'Yellow card' not yet advisable for non-travelers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 14) — The Bureau of Quarantine advises Filipinos with no travel plans not to apply for an international vaccination certificate so outbound travelers can be prioritized.

"Hindi po natin ini-encourage ang yellow card kung hindi po gagamitin sa ibang bansa kasi po sobrang daming gusto ng yellow card, nawawalan ng slot iyong mga talagang aalis papunta sa ibang bansa," Bureau of Quarantine Dir. Roberto Salvador said during a virtual briefing Saturday.

[Translation: We do not encourage that you apply for a yellow card if it will not be used in another country because there are so many people who want to secure a yellow card, those who actually go abroad lose their slots.]

The World Health Organization-recognized International Vaccine Certificate or "yellow card" includes a person's vaccination details and passport number.

Salvador said Filipinos can book an appointment through the Bureau of Quarantine's website, adding they only need to present their passport and vaccination card.

The yellow card will be released after one to two hours.

Earlier this week, overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong said the government there refused to accept the vaccination cards issued by local government units.

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The Bureau of Quarantine director said they are targeting to issue digital vaccination certificates next month.