IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 IN THE CARIBBEAN (UPDATE N° 30 July 08th to August 12th, 2021)

ARUBA

The travel restrictions issued by Aruba’s Authorities on June 7th remains in force:

Aruba has the borders open with the following countries/regions: USA, Canada, Central America, South America, The Caribbean, Europe and other regions. The border closure with Venezuela remains in effect.

Residents of Venezuela who want to travel to Aruba will be able to arrive to the Island using connecting flights in Latin America or the United States. Venezuelans will need a visa for the Dutch Caribbean. They will not need to apply for the visa if they have a valid residence or multiple entry visa from the United States, Canada or Schengen.

Travellers fully vaccinated against Covid19 who will be visiting Aruba must comply with the established health protocol: have a negative result of a PCR test at least 72 before the trip, fill out the online embarkation / disembarkation process and purchase health insurance, among others.

The Government of Aruba remains the following measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 adopted on June 9, 2021:

  • Quarantine: Only for unvaccinated travellers.
  • Masks: The use of masks is no longer obligatory, but it is recommended if you cannot maintain 1.5 meter of distance.
  • Establishments: Can still require the use of a mask in their establishment.

Cruise ships have been entering in Aruba.

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.

Crew change is allowed under specific conditions.

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 government of the Bahamas maintains the protocol and requirements previously established for the entry of travellers to the country:

  • Fully vaccinated travellers and have passed the two-week immunity period will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), performed no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival in The Bahamas or before taking an inter-island travel.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers must carry valid proof of vaccination. Fully vaccinated visitors are considered the one received the corresponding of the approved vaccines by the World Health Organization(WHO).
  • Unvaccinated travellers entering The Bahamas and/or those travelling inter-island from Nassau & Paradise Island or Grand Bahama Island must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR (swab) test taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of arrival. Test must return a negative result for entry into The Bahamas. Quarantine is required for 14 days
  • All visitors must to obtain a Bahamas Travel Health Visa within five days of travel. Travelers must print the approved travel visa response (green) issued electronically.
  • All visitors arriving in the Bahamas must take out health insurance coverage when applying for the Health Visa to travel to the Bahamas.
  • Until 13 August 2021, passengers arriving from or who have transited through Haiti are not allowed to enter.

Local Restrictions:

  • Lockdown in Effect: Partial.
  • Events: Partially Allowed.
  • Transport: Operational wi.th restrictions
  • Shopping: Open.
  • Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions.
  • The mask and sanitization requirements remain in place for everyone.

Cruise ships have been received in 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.

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.

BERMUDA

The government of Bermuda maintains the protocol and requirements previously established for the entry of travellers to the island:

All visitors must have a negative pre-arrival test taken within four days before arrival in Bermuda.

All travellers must comply the new travel authorization process, available at: https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus-travellers, and must receive an approved Authorization 1 to 3 days prior to arriving in Bermuda

The travel authorization fee is $ 75.

An immunised traveller is someone, who has received the full course of a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or any other regulatory body recognised by the Ministry of Health, with at least 14 days since the last dose.

All non-immunized individuals traveling to Bermuda are subject to mandatory quarantine.

An unimmunized traveller requiring a quarantined hotel must:

  • Cover the expenses of the hotel stay;
  • Choose from one of the seven participating properties;
  • Hotel booking prior arrival to Bermuda.

All immunized visitor must upload proof of his immunization status to his traveller authorization.

Travellers who have been in, or travelled from, Brazil, India or South Africa during the 14 days before they arrive in Bermuda must quarantine at a Quarantine Hotel at their own expense for 14 days.

The use of masks indoors remains in force.

Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority implemented restrictions and protocols related to the prevention of the spread of COVID 19, which must be complied with by all vessels that arrive at its ports.

Crew changes is 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.

BONAIRE

The Government of Bonaire established a classification of countries according to the risk of contagion by Covid-19.

  • Countries classified as very low-risk are: Saba and Sint Eustatius
  • Countries classified as low-risk are: Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, China, Corsica, Croatia, Curacao, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand and Vatican City.
  • Countries classified as high-risk are: Cyprus, France, Portugal, Sint Maarten, Spain and United States.
  • Countries classified as very high-risk are: Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Kuwait, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Seychelles, Suriname, South Africa, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela.
  • Countries that are not mentioned in any of the categories are considered to be high-risk.

Travelers to Bonaire from very low-risk countries must present the following requirements upon arrival on Bonaire:

  • Fully vaccinated people:
  • Health Declaration (online at www.bonairerepublichealth.org) between 72 and 48 hours before departure.
  • People who are not (fully) vaccinated:
  • Health Declaration (online at www.bonairerepublichealth.org) between 72 and 48 hours before departure.

