IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 IN THE CARIBBEAN (UPDATE N°14 October 17th to October 30th, 2020)

ARUBA

The Government of Aruba, according to the Ministerial Regulation (AB2020No.158), relaxed the COVID-19 measures that came into effect on October 22, 2020, at midnight:

  • The curfew is suspended.
  • The curfew is replaced by an “area ban” effective between 12:00 am and 5:00 am on beaches and coastal areas.
  • As of October 23, travelers from Curaçao and Bonaire no longer need PCR tests, will not be quarantined, or require COVID-19 insurance.

On October 25, 2020 the Crisis Team expanded the “area ban” to include parking lots or similar spaces accessible to the public between 12:00 am to 5:00 am.

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 October 21, 2020, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism announced the new entry protocol to country as of November 1, in which the quarantine period is eliminated.

Travelers, residents and citizens returning to The Bahamas must present a negative PCR test on COVID-19 no more than seven (7) days old and apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa.

On the day of arrival, each individual will perform a rapid COVID-19 antigen test, and after five days, all persons who entered and stay for more than four nights and five days will need to undergo a second rapid COVID-19 antigen test.

The ministry also noted that passengers traveling on American Airlines flights will not be required to perform a rapid COVID-19 antigen test, given that the airline announced that beginning in late October it will provide each passenger traveling to The Bahamas from Miami a quick test before boarding the plane.

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

On October 21, 2020, the Vice Governor of Bonaire EDISON RIJNA in a national speech reported that there have been no new cases of COVID-19 on the island in recent weeks, which is why they will begin to adjust the rules step by step that are still in effect.

He also commented that it should be taken into account how the situation around COVID-19 is developing in those countries from which many travelers normally come to Bonaire, so how things are going there will be periodically reviewed before making further changes.

Likewise, it reported that on October 26, 2020 Bonaire officially passed to phase 3 of the plan designed to face the coronavirus crisis and the risks that it entails. In this sense, he stated that he asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands to change from the orange code to the yellow code for Bonaire, and as soon as a response is received, it will be informed about it.

In relation to international travel, the following instructions were issued:

  • Travelers from Curaçao can travel to Bonaire by plane or boat from October 26, 2020. But they must have the PCR test no later than 72 hours before the flight and the result must be negative. They must also complete a health statement from the Bonaire Department of Public Health online.
  • Passengers from Bonaire can travel to Curaçao. But when returning to Bonaire, they must take the PCR test in Curaçao no later than 72 hours before their flight. The result must be negative. When they return to Bonaire, they do not need to be quarantined.
  • Passengers from Sint Eustatius and Saba traveling to our island do not need to do a PCR test.
  • Passengers from Aruba, Sint Maarten, Canada and the United States can come to Bonaire via Curaçao. However, they must perform a PCR test no later than 72 hours before departure and the result must be negative. They must also fill out the health certificate from the Department of Public Health.
  • The no-fly zone for direct flights from the United States will be extended for two weeks.

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 October 28, 2020, the President of the Republic, Iván Duque Márquez, announced on the television space ‘Prevention and Action’ that Selective Isolation with Responsible Individual Distancing will be extended until November 30, in accordance with the recommendations of experts, and maintaining current conditions. Noting that special emphasis will be placed on “exercising greater control over crowds.”

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

Since October 12, 2020, most of the Cuban provinces are in the stage of the new normality of the National Plan to Cope with COVID-19, in which the productive activity and services are restored, strengthening epidemiological surveillance, and compliance and control of hygienic – sanitary measures.

The following provinces are exempt from these measures:

  • Havana, which continues in the Recovery stage, phase III with some restrictions added to those that were generally designed for that stage. Public transport runs at 80% of its capacities and entry and exit to and from the capital remains limited.
  • Ciego de Ávila and Sancti Spíritus that remain in the Epidemic stage, a phase of limited autochthonous transmission, and Pinar del Río, which was returned to this phase on October 21, 2020 by decision of the Temporary Working Group of the Government to confront and control of COVID-19. The limited autochthonous transmission phase implies taking measures aimed fundamentally at the cessation of teaching activities, suspension of passenger transportation, increased remote work and regulation of the movement of people between eight at night and six in the morning, among other.

From October 16, 2020 all airports in Cuba are open for commercial flights, with the exception of the José Martí International Airport in 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

From October 23, 2020, the following applies:

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, 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 low risk countries.

Germany, 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, Sint aarten, Sweden, Suriname, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Turkey, Uruguay, are considered medium risk countries.

As of October 7, 2020 the Tri-State, 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.

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.

These lists can change at any time. Other countries can also be added. The Curacao Covid team analyzes each country and adds or removes them from the list.

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

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

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 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 government of St Eustatius 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.

SURINAME

On October 26, 2020, President Chandrikapersad Santokhi announced the COVID-19 Measures for the period October 26 – November 8, 2020. These measures are included in group activities, daily life, sports and travel, among the which include the following:

  • Curfew every day from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.
  • The transport of passengers by means of public transport by road or water is only allowed with due observance of the public transport protocol.
  • The air border is only open to a limited extent for direct passenger traffic from the Netherlands. This movement of people is only allowed for returnees, essential personnel or in relation to personal emergencies. In all cases, travel is only possible after the person concerned has obtained permission from the competent authorities.
  • Flights within are only carried out in accordance with applicable aviation protocols.

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 24, 2020, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, during a Health Ministry press conference, said that in the next few hours a committee would be activated to examine the ways in which people would be allowed to return to the given country that the borders have been closed since March 23.

Prime Minister Rowley said that this move is a cautious reopening of our borders. Likewise, he commented that he spoke with some colleagues from CARICOM (Caribbean Community) to start having a movement of people with Guyana, Grenada and Barbados because they have a lower or equal level of cases than Trinidad & Tobago.

Currently, the airports are closed to international commercial flights.

Only nationals and residents returning on repatriated flights can enter Trinidad and Tobago, and are subject to the following entry requirements:

  • Nationals returning from low-risk countries must obtain a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before departure, and self-quarantine (volunteer at home) for 14 days.
  • Nationals returning from high-risk countries will undergo a medical evaluation within 24 hours of arrival and will be quarantined for 7 days, during which COVID-19 tests will be administered.

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

According to the quarantine scheme called 7 + 7 Plus, which establishes 7 strict days of quarantine and 7 flexible days, from November 2 to 9, 2020 the week of quarantine relaxation is scheduled.

The restriction of air operations continues, according to NOTAM C0864 / 20; as well as the closure of airports, according to NOTAM C0863 / 20 and A0383 / 20 until November 12, 2020. 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 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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