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Monday, August 25, 2014

How to Secure Yellow Card or Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate in the Philippines

A yellow card is the yellow fever vaccination certificate or aptly labelled as International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis.   It is required upon entry for foreign travel to certain countries commonly required by seamen and tourists.   

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into certain countries when traveling from or in transit from Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Guinea-Bissau, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela, and Zambia.  This also applies to those who have traveled to low risk countries such as Soa Tome and Principe, Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia or have transited through a yellow fever risk country.

According to the doctor who briefed us before taking the shots, yellow fever actually is similar to dengue fever.  A shot is valid for 10 years.

Only the Bureau of Quarantine is authorized by the Department of Health and World Health Organization to issue these yellow card.  You can visit any of the following offices:

Bureau of Quarantine - Manila
Monday to Friday, 8am to 2pm
25th Street, Port Area, Manila
(From Roxas Boulevard, turn left, it's located behind Manila Hotel, beside Bank of Commerce, Towards Superferry)

Bureau of Quarantine - Cebu
Wednesday and Thursday, 8am-9am
General Maxilom Avenue, beside DSWD
Tel No. 032-2322072, 032-2334283

Bureau of Quarantine - Davao
Fridays 8-9am
Chavez St, Davao
Tel No. 082-3002378

A shot costs P1,500 for a multiple-dose vial or P2,000 for a single dose vial.   The multiple dose vial means that once they open a vial, that vial can be used for 10 shots (10 people).

In Manila, since there is a considerable number of people seeking vaccination, one can visit the office anytime on the times specified above.

In Cebu, there aren't much applicants in a day.  They suggest you go there on a Wednesday and have your name listed as early as 6am.  Once the group counts to 10, it's a go  otherwise, one has to come back another day to make up the group of 10.  The single dose vial isn't always available.

In Davao, there aren't much applicants either but they do not suggest to go very early.

In our case, the yellow fever vaccination certificate was required for visa application to South Africa since we were visiting Kenya and Zambia before entering South Africa.  It was checked upon check-in for our onward flight to South Africa.

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  1. Thanks, this blog help me. :)

  2. Yellow Fever Vaccination is also available at Bureau of Quarantine - Iloilo located at Customs's House Building Aduana-Muelle Loney Sts. Iloilo City. Tel No. (33) 337-3904. Clients are advised to have their names listed to be scheduled. It is the same as in Cebu where we need to come up at least 10 persons to proceed with the vaccination. It is usually an average of 3 days waiting period. Our office will call/text the clients a day prior to the schedule for confirmation of their reservation. We accept phone reservations for clients coming from farther towns/cities. Cost of vaccination is the same. - Dr D'wanie Conlu, Quarantine Medical Officer III