Frequently Asked Questions:

A. General questions about quarantine.

  1.  I see by the website that the process only takes about 20 minutes to get a certificate of quarantine from your office. What are the timelines for traveling with the remains once the permit if approved.

          The Quarantine Permit has no validity/expiration, but we recommend to proceed with the application 5 days before the remains will be traveled.

     2.  I would like to clarify if Yellow Fever vaccine is still required since my destination is in Durban which is not included from the place where Yellow Fever is endemic. Please see snap shot below for the list of location where Yellow Fever is endemic.

          Please refer to WHO IHR (2005) Annex I or visit Country list1 Yellow fever vaccination requirements and recommendations; malaria situation; and other vaccination requirements.

     3.  Hi good day, I want to update my details in the Health Declaration Card, how can i do this?

         You may email your updated details to the Surveillance Section (ihs.boq@gmail.com) so we can update your contact information.

B. Polio

       1.  Are you open during Holidays?

            No, we are not, but it depends on the situation.  There were times that we were open during Holidays.  You have to refer to the advisory at the website.  

      2.  Which countries require Polio certificates?

  1. Indonesia
  2. Saudi Arabia
  3. Taiwan

          If more than 4 weeks stay on said countries, please check appropriate embassies or travel agencies.

       3.  Is the international certificate of vaccination for polio a mandatory requirement upon entry to the United States?
            No, but just to be sure, always check at the U.S. Embassy.

       4.  Hi Ma’am/Sir I would like to inquire about polio vaccine.
             a. Where can get our polio vaccine?

                  You can get your polio vaccine at the Bureau of Quarantine or at any healthcare facility.  Just have the doctor write you up a certificate as proof of vaccination with the following details: Doctor’s name, Date of vaccination, Lot no., Brand name/Manufacturer.

             b. When can we schedule for the vaccine and how much to get the vaccine certification?

                ICV is Php300.00.  Click this link to go to Immunization Services.

             c. Days open and work hours?

                 We are open 5 days a week, from 8:00am to 5:00pm, except holidays.  Keep posted in this website as from time to time, we can open on Holidays.

C. Corona-virus

  1. I am an OFW.  We just saw the press release of DOH that any Filipino’s from China who wants to go home will be Quarantined for 14 days. Is this info true? From any Cities in China? Or only specific City like Wuhan?

          Yes, all travelers coming from China, Hong-Kong and Macau SAR are BANNED from entering the Philippines, EXCEPT for Filipinos and holder of permanent resident visas, provided they undergo 14 days quarantine period at home.  They have to report at their respective “punong-barangays” during the quarantine period.  AND ONLY THOSE PASSENGERS COMING FROM THESE PLACES WILL BE QUARANTINED.

      2.  I would ask if all Filipinos coming from Singapore will be subject for 14 days quarantine even without fever?

          No, since Singapore is not covered by the Presidential Directive of travel ban to the Philippines.  

     3.  What are the COVID-affected countries?

  1. China (Including Hong-Kong, Macau)
  2. Japan
  3. South Korea
  4. Australia
  5. Malaysia
  6. Vietnam
  7. Philippines
  8. Cambodia
  9. Thailand
  10. India
  11. Nepal
  12. Sri Lanka
  13. USA
  14. Canada
  15. Italy
  16. Germany
  17. France
  18. UK
  19. Russia
  20. Spain
  21. Belgium
  22. Finland
  23. Israel
  24. Sweden
  25. Iran
  26. UAE
  27. Kuwait
  28. Egypt
  29. Lebanon

4.  Countries affected by the travel restrictions as per Presidential Directive on February 2, 2020.

  1. China
  2. Hong-Kong SAR
  3. Macau SAR
  4. Province of North Gyeongsang, Daegu City, and Cheongdo City (South Korea)

4.  What is Home Quarantine?

     This is the voluntary “home isolation” of individuals, without signs and symptoms, who came from COVID-affected countries for the past 14 days.  For the WHO Guidelines on Home Quarantine, please refer to their website.

5.  We had to cancel our flight and rebook with another airline that accommodated a direct flight back.  We now need confirmation so we can advise our travel insurance that these travel restrictions were in place at the time of our travel. 

  • Please refer to the President’s Directive banning all flights to China (February 2, 2020).  
  • DOH – Memorandum Circular 2020-0009
  • Office of the President – Joint Resolution No. 2 (S. 2020) dated January 31, 2020.  Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (Task-Force)
    • Subject: Guidelines for the Management of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease Situation.