Yellow fever is a viral disease, which is present in other countries specifically in South America and Africa with its mild symptoms of vomiting, headache, muscle pains, and fever. Moreover, the yellow card is a certification or serves as an International Certificate of Vaccination to protect any individual from Yellow Fever before entering the affected countries.
If you plan to visit any countries listed below, you better get a yellow card in the Philippines:
- Africa: Angola, Uganda, Guinea, Liberia, Kenya, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Rwanda, and the list go on.
- South America: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, and the list go on.
To ensure you will be able to get the yellow card in the Philippines and yellow fever vaccination, you should not be pregnant, you haven’t taken any alcoholic beverages within 24 hours and no vaccination acquired for the past seven days.
For 60 years old and above, it’s highly recommended to present a medical certificate from your doctor to the Bureau of Quarantine that you are allowed to take the yellow fever vaccination.
Who needs to get a yellow card in the Philippines?
Travelers planning to visit the countries with a high risk of Yellow Fever transmission, and also the seafarers who are destined to travel in affected countries are required to have vaccination and obtain a yellow card in the Philippines.
Basic Requirements and prices:
Travelers and seafarers are required to fill up the data form, yellow fever questionnaire, and waiver form. If you prefer to have multi-dose, kindly prepare the estimated amount of Php1,500.00. For a single dose, it would be Php2,000.00
How a multiple-dose differ from a single-dose?
In multiple-dose, once the vial is open, it can provide 10 shots to 10 people, and in most cases, you have to wait for another 9 persons to avail this before you get one. A single-dose means you do not have to wait for 9 other people to get vaccinated. The single-dose is usually available in Manila but it’s not always available in Cebu and Davao.
Step by step on how to get a yellow card in the Philippines
Please take note when applying to get a yellow card in the Philippines, the entire process is applicable in Manila, Cebu, and Davao.
- Fill out the data form as well as the Yellow Fever Questionnaire, and Waiver Form
- Answer questions from the screening nurse regarding your health status.
- Submit the two forms and waiver to the vaccination nurse.
- Pay the exact amount to the cashier and obtain the official receipt.
- Submit your data form to the Admin Staff for the printing of your International Certificate of Vaccination with QMO’s official signature.
- Claim your ICV from the Quarantine Medical Officer.
The entire process may take up 25 minutes of your time or depends when two or more clients are being served at the same time. The validity of yellow vaccine and Certificate of Vaccination is 10 years.
If you need to take other vaccination or services of the Bureau of Quarantine before you travel in Africa and South America, kindly take note of the price listed below:
|Cholera Vaccination||Valid for 2 years||Php300.00|
|Typhoid Vaccination||Valid for 1 year||Php300.00|
Bureau of Quarantine Stations
Manila: Kawanihan ng Kuwarentenas 25th Street, Port Area, Manila
Contact Number: (02) 318-7500
Cebu: General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City
Contact Number: (032) 232-2072
Davao: Chaves St. Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del sur
Contact Number: (082) 300-2378
All BOQ Stations are open every Monday to Friday from 8:00AM until 5:00PM
Additional Safety Precautions
Aside from getting your yellow card in the Philippines, as soon as you arrive in the countries with a high risk of malaria, it’s highly recommended to use insect repellant and wear proper clothing when going out for activities. It’s best to consider which time of the day do mosquitoes attack in the country, in most cases, it’s around dusk or dawn time.
It best to bring the original copy and photocopies of your yellow card in the Philippines or yellow fever certificate when traveling in Africa and South America to prevent inconveniences that may occur.
Editor’s Note: Based on experience, it is stricter in East Africa, specifically in Kenya and Uganda. They will ask for a copy of the yellow card upon your application of e-visa and will check the original copy upon arrival, before entering the immigration counter. In Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia, I wasn’t asked to present the yellow card although I had it in case they ask for it.
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