There are now 19 countries that require travelers to present a polio vaccination certificate.
According to the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), the countries which now required an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV) were:
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saudi Arabia
This requirement had resulted in queues at the BOQ office in Manila, where travelers were lining up to get vaccinated.
While vaccinations were free at the bureau, a P300 fee was needed for the ICV.
Even though travelers may get vaccinated in private hospitals or through private doctors, it is only the BOQ who was authorized to issue the certificate.
The BOQ also encouraged travelers to get vaccinated four weeks before their travel date, and that complete details needed to be included in their written proof of vaccination.
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