With many countries opening up for travel, some require a kind of vaccination certificate to verify if you are already fully vaccinated and be allowed entry. After we were fully vaccinated, we immediately got our BOQ vaccine certificate or the International Certificate of Vaccine for COVID-19, which looks like a yellow Philippine passport. We also secured our VaxCertPH online as a backup. We prepared all these vaccine certificates because we intend to travel overseas anytime soon.
Steps to apply for a BOQ Vaccine Certificate in the Philippines
Step 1: Visit the Bureau of Quarantine Online Booking System
Visit BOQ online booking system and click “Sign Up” if you’re a new user, and “Login” if you have an existing account.
Step 2: Read and agree to the terms and conditions
Step 3: Verify your email address
Input your email address and click “Verify“. You will receive an email to verify your account.
Step 4: Login to your account and choose BOQ service type
Login to your account and apply for International Vaccine Certification Services. Click “Next” and choose Certification of Vaccine for COVID 19.
Click “Next“. Do note that you need to submit your original copy of COVID-19 vaccine certificate issued by your LGU.
Step 5: Schedule your appointment
Choose your method on how you want to receive your BOQ vaccine certificate. The deliver options is not available most of time so just pick “ON-SITE“.
You can then choose your location. It will show the earliest available appointment schedule on your preferred BOQ location. Then, click “Check Appointment Calendar“, choose your preferred date and time, and click “Next“.
Step 6: Input your personal information
You need to input your personal details in the following fields:
- Personal Information
- Permanent Address
- Travel Information
- Other Information
- Documentary Requirements (Attach: Government ID, Vaccine Card/Certificate, Passport)
Please make sure that your personal details are all correct and updated. Double-check the information before proceeding to the next step.
- For the passport, please make sure that it has your signature.
- For our application, we used our UMID ID.
Step 7: Confirm your details
Once you input all your details and attached all documents, you will be asked to review everything carefully. There will be a certificate preview to for you to see and double-check your details. After verifying everything, click next and proceed to payment.
Step 8: Pay the fees
To pay for your BOQ vaccine certificate in the Philippines, there are several payment options such as Credit/Debit Card, Cash, e-Money (e.g. Gcash, Paymaya) and Online Banking. For our own application, we selected Credit/Debit Card. Additional ₱70 is added as “Convenience Fee”. We paid a total of ₱370.
Step 9: Get your appointment confirmation
After payment, you will be redirected to a page with a QR code and Transaction ID. The QR code/Reference Number is handy when checking your appointment status. You can also keep a copy by clicking on “Print Receipt”.
Step 10: Go to BOQ on your appointment day and claim your BOQ vaccine certificate
Proceed to the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) branch on your appointment day. BOQ will process your vaccine certificate that same day and you can already claim it after.
We finally got our the International Certificate of Vaccine for COVID-19 or the BOQ vaccine certificate.
Our BOQ vaccine certificate tips and reminders:
- Don’t forget to bring your COVID-19 vaccination card.
- Prepare your passport number or keep a digital copy of your passport because BOQ will ask for your passport number.
- Have a pen in case BOQ asks you to fill out a slip prior to entry just like what we experienced.
- Wear comfortable, presentable clothes. Shorts, open shoes / slip-ons, sleeveless and sandos are NOT allowed.
- Bring some water in case you need to wait for a long time. We waited for about an hour before we finally got our BOQ vaccine certificate.
Hope you find this BOQ vaccine certificate guide useful! Feel free to let us know how it goes when you get your own yellow BOQ vaccine certificate.
*All screenshots above taken from the Bureau of Quarantine Online Booking System.