UPDATE: Be advised that the One Health Pass system is no longer working and all travellers to the Philippines must register for an eTravel card. Please follow this guide for reference – eTravel Card Registration for Travellers to the Philippines
Filipinos from various parts of the world, Malaysia included, have struggled – no doubt – during this pandemic. Most overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been unable to return home during this time since governments have indefinitely placed their regions in lockdowns in an effort to control the spread of the virus within communities. The good news is, these restrictions, in most parts of the world, are starting to ease up now – the Philippines, included. This means that travellers headed for the Philippines can do so now but in accordance with the health and travel protocols set by the concerned governments.
For the uninformed, travelers arriving from countries on the green list will no longer be required to go through the mandatory quarantine process in the Philippines. Unfortunately, Malaysia as of this writing is still not included on the green list. That being said, there are some rules in place for travelers, whether Filipino or foreign nationals, traveling to the Philippines. This includes using the One Health Pass website. This will be critical for you if you want to visit during the Christmas season or in the near future. If you want to learn more about the new online registration system, keep reading until the end of this article.
- Guide in One Health Pass Registration for Filipinos Based in Malaysia
- What is the One Health Pass?
- What are the Requirements?
- Features and Benefits
- How to Register via the One Health Pass (7 Steps)
- Video: How to Register Using the One Health Pass
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding the One Health Pass (OHP)
- Final Thoughts
Guide in One Health Pass Registration for Filipinos Based in Malaysia
You may be one of the numerous Filipinos in Malaysia and elsewhere who were unable to return home during the pandemic. The good news is that you may fly home now but in respect to a couple of basic protocols, as expected. Simply follow the Philippine government’s travel rules and processes for entry into the country, including the use of the One Health Pass system.
Due to the new simplified travel system, Filipinos would be able to enter and depart the country more conveniently.
This strategy enables you to travel between Malaysia and the Philippines in a straightforward and quick manner. It would also aid in monitoring the safety and well-being of Filipino workers from other countries during this pandemic.
What is the One Health Pass?
The One Health Pass is a one-of-a-kind platform that allows passengers to securely and conveniently input their health and travel information online.
Because everything will be done online, travellers will not have to deal with any additional paperwork. As a consequence, the technology has the potential to significantly lower the risk of visitors becoming infected with the virus, particularly at the airport or during their flight.
What are the Requirements?
The gathering and management of data is the foundation of this one-of-a-kind and timely system for tourists and Filipinos traveling to or from the Philippines. This is extremely beneficial to all parties involved, including national and local governments as well as individuals, because it eliminates the delays and problems associated with manually creating or managing massive volumes of data.
Through this, you allow the authorities to use your information for your benefit and of the public. The health declaration and registration can be found on the One Health Pass website.
In accordance with this, you will also need to present your travel documents, such as your passport and flight ticket.
To prevent being stuck, every Filipino wishing to return or visit abroad after September 1, 2021, must register with the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ). This also applies to all visitors, whether Filipino or international, who will visit the Philippines throughout the system’s operating period or until travel safety requirements are applied during the pandemic.
Features and Benefits
For a variety of compelling reasons, authorities require all passengers to utilize the One Health Pass. Here are only a few illustrations:
- The One Health Pass removes the need for travelers to bring several paper documents with them.
- Restricting their movement within the airport also reduces their interaction with other passengers and virus exposure.
- Because the airport and other necessary institutions have access to this digital platform, travelers may be able to save time and money on transaction processing.
- The system has a number of features that enable you to track and preserve all of your data in a secure cloud environment. This reduces the amount of human labor required to collect and evaluate all relevant data. It also allows you to concentrate on getting ready for your trip or returning to work.
How to Register via the One Health Pass (7 Steps)
Now that we’ve established the new system’s relevance and benefits, below are the online registration procedures:
Step 1: Anyone traveling to or from the Philippines should register at least three (3) days in advance on the One Health Pass website (https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/e-HDC/) to obtain a transaction number.
Note: Non-OFWs and international citizens traveling from countries on the yellow or red lists must schedule a ten-day stay at a Quarantine Hotel. Visit www.onehealthpass.com.ph/quarantinehotels/ for a list of approved hotels. OFWs, on the other hand, will be exempt from this requirement because the OWWA will handle their hotel arrangements.
Step 2: When the system has created your record, take a screenshot of it. Authorities will need you to submit this paperwork before entering the Philippines.
Step 3: You must complete a health declaration checklist within 24 hours of your flight or before boarding.
Step 4: Show your OHP personal QR code when you arrive to be validated and allocated to a hotel. After that, you will be escorted to an immigration officer-led orientation before being granted immigration clearance and routed to your transportation service or quarantine hotel.
Step 5: To clear your arrival, complete the Immigration Bureau’s checklist and proceed to the customs inspection.
The One Health Pass System will inform your local government unit of whether or not you are permitted to travel to certain countries for business or pleasure.
Step 6: You’ll be asked to take a certified or pre-arranged mode of transportation.
Step 7: [For those who are required to undergo quarantine] When your quarantine period has ended, you will receive your COVID-19 test result and a quarantine certificate.
Video: How to Register Using the One Health Pass
A Pinoy YouTube vlogger discusses the guidelines in using the One Health Pass in this video. She also describes how to obtain a QR code in order to activate the pass.
This new online system was implemented in September 2021, requiring all immigrants and OFWs to register.
You must satisfy all of the criteria mentioned in this article before traveling to the Philippines. This will allow you to enjoy your stay in the country (especially during the holidays) without any interruptions or delay.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding the One Health Pass (OHP)
Because the OHP is still in its early stages, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about it.
- Is there a fee to register in the OHP system?
No, there are no fees associated with system registration. When you return or leave the country, all you have to do is give information online and submit your data for national and local record-keeping, tracking, and monitoring reasons. As a result, you must provide up-to-date and accurate information about your job, health, and citizenship status as an OFW/Filipino citizen.
- When should I sign up for the OHP system?
To avoid wasting time at the airport, complete the registration and health declaration forms on the One Health Pass website up to three days before your flight. You can still fill these out at the airport, but it’s preferable to do so ahead of time and in the privacy of your own home so you don’t feel pressured or forced to do so on the spot.
- What other documents should I carry to the airport?
Passports, plane tickets, and now your immunization certificate are all required at the airport upon arrival. Fill out the registration and health declaration papers on the One Health Pass website to save time at the airport. You may, however, complete these forms upon arrival. That being said, do it early in the morning and in the quiet of your own home (up to three days before your arrival in the Philippines).
- Is it essential to install an app on my smartphone to register?
No. The OHP is a mobile-friendly information system that works well on a variety of devices. It offers an easy and safe method of accessing information and is meant to function across several devices.
- I am not an OFW, but rather a Filipino on vacation in another nation. Is it also necessary for me to register?
Yes, all travelers entering or departing the Philippines, whether for business or pleasure, must fill out the online form. OFWs should use caution when referring to a quarantine facility/hotel on their documentation, since the OWWA will place them in one. All other travelers must state on their forms that they are visiting the Philippines on their own initiative and will be responsible for any expenditures incurred as a consequence, according to local government rules.
This is fantastic news for our kababayans in Malaysia. It means they may now return home to see their family without having to go through long formalities. However, there are several conditions that must be met in order for your trip to be a success.
One Health Pass is a platform that will make it easier for our kababayans in Malaysia to travel to and from the Philippines. This is an important step that will help them to save money and travel more comfortably.