IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 IN THE CARIBBEAN (UPDATE N°21 January 23rd to February 6th, 2021)

ARUBA

The government of Aruba announced that starting on February 5th, curfew will be from 12:00 am to 5:00 am.

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 26, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all persons flying to the U.S. to obtain a verifiable negative COVID-19 viral test (PCR or Antigen) taken no more than three (3) days prior to the date of the flight.

Flights to Canada were suspended from January 31, 2020 to April 30, 2021, due to the new measures imposed by the government of Canada to prevent the introduction of the new strains of COVID 19.

Starting on February 3, 2021 and until further notice, Special flights (Private Passenger Flights / International Charter Passenger Flights) included in the restrictions implemented by the Canadian Government since 2020, are scheduled to land only at the international airports of Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

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 Governor of Bonaire, Edison Rijna, reported the new measures began to be applied from Friday, February 5, 2021 to Thursday, February 18, 2021:

  • Passengers from Bonaire who are going to Curaçao for a short period of time and have a maximum of one night’s accommodation, no longer need to take a PCR test upon their return.
  • Travelers coming to Bonaire from Curaçao for up to one night do not need to show a PCR result at the entrance but do have to fill out the health certificate established by the authorities of the Department of Public Health.
  • The rules of a maximum of 50% capacity and fixed seats remain in effect.
  • In professionally organized events, 50% of the capacity can be used with a maximum of 50 participants. Visitors must register, singing or dancing is not allowed.
  • People with a profession of contact should wear a mask during work.

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 January 27, 2021, the Government of Colombia announced the temporary measure adopted by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, in conjunction with the Ministry of Transportation, which suspends passenger flights to and from Brazil to prevent infections by the new strain of covid-19, starting on January 29 for a period of 30 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.

CUBA

On January 30, 2021, the authorities of the Cuban Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) announced modifications to the isolation process for travelers arriving from abroad, from which the following stand out:

Institutional isolation is implemented upon arrival of international travelers, until delivery of the result of the PCR carried out upon arrival in the country.

Foreigners, who will be accommodated in hotel facilities in the territory to which they are going, must pay the cost established for this service.

On February 6, 2021, the decrease in the frequency of international flights was implemented due to the outbreak of Covid 19 on the island, according to announcement by the authorities of the Cuban Civil Aeronautics Institute (IACC). The readjusted trips are those from the United States, Mexico, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Jamaica.

The restart of flights from Nicaragua, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti remains suspended.

The Provincial Defense Council (CDP) of Havana decreed the total restriction of movements of people and vehicles, started on February 5, 2021, from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. This measure will be in force in Havana until further notice.

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 February 1, 2021 the government of Curacao announced the following:

  • The precautionary measures for COVID-19 remain in effect until February 22, 2021, among which are: curfew throughout the country between 11:00 p.m. and 4:30 a.m., mandatory use of masks in closed spaces and public transport, and availability of public transport until 11 p.m.
  • ANNOUNCEMENT #032. Entering Curacao by sea # 1, stated the following:

Crews of ships entering the ports of Curacao must:

  • Keep a daily record of the temperature and Covid-19 related symptoms for every on board.
  • Submit a Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) at least 24 hours prior to their arrival in Curacao.
  • Report any medical conditions related to Covid-19 immediately to Curacao.
  • Apply all necessary measures if there is a suspicion of Covid-19 contamination on board (isolation, quarantine, testing, quarantine policy, source-case and contact tracing investigation).

It will be determined, based on the information received, whether it is necessary to perform additional PCR tests before the crew is authorized to disembark.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT #033. Entering Curacao by sea # 2, stated the following:

Crews of private ships/recreational vessels must provide documentation from all ports visited prior to their arrival in Curacao. Documentation should also be submitted with any evidence of previous PCR test. Where possible, the Passenger Locator Card (PLC) should be submitted prior to arrival. If this is not possible, the PLC must be submitted immediately upon arrival of the ship in Curacao.

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 61-21 of February 4, 2021, from February 9 to 22 of the current year, all the measures provided in Decree 37-21 of January 22, 2021 remain in force. Of these measures, the following stand out:

National curfew from Monday to Saturday from 7:00 pm. until 5:00 a.m. the next day, and from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the next day on Sundays.

During curfew hours, international passengers and operators of private or commercial vehicles that are transporting them, as well as employees of the maritime and air transport sector duly identified in transit to or from, are allowed to circulate, among other people. ports and airports.

