IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 IN THE CARIBBEAN (UPDATE N°8 July 16th to August 7th, 2020)

ARUBA

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

The restrictions and protocols announced by the authorities at all Ports remain applicable and compulsory (please see last update).

Crew change is allowed under the following conditions:

  • Must wear a mask on the flight to Aruba
  • Straight transport from the airport to the seaport and vice versa (Overnight stay not allowed).
  • Every traveler must be in good health (health declaration PCR).
  • Seafarer are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test (PCR) before traveling and bring their test proof with them. Authorized PCR test applicable for Aruba is the nasal/oral specimen through PCR testing. Any other COVID-19 test is not accepted.
  • Test must be done 72 hours prior to departure and uploaded not later than 12 hours prior to arrival.
  • N95 (or equivalent) masks to be worn at all times (for everyone involved via the crew change)
  • Social distancing to be observed (everyone)
  • Hand hygiene to be practiced (everyone)
  • Sanitizing of launch and taxi after each trip.
  • Dedicated transportation to be arranged considering social distancing in the taxi / bus (need case: more taxis or busses). Windows will be open (no a/c), luggage to be handled by crew themselves
  • No stops in between, other than at harbor immigration office.
  • Mandatory ED card* to be filled in – ED application must be completed within 12-72h prior to the travel on http://www.edcardaruba.aw.

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 Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, announced in a speech to the country the national closure of at least two weeks due to the increase in cases of COVID-19 as of August 4, 2020. During this period, quarantine measures will be applied, limiting mobility on the island, curfew from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

All inter-island travel discontinued. Anyone travelling domestically between the islands will also have to quarantine for 14 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 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

It is mandatory to accomplish with the following requirements to entry to Bonaire as follow:

  • Must complete the Health Declaration Form online at https://bonairepublichealth.org/en/form. Upon completion you will receive an email with the form that you have completed and a brochure with relevant COVID-19 related information during your stay on Bonaire. You will need to print your form and/or keep a digital copy of it on your phone, tablet or computer. You may be asked to show this to a representative of the Public Health Department of Bonaire.
  • Do not show any COVID-19 related symptoms upon departure.
  • Have not been in direct contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient for the last 14 days.
  • In addition to the above requirements, please take into consideration that Bonaire advises all visitors, 13 years of age and older, that would like to travel to the island, to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test. The result of the test cannot be older than 72 hours prior to departure to Bonaire. The test result needs to be negative in order to be able to travel to Bonaire.
  • Should the Public Health Department deem it necessary for you to test at arrival, they will decide where the test will be executed.
  • It is advised travelers to Bonaire to check if they have medical insurance during their stay in Bonaire, and if not, to make arrangements for this by purchasing appropriate travel insurance.

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 under strict guidelines.

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

President Iván Duque issued Decree 1076 of July 28, 2020, which orders the extension of Mandatory Preventive Isolation throughout the country, from zero hours (00:00 am) on August 1, 2020, until zero hours (00:00) on September 1, 2020.

During this period the free movement of people and vehicles in the national territory is limited, with the exceptions foreseen.

People linked to “the activities of public and private service ports, exclusively for cargo transportation” will be allowed the right of movement. Said persons must be accredited or identified in the exercise of their functions or activities. They must also comply with the biosecurity protocols established for the control of COVID-19, and follow the instructions issued by the authorities.

With regard to mobility, the public service of land, cable, river and sea passenger transport, postal services and parcel distribution is guaranteed in the national territory, which are strictly necessary to prevent, mitigate and attend to the health emergency because of the Pandemic and the activities allowed in the decree.

Borders are Closed/ Airports are closed for Domestic and international flights. There is still no information about the lifting of suspension for international flights.

Domestic transportation by air will only be allowed in the following cases: Humanitarian emergency, Transportation of cargo and merchandise and Acts of God or force majeure.

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 July 23, 2020, the Minister of Public Health, Dr. José Ángel Portal Miranda, reported that within the framework of the Plan of Measures for Post-COVID-19 Recovery, the country’s situation is as follows:

13 provinces and the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud are in the 3rd Phase of the 1st stage. The province of Mayabeque is in the 2nd Phase and Havana in the 1st Phase.

In the 3rd phase, economic and productive activities are fully restored, the opening of all gastronomic and commercial establishments, hospital care and face-to-face procedures for all service provision activities.

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 the change of crew continues.

In the event that a crew member presents an injury or illness Non COVID 19, the health authorities must be informed and they will authorize the disembarkation for medical assistance on the ground in the hospital system.

