IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 IN THE CARIBBEAN (UPDATE N°10 August 23rd to September 04th, 2020)

ARUBA

The Government of Aruba established on August 28, 2020 a curfew 12:00 a.m.  at 5:00 a.m.

The restrictions and protocols related with the prevention of the spread the COVID 19 announced by the authorities at all Ports remain applicable and compulsory (please see last update).

Crew change is allowed under specific conditions (Please check last update).

In case that a crew member presents a Non-COVID 19 injury or illness, health authorities has to be informed and they will be the one who authorized the disembark to shore medical assistance in the public or private hospital system.

BAHAMAS

According to a provision of the Ministry of Health of the Bahamas as of August 30, 2020, all passengers must provide upon arrival on the island a COVID-19 RT PCR test (serological tests are not accepted) that complies with the following requirements:

  • The result must be negative
  • The test must not be more than five (5) days old.
  • The name and address of the accredited laboratory where the test was performed should be clearly indicated in the results.

All visitors arriving in The Bahamas must be quarantined for fourteen (14) days.

The restrictions and protocols related with the prevention of the spread the COVID 19 announced by the authorities at all Ports remain applicable and compulsory (please see last update).

Crew changes is allowed.

In case that a crew member presents a Non-COVID 19 injury or illness, health authorities has to be informed and they will be the one who authorized the disembark to shore medical assistance in the public or private hospital system.

BONAIRE

The Government of Bonaire established the following instructions according to the Emergency Ordinance dated September 2, 2020:

  • Include Aruba and Curaçao as high risk countries. All travelers from these countries need permission from the Authorities to enter and will be quarantined for 14 days. Likewise, they must complete the digital health certificate available at www.bonairepublichealth.org.
  • Passengers coming from Europe must show a negative test result or they will be quarantined for 14 days at their own cost. The exam must be 72 before departure.

The restrictions and protocols related with the prevention of the spread the COVID 19 announced by the authorities at all Ports remain applicable and compulsory (please see last update).

In case that a crew member presents a Non-COVID 19 injury or illness, health authorities has to be informed and they will be the one who authorized the disembark to shore medical assistance in the public or private hospital system.

COLOMBIA

The Government of Colombia, according to Decree 1168 dated August 25, 2020, announced a selective isolation (by municipalities), starting on September 1st. All the citizens and foreign who remain in the national territory must comply with the biosecurity protocols established by the authorities.

International flights will restart soon and gradually, once all the necessary coordination with other countries with open border will be accomplished.

In relation to domestic flights, it was announced that nine routes will be reactivated on September 1 from Bogotá, and another five will operate again on September 7, three from Bogotá and two from Medellin.

The restrictions and protocols related with the prevention of the spread the COVID 19 announced by the authorities at all Ports remain applicable and compulsory (please see last update).

Crew changes is allowed.

In case that a crew member presents a Non-COVID 19 injury or illness, health authorities has to be informed and they will be the one who authorized the disembark to shore medical assistance in the public or private hospital system.

CUBA

The governor of Havana, Reinaldo García, announced the application of the following measures as of September 1, 2020 for 15 days:

  • Curfew every day 7:00 pm to 5:00 am
  • Expansion of teleworking and remote work
  • Strengthening of control.

The restrictions and protocols related to the prevention of the spread of COVID 19 announced by the authorities in all ports remain applicable and mandatory (see last update).

The ban on the change of crew continues.

In the event that a crew member presents an injury or illness No COVID 19, the health authorities must be informed and they will authorize the disembarkation for medical assistance on the ground in the hospital system.

CURACAO

The government of Curacao has not announced any changes regarding the measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

All crew changes are subject to approval by the Covid Crisis team and they will arrange all transportation.

The following documents must be presented at least 5 days before the crew change: copy of passport, navigation book, medical certificate, ship’s maritime health status, any other information.

The restrictions and protocols related to the prevention of the spread of COVID 19 established by the authorities in all ports remain mandatory (see previous updates).

In the event that a crew member presents an injury or illness other than COVID 19, the health authorities must be informed and they will authorize the landing to receive medical assistance in the hospital system.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

According to Decree 430-20 dated on September 1st, 2020, the state of emergency was extended for 45 days, starting on September 3, 2020.

