Hong Kong to allow entry of vaccinated OFWs next week — DOLE

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 22) — Overseas Filipino workers will be allowed entry into Hong Kong starting next week, as long as they hold Bureau of Quarantine-issued vaccination certificates, the Department of Labor and Employment said on Sunday.

"The HK government has already agreed to let overseas Filipino workers who received COVID vaccines in the country to come and work starting Aug. 30, provided they can present validated COVID vaccine certificates issued by the Bureau of Quarantine," DOLE said.

It added that some 3,000 OFWs would benefit from the development.

Upon arrival in Hong Kong, OFWs would need to undergo quarantine in specific hotels, the cost of which would be shouldered by their employers.

The Hong Kong government earlier refused to recognize the vaccination certificates of individuals fully inoculated against COVID-19 in the Philippines, but an official said the problem is being fixed.

Last week, the BOQ said it would open pop-up clinics in some Metro Manila malls for those needing an international certificate of vaccination (ICV), also known as a yellow card.

However, the BOQ urged those with no immediate need for IVCs to give way to those who need the slots.

READ: 'Yellow card' not yet advisable for non-travelers

The ICVs are recognized by member states of the World Health Organization.