Travelers to Bonaire from low-risk countries and Bubble ABC Islands must present the following requirements upon arrival on Bonaire:

  • Fully vaccinated people:
  • Health Declaration (online at www.bonairerepublichealth.org) between 72 and 48 hours before departure.
  • People who are not (fully) vaccinated:
  • Health Declaration (online at www.bonairerepublichealth.org) between 72 and 48 hours before departure.
  • Negative coronavirus test result (NAAT-PCR Test within 72 hours before arrival.

Travelers to Bonaire from high-risk countries must present the following requirements upon arrival on Bonaire:

  • Fully vaccinated people:
  • Health Declaration (online at www.bonairerepublichealth.org) between 72 and 48 hours before departure.
  • Negative coronavirus test result (NAAT-PCR Test within 72 hours before arrival.
  • People who are not (fully) vaccinated:
  • Health Declaration (online at www.bonairerepublichealth.org) between 72 and 48 hours before departure.
  • Negative coronavirus test result (NAAT-PCR Test within 24 hours before departure or NAAT-PCR Test within 72 hours before departure + Antigen Test at arrival on Bonaire.

Travelers to Bonaire from very high-risk countries must present the following requirements upon arrival on Bonaire:

  • Fully vaccinated people:
  • Health Declaration (online at www.bonairerepublichealth.org) between 72 and 48 hours before departure.
  • Negative coronavirus test result (NAAT-PCR Test within 72 hours before arrival.
  • People who are not (fully) vaccinated:
  • Health Declaration (online at www.bonairerepublichealth.org) between 72 and 48 hours before departure.
  • Negative coronavirus test result (NAAT-PCR Test within 24 hours before departure or NAAT-PCR Test within 72 hours before departure + Antigen Test at arrival on Bonaire.
  • Fully vaccinated people and people are not (Fully) vaccinated must take a further NAAT (PCR) Test on day 5 after arrival.

Printed health declaration, coronavirus test result, and vaccination card (if applicable) must be presented at check-in, boarding, and upon arrival in Bonaire.

Quarantine will be required to travellers only if the result of any coronavirus test is positive, visitors will be directed to quarantine centres or quarantine at their holiday address for 10 days. If the holiday address is not suitable, travellers may choose another address at their own expense. On day 5 of quarantine travellers may undergo a PCR Test free of charge at the Public Health Department test lane. If the test result negative, visitors may leave quarantine. If the test results positive, travellers must have to go into isolation.

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.

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

The current protocol and restrictions applicable to travellers arriving in Colombia are the following:

  • International visitors who arrival Colombia should register 24 hours before their flight at the following link: migracioncolombia.gov.co.
  • If you are traveling inside the country, you do not need to present your negative PCR test, it will be required to have the information downloaded and filled out in the CoronApp mobile application.
  • There are mobility restrictions in some destinations in the country according to the level of contagion and occupation of the Intensive Care Units.

The health emergency due to COVID 19 in the country established according Resolution 738 of 2021 of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, still force.

The provision published in Circular No. 37 of 2021 of the Ministry of Health remains in force, in which municipalities and districts that have an ICU occupancy greater than 85% are ordered to present to the Ministry of the Interior, a proposal with measures to restrict activities, areas and zones aimed at reducing the speed of 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.

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

Since June 30, 2021, the entire national territory is in the community transmission phase due to the high number of COVID-19 cases. In this phase, measures are applied, aimed at cutting transmission, advancing health intervention and reducing people’s mobility as much as possible.

In Havana, the prohibition of the mobility of people and vehicles is maintained from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am the next day.

All international travellers must present a certificate with a negative result of a PCR for COVID-19, from a certified laboratory in the country of origin and carried out within a period of 72 hours before arrival, both in paper and digital format.

To travel to Cuba, passengers will be subject to PCR testing upon arrival of their flight to Cuba.

Upon arrival on the Island, visitors must go to the designated hotels to comply the quarantine period (minimum 5 days). The isolation period ends when the travellers have the negative result of the second PCR carried out in Cuba.

Travelers must have an insurance policy that covers COVID-19.

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.

Crew changes restrictions continues.

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

CURACAO

List of Risk Classification of the countries starting on August 3, 2021, according to the announcement of the government of Curaçao No. 347 of July 30, 2021:

Very Low Risk: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Canada, China, Dominica, Grenada, Hong Kong, Hungary, Montserrat, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, St. Eustatius, and Taiwan.

Low Risk: Aruba, Austria, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Guadeloupe, Guyana, India, Italy, Jamaica, Morocco, Norway, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Singapore, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Turks and Caicos and Uruguay.

