HK to honor BOQ-issued vax certificates to OFWs

The Department Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Hong Kong has already agreed to honor vaccination certificates issued by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) and allow the entry of vaccinated overseas Filipino workers (OFW) into its territory.

This development will benefit some 3,000 OFWs awaiting deployment to HK. They will, however, undergo quarantine in specified hotels, the cost to be shouldered by their employers.

The HK government previously refused to honor vaccination certificates issued by local government units as they did not come from a single source.

The problem was solved after the BOQ, through the efforts of DOLE and the Philippine consulate in HK, prepared a draft vaccination certificate bearing the passport details of the OFWs as requested by HK.

Pending inclusion of those details in the yellow card, HK immigration will honor the vaccination certificates issued by the BOQ for incoming OFWs.