred his brain and that he had died instantly.

The accountant/administrator asked me not to tell anyone about his dying until all the paperwork could be presented to the courts and that an administrator was officially recognized by the courts.

Jack’s apartment and studio have been cleaned out and all his photographic equipment was given to the University of Cuenca.

There will be a memorial service at a later date.

Samuel Carothers: samcarothers7@gmail.com

City: Cuenca

Conadis, disability, handicapped process

Hi al,

A while ago, I helped an expat friend with the Conadis process, this is an abstract from our conversation in Messenger…

Hi, so, the first thing to request the handicap carnet is, to have an Ecuador cédula,
then, call to the phone number 171, ext. 4, to request an appointment with the Public Health System of Ecuador. A general doctor will check the patient and do a first evaluation and send to a specialist. This general doctor will fill a form and
then, you have to call again the phone number 171, ext. 4 and let them know that you have the first evaluation and request the appointment with the specialist. Then, this specialist will prepare a report, and if the “discapacidad” is at least 30%, the patient qualifies for the Conadis carnet as handicapped.

The second evaluation, with the specialist, will be done in the Centro De Salud number 3 (this is here in Loja, but for sure, in other health centers of the public health system of Ecuador, in different cities, is possible to do this). The only one that does the evaluations for people with some “discapacidad”. Everything depends on the time to receive the appointments and the delivery of the final carnet is almost instantly. The Conadis worker here in Loja told me that all the benefits can be checked in the Conadis web page, but, first it is better to have the qualification. Let me know any question you can have. If you do the appt, bring everything you have to show him, doctor letters, diagnosis, etc.

Here are some regulations and laws: https://www.consejodiscapacidades.gob.ec/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2017/11/Regalamento-lod-decre_-194.pdf

Ulises Acosta: ulisesacostac@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Ashisonlex, Ecuadorian artist

Hi, I’m Ashisonlex, I’m 21 years old and I’m Ecuadorian. Since I have memories, I know that I have a great passion for creation and creativity. It became my lifestyle. One of my biggest dreams is really to be able to live from my art, a crazy dream in my country, Ecuador.

A third-world country, they call it. My dream is to be able to break that prejudice. I trust that my artwork is good enough to show it to the world and especially my community.
I want to inspire current and future artists that dreaming is fine, that wanting to be better is possible and that change in our country depends on us, the young people. It’s not only about my personal dream, it’s about a revolution through art, a revolution that marks the importance of being better people through the care of our beautiful nature.

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Indivisible Ecuador (reminder): Register to vote in 2022

Happy 2022, the year of the Midterm Elections.

Your votes in this year’s midterms are more important than ever. They are critical for preserving democracy in the US. The website http://www.votefromabroad.org is a non-partisan platform that allows US. citizens to complete the federal forms necessary to vote from abroad. It is important to complete this form in 2022 (and in every year you wish to vote) to make sure you are registered to vote and in the system to receive ballots.

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IVA refund: quick and easy – AccroCorp

Already turned 65 and didn’t know about the senior IVA Refund benefit? No worries, on the first time you claim you can request up to $96 – meaning that you can request for more than one month at once.

Also, remember that the IVA refund is a benefit not only for seniors, if you have a disability, you can request yours too, regardless of age.

For more information feel free to contact me.

Jessica Figueroa: info@accrocorp.com .

City: Cuenca

Stimulus payments for 2021

Reminding note from the desk of Tax Accountant:

The US citizens or green card holders (resident aliens) who are not required to file 1040, but did not receive stimulus payments for 2021, can claim a refund from the IRS by filing 1040 for 2021.

Kay Forgione: kayforgione@gmail.com 098 384 1776 or (310) 742 4724. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Indivisible Ecuador: 2022 midterm elections

Happy 2022, the year of the Midterm Elections. Your votes in this year’s midterms are more important than ever. They are critical for preserving democracy in the US. The website http://www.votefromabroad.org is a non-partisan platform that allows US citizens to complete the federal forms necessary to vote from abroad. It is important to complete this form in 2022 (and in every year you wish to vote) to make sure you are registered to vote and in the system to receive ballots.

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PM Emergency Button

PM Emergency Button is a pre-hospital care service at home aimed at: Older adults, people who live alone, dependent or vulnerable people or whoever wishes to have the service.

It is a high-tech device that, when pressed for at least 5 seconds, makes an emergency call and an emergency technician will assist you until help arrives at your home and you are attended in a professional manner.

Andres: Pm_boton_emergencias@hotmail.com 098 128 3135. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Policia de turismo?

