IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 IN THE CARIBBEAN (UPDATE N°11 September 05th to September 18th, 2020)

ARUBA

The government of Aruba has not announced any changes regarding 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 is allowed under specific conditions; the details are stated in the previous 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

The government of The Bahamas has not announced any changes regarding 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 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 has not announced any changes regarding 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 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.

COLOMBIA

On September 15, 2020, the Minister of Transportation, Ángela María Orozco, announced that on September 19, international flights will resume, complying with the established biosecurity protocols. Air operations will begin initially with the following countries: United States, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia and Guatemala.

  • To enter Colombia, passengers must comply with the PCR test and the result must not be greater than 96 hours before the stipulated flight time.
  • In order to leave Colombian territory, passengers must comply with the requirements agreed by the country of destination.

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.

CUBA

On September 10, 2020, the governor of Havana, Reinaldo García, announced that the restrictive measures approved for the capital of Cuba from September 1 to 15, 2020, will be maintained until September 30, 2020.

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 any crew member presents an injury or illness No COVID 19, the health authorities must be informed and 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

The government of the Dominican Republic has not announced changes in relation to the measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Free pratique will be granted once the ship has docked and has been approved by the authorities. The requirements part of the COVID19 Protocol consists: 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 Dominican Republic after 14 days of departure from said port, must wait the 14 days of quarantine at sea, the Medical Commission evaluate and will approved to berth, if there is no sick crew on board.

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 France has published in the official sources the following rules:

Anyone 11 years of age or older must provide a negative RT-PCR test performed no longer than 3 days prior to travel to depart the country.

You cannot travel to or from French Guiana except for urgent professional or family reasons.

In order to transit in the cities, the citizens must fill out and carry an exempt circulation certificate and a statement that you have no symptoms of COVID-19 (included in the same document). These documents can be downloaded from the website of the Ministry of the Interior.

Travelers arriving to France from French Guiana will be tested by RT-PCR or will be quarantined for 14 days.

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 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 public or private hospital system.

ST EUSTATIUS

On September 16, 2020, the Government of Saint Eustatius (Statia) updated its travel and quarantine policy, changes in the list of countries according to the level of risk, maintaining the rest of the provisions indicated in previous publications.

  • Low risk countries: Saba, Antigua and Saint Kits & Nevis (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, Curaçao and Bonaire (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, San Marteen and Aruba (Need to accomplish quarantine. It is preferable to test for COVID-19 to enter the island).

The Government of St. Eustatius reported the curfew between 7.00 pm and 06.00 am remains effective until September 25th.

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

On September 11, 2020, the President of Suriname, Chan Santokhi announced the following measures applicable from September 14 to 27, 2020 as follow:

  • Curfew from 8 pm to 5 am Monday through Friday.
  • Land, sea and air borders will remain closed to people unless the COVID-19 crisis management team grants a permit for urgent reasons.
  • Use of mouth and nose covers, maintain a physical distance of 1.5 meters and periodically disinfect the hands.

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 last update).

The crew change ban continues.

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.

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

On September 12, 2020, the National Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC), according to NOTAM C0790 / 20, announced the extension of the restriction of air operations in the national territory from September 12 to October 12, 2020, the closure of airports remains unchanged according to NOTAM C0789 / 20 and A0362 / 20. Operations in a state of emergency such as cargo, mail flights, technical landing, humanitarian flights, repatriations or flights authorized by the United Nations, and commercial / cargo overflights are excepted.

From September 21 to 27, 2020 the quarantine measures will be released.

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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