IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 IN THE CARIBBEAN (UPDATE N°17 November 28th to December 11th, 2020)

ARUBA

On December 1st, the Government of Aruba restarted commercial flights to / from all Central and South American countries, with the exception of Peru and Venezuela.

All travelers from those regions must:

  • Complete the online Embarkation / Disembarkation Card (ED Card) process, which must be approved in order to enter Aruba.
  • Have a PCR test for Covid-19 with a negative result no longer than 72 hours before the trip.
  • Have medical insurance to pay for the expenses that may be generated by the treatment of Covid-19.

Health authorities may carry out a PCR test for Covid-19 on travelers upon arrival at the airport, who must remain in quarantine until the negative result of said test is obtained.

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 December 2, the Governor of Bonaire, Edison Rijna announced that no direct flights from the United States to Bonaire will be allowed until December 15, 2020.

The Public Entity of Bonaire (OLB) proclaimed that from December 1st and the following days there will be a direct flight connection between Sint Eustatius and Bonaire on a temporary basis, the flight will operate on Tuesdays.

Also, it was reported that travelers from Saba and Sint Eustatius do not need to take a PCR test prior to entering Bonaire but they are required to complete the online health declaration form.

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

The president of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, according to Decree 1550 on November 28, 2020, extended the instructions of the health emergency generated by COVID-19, among which are selective isolation with responsible individual distancing, until January 16, 2021.

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 December 1st, 2020, the passage of the Sancti Spíritus, Cabaiguán and Trinidad municipalities, were approved to phase three of the COVID-19 recovery stage, allowing among other measures, the restart of state and private public transport.

The biosafety protocols establish that all travelers upon arrival on the island, their temperature will be measured, a PCR diagnostic test will be applied and their mobility in the territory will be limited until the results of the test are obtained, which it usually occurs 24 hours later. Five days later, travelers will need to have another PCR test.

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

On November 30, 2020, the authorities announced that the precautionary measures for COVID-19 applied from November 16 to December 6, 2020, remain in force until December 21, 2020, among which the following stand out: curfew throughout the country between 9 p.m. and 4:30 a.m., the mandatory use of masks in closed spaces and public transport, and the availability of public transport until 9 p.m.

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 platique and medical protocol remains unchanged (see prior update for more details).

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.

To travel to French Guiana you must present a negative PCR test less than 72 hours.

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 Statia government updated its Quarantine Policy starting on December 1s

  • Quarantine

It will be 12 days for people entering Statia from medium or high risk countries not including the day of arrival on Statia, or after having been in contact with (potential) COVID-19 Cases.

Quarantine can be in a central quarantine facility (by the government assigned hotels/apartments).

Central Quarantine needs will be covered on person’s behalf. Only for persons coming back from a medical referral the governments take care of the costs of central quarantine.

  • Isolation

As soon as someone is tested positive on COVID-19, will be placed in isolation. The requirements for isolation are the same as for quarantine.

Only when a patient condition requires extra medical care, the patient will be transferred to a hospital to be treated properly in a specialized area.

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 December 6, 2020, the Minister of Public Health of the Republic of Suriname, Amar Ramadhin, announced the COVID-19 Measures for the period from December 7 to 21, 2020, among which the following stand out:

  • Curfew every day from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 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 remains partially open to the movement of people, provided that the specific conditions and protocols of the country where the person comes from are met.
  • 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

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

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

Commercial flights to and from the following destinations are maintained: Mexico, Dominican Republic, Iran, Panama, Turkey, Russia and Bolivia.

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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