IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 IN THE CARIBBEAN (UPDATE N°15 October 31st to November 14th, 2020)

ARUBA

The Government of Aruba plans to restart travel from all the countries of Central America and South America, except Venezuela. On December 1, 2020. Travelers from the countries of these regions must comply with the established procedure and the entry requirements to the island, which includes filling out the online boarding / disembarking card (ED Card) process. From this point on, all travelers traveling from Aruba to Bonaire have the option of taking a COVID-19 PCR test prior to travel or upon arrival at the airport.

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

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

On November 13, the Governor of Bonaire, Edison Rijna, in a speech to the nation, reported that the country has changed its designation code from orange to yellow, and that some rules will be released, which will come into force on November 16 and It will expire on December 1st, as provided in the current emergency ordinance.

Likewise, it notified the following:

  • The number of flights will arrive to Bonaire from the Netherlands and Curacao in the coming days, due to the restart of commercial operations following the cessation of restrictions imposed by the classification of Bonaire with the code orange.
  • That the provision is maintained that all passengers traveling to Bonaire on a normal flight, in a private plane or coming by boat must undergo a PCR test no earlier than 72 hours before departure, and the result of this test it must be negative. Also that all passengers must also complete a health declaration form on the website: www.bonairepublichealth.org.
  • Passengers from Saba and Sint Eustatius do not have to undergo a PCR test, but must complete the health declaration online before departure.
  • Direct flights from the United States will be not allowed until December 1st.
  • The Department of Public Health reported that the quarantine period was reduced from 14 to 10 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.

COLOMBIA

On November 6, the Director of Migration of Colombia, Juan Francisco Espinosa Palacios, reported the new provisions for the entry and exit of travelers from the national territory by air, among which the non-requirement of the PCR test for entry to the country stands out, but clarified that the airlines will not be able to allow the boarding of those passengers who present fever, cough, weakness or respiratory symptoms associated with covid-19.

Likewise, he recalled that all travelers leaving or arriving in the country must be registered in the Check-Mig application.

He also commented that municipal or district Health Secretariats will be responsible for monitoring travelers entering the national territory, in accordance with the provisions of Resolution 1972 of the Ministry of Health.

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

All airports in Cuba are open for commercial flights with the exception of the José Martí International Airport in Havana, which will restart commercial operations from 00:00 hours on November 15, 2020 according to the announcement from the Cuban Civil Aeronautics Institute. (IACC) in NOTAMN A4410.

Based on the sanitary control protocol, the following measures will be applied to all travelers entering the terminals:

  • Control of body temperature.
  • Sampling for PCR.
  • Declaration of health of the traveler.

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 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 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 president Luis Abinader, through Decree No. 619-20, ordered the extension for 20 days of the curfew in force throughout the country from November 12th to December 1st, 2020, at the following hours: from 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, and from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Free pratique has always been granted once the ship has docked and has been approved by the authorities. The requirements remain the same (See last update).

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 Saint Eustatius reported its travel and quarantine policy for Statia, effective November 12, 2020.

People in the following categories can enter Statia (in order of priority):

  1. Return of medical references
  2. Returning residents to Statia
  3. Essential workers (for both government and business)
  4. Returning students
  5. Long-stay business, tourist and family visits (> 3 weeks, as of December 1)
  6. Short business, tourist and family visits (only allowed from low risk countries)

Short visits from people from medium and high risk countries are not allowed into Statia.

Risk-based quarantine measures in the country of origin, according to the different classifications:

  • Low risk: Saba, Bonaire, Antigua, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Vincent St. Kitts and Nevis. (It is not necessary to be in quarantine. No PCR test is required).
  • Medium risk: No country. (It is required to be in quarantine. No PCR test is required.)
  • High risk: Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States, Dominican Republic, Suriname, St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba. (It is compulsory to be in quarantine. It is preferable to perform a PCR 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

On November 7, 2020 the Minister of Public Health, Amar Ramadhin, announced the COVID-19 Measures for the period November 9th to 22nd, 2020. These measures are included in group activities, daily life, sports and travel, among which the following:

  • The curfew is maintained every day from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.
  • The transport of passengers by public transportation, by road or water is only allowed but should be accomplished the public transport protocol.
  • The air border is partially open to the movement of people, conditions and protocols of the country where the passenger comes from and Suriname Health Authority must be complied.
  • Flights within are only carried out in accordance with applicable aviation protocols.
  • Countries are classified according to risk (low, medium and high). Depending on the risk classification, there are specific conditions that a traveler must meet. The competent authorities of Suriname will announce the risk classification of the countries and the applicable conditions and protocols associated with the risk levels. The country rankings will be updated weekly.

All approved protocols can be viewed on the BOG website: www.bogsuriname.com.

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

The government of Trinidad & Tobago 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 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 November 11, 2020, the National Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC) announced that airports will continue closed for international flights entering the country for the prevention of COVID-19, from November 11 to February 11, 2021, except for operations between Venezuela and Turkey, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Iran and Panama, according to NOTAM C0956 / 20 and A0438 / 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 of the referred measure.

From November 16 to 22, 2020, the week of the easing of 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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