If you are an international traveler (that is, an overseas Filipino worker, a seafarer, or a tourist planning to travel post-lockdown), it is best to secure an International Certificate of Vaccine (ICV) for Covid-19 or what is also referred to as the Carte Jaune, Yellow Card, or vaccine passport.
This travel document is an official vaccination report approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and recognized internationally. With the surge in Covid cases due to the highly transmissible Delta variant, many countries have tightened restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19 infection. One of the intervention strategies is to require international travelers to present a proof that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 prior to their entry to a country of destination.
Pre-Covid, there were already countries that require vaccine certificates for certain infectious diseases like polio, malaria, meningitis, or yellow fever. In the Philippines, the office tasked to prevent the spread of infectious diseases is the Department of Health’s Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), which has been around since the 1940s.
Recently, the bureau has made it easy for those who would like to secure or update their ICV through an online booking system that can be accessed thru boq.pisopay.com.ph. BOQ also developed a new format for the ICV with a unique QR code, which allows the verification of the authenticity of the said certificate.
Priority is currently given to those who were fully vaccinated for Covid-19 with either Pfizer, AstraZeneca, J&J, Moderna, Sinopharm, and Sinovac jabs and already have overseas contracts or flight booking confirmations.
How to apply for an ICV
To book an appointment
1. Go to BOQ OBS website, select the location where you want to secure the ICV, and click. Currently, the BOQ services are available in NCR (Manila Main Office, SM MOA); Luzon (Batangas, Subic), Visayas (Cebu), and Mindanao (Davao).
2. Click “Book an appointment, read the Terms and Privacy and click “Agree.”
3. Input your email address and click “Submit.”
4. Click “Select Service” and choose the service.
5. Click “Select Service” and choose “Certification.”
6. Click “International Certification of Vaccine for COVID-19, and click “Next.”
7. Select an appointment schedule and fill out the personal information needed.
8. Upload the required documents (valid ID and Covid-19 vaccination card).
9. Choose the desired payment channel and click “Next.” Processing fee is P300 with a P70 convenience fee (amount depending on the chosen mode of payment).
To verify appointment status
1. Go to https://boq.pisopay.com.ph/ and click on your preferred location.
2. Click “View appointment status.”
3. Input your “reference number” and “date of birth.”
5. Click “Submit” and wait for the status of your appointment.
On the day of your appointment:
Show to the BOQ personnel a screenshot of your confirmed appointment and the proof of payment. If you have your appointment for a renewal of certificate of vaccination, show to the BOC personnel your confirmed appointment schedule along with the old vaccination certificate. After processing, receive a printout copy of your ICV or yellow card.
Take note that not all countries require an ICV. Check with your destination country prior to booking an appointment with the BOQ to save time and resources. Other countries accept vaccination cards as proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19.