The Philippines has begun to recognize Kenya’s national coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) immunization certificates, the Malacañang announced on Saturday. The Covid vax certificates from other countries such as Serbia and Morocco have also been granted acceptance in the Philippines. 

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) received and recognized the three countries’ certifications on Friday.

Martin Andanar, the Presidential Spokesperson and Communications Secretary, announced that passengers from Morocco, Kenya, and Serbia can produce Covid-19 immunization certificates to be accepted in quarantine processes as well as for mobility within zones and among zones.

“This is in addition to the vaccine proofs that the IATF has previously certified for recognition in the Philippines, and without prejudice to any further vaccination proofs issued by the IATF for all inbound travelers,” he said.

The IATF-EID has instructed the Bureau of Quarantine, the Department of Transportation’s One-Stop-Shop, and the Bureau of Immigration to accept only IATF-approved immunization proofs, according to Andanar.

Currently, the Philippines accepts immunization certificates from more than 70 nations, territories, and authorities.

In addition to national Covid-19 vaccination certificates, the Philippines accepts the World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis, VaxCertPH, a national or state digital certificate from a foreign country that accepts VaxCertPH, and other vaccination proofs authorized by the IATF-EID.

Foreign visitors who match the visa criteria and immigration entry and departure procedures can enter the nation without a visa.

They must also have valid passports for at least six months at the time of arrival, as well as valid tickets for their return trip to the port of origin or the next port of destination within 30 days of arrival.

They must obtain travel insurance for Covid-19 treatment costs from reputed insurance carriers before arriving in the Philippines, with a minimum coverage of USD35,000 for the duration of their stay.

Foreigners who fail to comply with IATF limits, EIDs, and regulations will be denied entry and subject to the relevant exclusion processes.

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