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fivestarph
3 hours ago, fivestarph said:

Good news for Brits..

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Now one just has to check if SINOVAC is recognised by England..

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5 hours in the transit area in Taiwan.  They had food available at a bit high but not outrageous prices. It was freezing in there. Outside temp was 73, please open a window. Yikes.   Flight to LA

It's only May. These rules will change 6 more times before July.

Here is the current situation in Cebu. My wife arrived in Cebu on Qatar Airways this evening. We used Mactan Airport's website to assemble all the various paperwork needed for arrival, and s

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4 hours ago, fivestarph said:

Good news for Brits..

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Good for the Brits or everyone around them?  :thumbsup:

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8 hours ago, fivestarph said:

Now one just has to check if SINOVAC is recognised by England..

"Apparently" not as per this website dated the 6th October.....The link has a country listing.

 

 

Sinovac Approved Countries: Where Has the Vaccine Been Authorized?

by Wego Travel

This article is reviewed regularly (on a monthly basis) by Wego’s editorial team to ensure that the content is up to date & accurate. 

Updated 5 October 2021

At the beginning of June, WHO approved the Sinovac vaccine for emergency use assuring governments worldwide that China’s homegrown vaccine has indeed met international standards for safety, efficacy and manufacturing. Since then, Sinovac has been shipped to more than 90 countries worldwide and is now an integral part of numerous countries’ vaccination drives.

But although Sinovac has made its presence known globally, not all regulatory agencies and governments have actually approved its use for mass vaccination. Singapore for example had obtained its first Sinovac shipment in February but has since opted to move forward with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for its inoculation drive.

So what countries have approved and administered the Sinovac vaccine? What does the latest data tell us about Sinovac’s efficacy against the delta variant? Here is all you need to know about Sinovac approved countries. 

https://blog.wego.com/sinovac-approved-countries/

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9 hours ago, fivestarph said:

Now one just has to check if SINOVAC is recognised by England..

It's recognized by WHO so only a matter of time.

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IATF guidelines on testing, quarantine protocols for passengers from ‘green,’ ‘yellow’ list

 

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque disclosed Friday the updated protocols issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) regarding testing and quarantine protocols for arriving passengers coming from countries in the "green" and "yellow" lists.

At the Laging Handa public briefing, Roque said the following guidelines issued under IATF Resolution No. 142 are effective beginning October 8.

Fully-vaccinated individuals coming from either green or yellow list:

Facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR testing taken on the 5th day;

Home quarantine until their 10th day, with the day of arrival being the 1st day;

BOQ (Bureau of Quarantine) shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while in the facility; and

Foreign nationals shall be required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation of at least six days.

Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently verified/confirmed by PH authorities as valid and authentic coming from either green or yellow list:

Facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR testing taken on the 7th day;

Home quarantine until their 14th day, with the day of arrival being the 1st day;

BOQ shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while in the facility;

Foreign nationals shall be required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation of at least eight days.

Roque said the following documents are acceptable for purposes of verification:

For overseas Filipino workers and their spouse, parent/s, and/or children traveling with them: a certification from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in the country of origin;

For Filipinos and foreigners fully vaccinated in the Philippines: either their VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate or BOQ-issued International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV);

For non-OFWs and foreigners fully vaccinated abroad: the national digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement or BOQ-issued ICV.

https://www.msn.com/en-ph/news/national/iatf-guidelines-on-testing-quarantine-protocols-for-passengers-from-green-yellow-list/ar-AAPgwD8?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

 

 

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Cebu airport turns away 3 foreigners

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1909706/Cebu/Local-News/Cebu-airport-turns-away-3-foreigners

LOVE does not conquer all.

Three foreigners, all with romantic interests from the Philippines, were turned away on their arrival at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport recently after they failed to present valid entry visas, according to the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

Two of the passengers, an Australian and a German, were turned back by immigration officers on Tuesday after arriving from Singapore.

The third passenger, an American, was turned back after he arrived on Saturday, Oct. 2, from Los Angeles, USA, the bureau said on its Facebook page Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021.

Two of the foreigners said their spouses were Filipinos who were not traveling with them, while the third foreigner said he was here to visit his Filipina fiancée.

All three claimed not to know that they were supposed to get a visa before traveling to the Philippines.

These incidents prompted BI Commissioner Jaime Morente to remind foreign nationals that the Philippines is still closed to foreign tourists due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and that only aliens with valid and existing visas are allowed entry.

Morente advised tourists or temporary visitors coming to the Philippines for business, humanitarian or other meritorious reasons to apply for 9(a) visas and entry exemption documents from any Philippine embassy or consulate abroad.

Morente said airlines also have the responsibility to check that foreigners who booked their flights to the Philippines have valid visas.

“Airlines are subjected to administrative fines if they board improperly documented foreign nationals,” said Morente. “Hence we wish to reiterate the importance of proper documentation to avoid such incidents.”

