IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 IN THE CARIBBEAN (UPDATE N°20 January 09th to January 22nd, 2021)

ARUBA

The government of Aruba 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 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 January 12, the Government of the Bahamas issued an update about the public health measures and new protocols for travelling between the islands from Nassau and Paradise Island or Grand Bahama Island:

  • All persons travelling to The Bahamas, and those travelling inter-island from Nassau & Paradise Island or Grand Bahama Island, must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival.
  • All travelers, including visitors, returning citizens and residents arriving via commercial flights, as well as by private planes, private boats, yachts or pleasure craft, are required to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs.
  • There is a non-refundable fee for the Bahamas Travel Health Visa, inclusive of an application fee, administrative and distribution costs. The final price is dependent on length of stay, as well as applicable testing, insurance and healthcare related costs.
  • All persons travelling to The Bahamas will be required to complete a short, daily online questionnaire concerning the health and symptoms of each traveler. Questionnaires must be completed upon arrival and each day thereafter for up to 14 days or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter.
  • Any visitor who exhibits COVID symptoms at any time during their stay will be required to take a Rapid Antigen Test and receive a negative result before being permitted to continue with their vacation or activities.

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 January 15, 2021, Lieutenant Governor Edison Rijna in a national speech reported that the no-fly zone that applied to the BES islands was lifted, therefore, in the next few days, flights from Canada and the United States will be restarted.

The authorities informed travelers that they will not be able to travel to the United Kingdom, because the British government prohibited the entry of travelers from several countries, including Bonaire, to avoid the spread of the new mutated variant of the coronavirus. Likewise, they reminded all travelers who wish to travel to the USA that they must undergo a Covid-19 test, according to the new provisions of that country.

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 Government of Colombia issued the Decree 039 on January 14, 2021, to regulate the Selective Isolation and Responsible Individual Distancing phase, within the framework of the health emergency due to the new Coronavirus COVID-19, which is valid from zero hours (00:00) on January 16, 2021, until zero hours (00:00) on March 1, 2021.

The referred Decree established among other provisions the following:

  • All people who remain in the national territory must comply with the biosafety protocols in public space to reduce the spread of the pandemic and reduce contagion in daily activities issued by the different ministries and entities of the national order.
  • The mayors in the municipalities highly affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus, with the due authorization of the Interior Ministry and prior concept of the Health and Social Protection Ministry, may order the selective and focused isolation in their jurisdiction.
  • All activity must be subject to compliance with the biosafety protocols established by the Health and Social Protection Ministry for the control of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

On January 19, 2021, the Interior Minister Daniel Palacios, during his participation in the television program ‘Prevention and Action’, recalled the validity of Decree 1076 of 2020, which indicates the 46 exceptions that contemplate the activities allowed during the national health emergency.

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 January 10, 2021, as an entry requirement, the country demands a negative PCR test for Covid-19 from international travelers, which must be carried out by a certified laboratory in the country of origin, in a maximum period of 72 hours before arrival to the island, and the certificate must be presented to the International Sanitary Control authorities.

All tourists with an interest in staying in hotels, rental houses or hostels, at their point of entry will undergo a PCR and will remain in isolation until the negative result of this test is obtained.

On January 12, 2021, the authorities announced, among other measures, the following:

  • Suspension of pedestrian circulation in Santiago de Cuba from 7 p.m. at 5 a.m., as well as interprovincial, and local state and private transportation, as of January 12, 2021.
  • Cessation of urban and interprovincial transport in Havana, as of January 14, 2021.
  • On January 20, 2021, the Temporary Working Group of the Government to confront COVID-19 announced the following:
  • The province of Villa Clara regresses to the Limited Indigenous Transmission Phase.
  • Cienfuegos and Ciego de Ávila return to Phase I of the Recovery Stage.
  • The provinces of Sancti Spíritus, Las Tunas, Holguín, Granma, and the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud, are in the New Normal.
  • In the Recovery Stage, Pinar del Río and Camagüey are in Phase III; and in Phase I, Artemisa, Mayabeque, Ciego de Ávila and Cienfuegos.
  • Havana, Matanzas, Villa Clara, Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo continue in the epidemic stage, Limited Autonomous Transmission Phase.

