The Bureau of Quarantine in Manila was filled with people asking for vaccination for polio as well as those people asking for proof that they were already vaccinated. This is all because certification is needed to enter at least 19 countries.
Countries such as Afghanistan, Belize, Brunei, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Maldives, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, and Ukraine. These are the new list of countries requiring its visitors to acquire polio vaccination before they can enter the country. Previously, it was only Indonesia who is asking such certification.
“Actually, it’s two way. For those countries that they have cases na ganoon, for your protection. At the same time, may mga countries nawalang cases of polio. Baka kasi dalhin niyo sa amin yung polio,” says Dr. Noreen Balingbing-Espero, Bureau of Quarantine.
The vaccination at the Bureau of Quarantine is free of charge but the international certificate of vaccination will require you to pay PhP300.
Though you can go to a private doctor to have the vaccination, it is only the Bureau of Quarantine authorized to issue an international certificate of vaccination.
Furthermore, they are advising the public to visit their office 4 days before their travel date.
“Make sure that the private physician will write a proof of vaccination na complete. Kasi kung complete in the sense na may pangalan nung vaccine nabinigay, yung lot number kung sinong manufacturer, the license number also of the physician,” says the Bureau of Quarantine.
There are also other travelers who are getting themselves vaccinated even though their country of destination is yet to be included in the list of countries requiring polio vaccination just to be sure that their travel will be smooth and hassle-free.