Philippine labor secretary confirmed on Sunday that Filipinos who are fully vaccinated with COVID -19 vaccine can enter Hong Kong from Aug. 30 as long as they can present a vaccination certificate that they can get from the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ).
In a press release, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III confirmed that Hong Kong gave their nod on the said arrangement. Meanwhile, Consul General Raly Tejada also confirmed that news.
“We have done what is asked of us,” says Tejada. “It’s now [Hong Kong]’s call.” Earlier, it can be recalled that passport details were asked by the Hong Kong government to be added to the vaccination records for inbound travelers as this will ensure a much easier identification.
As per the statement of DOLE, this means that the Hong Kong government will be honoring the ‘yellow card’ which are being issued by the BOQ. This ‘yellow card’ will be the PHL’s official internationally recognized vaccination proof that they are fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine.
Hong Kong remains one of the top destinations of Filipinos wanting to work abroad and earn a decent income for their family in the Philippines. Currently, there are 210,000 OFWs in Hong Kong, most of them are working as domestic helpers. The remittances that are brought home by these OFWs are considered as the ‘key economic lifeline for the Philippines.’
Meanwhile, the Philippines is strengthening its vaccination campaign in the midst of the surge of COVID-19 infection in the country, especially now that there are Delta variants recorded in different parts of the country. As of the moment, 11.8% of the entire 110 million population are already fully vaccinated in the Philippines.