High Risk: Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Belgium, Bonaire, Brazil, Colombia Costa Rica, Denmark, France, French Guyana, Greece, Haiti, Iceland, Ireland, Luxemburg, Portugal, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States of America and US Virgin Islands.

Very High Risk: British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Martinique, Netherlands, Spain, The United Kingdom and Venezuela.

Countries, regions or places that are not published in these lists are considered High Risk until further evaluation, likewise, these lists can be adjusted according to the latest news about COVID 19 in each country.

Entry requirements that apply to all travellers arriving to Curacao:

  • If you have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your arrival, they will be placed in mandatory quarantine. The costs incurred during the quarantine period are under traveller responsibility.
  • It must carry a printed document that proves the mandatory steps at all times during the trip (Digital Immigration Card Online, which you must fill out before your departure at dicardcuracao.com.)
  • It must have adequate insurance for medical care and any additional costs if you are quarantined or become ill during your stay.
  • Currently there are no exemptions for visitors who are fully vaccinated.

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 and 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.

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 disembarkation to receive medical assistance in the hospital system.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

In Decree 432-21 issued on July 12, 2021, the authorities confirmed the implementation of the Plan for Flexibility of Restrictive Measures by COVID-19, which is structured in the following phases: First Phase was completed from July 7 to 14, 2021, Second Phase was completed from July 14 to 21, 2021, and the Third Phase that began on July 21, 2021 (currently in progress).

From Wednesday July 21, 2021 and until further notice, a curfew is applied in the national territory every day from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am.

On August 9, 2021, the curfew was lifted in the province of La Altagracia and the National District, according to Decree 477-21 on August 3, 2021.

Entry requirements:

Airports and other ports of entry will conduct a rapid and random breath test on a percentage of passengers and all those with symptoms upon arrival.

Those passengers who present a vaccination card with no less than 3 weeks after the last dose or negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before their arrival in the Dominican Republic will be exempt from the random test.

All passengers undergo temperature control.

Passengers who show symptoms or whose test results are positive will be isolated and treated in authorized places.

The restrictions and protocols related to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 announced by the authorities in all ports remain in effect.

Free pratique has always been granted once the ship has docked and has been authorized by the authorities. The following documents must be submitted to PFSO prior to the arrival of the ship: medical protocol, crew list, the last ten ports, the P&I certificate and the declaration of maritime health.

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.

There are precautionary tests, once the ship arrives, the Port Authorities Medical Commission takes the temperature of all crew members and checks them for other symptoms of COVID-19.

Health Personnel designated by the Ministry of Defence carry out a medical examination of the ship’s crew at the berth, so all crew members must disembark from the ship when docking. Medical assistance is possible is subject to authorities authorization.

SAINT BARTH AND SAINT MARTIN

The curfew is in effect on both islands from 10 pm to 5 am every day. All visitor must:

  • Provide a negative PCR test upon arrival in the country, with an issue date within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Present justification for the trip (excluding travel between the two territories).
  • Carry out a self-test that will be delivered to you at the airport.

People who can justify a full vaccination schedule are not bound by any of these obligations.

Crew changes are permitted – Requirements: ship(s) specs, previous ports, crew to off sign and on sign if need be and copy of their passports and seaman’s books.

The crew is not allowed to spend the night ashore. The crew must go from the ship to the airport and vice versa. Crew members arriving in Saint Martin must provide the immigration officer at the airport with a negative COVID-19 test, the results of which were received within 72 hours prior boarding the plane.

SINT MAARTEN

On August 6th, 2021, the government of Sint Maarten reported the following Travel Requirements:

Residents from Sint Maarten, Sint Martin, Saba and St. Eustatius who are fully vaccinated for two weeks or more, can enter Sint Maarten without testing when originating from a high-risk country. However, when originating from a banned country a RT-PCR test within 72 hours before departure must be performed in addition to being fully vaccinated for 2 weeks or more.

A RT-PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab performed in the country of origin and within 72 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights) is required for all travellers originating from a country that is categorized as high risk.

Alternatively, residents from the USA and Canada can also do an antigen test for the SARS-COV-2 virus obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab performed within 48 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten.

Travelers residing in and/or traveling from a low-risk country are exempted from the mandatory rt-PCR or antigen test.

Travelers who reside in a low-risk country but have visited a high-risk country in the 14 days prior to departing to Sint Maarten, must also have a RT-PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus performed in the country of origin within 72 respectively 48 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights).

