IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 IN THE CARIBBEAN (UPDATE N°4 May 6th to 15th, 2020)

ARUBA

On May 8, 2020, the Minister of Tourism, Public Health and Sports, Mr. Dangui Oduber, announced that Aruba’s border will be tentatively opened between June 15 and July 1, 2020.

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).

The measure of forbidden crew change continues. 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 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).

The measure of forbidden crew change continues. 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 Bonaire Emergency Ordinance COVID-19 05-05-2020 issued by Mr. Edison Rijna, Governor of Bonaire, announced the authorization for the operation of some facilities (sports and recreational) since May 8, 2020 and educational institutions starting on May 11, 2020, taking in consideration the measure of personal distance and hygiene cares established during the contingency.

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).

The measure of forbidden crew change continues. 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

Colombian President Iván Duque announced that the obligatory lockdown and national quarantine was extended until May 25, enact in the Decree No. 636 published on May 5th 2020. After May 11 and following the protocols that have been established some industrial sectors will be able to resume activities and some local small business will be able to open.

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).

The measure of forbidden crew change continues. 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

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).

The measure of forbidden crew change continues. 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.

 

CURACAO

On May 8, 2020, Prime Minister, Mr. Eugene Rhuggenaath announced that he following measures were applied:

  • Home isolation in place was lifted, however the curfew remains at 9 p.m. at 6 a.m.
  • The Curacao International Airport remains closed until further notice to all incoming passengers from all countries. The only passengers who are exempted and will be authorized to travel to Curacao (inbound) are: Curacao residents, medical specialists and other medical personnel and others specifically but it is compulsory the approval by the Curacao Government.

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 previous updates).

The prohibition of crew change continues. 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.

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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 prohibition continues. 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.

 

FRENCH GUIANA

French Guiana Authorities have announced that movement and business restrictions will be more flexible starting on May 12, following the modification of measures imposed by the French Government in response to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Residents are now allowed to leave their homes for nonessential purposes. However, the curfew from 2300 to 0500 is still applicable.

The easing of restrictions does not apply to Saint-Georges, location in the border crossing with Brazil; within Saint-Georges, all outdoors movement is prohibited except to obtain or provide essential goods or services.

Under the limitations, only those with a compelling family or personal reason, medical emergency, or essential professional reason that cannot be deferred are allowed to travel to and from French Guiana; all other international travel remains prohibited. Anyone entering French Guiana will be taken to a quarantine facility and must remain there for at least 14 days. Cargo flights and vessels remain exempted.

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 still not 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.

 

 

ST EUSTATIUS

No changes regarding the measures to prevent the spread of the COVID 19 has been announced by the Authorities (please see the prior update).

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).

The measure of forbidden crew change continues. 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

May 9, 2020, The President of Suriname Desi Bouterse announced new measures against COVID-19

  • It is extended the blockade on the Lawa, Marowijne and Tapanahony border rivers until May 17, 2020 from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. The borders remain closed.
  • The curfew remains throughout the territory from 11 p.m. at 5 a.m.
  • The mandatory 14-day quarantine is established for all people who come from abroad.

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 still 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.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

On May 9, 2020, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley announced that Trinidad and Tobago will commence the first phase of the easing of restrictions regarding the control of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) also announced more phase, If COVID- 19 numbers remain low, as follows

Phase 1: Effective May 11th–23rd May 2020

The Home isolation measures for non-essential workers will remain in place with the following exceptions:

  • Food establishments, restaurants and vendors will be allowed to operate daily until 8 pm.

Some outdoor activities are allowed without contact to other person. .

  • Some commercial activities and services will be permitted daylight scheduled.

If COVID- 19 numbers remain low, Phase 2 might start –  On May 24th until June 6th 2020.

  • Reopening of the country’s whole manufacturing sector.
  • Public Sector Construction can recommence.
  • 50 percent capacity in public transport will continue.

Phase 3 (June 7th – June 20th 2020)

  • All of the public service will return to work with elements of flexi time where possible.
  • All private sector construction may recommence at that time.
  • Consideration will be made for public transportation to resume to 75 percent.

Based on further evaluation by the Authorities, additional phases will be included as following:

Phase 4: The reopening of malls and beaches

Phase 5: The reopening of cinemas.

Phase 6: The reopening of the country’s borders

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 still 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 May 12, 2020.- The Venezuelan President announced the extension of the State of Alarm Decree due to the COVID-19 pandemic until June 13, according Official Gazette No, 5.535.

Civil Aeronautics National Institute of Venezuela (INAC) in NOTAM C0515 / 20 reported the extension of the restriction of air operations in the national territory for 30 days, starting on May 12, 2020. Operations are exempt in a state of emergency, flights cargo and mail, technical landings, humanitarian flights, repatriation or flights authorized by the United Nations, and cargo and commercial overflights.

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).

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.

It Continuous the mechanism to issue safe conduits to key workers in the sector (seafarers and personnel associated with the port-ship interface), to guarantee their mobilization in ground, as indicated the Maritime Authority in Circular No. 014 (Special Notice 011 COVID-19) of April 27, 2020

NOTEINFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OFFICIAL SOURCES

 

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