IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 IN THE CARIBBEAN (UPDATE N°6 June 05th to June 27th, 2020)

ARUBA

The Government of Aruba decided to resume international flights starting on June 15, 2020, starting with “Bubble ABC”, referring to the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, what is called Bubble indicates that is an area within which it is safe to travel from one island to another. Passengers moving through this are not required to go into quarantine and can move freely around the islands.

It is possible to travel between the islands of the Dutch Kingdom in the Caribbean without having to be quarantined, but having to undergo a medical screening or test upon arrival.

On next July 1, 2020, international borders for Europe, Canada and the Caribbean will reopen for travel with the exception of The Dominican Republic and Haiti.

From July 10, 2020, borders will reopen for travelling to the United States.

The Aruba Immigration Authority implemented an online Aruba Boarding and Disembarking (ED) program beginning June 25th. This system is mandatory for all travelers to the island, all non-resident travelers, including visa required countries, must obtain an online travel qualification using this system prior obtaining permission for boarding. For legal residents of Aruba, the medical self-declaration is mandatory.

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 change of crew is conditioned to the country of origin of the seafarers.

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 June 15, it opened its international borders to private aviation, yachts and pleasure craft.

The government of the Bahamas has established a series of steps for International Travelers entering The Bahamas June 15th – 30th, 2020 by Aircraft, Yacht or Pleasure Vessel. Visit www.COVID19.gov.bs

All international travel will resume on July 1 with Phase 2. Commercial airlines will be able to fly in leisure travelers, and Southwest and American Airlines have already announced plans to resume flights to Nassau

On July 1, 2020 The border of The Bahamas will be open to all travelers, the requirement for a COVID-19 test is mandatory and it must not be older than ten (10) days:

  • Nationals and Legal Residents
  • Visitors from all countries, who meet the entry requirements
  • Commercial Airlines
  • Private aviation – Planes and charters
  • Cruise ships
  • Private ships and charters

Some additional requirements will be in place:

  • A Ministry of Health application to travel
  • Standard Customs forms, including the new Maritime Declaration of Health
  • A domestic health travel card for those traveling between islands.
  • Masks and gloves must be worn by crew and guests of the vessel
  • Vessels must remain 50 feet apart.
  • Fuel attendants cannot board vessels as part of the fueling process, and they must wear masks, gloves, hats and glasses
  • Vessels cannot be beached
  • Person watercraft can carry only one rider at a time.
  • Temperature screenings for all incoming people will be conducted by healthcare personnel. 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 Bonaire government made the decision to resume international flights on a limited basis from July 1. The airspace will be open to travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany.

Tourists are subject to the following conditions:

  • Travelers must have taken a COVID19 test within 72 hours before their flight. The test result should be negative (that is, they are not infected with the Coronavirus). This also applies to residents who have been to previous countries.
  • Upon arrival in Bonaire, they must present the test result.
  • They must have travel and accident insurance to be covered with additional medical costs for Bonaire.
  • Travelers must comply with the health protocol established by the island’s authorities and comply with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

From June 12, 2020, it is possible to travel from Aruba and Curacao to Bonaire and vice versa. Aruba and Curacao passengers coming to Bonaire do not need to be quarantined and will be able to move freely in Bonaire, provided they comply with generally applicable preventive measures (such as social 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).

Prohibition 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

According to Decree 878 of June 25, 2020 Colombia government extended the Mandatory Preventive Isolation (quarantine) until July 15.

Border closings are maintained until further notice. International flights are not allowed until August 31 and domestic air transportation is not yet allowed.

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).

Prohibition 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

On June 5, 2020 the Cuban government extended the measure to keep close all airports until at least August 1.

On June 18, 2020, Cuba reopened gradually resume its productive activities, in the first of three phases. This time, national tourism will only be authorized in a large part of the country. Excepted from the first stage mentioned are Havana and Matanzas.

The second phase begins on 1 July with limited tourist access to the keys. There is still no date for the third stage, which would mean the opening of airports for commercial flights.

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).

Prohibition 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 hospital system.

