IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 IN THE CARIBBEAN (UPDATE N°13 October 3rd to October 16th, 2020)

ARUBA

On October, 4th 2020, the Prime Minister of Aruba, Mrs. Evelyn Wever-Croes, announced during a national speech the change of curfew time from 12:00 am to 5:00 am and closing time for businesses has also been moved back to 11 pm, which are force from October 7th, 2020 until further notice.

The restrictions and protocols related with the prevention of the spread the COVID 19 stated 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

The Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Dr. Hubert Minnis, declared on October 4, 2020, the following:

  • New measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID 19 due to late contact, specifically aimed at the laboratories that will perform the PT PCR test.
  • He commented on the guidelines that the government has taken during this crisis in its effort for the country’s economic recovery and support for the most vulnerable people.
  • He mentioned some proposals put forward by the Economic Recovery Committee to stimulate economic activity and maintain sustained economic health in the post-Covid-19 era.
  • He recalled that the new protocol for the entry of travelers and tourists to The Bahamas, which will take effect from November 1, is designed to prevent people from having to remain in quarantine upon arrival in the country.

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.

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

On October 15, Bonaire Deputy Governor Edison Ridja declared that Bonaire maintains the orange travel advisory by the Netherlands. This condition means that the corresponding travel restrictions to and from that country are maintained 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 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

The government of Colombia 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.

CUBA

On October 8, 2020, the President Miguel Diaz-Canel announced the new National Plan for Confrontation with COVID-19. The referred plan has three stages and came into force on October 12, 2020:

  • Epidemic phase (limited autochthonous transmission and community transmission).
  • Recovery (first, second and third phase).
  • That of the new normal.

Most of the provinces of Cuba are in the stage of the new normal, in which the productive activity and services are restored, strengthening epidemiological surveillance, and compliance and control of hygienic-sanitary measures.

Exempt from this measure are the provinces of Ciego de Ávila and Sancti Spíritus, both in a phase of limited autochthonous transmission.

In the case of Havana City will be passed from limited autochthonous transmission to phase III, the interprovincial transport service has not been restored yet in any of its modalities, entry and exit to and from the capital continues to be limited.

Flights were authorized from international airports, except in Ciego de Ávila, Sancti Spíritus and Havana.

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 a Non-COVID 19 injury or illness, the health authorities must be informed and will authorize the disembarkation for medical assistance on the ground in the hospital system.

CURACAO

The government started new changes in the measures related with the Pandemic started on October 19, 2020, the following will apply:

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bonaire, Dominica, Grenada, Bermuda Islands, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Saba, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Eustatius, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia, are considered countries of low risk. Passengers traveling from these countries must complete the following steps:

  • Complete the digital immigration card online before departure at dicardcuracao.com.
  • Within 48 hours before departure, they must digitally fill out the Passenger Locator Card (PLC) at dicardcuracao.com and bring a printed proof document.

Germany, Aruba, Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Guiana, French Guiana, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Jamaica, Morocco, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands, Poland, Saint Bartholomew, Saint Maarten, Sweden, Suriname, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Turkey, Uruguay, are considered medium risk countries. Passengers traveling from these countries must comply, in addition to the two aforementioned steps, the following:

  • Show a negative result of a certified COVID-19 PCR test and carry a printed test document. The test should be performed max. 72 hours before departure in an accredited laboratory. You will be prompted to upload negative COVID-19 PCR test results to dicardcuracao.com.

Since October 7, 2020 the states area of the US (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) and Florida are considered medium risk. Prior to arrival, visitors from these states will need to present state-issued identification as proof of residency, in addition to the three steps already mentioned.

Countries not included in the above lists are considered high risk and passengers traveling to Curaçao from those states will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Regardless of whether the passenger is traveling from a low-risk or medium-risk country, the following general requirements will apply:

  • You have not traveled to another country where there is a high risk of COVID-19 infections or have been in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days before of arrival.
  • You must carry a printed document of proof of the mandatory steps at all times during the trip.
  • You must be adequately insured to receive medical care and any additional costs if you are quarantined or become ill during your stay.
  • Currently cruise passengers are not allowed.
  • If the passenger does not meet the above conditions, it is possible that they will be quarantined upon arrival, which will be at their own cost.

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 any 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 Presidential Decree 553-20 of October 16, 2020, the state of emergency declared in the national territory to combat COVID-19 is extended for a period of 45 days.

According to Presidential Decree 554-20 October 16, 2020 on October 18, 2020, the curfew established in the national territory is extended for 25 days from Monday to Friday from 9:00 p.m. at 5:00 a.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 p.m. at 5:00 a.m.

Free pratique 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 ship 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 are no sick crew members on board, the Medical Commission evaluates 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

The travel policy of the Government of Saint Eustatius (Statia) came into force on October 7th, has not changed compared with the stated on September 28th.

The Public Entity of Saint Eustatius issued a new ordinance effective on October 16, 2020 with measures related to COVID-19. This document will extend certain measures and will also implement others, particularly aimed at personal protection and social distancing in different daily activities of the population, which will be valid for 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 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 October 13, 2020, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge, announced the implementation of stricter rules against COVID 19, which will be starting on October 14 to 27, 2020 to ensure that the number of infections decreases. These new rules are included in group activities, daily life, sports, and travel.

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

On October 11, 2020, the Minister of Health of Trinidad & Tobago issued, The Public Health (NO. 29) Regulations, 2020, which will govern the measures in different daily activities, namely, social, cultural, educational, economic, recreational, religious, among others. These actions will be into force from October 12, 2020 to October 25, 2020.

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 Official Gazette No. 6,570 dated September 6, 2020, Presidential Decree No. 4,286 of the same date was published, by means of which the State of Alarm is decreed throughout the National Territory, as of September 8, 2020. This decree It will be valid for 30 days, extendable for the same period.

On October 5, the President of Venezuela announced a new quarantine scheme, called 7 + 7 Plus, maintaining 7 strict days of quarantine and 7 flexible days.

On October 12, 2020, the National Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC) announced the following:

  • Extension of the restriction of air operations for 30 days, from October 12 to November 12, 2020, according to NOTAM C0864 / 20; as well as the closure of airports, according to NOTAM C0863 / 20 and A0383 / 20.
  • Operations in a state of emergency, cargo and mail flights, technical landings, humanitarian flights, repatriation or flights authorized by the United Nations, and cargo and commercial overflights are exempt.
  • The passengers of the aforementioned operations must comply with the collective social quarantine under strict supervision of the State, as well as undergo the corresponding medical evaluations.
  •  Excepted flights must have a pre-authorization from the Venezuelan Aeronautical Authority, health and migration authorities.

From October 19 to 25, 2020, the week of flexible quarantine 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) April 27, 2020.

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INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OFFICIAL SOURCES

 

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