Hi Community, I’ve been reading complaints about these Policia de turismo (Some of them) which I did not know existed but if it does please write to the Municipio de Cuenca to this lady in charge of international affairs, below and hopefully they stop the abuse if any, I don’t think they have the right to stop or ask any tourist – legal or not – for any kind of documents. They are not immigration police. Please write. I already did.

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Singapore expat misinformation and Hong Kong expat information

Singapore article misinformation:

A recent article included information about “Thousands of Expats Leaving Singapore”. However, I received this clarification from a friend in Singapore who read the article:

“I saw that same article here in Singapore and I was a little surprised at the “thousands leaving” remark. It’s complete nonsense of course, as we both know, expats come and expats go, but not in their “thousands”. Despite the Covid-19 related restrictions that are still in place it is still possible to have a relatively normal life here. But not so in Hong Kong where much tighter restrictions have been in place for some time and the effects are really being felt in the expat community. In another article I read recently, it stated that, “…Relocation firms (in Hong Kong) have seen a marked rise in moves from Hong Kong to Singapore, with others heading to Britain, Australia and Canada.” The same article also highlighted the negative effect this exodus will have on Hong Kong’s position as a major financial and commercial center in Asia.”

Bobette Jones: bobettejane@yahoo.com .

City: Cuenca

Passport is within last 6 months

I have heard that a passport needs to be renewed with only 6 months left till expiration date. What do I need to do? Is there a chance someone qualified to renew a passport will visit Cuenca (from the embassy)? If not, where do I mail my passport to have it renewed?

Martin P Doherty: mrtndoherty@yahoo.com .

City: Cuenca

Police asking for ID

Today, Thursday I was walking across San Francisco plaza and was stopped by two national police, a man and a woman. They spoke rapid Spanish but I got the gist of what they wanted. I showed my cedula, my vaccination record, and my US Passport card. I was fine with that until the woman started taking pictures of the items.

I asked Sara Chaca, who agreed it is a bit worrisome. She said that if anyone encounters a similar situation, get their names and badge numbers.

Janet Crumley: jingles1945@icloud.com .

City: Cuenca

2022 a year of education

For our community assistance program, we want 2022 to be a year full of learning for both our beneficiaries and ourselves. For this we have achieved new alliances for the benefit of our partner organizations and beneficiaries of the food kits program. To start this new year the first alliance is with the University of Cuenca with the language department, with the project of teaching English to children and adolescents at risk and vulnerability, where in addition to learning English they will learn about diversity, interculturalism and awareness.

Dear friends, stay tuned to each of our news, and we invite you to be ambassadors of change, because together we transform lives and we are the change.

Our link for donate: https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/38532/fundacion-hearts-of-gold/

Camila Moscoso: cmoscosoriofrio@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

90 days tourist visa extension, new fee

Hi all,

As you probably know, in Ecuador, the government fees, and fines, in almost everything, are calculated in base of the Ecuadorian minimum wage, a percentage of it (2%, 5%, 50%) or: one minimum wage, 2 minimum wages, 100 minimum wages, etc.

Since January first, 2022, the new Ecuadorian minimum wage is $425 and the new fee for the tourist visa extension, for 90 days, is now $141.67

Any questions, any time, free consultancy in visas to live in Ecuador.

Ulises Acosta: ulisesacostac@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Finally permanent residence visa case approved

On September 29, 2021, Susan, along with her lawyer Dr. Lina Ulloa, applied for the 21-month Permanent Residence visa at the Azogues Zonal Coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility; on that date she was already eligible to request the above mentioned visa. Susan received the temporary residence visa in the month of December, 2019 and left Ecuador on January 17th, 2021 and returned on February 2nd 2021, she made use of the 90 days authorized to be absent from the country.

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You can feed bodies and minds

The children of our beneficiaries are required to attend school. Although the pandemic has made this challenging, your donations of old laptops, tablets, and phones have kept these children growing and learning.

Thank you for giving them a hand up to a better future.

To donate technology please contact us at:

info@cuencasoupkitchen.org

For monetary donations please choose one of the following options:

Hearts of Gold, Cuenta de ahorros JEP
Account number: 406079928700
RUC number: 0190395251002

The children of our beneficiaries are required to attend school. Although the pandemic has made this challenging, your donations of old laptops, tablets, and phones have kept these children growing and learning.

Thank you for giving them a hand up to a better future.

To donate technology please contact us at:

info@cuencasoupkitchen.org

For monetary donations please choose one of the following options:

Hearts of Gold, Cuenta de ahorros JEP
Account number: 406079928700
RUC number: 0190395251002

PayPal: jeffrey@jlsdesigns.net

Online: https://www.cuencasoupkitchen.org/

Thank you for giving a hand up to the children of our community!
Des Dizney, Bill O’Brien, and Smith

Directors: .

