Advisory: Guidelines on Medical exams and COVID-19 vaccine

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As per US CDC and Department of State, COVID 19 is classified as Class A, Inadmissible Medical Condition beginning October 1, 2021:

  • For the safety of all staff and US visa applicants, a negative RT PCR test will be required to be presented prior to their medical examination. Tests should be done within 3 days of the medical appointment and at an accredited reputable laboratory.

RT PCR testing will be available onsite at SLEC-Ermita with results available within 24 hours and applicants are encourage to schedule their tests one day before their medical appointment date.

  • Applicants with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or recent exposure to a possible COVID 19 case will not be allowed to proceed with their medical appointment and will be required to undergo a repeat RT-PCR test.

If positive, applicants are required to complete the mandatory isolation and quarantine periods:

  • 10 days from the time of a (+) RT PCR test for mild-moderate cases or 21 days for severe cases
  • 14 days for close contacts of active cases

COVID-19 vaccination is also now included in the required immunization for US visa applicants and must be completed before their medical reports can be completed.

Applicants who received COVID-19 vaccines requiring 2 doses (e.g. Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Sinovac, Sinopharm) will receive other required vaccines on or after their 2nd COVID -19 vaccine dose. Proof of vaccination (e.g. vaccine record of certificate) should be presented.

Applicants are advised to schedule their medical examination with this in mind – either schedule the medical exam after their 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose or have their medical exam in between the COVID-19 vaccination and wait for the 2nd dose to complete other required U.S. age-appropriate immunization.

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