IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 IN THE CARIBBEAN (UPDATE N°3 May 5th, 2020)

ARUBA

On April 28, the actions taken by the Aruba’s government of were:

  • The curfew is established from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am. All establishments must close at 9:00 pm.
  • The ban on incoming international flights was extended until May 31, 2020
  • Airport is closed for non-essential arrivals.

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:

On April 28, 2020 Dr. Hubert Minnis (Prime Minister of the Bahamas) announced that Emergency Order No. 11 on COVID-19 will remain in effect until May 30, 2020.

Prime Minister announced that Bahamas will pass to phase 1B “Reopening of delivery and service stores, and construction” starting on May 4, 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.

BONAIRE:

On April 28, Edison Rijna Govenor of Bonaire Island during a press conference reported that by request from Minister of Infrastructure and Water the closure of international air traffic will remain until May 15 and will announce soon more flexible measures of the current emergency restrictions since there have not been new positive cases 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). 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:

The Colombian Government has issued the Decree No. 593 on April 24, 2020 where stated different measures regarding the COVID 19 as follow:

  • Mandatory preventive isolation is maintained until May 11.
  • National flights will not be enabled until the end of the health emergency, except in specific cases of health, public order, humanitarian and state services.
  • International flights are suspended until the end of May, except for cargo and humanitarian reasons.

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.

The health declaration is requested three (3) hours before the arrival of the vessel.

 

 

CUBA:

On May 1, 2020, the Cuban government extended the closure of the airport until at least May 31,2020.

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.

 

CURACAO:

The Curacao Government decided to extend the closure period of the Curacao International Airport for passengers entering from all countries, including residents of Curacao, from Monday, April 27, 2020 to Sunday, May 10, 2020. The only passengers who are exempted are the Health Personnel necessary for medical emergency with the authorization of the Curacao government’s Ministry of Health.

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

A protocol regarding COVID 19 must be followed 72 hours before the arrival of the vessel. The Captain must send the Declaration of Health during this period.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:

The President Danilo Medina through the Decree No. 153-20 of April 30, 2020, extended the state of emergency in the national territory for 17 days, starting on May 1st, 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.

It is compulsory 48 hours before arrival that the Master of the vessel send the health declaration of the entire crew, among other requirements stablished in the COVID 19 protocol, this information will be validated by the Public Health Ministry.

 

FRENCH GUIANA:

Prime Minister of French Guiana extent the restriction of free movement from April 21 until May 11, except on the condition that it is to make purchases of supplies and/or attention that cannot be provided remote form.

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.

 

ST EUSTATIUS:

On April 17, 2020 the government of Saint Eustace informed that the Public Entity of St. Eustatius has introduced a protocol outlining the procedure and rules, under which persons can be granted permission to enter the island.

Only people with a valid residence permit, who are registered in the Civil Registry (Census Office) of St Eustatius may enter the country.

Permission will be granted for essential workers. Entry for essential workers will be granted by Government Commissioner, on a case per case basis. All incoming persons will be placed in quarantine for a minimum of 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). 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:


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.

 

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO:

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s Stay at Home order has been extended from April 30 to May 15. The borders will also remain closed until at least May 15.

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.

 

VENEZUELA:

The Maritime Authority in Circular No. 014 (Special Notice 011 COVID-19) of April 27, 2020 announces the following:

  • Implementation of a mechanism to issue safe conduits to key workers in the sector (seafarers and personnel associated with the port-ship interface), to guarantee their mobilization during the period of social and collective quarantine established. To request safe conduits, the company representing key workers must enter the URL http://www.inea.gob.ve/salvoconducto/ or enter through the pop-up window hosted on the web portal www.inea.gob. go, fill in the fields and follow the instruction.
  • Crew embarking or disembarking will be allowed. The Circular No. 010 of March 17, 2020, containing Special Notice 007 COVID-19 about crew movement prohibition was suspended.

It was appointed a marine medical officer on duty in each aquatic district, to help prevent, manage possible cases of infection by the COVID-19 virus and act in coordination with the authorities’ regional health, following the Circular 011 of March 20, 2020 of the Aquatic Authority.

NOTE: INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OFFICIAL SOURCES

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