IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 IN THE CARIBBEAN (UPDATE N°18 December 12th to December 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

All passenger travelling to The Bahamas between December 23, 2020 and January 4, 2021 must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test taken no more than 7 days prior to the date of arrival.

Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, travellers can apply for their required Bahamas Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs.

All visitors entering The Bahamas will be required Health Insurance coverage when applying for their Bahamas Health Visa.

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 17, the Governor of Bonaire, Edison Rijna announced that the Netherlands have made the decision to give Bonaire, an orange travel advice code, so they recommend their citizens not to travel to our country.

The information compiled by the Public Entity of Bonaire (OLB) updated to December 24, 2020, indicates among others:

  • Passengers from all countries can travel to Bonaire only from or through the Netherlands and Curaçao.
  • Travelers must have had a PCR test done no earlier than 72 hours before their departure from the point of departure (the Netherlands or Curacao), and the test result must be negative.
  • Travelers must complete a Department of Public Health online health declaration form no earlier than 72 hours or later than 48 hours prior to departure.

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 December 20, 2020, President Iván Duque reported that flights to and from the United Kingdom are suspended started on December 21, whether direct or by connection, as a preventive measure to avoid contagion by a new strain of COVID-19. Also, was announced that anyone arriving in the country after that date, who has been in the UK in the past 14 days, will go into isolation for 14 days upon arrival in the country.

In this sense, it was reported that the entry of travelers will only be allowed in the following cases:

  • Colombians and foreigners with permanent residence in Colombia. These passengers must comply with the sanitary measures adopted by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection.
  • People belonging to diplomatic bodies duly accredited in the country.
  • Foreigners who started their flight to the country before the effective date of this measure.
  • The crew of the aircraft.

Similarly, President Duque reported that due the increase in cases of contagion in several cities of the country, more restrictive measures will be taken coordinated with local authorities, such as the implementation of curfews during the Christmas holidays and the end of the year.

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 15, 2020, the authorities approved the advance of the province of Ciego de Ávila to the new normal and the retreat of the territories of Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos, to phase three of the recovery stage.

According to the announcement published on the official website of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, as of January 10, 2021, that country will require all travelers from abroad to present a negative PCR test for Covid-19, carried out by a laboratory certified in the country of origin. The indication refers that this examination must be carried out in a period of 72 hours before arrival in Cuban territory.

The sanitary border protocols are maintained, among which the carrying out of PCR tests and monitoring of 100 percent of international travelers stand out.

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 December 8, 2020, the authorities announced the extension of precautionary measures for COVID-19 until January 11, 2021, 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

According to decree 698-20, on December 15, 2020 in the National District and the Santo Domingo, Santiago, Duarte, La Vega and Puerto Plata provinces, a curfew was established every day from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. In the rest of the country, a curfew was established from Monday to Friday from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. The authorities announced that these measures will remain in effect as long as necessary.

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 authorities announced new preventive and restrictive measures regarding the COVID 19 protocols, the relevant decision is to stop free circulation in the territory, among which the following stand out:

Curfew from December 18, 2020 to January 4, 2021 as follows:

  • From 21:00 hrs to 05:00 hrs every day of the week for the municipalities of Cayenne, Rémire-Montjoly, Macouria, Matoury and Kourou.
  • The municipalities of Apatou, Camopi, Grand-Santi, Mana, Maripasoula, Saint-Georges de l’Oyapock, Saint-Laurent du Maroni and Sinnamary are subject to the usual curfew from 00:00 hrs to 05:00hrs during the week.
  • Awala-Yalimapo, Iracoubo, Montsinéry-Tonnegrande, Ouanary, Papaïchton, Régina, Roura, Saint-Elie and Saül are not yet affected by the curfew.
  • On December 31, 2020, starting at 21:00 hrs a curfew is established. until 05:00 hrs, throughout the country, even for municipalities not affected the rest of the time by these new schedule.

The PCR test is mandatory for all travelers entering French Guiana.

The borders remain closed.

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 the St. Eustatius has not announced any change 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

 

The authorities announced the COVID-19 protocol and measures in force from December 16, 2020, among which the following items:

  • Curfew on Saturdays and Sundays from 07:00 hrs to 05:00 hrs and from Monday to Friday from 21:00 hrs. to 05:00 hrs.
  • The transport of passengers by means of public transportation by road or water is only allowed with due observance of the health 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.

The authorities also reported that the new measures will be adjusted according to the evolution of the number of infections.

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 new measure 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 December 13, 2020, the National Civil Aviation Institute (INAC) announced that, in accordance with the provisions of NOTAM C1075 / 20 and NOTAM A0500 / 20, as of that date, only commercial air operations from and to Venezuela with Turkey, Mexico 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.

INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OFFICIAL SOURCES

 

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