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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Medical services in Quito. January 2015.

You are new in town and facing medical problem. Where to go?
If your Spanish is enough to talk to the medical personnel, I would recommend Hospital Vozandes http://www.hospitalvozandes.org/
In Hospital Vozandes the doctor's appointment is $20 (2014 prices), some of doctors speak English, but you cannot count on this.

If you prefer to communicate in English - Hospital Metropolitano is more suitable for you.
In Hospital Metropolitano the doctor's appointment cost $40 - $60 (2014 prices), most of the doctors speak English.

The system works this way - if you have medical problem take a taxi and go to the Hospital, go to the information desk and tell what kind of problem or what kind of doctor you want to see and make sure that doctor speaks English (in Hospital Metropolitano).. Usually(especially in morning hours) some doctors are available immediately or shortly.
After you made a contact with the doctor you can call his office directly for appointment - "cita" in Spanish (Metropolitano) or in Vozandes you call customer service and ask an with certain doctor.

Make sure that you have cash, some doctors in Hospital Metropolitano accept credit cards, some not.  In Metropolitano doctors are like independent contractors, you pay to their office.
In Hospital Vozandes, the doctors are part of the hospital, you pay to the hospital's cashier (VozAndes accept international credit cards if the amount to be paid is $35 and more) and then go to your assigned doctor.


Monthly rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
We have a 2 bedroom, 1 bath totally remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent.
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Rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
3 bedroom, 1 bath remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

FBI requirement for professional visa in Ecuador. January 2015.

From Expat Exchange http://www.expatexchange.com Ecuador forum
Question
"Hi, a friend of mine submitted her entire file for her Prof Visa in December 2014. It went through 2 rounds of revision in December. Now, in January, she received another email stating that she now needs an FBI background check. I read on this forum a few days ago that this is a new requirement (whereby before one could use a letter from their local police department). Can someone tell me when this new law took effect, and where it is stipulated. Obviously, she would like to argue that she submitted her file prior to the new requirement. We are in Quito. THANK YOU for any guidance."

"A bit will depend on where she filed and if she used a facilitator, which one she chose.If she used Dana Cameron in Guayaquil, and presented a Police report with her file, she will be okay. Dana is in communication with the attorney who handle the process in Guayaquil and as recently as Monday had confirmed that those she had handled and handed in prior to November 25, 2014 would be honored with the police report.

If your friend has been working out the Cuenca office, they have been requiring FBI reports for longer than the "change" or rather enforcement of the FBI report requirement -- over a year. And now they are requesting a STATE police report as well. Reason: so many USA Expats and too many were showing up with felonies in states where they previously lived -- like a stalker in Montana or tax evasion in NJ ...well...you can only imagine.

If you are using Maite Duran, her office is in Cuenca but she processes everything through Quito -- and Quito is specifically requiring all of her files to have both FBI and State.

Now one other thing to mention to your friend, and this is something Dana Cameron will insist on: Make sure that all of the USA notary stamps have been done correctly and legally. That means before a notary public licensed in the state to take oaths, that the notary sees the person signing the document, records it in the book and that it is being stamped in the state where the notary has the legal notary license. Don't use a notary by cam, don's use anyone's expedited services -- and never every have someone here in Ecuador use their stamp for you when they are here (it is very easy to see if a person is in Ecuador -- they simply check that Migratorio computer --)

If your friend is in Ecuador they can still get documents notarized with a USA notary stamp at the Embassy in Quito or the Consulate in Guayaquil -- costly yes, but there is never a question it is a legal stamp."



Monthly rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
We have a 2 bedroom, 1 bath totally remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent.
For booking, pictures and more info


Rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
3 bedroom, 1 bath remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent.
For booking, pictures and more info

Monday, January 12, 2015

Social at the Explorers Clubhouse, Quito, Ecuador. January 2015.

Message from John, manager of the SAE Quito Clubhouse
This is a laid back evening, come to the clubhouse and MAKE SOME! $3 entrance and then $2 for a beer, a wine or a Polish dog or Shiskabob! Cola is a dollar. If you want friends, you must be a friend!

When:   Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Where:  Mariana de Jesus Oe2-32 y Ulloa, Quito
We are on the north side of Mariana de Jesus next to the restaurant "Quinau"  that is on the corner.


Here is photo of Clubhouse facing Mariana de Jesus street.



Monthly rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
We have a 2 bedroom, 1 bath totally remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent.
For booking, pictures and more info
Rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
3 bedroom, 1 bath remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent.
For booking, pictures and more info