Free platique has always been granted once the ship has docked and has been authorized by the authorities. More details are explained in the 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 measures to combat Covid-19 established in Prefectural Decree No. 2021-164 on January 31, 2021 are still in force, from which the following are extracted:

  • A compelling reason is required to travel to and from French Guiana.
  • Persons wishing to travel to French Guiana must submit a negative PCR test less than 72 hours prior to departure. It is recommended to do a second test after your arrival in the territory. Travelers will receive a text message 4 days after arrival in French Guiana to encourage them to be screened.
  • Anyone entering the territory of French Guiana has to sign an administrative document to isolate himself for 7 days upon arrival, as well as to perform a PCR test at the end of self-isolation.
  • Curfew from Monday to Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and on weekends from Saturday to 7:00 p.m. to Monday 5:00 a.m. in Apatou, Cayenne, Iracoubo, Kourou, Macouria, Mana, Matoury, Montsinéry-Tonnegrande, Rémire-Montjoly, Saint-Georges de Oyapock, Saint-Laurent du Maroni and Sinnamary, and from midnight to 5 a.m. except Saturdays in Awala-Yalimapo, Camopi, Grand-Santi, Maripasoula, Ouanary, Papaïchton, Régina, Roura, Saint-Elie and Saul.
  • The external borders are 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

On January 24, 2021, the Government of Sint Eustatius established the new Entry Policies to the island, which came into effect on January 25, 2021. Anyone can enter Sint Eustatius based on normal immigration rules. However, they must meet the requirements described below:

  • Register by email to info.covid19@statiagov.com. Your email should include motivation, planned date of entry, name, date of birth, nationality, country or countries you stayed in during the last 14 days, and (if applicable) your preferred place to stay during the quarantine period. The entry request must be received at least 72 hours before the expected date of arrival. Approval will be within 48 hours of receipt of the request.
  • Meet pre-entry testing requirements based on country of origin risk:

–      Low-risk countries (Anguilla, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saba, Australia, China, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand and South Korea). Passengers coming from these countries: require Screening, do not require Tests, do not require quarantine.

–      High risk countries (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saint Marteen and the Netherlands). Passengers coming from these countries: require Screening, require a negative COVID 19-PCR test within 72 hours before arriving at Statia, require quarantine.

–      High risk countries (all countries that are not included in any of the other categories). Passengers from these countries: require Screening, require a negative COVID 19-PCR test within 72 hours before arriving at Statia, require a negative rapid test taken within 4 hours before leaving the high-risk country (If you have a layover of more than 24 hours, the flights are seen as separate flights, and the antigen test must be taken in the country of the long stop within 4 hours before departure), they require to comply with quarantine.

All people from high-risk countries are required to go into quarantine. To be excluded from quarantine obligations, individuals must have been in a low-risk country for 14 consecutive calendar days (not including the day of travel). All individuals will be screened for health status and travel history upon arrival at Statia. If the incoming passengers on a flight are of different risk categories, the government may decide to treat them as the highest risk category present on the flight.

The quarantine period is 12 consecutive calendar days (not including the day of travel). For people from high risk countries, that’s effectively 12 days, as they will have an exit PCR test on the 10th day of quarantine and will only be released after receiving a negative test result. This PCR test is run and paid for by public health.

People from high-risk countries who stay in Statia for a period of 12 days or less are welcome, but will not be tested on the 10th and will have to remain in quarantine for their entire stay.

Submit a Declaration of Health. All travelers entering Statia need to fill out a travel questionnaire, which can be found on the website: Questionnaire (https://www.statiagovernment.com/key-topics/covid-19/documents/forms/2021/01 / 25 / health-application-form). The form must be completed between 48 and 12 hours before arrival.

The government can give permission to perform work during quarantine and has specific protocols developed for the permit that must be signed by the people involved.

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 February 2, 2021, the authorities announced, among other measures that the curfew in force throughout the country expires, starting on February 10 at 3.30 a.m.

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 Minister of National Security, Stuart R. Young M.P. in a media conference held on January 22, 2021, announced the activation of a new online application system for travel exemptions, starting on Monday, January 25, 2021, which is enabled only for Trinidad and Tobago nationals who wish to enter or leave the country while current border restrictions remain in effect, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Any person who wish to apply for an exemption should directly access an application form on the Ministry’s website www.nationalsecurity.gov.tt under the heading “Travel Exemptions”.

The unique features of this application system are:

  • The application form will be similar to that used to apply for a visa and will be considered a legal statement.
  • Each form will have a unique identification number that can be used to track the progress of the application.
  • Individuals can fill out the form only once.

Individuals who have previously submitted requests for waivers and have not yet received approvals will need to reapply using the new online method.

Corporate entities seeking corporate travel exemptions can email corptravelexemption@mns.gov.tt for arrivals and corpdepartexemption@mns.gov.tt for departures.

The Government’s priority remains for Trinidad and Tobago nationals to return home. Exemptions and the granting of approvals will continue to depend on the number of people in the queue and the available quarantine space.

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

Air operations to and from Venezuela, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Turkey and Bolivia are maintained.

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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