The Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) is now open for the online application of the International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV), which can be used as a medical document for essential or emergency travel.
The ICV is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an official vaccination report. It is accepted globally as a travel document, but not as a replacement for vaccination cards. Prior to COVID-19, the card was used to record vaccinations for infectious diseases like polio. (Read: ‘Vaccine Passports Will Be Issued to Inoculated Individuals’ – Roque)
The vaccination cards will only be issued to individuals who have been inoculated with the following COVID-19 vaccines:
- Johnson & Johnson
Why is it necessary?
The ICV or also known as Carte Jaune or Yellow Card is presented before entering countries where there is an increased health risk for travelers. It also serves as a record to track if an individual is safe to travel. However, not all countries require ICV– it is best to check with your destination country first for confirmation. (Read: 5 Countries That Successfully Flattened the COVID-19 Curve)
For now, the BOQ is issuing the ICV to travelers with overseas contracts or flight booking confirmations. Be reminded again that ICV is not an official vaccine passport. You will still need a vaccination card once you have been inoculated by any vaccine brands recognized by WHO.
How to apply online?
The first step in applying for ICV is to book an appointment through the BOQ website. For residents in Manila, two physical sites have their own websites: one in Manila and one in Pasay City.
Next, pay for the booklet and processing, which cost PHP 370. It includes the processing fee of PHP 300 and the convenience fee of PHP 70. You can pay for it over the counter via LBC or 7-Eleven and online via GCash or PayMaya. Credit cards and online bank payments are also accepted.
On the day of your appointment, show the BOQ personnel your QR code along with receipt of the payment. Once you’ve been processed, wait for your booklet to be printed. Then you’re done. (Read: Common COVID-19 Vaccine Fake News And Myths–Debunked!)
You may also view the step-by-step guide here.