Responsive Ad Slot




Buhay Pinay



Philippine News

Join us at Facebook!

Consulate asks HK to include Phl in lifting of ban for vaccinated travelers

15 July 2021

By The SUN

Only vaccinated travelers from countries in the WHO list will be let in, says report

Hong Kong is reportedly set to announce a lifting of the ban on vaccinated travelers from  “extremely high-risk places”, but only if the regulatory agency in their country is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).

That means, according to the report in the SCMP, those coming from the Philippines, where thousands of workers and residents have been waiting to fly to Hong Kong since a ban on all passenger flights was imposed on Apr 20, will still not be allowed in.


Indonesia, which was included in the ban on passenger flights on Jun 25 and is the second biggest source of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong, is also excluded.

The report was immediately met with dismay by Filipino migrant workers who had been clamoring for months to be allowed in, saying they had already spent a lot of money, time and effort while waiting for the ban to be lifted.

Call now!

Expire na naman ang medical (certificate) namin. Hanap ulit ng pera,” said by among those who first heard of the news. (Our medical certificate has expired again. We will have to look for money for it again).

However, Consul General Raly Tejada said he has not received official notice of the conditional lifting of the flight ban, nor is he aware that the Philippines is not in the WHO list of countries with recognized regulatory bodies.


But, in a brief statement, he said the Philippines was grateful to Hong Kong for the announcement.

“We are looking forward to meet with them so we can work out a way to get our vaccine certificates recognized among others, including the possibility (for those that are willing) in Hong Kong upon arrival and/or while in quarantine,” he said.

Congen Tejada will seek ways to get Philippine vaccines recognized

But after issuing his statement, Congen Tejada sent a link to the WHO page which provides the "List of Stringent Regulatory Agencies", said to have been started originally to serve as a guide to medicine procurement decisions.


A total of 16 countries are listed as SRAs, and they include nearly all countries in Europe and North America. From the Asia-Pacific region, only Japan and Australia are included. The whole of China, including Hong Kong, is not on the list.


According to the SCMP report which cited an unnamed official source, Hong Kong will allow in residents and workers from extremely high-risk places provided they hold a “recognized jabs record” starting from next week.

Only vaccines received in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well as those in the list of WHO recognized list like the United Kingdom, will reportedly be considered.

Unvaccinated students from the UK will also be allowed in “on compassionate grounds” to allow them to reunite with their families in Hong Kong during the summer holiday, said the report.

At the same time, tavelers from all countries, regardless of their current risk level, will be asked to present a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours before departure.

At present, those coming from places designated as medium to low risk are exempted from this requirement.


Don't Miss