City: Cuenca

Suzanne Ward

Suzanne Marie Ward
October 1, 1947 – January 16, 2022

I am sorry to share that an incredible part of our community, Suzanne Marie Ward, has passed away. Suzanne passed suddenly and peacefully at home on Monday, January 17, 2022. She was one of the owners of Cuenca Consignments, where she loved interacting with everyone. Cuenca Consignments, trivia, book clubs, and the amazing community of friends here brought her so much joy! For more information, please see her facebook page.


Surviving family members include her brother, Al Ward, sister, Pamela Ward, sister, Cynthia Ward, and her daughter, Allison Rae Ward-Seidel. Allison visited Cuenca several times, and loves and appreciates the amazing community and support here. Allison is currently in Cuenca this week, and she will be at Common Grounds restaurant tomorrow, Sunday, January 23, at 4 PM. If you would like to stop by for drinks and stories and laughs, she would love to see you. No pressure, please take care given the covid situation.

Allison: allisonwardseidel@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Temporary visa

Can anyone tell me where this information can be verified? I am in a situation where I need to return to the US and get the remainder of my musical equipment, and personal belongings. I am in the process of getting my temporary resident visa. My tourist visa extension ends in March.

1st question: if paperwork is submitted to start the temporary residency visa, will I have to leave in March?

2nd question: is the following information accurate? Thanks in advance.

Temporary Residency Visas (generally valid for 2 years of residency):

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Window shade material

We are replacing our cloth window shades in one room. If anyone is interested in the material for craft projects, you are welcome to have it when the new shades are installed.

Ryan James: drryanjames@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Flu shots now available

My GP is connected to the MSP and informs me that seasonal flu shots are now available at any Centro de Salud.

Eric Fraterman: ericfraterman@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

Emilio Morocho is asking for help

Emilio is familiar to many expats here. He has always been available to help anyone in need. Now he is asking for our help. He has an employee whose child needs emergency surgery for a detached retina. The surgery costs $1,800. The family does not have the resources to pay for this surgery. Watch the video below and let your heart be your guide.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1074992199967412&id=100001130592112&_rdr

Gary Cross: O99 978 1003. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

Important information if you pay bills in Ecuador

The Superintendent of Banks issued a new directive that came into effect on January 1st. Although, it may not affect most expats, it is something you should be aware of. Any bill for a public service that is more than $76 must be paid electronically. You can no longer pay those bills in person at a bank or any place where you normally pay your bills. For instance, if your electricity bill is less than $76, you can pay as you normally do. However, if it is $76.01 or more, that bill must be paid electronically. This applies to IESS, water and all public services.

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Lodge in Yunguilla opening to long-term residents

Check out the beautiful setting off main road. Rent or future ownership is available. One hour from Cuenca.

Organic gardens.
Three new jacuzzis
Sauna
Swimming pool

Very high-quality living

Torrin: brauchtorrin@gmail.com +1 239 848 5876. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Yunguilla

Puerto Lopez vacations

Check out this up-and-coming area:

Group trips
Shared rides
Real estate tours for sales and rentals
Tour the local sites
Accommodations available at Goodtimes

Torrin: brauchtorrin@gmail.com +1 239 848 5876. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Dog trainer closes out 2021 in Cuenca with this report

I’m crazy about dogs. No creature on the earth is born so sweet. Here in Cuenca, here in Ecuador, they deserve better than what they get.

As the new year opens, I want to invite all you other dog lovers to consider how you can involve yourselves on their behalf. Think about your talents, think about what brings you joy. Our dogs need you.

Is your heart in rescuing abandoned and abused animals? There are excellent rescue groups – Patan, Faan, Rescate Animal come to mind (but there are others) — who need funds and volunteers. Maybe more work could be done to consolidate the efforts of mom-and-pop rescuers. These dogs need shelter, food, and often medical care. And then what? Do they go to foster care or new homes? Or do they stay confined forever?

Patan: https://www.facebook.com/grupopatan/
Faan: https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=faan%20proteccion%20animal
Rescate Animal: https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=rescate%20animal%20cuenca

Are you a matchmaker? Does it thrill your heart to introduce a deserving pup to a good home? What could be more satisfying than that? You would have to be the go-between for rescue groups, the veterinary clinics that help them, and would-be homes. You would need to place notices, follow up with the new homes, and maybe even take back dogs who don’t work out.

