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One Health Pass for Returning OFWs and International Travelers to the Philippines

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The coronavirus pandemic has made worldwide travel more complex as travelers need to submit additional requirements.

The Philippines also adopts a similar approach for incoming travelers passing through its borders. Beginning September 1, 2021, the Bureau of Quarantine and the Department of Transportation launched the One Health Pass online platform as a health declaration requirement for every passenger traveling to the Philippines. Each individual is required to register before his or her arrival in the Philippines. OHP aims to facilitate safe travel to the country, especially at a time when a facility-based quarantine procedure is no longer required.

One Health Pass Purpose

Upon successful registration of personal and vaccination details, each traveler to the Philippines will receive a QR code or bar code which will be presented to authorities at the arrival airport. This health declaration form is proof a traveler is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

As of this posting, a One Health Pass is required for all incoming travelers.

Who are required to register for One Health Pass?

Foreign/Filipino citizens 18 years old and above, fully vaccinated travelers without booster shots are required to upload their proof of vaccination and RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure or Antigen test result taken within 24 hours prior to departure from a certified healthcare facility (laboratory, clinic, pharmacy, remotely supervised or other similar establishments).

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Foreign/Filipino citizens 18 years old and above, fully vaccinated with a booster shot or fully vaccinated minors 12-17 years old need to upload their proof of vaccination only.

What do you need to prepare?

  • Proof of vaccination: this is typically an internationally recognized certificate serving as proof an individual has been vaccinated against COVID-19. You may request for this at a country’s health ministry for a summary of records of your COVID vaccination, using a format recognized by international health authorities.
  • Mobile/desktop device
  • Internet connection
  • Details about yourself such as health condition and travel details

If you have all data required, the process of registering for a One Health Pass should be as quick as 10 minutes or less.

Ideally, you will register for One Health Pass within 24 hours before your departure as a more accurate assessment of your health condition, on top of the other information required in the registration process.

Procedure before departure

To apply for a One Health Pass, follow the steps:

    1. Visit the website https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph and click on Register
    2. Enter the details of your upcoming trip to the Philippines.
      • Date of departure
      • Arrival in the Philippines
      • Point of Entry
      • Classification of Traveler
    3. Enter the Vaccination Status and where the COVID vaccine was administered.
    4. Enter Personal Details (name, civil status, passport number, etc)
    5. Enter Address Details (street, province, municipality, etc)
    6. Enter Travel Details (flight number, airline, departure date, seat assignment, etc)
    7. Enter Travel History
    8. Enter COVID Exposure Details
    9. Enter Medical History
    10. Upload Proof of Vaccination
    11. Understand and Agree to Privacy Statement
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Once you provided complete information as required, a corresponding QR / Barcode will be generated on the screen and sent to your entered email address as well. Have the code ready along with your confirmed flight details and passport as check-in counters may ask you to show them.

Procedure upon arrival

Once you arrive in the Philippines, have your One Health Pass barcode / QR code ready. You will be led to a line towards counters whose staff will check the validity of your barcodes.

If you have been vaccinated outside of the Philippines the Bureau of Quarantine has deployed staff to verify your document as entered in your One Health Pass registration.

The process should be quick and you are free to proceed to immigration and customs.

UPDATES:
Effective May 30, 2022, fully vaccinated (those who had a second dose in a 2-dose at least 14 days before departure to the Philippines), are no longer required to undergo quarantine and present a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure.

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