On august 16, 2021, all residents from Sint Maarten, Sint Martin, Saba and St. Eustatius, whether vaccinated or not, will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test for entry into Sint Maarten when returning from a high risk country. Fully vaccinated residents can provide a negative RT-PCR test result not older than 72 hrs or a negative ag test not older than 48 hrs.  Non-fully vaccinated residents must provide a negative RT-PCR test result not older than 72 hrs.

Sint Maarten has established a mandatory health pre-authorization application through an Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) for every visitor arriving by air including transits, Sint Maarten and Saint Martin residents. Be advised that processing time can take up to 12 hours. The original test result to be uploaded as part of EHAS application procedure.

The approved vaccines are: Comirnaty (Pfizer), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (Astrazeneca) and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen.

The government of Sint Maarten has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 insurance for all travellers with destination Sint Maarten with the exception of Sint Maarten residents, transit passengers, flight crews, transiting cruise ship crews, French nationals residing in France or a French territory, BES-ZVK insured and AUC faculty and students. The insurance purchasing process is an integrated step in the EHAS application.

The application must be completed in order to be processed. This includes proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, information on the vaccination status (including proof of completed vaccination in case fully vaccinated) and the purchase of the mandatory COVID-19 insurance in case required. Provide a working email address on which you are reachable.

As of January 27, 2021, until further notice, a travel ban is in place for persons who have been the 14 days before departing to Sint Maarten in a banned country as mentioned in the “banned countries”.

All incoming passengers are subjected to temperature checks and other screening protocols and may be subjected to mandatory testing at their own expense. Failure to comply with the screening at the Health Check Point upon arrival will result in you not being cleared to enter St. Maarten and sent back to your originating country. If re-tested upon arrival you will be required to self-isolate or self-quarantine at your place of lodging/residence until the test results are known.

Visitors originating from a high-risk country, has to self-monitored for 5 consecutive days of body temperature and possible flu like symptoms. The travellers in this category will receive an automated daily email alert providing a link for submitting the required information online.

Applicants will receive confirmation of their accepted application. Non-completed applications will be automatically deleted within a day after the provided travel date.

Classification of countries according to the level of risk of transmission of COVID-19

  • Low Risk Countries: Anguilla, Antiqua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, China, Dominica, Grenada, Hong Kong, Montserrat, New Zealand, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Singapore, Sint Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis and Turks and Calcos.
  • Banned Countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, India, Nepal Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela.
  • High Risk Countries: all countries that do not appear in the Low Risk and Banned Countries categories.

FRENCH GUIANA

A curfew is in force throughout the country according to the following: Cayenne Island, Macouria, Matoury, Rémire-Montjoly and Kourou, weekdays from 8 pm to 5 am and on weekends from 8 pm to 5 am. In the rest of the department (green zone) from 9 pm to 5 am every day.

The external borders are closed.

Travelers must:

  • Provide a negative PCR test upon arrival in the country, with an issue date within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Present justification for the trip.
  • Complete a self-test that will be delivered to you at the airport.

The restrictions and protocols related to the prevention of the spread of COVID 19 announced by the authorities in all ports remain in effect.

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 the disembarkation for medical assistance on the ground in the public or private hospital system.

SAINT LUCIA

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Saint Lucia is open to visitors from all countries.

All travellers, regardless of their status (resident, non-resident, fully vaccinated or unvaccinated) must submit a Travel Registration form online, and all visitors must take a PCR test 5 days or less before arrival in Saint Lucia. When uploading the result of the PCR test, all the required information must be included, otherwise it will not be processed.

International visitors must adhere to all safety protocols in place throughout Saint Lucia, including wearing a mask in public. Travelers are subject to mandatory screening and temperature checks at the port of entry and throughout your stay.

Travelers must download and print the Health Screening Form. The form must be completed on the day of travel and presented at the health screening desk on arrival in Saint Lucia.

All arrivals must receive authorization for travelling to Saint Lucia. The authorization will be sent by email and will be based on: Verified reservations at a COVID-19 certified property and Verification of COVID-19 PCR test results.

Health Screening

All passengers will be screened on arrival. This will include a temperate check.

Download, print and travel and complete the HEALTH SCREENING FORM. The form must be completed on the day of travel and before landing to expedite processing and presented at the health screening desk on arrival in Saint Lucia.

Marine Protocols

Entry requirements:

  • All arrivals to Saint Lucia must have a negative result from a PCR test taken no more than 5 days before arrival.
  • All arrivals must complete and submit an online Travel Registration Form prior to arrival. The requirements differ between traveler types.
  • All arrivals must adhere to all safety protocols in place throughout Saint Lucia, including wearing a mask in public, and shall be subject to mandatory screening and temperature checks at the port of entry and throughout your stay.

