Morocco clarifies vaccine requirement for Filipinos yet to be implemented

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 04 2019 06:58 PM

MANILA - Filipinos traveling to Morocco are not yet required to present an immunization certificate to prove that they have received the polio vaccine, its embassy in the Philippines said Monday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a list in July 2019 showing which countries required vaccination certificates from travelers departing from polio-affected territories, including the Philippines.

In that document, Morocco was listed as among the nations requiring an international certificate of immunization for all travelers from poliomyelitis-affected countries. 

“We didn’t get anything yet from Morocco,” El Kbir Ez-zahouaini, Morocco’s Deputy Head of Mission in Manila, told ABS-CBN News.

“We have to investigate with Morocco if they implement it or not,” he said.

ABS-CBN News has sought the WHO for comment, but the international agency has yet to respond as of posting. 

Polio—a communicable disease that could “result in irreversible paralysis"—reemerged in the Philippines in the third quarter of 2019, nearly 20 years since the country was declared polio-free.