IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 IN THE CARIBBEAN (UPDATE N°16 November 15th to November 27th, 2020)

ARUBA

The government of Aruba 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 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 Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation reported the new COVID-19 Public Health Measures, which are applied by 2 main geographic areas:

New Providence and Abaco Islands

  • The curfew was updated during the week (Monday to Friday) from 9 pm until 5 am, on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) from 6 pm at 5 am.
  • Residents and visitors traveling inter-island from New Providence to other island will be required to accomplish a mandatory quarantine upon arrival for a period of 14 days or the duration of their stay – whichever is shorter.
  • A person who has entered The Bahamas and is transiting through New Providence to foreigh Island, within a period of less than 24 hours, shall not be required to quarantine.

Eleuthera (excluding Harbor Island and Spanish Wells) and Exuma (excluding Exuma Cays)

  • A weekday curfew is in effect from 6 pm to 5 am, Monday through Friday. During weekends, a 24-hour curfew will be implemented, beginning 6 pm on Friday through 5 am on Monday.
  • At this time, no domestic inter-island travel into or out of Eleuthera or Exuma is permitted.
  • Anyone traveling from Exuma or Eleuthera to any other island in The Bahamas will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test.

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

The Government of Bonaire established the following measures for travelers from Curaçao, due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in that country:

  • Starting Monday, November 23, 2020, all travelers from Curaçao going to Bonaire must have a PCR test performed 72 hours in advance, the result must be negative. Travelers must accomplished this measure in order to be authorized to fly to Bonaire.
  • Travelers from Curaçao to Bonaire will now have to digitally deliver the Health Certificate from the Department of Public Health between 48 and 72 hours before departure. Paper declarations will no longer be accepted upon arrival in Bonaire. The certificate must be completed at www.bonairepublichealth.org.

Similarly, the Bonaire authorities advise their population to travel to Curaçao, only if necessary.

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 25, 2020, President Iván Duque Márquez, announced that the Health Emergency for COVID-19 extends from November 30 to February 28, 2021, and specified that the concept of Preventive Isolation is also maintained for 90 days with responsible individual distancing.

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 November 13, 2020, the province of Ciego de Ávila with its capital municipality went from the phase of limited autochthonous transmission of the epidemic stage of the National Plan to Confront COVID-19, to the second phase of the recovery stage of the referred plan. The rest of the municipalities of Ciego de Ávila went to the third phase of the recovery stage.

On November 18, 2020, the province of Sancti Spíritus went from the limited autochthonous transmission phase of the epidemic stage of the National Plan to Confront COVID-19, to phase one of the recovery stage of the aforementioned plan. However, the municipalities of Sancti Spíritus and Cabaiguán remain in the autochthonous transmission phase, while Trinidad went to phase two of the recovery phase and the remaining municipalities went to phase three of this stage.

On November 15, 2020, the José Martí International Airport in Havana restarted commercial operations. With the entry into service of its facilities, all international airports are open to receive passengers from abroad.

The biosafety protocols establish that all travelers upon arrival must have a control temperature measurement, 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 is usually occurred 24 hours later. Five days later, travelers will need to have another PCR test.

According to Resolution No. 293-2020 of the Ministry of Finance and Prices, published in the Official Gazette number 64, Cuba set a health rate of 30 dollars or its equivalent in other international currencies for all travelers and crews arriving on the island, the which will come into effect as of December 1, 2020.

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 15, 2020, the authorities announced the measures in force from November 16 to December 6, 2020, among which the following stand out: the extension of the curfew throughout the country between 9 pm and 4:30 am.

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.

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

Regarding the travel and quarantine policy for Statia, effective November 20, 2020, only one modification was made to the list of countries classified according to the risk of COVID-19:

  • Low risk: Saba, Antigua, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Vincent St. Kitts & Nevis. (It is not necessary to be in quarantine. No PCR test is required).
  • Medium risk: Bonaire. (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 for 12 days. It is preferable to perform a PCR COVID-19 before arriving to 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

The authorities announced the COVID-19 Measures adjusted for the period November 23 to December 6, 2020, among which the following stand out:

  • The curfew is changed from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am.
  • The transport of passengers by public transportation such as road or water is only allowed with due observance of the public transport protocol.
  • Partial opening of the air border to passenger traffic since November 23 but mandatory under accomplishment of specific conditions and protocols.
  • Countries are classified according to risk (low, medium and high). Depending on the risk classification, there are specific conditions that each traveler must meet. The risk classification of the countries and the applicable conditions and protocols, associated with the risk levels, will be made known by the competent authorities of Suriname. The country rankings will be updated weekly.
  • Flights within are only carried out in accordance with applicable aviation protocols.
  • 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 22, 2020, the president of Venezuela announced that during December the measures of strict quarantine will be released and on January 2021 the country will resume the 7 + 7 method.

The National Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC) announced the reactivation of commercial flights to and from Russia and Bolivia, starting on November 23, 2020, adding to the destinations such as: Mexico, Dominican Republic, Iran, Panama and Turkey, these measures are officially stablished on NOTAM C0994 / 20 and NOTAM A0458 / 20.

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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