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.

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.

ST EUSTATIUS

Entry Policy of Sint Eustatius for Covid-19 effective since August 2nd, 2021, announced by the government of Sint Eustatius:

All persons, except tourists from very high risk countries are allowed to enter St. Eustatius based on the normal immigration rules.

Registration is required before entering St. Eustatius and the requirements as described below must be fulfilled for all visitor entering by ports or by airports:

Everyone that wants to enter St. Eustatius must register through the St. Eustatius EHAS system.

The request for entrance can be done within 72 hours before the planned date of arrival. Approval will be within 12 hours after receiving the request.

Risk Level of COVID-19:

  • COVID-19 Risk Very Low:
  • Vaccinated: No specific requirements
  • No Vaccinated: No specific requirements
  • COVID-19 Risk Low:
  • Vaccinated: Pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR Test
  • No Vaccinated: Pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR Test and 10 days of quarantine with exit test
  • COVID-19 Risk High:
  • Vaccinated: Pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR Test and 5 days of monitoring with exit test
  • No Vaccinated: Pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR Test and 10 days of quarantine with exit test
  • COVID-19 Risk Very High:
  • Vaccinated: Pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR Test and 5 days of quarantine with exit test.
  • No Vaccinated: Pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR Test and 10 days of quarantine with exit test.

The list of countries was updated based on the level of risk from COVID-19 contagion:

  • Very Low-risk countries: Anguilla, Grenada, Montserrat, Saba,
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Antigua, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Czechia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Libanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macau, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Poland, Rumania, Rwanda, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea (Republic of Korea), Switzerland, Thailand.
  • High-risk countries: Bonaire, Curacao, Dominican Republic, France, the Netherlands, USA and all other countries that are not mentioned in this overview.
  • Very High-risk countries: Argentina, Aruba, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Fiji, French Guiana, Georgia, Guadeloupe, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Martinique, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Seychelles, South Africa, Spain, St. Maarten, Suriname, Tunisia, United Kingdom, Venezuela.

Visitors coming from a (very) low risk country with a transit of more than 5 hours in a high risk country will be treated as if they come from a high risk country.

The government can give permission to conduct work during the quarantine for persons entering from high risk countries and has specific protocols developed for the permission which needs to be signed by the persons involved.

Persons coming from very high risk countries will never get the permission to work during the quarantine period.

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.

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 June 26, 2021, Step 4 of the Society’s Opening Plan was implemented, which implies the expansion of the flexibility measures.

On July 9, 2021, the authorities announced the adjustment of the easing measures due to the increase in infection figures.

From July 10, 2021 and until further notice, a curfew applies throughout the country from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am.

The restrictions and protocols related to the prevention of the spread of COVID 19 announced by the authorities in all ports remain in effect.

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 disembarkation for medical assistance on the ground in the public or private hospital system.

The crew change ban continues.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

The Minister of National Security of Trinidad & Tobago authorized from July 17, 2021, the opening of all air and sea ports.

The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago established the issuance of the TTravel Pass among the following measures for the entry of visitors to the island:

  • Travellers to Trinidad and Tobago must obtain the TTravel Pass prior to arrival
  • All travellers must complete or have already completed an individual application to obtain a TTravel Pass for presentation to the relevant airline and the Border Control Authorities in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Travellers must complete the entire application process and receive their TTravel Pass before the check in time for the relevant flight.
  • Travellers will NOT be allowed to board the flight without a TTravel Pass and proof of a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • The receipt of a TTravel Pass does not guarantee access to the flight nor entry into Trinidad and Tobago.
  • All travellers are still subject to the validation processes of the airlines and Border Control Authorities in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Fully vaccinated Trinidadians do not need an international immunization card to obtain a TT Travel Pass
  • Unvaccinated travellers must provide proof of hotel quarantine accommodation and approved transport
  • Unvaccinated travellers must enter via Trinidad, will not be allowed to fly directly to Tobago.

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.

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 July 18, 2021, the National Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC) announced that commercial air routes for the transfer of passengers, cargo and mail continue to be open between Venezuela and Turkey, Mexico, Bolivia, Panama and the Dominican Republic, as stipulated in the NOTAM C0730 / 21, A0288 / 21 dated July 18, 2021.

All travellers arriving in Venezuela must present a negative result of a PCR test for COVID-19, carried out in a period of 72 hours prior to their arrival in the country.

Travelers must register online before departure at http: //pasedesalud.casalab.com.ve/, this will generate a QR code that must be presented upon arrival.

The restrictions and protocols related to the prevention of the spread of COVID 19 announced by the authorities in all ports remain in effect.

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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