Overseas Filipino Workers and other travelers are advised to secure a “yellow card” from the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) to prove that they are already vaccinated against COVID-19 before they leave the country.
This is just temporary while the government is still working on the digital vaccine card which can be used by vaccinated travelers in the country or abroad.
This ‘yellow card’ or International Certificate of Vaccination has been used by seafarers since the 1930s as proof that they are vaccinated against polio or meningococcemia. This card is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and it is accepted by more than 190 countries worldwide.
However, the BOQ appealed that the traveler needs to confirm from their country of destination if a COVID-19 vaccine is required for entry. Also, only those who are fully vaccinated can apply for a ‘yellow card’.
Travelers can apply for the ‘yellow card’ at the boq.pisopay.com.ph. This card will be worth PhP370. Payments can be made thru LBC, 7-Eleven, PayMaya, and GCash. Online bank and Credit Card payments are also accepted.
On the appointment day, you will have to show your QR code to the BOQ personnel that you got from the BOQ website and the receipt of your payment.
According to the Bureau of Quarantine, Hong Kong already acknowledges the ‘yellow card’. The government plans to finish the digital vaccine card by September.
“Ang problem po natin siyempre, when we introduce new certification na digital kailangan mag-a-adjust pa mga country. Initially partner talaga sila para masigurado natin na hindi magkaroon ng problem sa countries of destination especially mga countries na hindi ready sa digital certificate,” says BOQ director Roberto Salvador Jr.