The curfew was extended for 25 days, starting on September 3, 2020, according to the Decree 431-20 issued on September 1st, 2020,

The curfew applies from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am from Monday to Friday in 15 provinces of the country, while on Saturdays and Sundays the measure begins at 5:00 pm and ends at 5:00 am.

In the other 17 provinces, the curfew applies every day from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am.

Free pratique has always been granted once the ship has docked and approved by the authorities. The following is added to the medical protocol: the crew list, the last ten ports, the P&I certificate and the declaration of maritime health must be sent to PFSO before the arrival of the ship. A vessel that comes from ports in China, Italy, Spain, the United States and other places infected with COVID 19, must arrive at the ports of the DR after 14 days of departure from said port or must wait the 14 days required at sea and Once the approved time has elapsed, if there is no sick crew on board, the Medical Commission assesses when it can dock.

Crew changes are allowed, however, authorization from the High Level Presidential Commission is required. Required documents: crew details, passport copy and preliminary flight details to request authorization.

The restrictions and protocols related to the prevention of the spread of COVID 19 announced by the authorities in all ports continue to be applicable and mandatory (see the latest update).

Medical assistance is possible, but must be approved by the authorities, at this time it is analyzed on a case-by-case basis and is very restrictive.

FRENCH GUIANA

The government of French Guiana has not announced any changes regarding the measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The restrictions and protocols related to the prevention of the spread of COVID 19 announced by the authorities in all Ports remain applicable and mandatory (see last update).

The ban on crew changes continues.

In the event that a crew member presents a Non-COVID 19 injury or illness, the health authorities must be informed and they will authorize the disembarkation for medical assistance on the ground in the public or private hospital system.

ST EUSTATIUS

On August 26, 2020, the Government of Saint Eustatius (Statia) updated its travel and quarantine policy for Statia, which varies the list of countries according to the level of risk, maintaining the rest of the provisions indicated in previous publications.

  • Low risk countries: Saba, Bonaire and Antigua (Do not need to be in quarantine. No test is required for COVID-19 to enter the island).
  • Medium risk countries: Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, UK and Curacao (Quarantine will be required. No test is required for COVID-19 to enter the island).
  • High-risk countries: USA, Dominican Republic, most of the countries of Central and South America, St Marteen and Aruba (Need to accomplish quarantine. It is preferable to test for COVID-19 to enter the island).

The restrictions and protocols related with the prevention of the spread the COVID 19 announced by the authorities at all Ports remain applicable and compulsory (please see last update).

Crew changes are allowed with restrictions.

In case that a crew member presents a Non-COVID 19 injury or illness, health authorities has to be informed and they will be the one who authorized the disembark to shore medical assistance in the public or private hospital system.

SURINAME

The Government of Suriname has instituted a daily curfew across the country between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. The curfew will remain until the Surinamese government announces it. The use of masks in public is mandatory. Meetings are limited to five people, with the exception of workplaces.

The restrictions and protocols related to the prevention of the spread of COVID 19 announced by the authorities in all ports continue to be applicable and mandatory (see latest update).

The crew change ban continues.

In the event that a crew member presents an injury or illness other than COVID 19, the health authorities must be informed and they will be the ones who authorized the landing of medical assistance on the ground in the public or private hospital system.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

No changes have been announced by Trinidad & Tobago government in relation to the measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The restrictions and protocols related with the prevention of the spread the COVID 19 announced by the authorities at all Ports remain applicable and compulsory (please see last update).

Crew change remains forbidden.

In case that a crew member presents a Non-COVID 19 injury or illness, health authorities has to be informed and they will be the one who authorized the disembark to shore medical assistance in the public or private hospital system.

VENEZUELA

In compliance with the 7 days + 7 days’ scheme implemented by the government on June 2020, from September 7 to 13, 2020 the week of release of measures is scheduled.

The restrictions and protocols related to the prevention of the spread of COVID 19 announced by the authorities in all ports remain applicable and mandatory (see last update).

In the event that any crew member presents an injury or illness other than COVID 19, the health authorities must be informed and they will authorize the landing of medical assistance on the ground in the public or private hospital system.

The issuance of safe-conducts to key workers in the sector (seafarers and personnel associated with the port-ship interface) continues, to guarantee their mobilization on land, as indicated by the Maritime Authority in Circular No. 014 (Special Notice 011 COVID-19) of April 27, 2020.

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INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OFFICIAL SOURCES

 

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