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 January 11, 2021, the authorities announced the new measures that will be in force until February 1, 2021, among which are: curfew throughout the country between 23:00 hrs. and 04:30 hrs., the mandatory use of masks in closed spaces and public transport, and the availability of public transport until 22:00 hrs.

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 No. 7-21 stated on January 8, 2021, from January 11 to 25, 2021, the following measures were implemented, among others:

  • From Monday to Friday the curfew will be from 17:00 hrs until 05:00 hrs., with three hours of free transit to reach their homes at 20:00 hrs. On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24, the curfew will be from 12:00 noon to 05:00 hrs, with three hours of free transit to reach their homes at 15:00 hrs.
  • During curfew hours, international passengers and operators of private or commercial vehicles that are transferring them, as well as employees of the maritime and air transport sector duly identified in transit to or from, will be allowed to circulate, among others. ports and airports.

Free platique 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

According to decree of the French Government No. 2021-31 on January 15, 2021, starting on January 18, 2021, all travelers entering French Guiana must present a negative PCR test performed less than 72 hours before the flight and present a sworn certificate declaring the absence of symptoms, committing to isolate themselves for 7 days after arrival and perform a new PCR test at the end.

The deferred curfew is maintained:

  • From 19:00 hrs to 05:00 hrs. in the municipalities of Cayenne, Rémire-Montjoly, Matoury, Macouria and Kourou 7 days a week.
  • From 22:00 hrs. to 05:00 hrs in the municipalities of Apatou, Camopi, Grand-Santi, Mana, Maripasoula, Saint-Georges de l’Oyapock, Saint-Laurent du Maroni and Sinnamary 7 days a week.
  • The municipalities of Awala-Yalimapo, Montsinery, Iracoubo, Ouanary, Papaichton, Régina, Saint Elie, Saul and Roura are not affected by the curfew.

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

According to the Decision of the Health, Welfare and Sport Minister on January 14, 2021, commencing on January 24, 2021, travelers arriving to St. Eustatius must present a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours before the arrival on the island, with the exception of those from the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, China, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Thailand and South Korea.

The mandatory negative PCR test is applicable for both aircraft and ship passengers arriving at Statia.

Passengers from Ireland, the United Kingdom and South Africa must also present a negative antigen test no longer than 4 hours before boarding the flight from those countries, in addition to the negative PCR test. This is due to the SARS-CoV-2 variant that has been detected in those countries.

All passengers must complete the health declaration form issued by the Department of Public Health.

The 12-day quarantine at Statia continues to apply to all passengers from medium and high risk countries, despite having a negative PCR test.

Seafarers on vessels other than commercial yachts and pleasure craft do not have to submit a negative PCR test.

On January 21, 2021, the Statia authorities recommended not to travel to the Netherlands unless strictly necessary. People traveling to the Netherlands are required to have a negative PCR test result and to serve a 10-day quarantine period.

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

As announced by the authorities on January 12, 2021, the curfew in effect from Monday to Friday from 21:00 hrs. to 05:00 hrs. and Saturdays and Sundays from 19:00 hrs at 05:00 hrs., it was extended until February 9, 2021.

On January 23, 2021, a ban on flights applied to the countries that present the highest risk (United Kingdom, South Africa and all South American countries).

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).

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 crew change ban continues.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

The Health Ministry of Trinidad & Tobago established a new protocol for nationals and legal residents who will be repatriated from the United Kingdom due to the appearance of a new strain of the Covid-19 virus. These provisions apply to travelers returning to the country, when the time between the date of departure from the UK and the date of arrival in Trinidad & Tobago is 14 days or less:

A negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior of travel.

A mandatory 14 days Quarantine period to be spent in a state or state supervised facility.

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 7 + 7 scheme announced by the authorities continues, which consist in one radical quarantine week every 7 days.

The National Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC) reported the opening of the routes between Venezuela and Panama and the Dominican Republic and ratified the routes of Mexico, Turkey and Bolivia, in accordance with the provisions of NOTAM C0061 / 21 and A0029 / 21 of the January 18, 2021.

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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