Do you want to make perhaps the biggest difference? Reduce the number of unwanted dogs by volunteering at the spay/neuter clinics organized by ARCA. Join the vets and volunteers who work their hearts out every few weekends to reduce the numbers of unwanted dogs. If 50 or 60 dogs are sterilized at each weekend event, that could be about 400 more puppies who won’t be homeless. Check out ARCA http://www.fundacionarca.com.ec/ Check out Kim Curls’ Facebook page “PetCareEcuador” = https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=petcareecuador

(And a shout-out here to two gringas in particular. For lo these many years, Kim Curls and Jeanne Chiang have traveled to just about every single sterilization clinic. Their contributions are simply heroic! Kim mans her own station, administering all the post-surgery shots, and looking after the dogs who are coming out of anesthesia, and processing all the paperwork for the families. I really have no idea how she does all this! And Jeanne is behind the scenes ensuring all the medical instruments are properly cleaned and sterilized for re-use. They could really use your help!)

Are you a natural educator? Boy, do we need you! You can help challenge the prevalent notion that males are more – eh – “manly” if they have their balls. Or that females have a god-given right to have babies. Or that it is cruel to keep dogs indoors, that the kind thing to do is to send them out into the open air (the streets) all day. Or the notion that dogs are too dirty to keep inside. You will need to explain why neutering the boys will cut back on dog fights. People don’t know! You can look into the claim that guard dogs are needed to protect property in el campo. Or in town. You can debunk the idea that dogs need to be shown who’s Alpha.

But you’ll need marketers to spread the word. Our dogs definitely need talented marketers! First, what’s the best way to market in our area? Is it using GringoPost, social media, or posting flyers in the windows of participating groomers, vet offices, etc. How can we target both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking dog lovers?

And what do we want to say? We want to speak up for the dogs. We want a Central Clearing House of information. And we want accountability.

Are you a native Spanish speaker? Please find us. Everything seems so gringo-driven! Can we change this? Share what you know.

Do you get a special ping from organizing? Data on spreadsheets? Like-minded professionals into sharing resources? Well, there are so many ways you are needed.

Here’s one: the community needs a Dog Resource Directory that identifies the best vets, groomers, pet-sitters, dog walkers, etc. There are outstanding and dedicated professionals out there. And then there are the others. There are vets with technologies new to Cuenca – like physical rehabilitation, like prosthetics – but no one can find them. There are individuals breaking new ground with concepts like doggie day care, pet hotels, dog massages who need to get the word out.

Are you an activist? Find out about groups that have tried to legalize dog rights. Try to organize getting a dog run off the ground. How do we report abuse or unqualified professionals?

Do you have more money than time? More interest in helping dogs than actual skills? Or maybe you have talent in fund-raising? Money alone won’t save the world, but our dogs could sure use some. What are safe and guaranteed ways to make sure funds go where they’re needed?

Make a conscious decision to support area restaurants that raise money/awareness for dogs. Like Kolo. Like La Yunta. Name your favorites.

Do you like to drive? Are you good with directions? Maybe you didn’t realize we need you, too.

And if you’re mulling things over and want a little more grist. Here are two inspiring dog videos. The first is about Faan’s work, produced by Warren & Julie. The second is about the blessings of fostering.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAZDjqn3U5Y&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1860BrmEHklzx5AN4BW3X05qpwjhgz8Exx-wKGjby3HeDtCbcIFHLDtAM

https://youtu.be/QDOfuSWl0EM

In September this year, I threw my bit into the ring. I’m a very experienced dog trainer, certified in using positive reinforcement to bring out the best in our dogs. I made my training services available to any and all. I answered each of your inquiries in depth. I offered free consultations for people who took a rescue. I offered free Puppy Workshops. I reached out to many dog professionals engaged in different lines of work. And I met many amazing dog lovers along the way, including those who invited me to train their dogs. I also identified two big holes in the dog product market here: tools that support training and products specifically for large dogs. And I hosted Christmas pop-up shops for same.

Now, as the year closes, I’ll be taking some time off to evaluate the results of my efforts.

I also want to thank GringoPost for the opportunity to post! You are a fantastic service and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

In the meantime, please reach out to me if anything I’ve said above speaks to you. We’ll start with brainstorming. I offer my pandemic-safe garden for this purpose. Please come meet me. Introduce yourself. Come share your ideas. Happy New Year!

Heather Conley: heather@thedoghousenyc.com 099 900 3991. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca

Immigration service, face-to-face, cancelled for now

The official notification of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility, Regional 6 (Azogues) notifies to the public that due to the detection of positive cases of COVID-19 among officers of said institution, the attention to users is suspended in person from December 30th to January 7, 2022.

Scheduled appointments may be rescheduled and services will continue to be attended electronically through the email servicioscz6@cancilleria.gob.ec

Kind Regards,
Lina Ulloa

For more information please contact us at:
Email: uz.asesoresecuador@gmail.com
Telephone #: 410 3588 / 410 3790 / 098 420 5336

Lina Ulloa

City: Cuenca
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