Travel restrictions continue to change as more countries reopen their borders to international visitors. Be it for business or leisure, travelers are still required to present documents to ensure the safety of all.
Each territory will have different rules depending on their COVID-19 situation, so check out your destination country’s requirements before flying out. Some may require additional documents depending on the type of travel or duration of stay.
Here’s a list of travel requirements for departing Filipinos:
The International Certificate of Vaccination or ICV, more commonly called a yellow card, is dependent on the destination country's travel requirements and restrictions. If the country you’re headed for requires it, you can book an appointment online.
The yellow card is 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.
The travel document will contain your vaccination history including booster shots.
Book an appointment online via the Bureau of Quarantine website. There are sites available in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Keep in mind that slots are limited and fill up quickly.
Next, you'll have to pay for the booklet and processing. Each booklet is priced at P370 which includes a processing fee of P300 and convenience fee of P70.
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.
VaxCertPH is the digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate of the Philippines that can be used in place of physical vaccine cards as proof of immunization.
Fully vaccinated Filipinos can get their VaxCertPH online via the government portal or request for the document from their local government unit 48 hours after the second dose.
Those who got their vaccination certificate before Feb. 7 must generate a new one as previously generated certificates will become outdated and unreadable following a system update, the Department of Health said.
Some destinations may require a negative RT-PCR result, considered to be the gold standard in COVID-19 testing. Prices may range from P2,500 up to P5,000 pesos and will take at least 24 hours for results.
The following cities and hospitals are offering swab tests below P3,000:
- Pasig City
- Chinese General Hospital
- Marikina City
- Research Institute for Tropical Medicine
- Philippine Children’s Medical Center
- Muntinlupa City
- Quezon City
Be prepared to wait online and in-person as slots may be limited to accommodate social distancing measures.
For contact numbers and appointment booking, check our full guide for RT-PCR and antigen tests below P3,000 in Metro Manila.