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How to Apply for the International Certificate of Vaccination

You can book an appointment online.
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Filipinos can now apply online for an international vaccination certification at the Bureau of Quarantine, which can be used as a medical document for essential or emergency travel.

The International Certificate of Vaccination or ICV is also called a Carte Jaune or Yellow Card, an official vaccination report recognized by the World Health Organization. Prior to COVID-19, the card was used to record inoculations for infectious diseases like polio.

Considered a travel document, the ICV is often presented before territories where there is increased health risk for travelers.

While accepted globally as a legal document, it is not an official vaccine passport or replacement for vaccination card as local and international governments are yet to mandate the use of such requirement for movement or travel.

The BOQ will only grant ICVs to individuals who got inoculated with the following COVID jabs recognized by WHO:

  • Pfizer
  • AstraZeneca
  • J&J
  • Moderna
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

For now, the BOQ is issuing the ICV to those with overseas contracts or flight booking confirmations. The ICV is not a requirement for all destinations. Double-check with the country you're headed for to be sure.

How to apply for an International Certificate of Vaccination or Yellow Card from the BOQ

Book an appointment online via the BOQ website. There are two physical sites—one in Manila and one in Pasay. There are two different websites for each branch.

Next, you'll have to pay for the booklet and processing. Each booklet is priced at P370 which includes processing fee of P300 and convenience fee of P70.

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You can pay for the booklet over the counter via LBC or 7-Eleven, and online via GCash or PayMaya. Credit card payments and online bank payments are also accepted.

On the day of your appointment, show the BOQ personnel your QR code from the confirmed appointment along with receipt of payment.

If you're applying for renewal, show your old booklet too.

Once you've been processed, wait for the printing of your booklet.

Photo by Pasig Government.

This story originally appeared on Reportr.World.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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