CURACAO

As of July 16, 2020, passengers traveling to Curacao from Belgium, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, France, Greece, Guyana, Hungary, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Italy, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Turks and Caicos, Uruguay, United Kingdom and Switzerland can enter without quarantine based on the following:

  • The person has not visited a high-risk country within 14 days prior to travel.
  • A PRC test must be performed at most 72 hours before the flight, the result of which must be negative.
  • the PLC (Passenger Location Card) form must be completed and send it to the travel agent 5 days before your arrival.
  • Traveler Mush Travel with PLC shape in hand.

The non-quarantine status of these countries can be removed at any time. Other countries can also be added. The Curacao Covid team analyzes each country and adds or removes them from the list.

Travelers from all other countries require a 14-day quarantine.

All crew changes are subject to approval by the Curacao Covid Crisis team. The following documents must be presented at least 5 days before the change of crew: copy of the passport, Seaman book, medical statement, statement of the ship’s maritime health, any other information.

The restrictions and protocols related to the prevention of the spread of COVID 19 established by the authorities in all ports are still mandatory (see previous updates).

In the event that a crew member presents an injury or illness other than COVID 19, the health authorities must be informed and they will be the ones who authorized the landing to receive medical assistance in the hospital system.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

On July 20, 2020, the Executive Power, according to decree 265-20 of July 20, 2020, declared a state of emergency in the national territory until September 3, 2020 and, according to decree 266-20 of the same date, established a different curfew for 20 days from July 21, 2020, according to the following:

  • In Santo Domingo, National District, Santiago, San Cristóbal, La Vega, Puerto Plata, Duarte, San Pedro de Macorís, La Romana, San Juan de la Maguana, La Altagracia, Azua, Monsignor Nouel, Sánchez Ramírez and María Trinidad Sánchez: Monday through Friday from 7:00 pm until 5:00 am and on Saturdays and Sundays from 5:00 p.m. At 5:00 am.
  • In the rest of the country: every day of the week from 8:00 pm to 5:00 a.m.

On July 28, 2020, the Minister of the Presidency, Gustavo Montalvo, announced since on July 30, 2020, anyone who wishes to enter the country must bring a PCR test with a maximum of 5 days prior to arrival in Dominican territory. He also announced that persons who arrive will be evaluated and if they test positive for COVID 19 or present symptoms associated with the disease, they will be isolated in centers authorized for this purpose.

Free pratique 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 vessel that comes from high risk countries and other places infected with COVID 19, must arrive at the DR Ports after 14 days of departure from said port or must wait the required 14 days on high seas and once the time has passed, if there are no sick crew 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

The French Guiana government has not recently announced any change in relation to the measures to prevent the spread of COVID 19. The state of emergency remains until 30 October.

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 change continues.

In the event that a crew member presents a Non-COVID 19 injury or illness, the health authorities must be informed and they will authorize the disembarkation for medical assistance on land in the public or private hospital system.

ST EUSTATIUS

On August 1, St. Eustatius updated its travel and quarantine policy, the citizens coming from the countries classified in the list of high-risk , must comply. with a quarantine period of 14 days and the protocol established for the latter classification of countries.

The provision is maintained that only people classified as “Essential Workers” can enter St. Eustatius, who must process the respective accreditation before the corresponding authorities before traveling.

To be excluded from quarantine obligations, people must have been in a low-risk country for 14 consecutive days, prior to arrival in St. Eustatius.

All persons wishing to travel to St. Eustatius must complete a Public Health Travel Questionnaire, which is available at https://www.statiagovernment.com/key-topics/covid-19/travel-questionnaire. The questionnaire form must be sent to mail info.covid19@statiagov.com, at least 12 hours before arrival and a hard copy must be provided upon arrival.

Individuals will be evaluated upon arrival at Statia for their health and travel history. The Department of Public Health may issue a quarantine obligation for each incoming person based on the results of the assessment.

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 July 25, 2020, President Chan Santokhi announced additional measures, due to the increase in positive cases:

  • Curfew in all territory from July 26 to August 10, 2020, from 9 p.m. at 5 a.m.
  • Mandatory use of face masks outdoors, maintain at least a 1.5 meter distance between people, and regularly disinfect hands.

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 latest update).

The crew change ban continues.

In the event that a crew member presents an injury or illness other than COVID 19, the health authorities must be informed and they will be the ones who authorized the landing of medical assistance on the ground in the public or private hospital system.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

No changes have been announced by Trinidad & Tobago government in relation to 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 August 7, 2020, the Venezuelan President informed that on August 10, a new modality of the 7 days + 7 days Quarantine Plan will begin to be applied, which will be executed at two levels: monitored partial release of some measures and general flexibility of some limitations

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 latest update).

In the event that a crew member presents an injury or illness other than COVID 19, the health authorities must be informed and they will be the ones who authorized the landing of medical assistance on the ground in the public or private hospital system.

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

NOTE: INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OFFICIAL SOURCES

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