CURACAO

No changes have been announced by Curacao government in relation to the measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Crew changes are allowed. Groups to move to/from the vessel directly (also OPL).

It continues operating one flight from/to Amsterdam (Netherlands), some restrictions and protocols should be followed.

The restrictions and protocols related with the prevention of the spread the COVID 19 stablished by the authorities at all Ports still compulsory (please see previous updates)

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

On June 12, President Danilo Medina, according to Decree 213-20 extended the state of emergency throughout the country until June 30, 2020, and according to Decree 214-20, extended the curfew until June 27, 2020, at from 20:00 hrs to 05:00 hrs daily.

Phase III of the process of gradual reopening of economic activities began on June 17, 2020 and is scheduled to last until July 4, 2020. In this phase, small and micro-businesses will be able to work with 100% of their staff and Companies that have more than 75 workers will be able to use 75% of them.

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). Some extra measures are taking place, after vessel arrival the temperature of all crew members is taken by the Medical Commission of the Port Authorities and they are checked for other COVID 19 symptoms. Social distancing is compulsory. Medical assistance is possible but must be approved by the authorities, for the moment is analyzed on a case by case basis, and is very restrictive.

Crew change remains forbidden.

FRENCH GUIANA

Some business continues open with a strict compliance of the social distancing measures. The government is evaluating a new lockdown on French Guiana, due to Covid-19 has spread.

Entry to the country is only allowed for emergency family or work reasons. Arriving travelers will be subject to strict 14-day quarantine measures.

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).

Prohibition 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.

ST EUSTATIUS

The St. Eustatius Government implemented a Travel and Quarantine Policy beginning June 15 to gradually ease travel restrictions. This flexibility only applies to air travel, entry to the country by sea is still prohibited.

The countries of origin of people arriving to the Island were divided into three categories (1 Low Risk, 2 Medium Risk and 3 High Risk), depending on the level of risk of infection with COVID-19. The category in which a certain country is found has implications for travelers, determines whether they will go to quarantine upon arrival in the country, must be tested before traveling or is screened upon arrival.

For countries with medium and high risk, entry to the country is only allowed to:

  • Returning medical referrals
  • Essential workers (for both government and for companies)
  • Returning Statia residents
  • Returning students (after ending the school year)

This relaxation in travel restrictions means that it is possible to travel for tourism purposes, especially to low risk countries.

The Government will continually update this table in the future and inform the public of the changes.

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).

Prohibition 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

On June 20, 2020, President Desi Bouterse announced the application of the following measures, which began on June 21, 2020:

Lifting of the total blockade and restriction of freedom of movement was established from 8 p.m. at 5 a.m.

Companies and organizations resumed their normal opening hours, taking in consideration the restriction of free movement.

Domestic flights of people and goods are allowed under strict guidelines.

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).

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.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

On June 20, 2020, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley made several announcements regarding the easy of some measures related with the COVID-19, corresponding to Phase 5 and which took effect on June 22, 2020:

  • Reopening of shopping malls
  • Reopening of public places of recreation.
  • Practice of team sports without spectators and gyms.
  • Reopening of educational institutions only for exams.
  • Full functionality of public service.
  • Public transport, including inter-island transport, returns to normal.
  • Meeting of people in public spaces will be up to a maximum of twenty-five (25) people.

The borders remain closed, their opening will take place during the last stage of the standardization phase, eventually in July. There is the possibility of allowing intraregional travel, but from countries that open borders.

The ban on international flights for non-residents still remains. There is permission for Trinitarian citizens or stranded residents abroad to return to the country, and for people from abroad who include UWI students from the Barbados and Jamaica campuses.

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 June 1, the relaxation of the quarantine began under the 7 x 7 modality (seven days of work and then seven days of quarantine).

On June 11, 2020, the State of Exception of Alarm was extended for thirty (30), according to Decree 4230 published in the Extraordinary Official Gazette of the same date.

From June 29 to July 5, 2020, it will take place the activation of 24 productive sectors of the economy, with the exception of several municipalities in 12 states for presenting an increase in COVID 19 cases.

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.

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INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OFFICIAL SOURCES

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