Traveling Abroad? Steps You Should Follow When Getting a Polio Vaccine Certificate

Advisory on Polio Vaccination for Filipino Travelers

Polio Vaccine Certificate photo via UNICEF Ukraine CC
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How to get a Polio Vaccine Certificate for Travel Purposes?

Manila, Philippines — After almost two decades of the Philippines being free from poliovirus, the Department of Health (DOH) declared a polio outbreak in the country back in September.

Countries that require polio vaccination certificates for Filipino Travelers
Countries that require polio vaccination certificates for Filipino Travelers

This means that travelers from the Philippines who are going to certain countries may need to secure a polio vaccine certificate if they wish to travel abroad.

For the uninitiated, those adults who come from places with cases of the virus are required to get a so-called booster dose of the polio vaccine. It is even if they already got the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) and Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) that are usually administered to those children aged five and below. These doses of polio vaccines are recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Polio vaccine
Polio vaccine

It is also the WHO that tells travelers from infected areas to get “an additional dose” of OPV or IPV “within 4 weeks to 12 months of travel.” The purpose is to lessen the possibility of reintroducing the poliovirus to an area that is free of the virus. On top of that, this is also to boost the traveler’s immunity against the virus.

The booster dose is a necessity so to get an entry visa to certain countries.

So, without further ado, here is the process on how to get your ICV, according to an article from Rappler.

Step 1: Contact the embassy or consulate of your country of destination in the Philippines in an aim to ask about the immunization requirements of the area. You have to get a booster shot once the country you are visiting requires a polio vaccine certificate.

Step 2: You can either head to the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) or a private hospital that issues the needed International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV). Note, however, that BOQ only gives OPV. Pick a private hospital, instead, if you wish to get the IPV.

Step 3: If you choose the latter option, then your doctor should give you a signed medical certificate that has your name along with the lot number of the vaccine given to you.

Step 4: You will then need to fork out P300 from your pocket for the issuance of the certificate. The fee is the same if you wish to get vaccinated at the BOQ. Note that this certificate is valid for a lifetime.

Polio Vaccine Certificate photo via UNICEF Ukraine CC
Polio Vaccine Certificate photo via UNICEF Ukraine CC

There you have it: the steps you have to follow when getting an ICV needed for your next travel to some countries that require Polio Vaccine Certificate, including Maldives, Qatar, Morocco, and Brunei.

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