Since COVID-19 vaccination rollouts have already started, countries across the globe also began opening their doors to those who are fully vaccinated.
However, Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) inoculated in the Philippines are at risk of losing their jobs as other countries, such as Hong Kong, reject vaccination cards issued in the country because there is no single source.
In order to address this issue, the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) will temporarily issue an International Certificate of Vaccine (ICV) or Yellow Card, which the World Health Organization and its member states recognize.
“Ang ICV po ay hindi mandatory at hindi ito pwedeng ituring as immunity passport. Ito ay nagsisilbi lang na proof of vaccination,” BOQ Director Roberto Salvador Jr. clarified.
The ICV is not mandatory and cannot be used as an immunity passport. It will only serve as a proof of vaccination.
If required, OFWs can get an ICV or at least until the Certificate of Vaccination Record portal developed by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) becomes fully operational.
How to set an appointment?
STEP 1: Go to https://icv.boq.ph/ to get your appointment schedule. Begin the registration by selecting your ‘Location.’
Then click ‘Book An Appointment’
Read the Terms & Privacy before clicking ‘Agree‘
Enter your Email Address to receive your reference number. Tick ‘I’m not a robot’ then ‘Submit‘
STEP 2: Once done, proceed to payments via any of the Pisopay partners nationwide to confirm your appointment. The processing fee of the Yellow Card costs PHP370: PHP300 for the documentation fee and an additional PHP70 for the convenience fee.
Payment method options:
- Over-the-counter Payment: LBC, 7-Eleven
- E-money: GCash, PayMaya
- Debit/Credit card
Online Banking: BancNet, BPI, Security Bank
STEP 3: On the day of your appointment, visit the nearest BOQ site and present a screenshot of your confirmed appointment along with your receipt of payment.
STEP 4: Certificate printing
BOQ airport express lane
On August 30, BOQ announced that it will set up an express lane for OFWs who will apply for the Yellow Card. With this, the agency aims to provide convenience, especially for those already scheduled to leave abroad.
To qualify for the special lane, Salvador said OFWs will have to present their overseas employment certificate (OEC) and flight confirmation, Business Mirror reported.
Meanwhile, the Department of Information and Communications Technology said a portal and mobile app for issuing vaccination certificates to fully vaccinated Filipinos called the ‘VaxCertPH’ is up and running and ready to go LIVE nationwide after training of LGU operators in the next few weeks.