He did not name the airlines involved in the incidents. (CTL)

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9 hours ago, SkyMan said:

for business, humanitarian or other meritorious reasons to apply for 9(a) visas and entry exemption documents

So if you come for business, you dont apply for a business visa, you apply for a tourist visa…. Ffs ??  What kind of stupid logic is this lol

When I checked my 13a status at the BI website there were hundreds and hundreds of business visas being approved and denied. (9e If I remember correctly) Which contradicts the above statement made by the BI.

Don't think many folks on tourist visas are left.

My friend from Manila, company closed down (geothermal plant operations) because of these LGUs and their big heads, visas, travel, etc, will wonder why there is no electricity, yes that includes you Cebu folks who get their power from there. 
Hope the plant stays operational.

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Lets hope this is true.

the Visayas Vaccination Operations Center assures that Sinovac and other vaccines administered in the Philippines are accepted for travel to the United States and Europe.

sunstar.com.ph/article/1910128/Cebu/Local-News/Get-vaxxed-chance-to-win-house-and-lot-VVOC-Sinovac-accepted-for-US-travel

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47 minutes ago, fivestarph said:

the Visayas Vaccination Operations Center assures that Sinovac and other vaccines administered in the Philippines are accepted for travel to the United States and Europe.

Surely the problem is that most other countries won't recognise a vaccination certificate issued in the Philippines, whatever vaccine you got. I don't know whether having your vaccination entered in your yellow vaccination card would make it any easier.

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12 minutes ago, HappyinPH said:

Surely the problem is that most other countries won't recognise a vaccination certificate

This website talks About an International Vaccination certificate that is currently (or will be)  implemented by the Philippines and also states that the little Barangay cards you got at the time of vaccination is only valid for domestic travel ?

Have a read see what you Think

https://unbox.ph/editorials/how-to-get-a-vaccine-certificate-in-the-philippines/

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22 minutes ago, cookie47 said:

This website talks About an International Vaccination certificate that is currently (or will be)  implemented by the Philippines and also states that the little Barangay cards you got at the time of vaccination is only valid for domestic travel ?

Have a read see what you Think

https://unbox.ph/editorials/how-to-get-a-vaccine-certificate-in-the-philippines/

Yes, it all sounds very good in theory, but the important sentence is the last one in this quote: 

fully vaccinated individuals who wish to travel outside of the Philippines need a:

Verified vaccination card to be presented before boarding, and;

Vaccination certificate issued by the DICT as proof that they got two doses of the vaccine

Once those are secure, you’re good to go. Of course, you still have to check the COVID-19 safety rules of the country you’re trying to enter so you can comply with their travel requirement documents too.

I'm not thinking of going to the Czech Republic any time soon, but I came across a helpful website with info which may, or may not, apply to other EU countries: https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/recognition-of-vaccination-certificates-from-other-countries/ There is a list of 32 non-EU countries whose certificates the Czech Republic would recognise, and one of them is actually the Philippines! If you then click on the Philippines, you see an image of a yellow card issued by the Bureau of Quarantine with a QR code. So obviously a new stamp in my old yellow card for yellow fever won't do. 

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3 hours ago, HappyinPH said:

Vaccination certificate issued by the DICT as proof that they got two doses of the vaccine

anyone here got one of these?  Where/How for someone who lives in the province? anyone know?

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1 hour ago, to_dave007 said:

Where/How for someone who lives in the province? anyone know?

For one, it appears that the VAXCertPH certificate will be issued at dedicated booths at SM malls.

No idea where else to get one but this would seem the easiest way.

https://www.smsupermalls.com/press/sm-supermalls-is-set-to-open-vaxcertph-booths-nationwide/

https://interaksyon.philstar.com/trends-spotlights/2021/10/07/201763/sm-supermalls-to-open-vaxcertph-booths-nationwide/

 

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2 hours ago, to_dave007 said:

Where/How for someone who lives in the province? anyone know?

I got/landed on this website (below)by clicking on a link in the DICT website.

Seems to have more information regarding obtaining an International Vax Certificate.

https://www.8list.ph/how-to-get-vaccine-certificate-philippines/?fbclid=IwAR2cm1icKkDgzL1h4wGLI9uLkx0Tlh8-iJXYc7K0ije6ccUryAy0Eyj2H6U#read-more

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5 minutes ago, BossHog said:

For one, it appears that the VAXCertPH certificate will be issued at dedicated booths at SM malls.

No idea where else to get one but this would seem the easiest way.

https://www.smsupermalls.com/press/sm-supermalls-is-set-to-open-vaxcertph-booths-nationwide/

https://interaksyon.philstar.com/trends-spotlights/2021/10/07/201763/sm-supermalls-to-open-vaxcertph-booths-nationwide/

 

I suppose what got me was they said it had to be issued by DICT..  which I had not heard of (it's Department of Information and Communications Technology).. But this program you mention seems like the right one.  And you are right.. it's easy enough.

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