Which countries and territories accept the Philippine Vaccination Certificate (VaxCertPh)? If you’re planning on traveling to or from the Philippines, it’s important to make sure that your vaccinations are up-to-date. However, did you know that depending on your country of origin, you may not be required to get additional vaccinations in order to enter a country and vice-versa?
There are a number of countries that have mutual acceptance of VaxCertPh. This means that if you have a valid vaccine certificate from any of these countries, you will not be required to get additional vaccinations in order to enter the Philippines. These countries include the United States of America, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
Countries Accepting the Philippine Vaccination Certificate (VaxCertPh)
Here is the complete list of countries and territories that have a mutual acceptance of VaxCertPh (Updated March 11, 2022):
- British Virgin Islands.
- Brunei Darussalam
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong SAR
- Macau SAR
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Peru, Portugal
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- The Netherlands
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
So if you are a Filipino and have been fully-vaccinated and applied for and have been granted the VaxCertPh, you can visit these countries confidently knowing that your fully-vaccinated status will be accepted and respected.
And if you are a tourist or guest from any of the abovementioned countries and territories, make sure to bring your valid vaccination certificate with you. Otherwise, you may have to go through the process of receiving vaccinations at one of the Philippines’ embassies or consulates.
What is VaxCertPh
The Department of Health (DOH) recently launched VaxCert PH, a website that allows thoroughly immunized people to apply for a digital vaccination certificate. The COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021, also known as Republic Act 11525, requires the Department of Health (DOH) to issue and verify certificates to everyone who has finished their immunization.
The Philippines’ Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) and the Department of Health have teamed up to establish a digital VaxCert PH verifier that complies with WHO standards.
With VaxCertPH, you may show that you are a vaccinated person against COVID-19 as an individual. This is especially essential when traveling internationally, supported by the International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV), which serves as a vaccine passport for international and domestic travel.
VaxcertPH was made because it’s more modern and efficient for travelers coming from countries with mutual acceptance according to the IATF-EID guidelines. VaxcertPH was also made to ensure that all foreign visitors are protected against contagious diseases when they enter the Philippines. Vaxcertph can be used by people who wish to travel to the Philippines for vacation, study, medical tourism, business, retirement, or any other kind of travel.
But to be sure, if you’re coming from another country, make sure to check with your embassy or consulate whether VaxCertPh is accepted in your country of origin. If not, see Vax Certificate Requirements on Traveling to the Philippines for more information on specific vaccines required by certain countries (like Australia).
Leisure visitors must also carry proof of vaccination against COVID-19 that is recognized by the IATF-EID. They include certificates of vaccination issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), VaxCertPH of the Department of Health (available at https://vaxcert.doh.gov.ph), and a national/ state digital certificate of a foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF.
This list of countries whose nationals are permitted to visit the Philippines without a visa under EO 408 can be found in this link: https://dfa.gov.ph/list-of-countries-for-21-day-visa.