IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 IN THE CARIBBEAN (UPDATE N°12 September 19th to October 2nd, 2020)

ARUBA

The government of Aruba announced the change of curfew time from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am until further notice.

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

On September 23, 2020, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis announced that the curfew is suspended in the archipelago with the exception of Grand Bahama, which it is established from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

On October 1, 2020, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation reported that the Government of the Bahamas implemented a new travel protocol designed to eliminate the need to quarantine, which will take effect on November 1, 2020:

  • Visitors, citizens and residents who want to travel to the Bahamas must have an RT-PCR (swab) test no more than seven (7) days before their trip. The name and address of the laboratory where the test was performed must appear clearly on the test result.
  • Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, all travelers will need to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs. The negative result of the COVID-19 RT-PCR test must be uploaded to the system.
  • Upon arrival on the island, travelers will undergo a rapid antigen test, and then another test four days (96 hours) after their arrival in The Bahamas. The cost of rapid tests on arrival and after your arrival will be included in the cost of the visa.

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

Bonaire Deputy Governor Edison Rijna reported that due to the recent increase in the number of positive coronavirus cases, he submitted a request to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands to assign an orange travel notice to Bonaire, which came into effect on 22 September.

Being in this condition, travelers are advised to travel to the island only if it is really necessary. Vacation trips are not necessary and therefore not recommended. Travelers traveling to Bonaire must undergo a PCR test up to 72 hours prior to departure and show a negative test result upon arrival. If this is not done, they must be quarantined for 14 days (at their own cost).

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 19, international flights resumed from 4 international airports, beginning air operations with the following countries: United States, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia and Guatemala.

On October 1, the national government began the second phase of reactivation of the international operations for commercial flights, from others 4 airports towards the same destinations.

Passengers entering Colombia must undergo a PCR test and the negative result must not be greater than 96 hours before the stipulated flight time. To leave Colombian territory, passengers must meet the requirements agreed by the destination country.

The National Government, through Decree 1297 of September 29, 2020, extended the selective isolation and the measure of closure of land, sea and river borders until November 1.

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 30, 2020, the Governor of Havana, Reinaldo García Zapata, announced the following:

  • The city remains in the Limited Autochthonous Transmission Phase, however, the prohibition of the mobility of people and vehicles between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. and the restriction of private transportation during the day, are eliminated as of October 1, 2020.
  • The prohibition of interprovincial transportation to and from Havana is maintained.

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

President Luis Abinader issued Decree 504-20 in which the curfew in force since July 2020 is modified, according to the following hours: Monday to Friday from 9 p.m. at 5 a.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The measure began on September 28 and will be in effect until October 17, 2020.

Free practice has always been granted once the ship has docked and has been authorized 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 authorize disembarkation for medical assistance on the ground in the public or private hospital system.

ST EUSTATIUS

On September 28, 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, Antigua, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Vincent 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: Germany (Quarantine will be required. No test is required for COVID-19 to enter the island).
  • High-risk countries: Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, France, UK, USA, Dominican Republic, Suriname, Bonaire, Saint Marteen, Aruba and Curaçao (Need to accomplish quarantine. It is preferable to test for COVID-19 to enter the island).

The Public Entity of Saint Eustatius lifted the curfew as of October 3 and will relax other measures that were taken 3 weeks ago to further prevent the spread of COVID-19, creating a balance between public health, social life and the continuation of economic life. However, strict compliance with the established biosecurity protocols continues, with regard to social distancing of 1.5 meters, the indicated personal hygiene measures and the use of a mask in public spaces.

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 27, President Chandrikapersad Santokhi announced that as of September 29, 2020 the following measures will be applied:

  • Two-week extension of the curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 am.
  • Direct passenger traffic from the Netherlands and the resumption of domestic flights will be allowed.
  • With regards to international flights, passengers must submit a negative COVID-19 test and must be quarantined for 10 days after arrival.
  • Flights to the interior will be carried out in accordance with the protocols and after the control of the Zorg en Hoop airport.

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, as well as the closure of airports according to NOTAM C0789 / 20 and A0362 / 20. Operations in a state of emergency, cargo and mail flights, landing technicians, humanitarian flights, repatriations or flights authorized by the United Nations, and commercial and cargo overflights are excepted.

From October 5 to 11, 2020 will be the week of flexibilization.

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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