IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 IN THE CARIBBEAN (UPDATE N°23 February 20th to March 05th, 2021)

ARUBA

The government of Aruba has not announced any change regarding 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 is allowed under specific conditions (Please check 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.

BAHAMAS

On February 26, 2021, the Prime Minister’s Office announced that, motivated by the gradual increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Abaco Island, a new daily curfew would be implemented from 8:00 p.m. at 5:00 a.m. started on Sunday, February 28, 2021, which would be effective only for the continental part of Abaco (does not apply to the Abaco Keys). In addition, it was established that to travel from the Abaco to any other island in The Bahamas a negative COVID-19 RTPCR test will be required to obtain a travel health visa.

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.

 

BERMUDA

On March 2, 2021, Mr. Edward David Burt, Prime Minister of Bermuda, informed the nation that the Cabinet had agreed to some changes in the current public health regulations as of March 3, 2021, motivated by the increase in positive COVID-19 cases and the presence of an outbreak of the UK variant of the coronavirus.

The agreed regulations are as follows:

  • The curfew will be reimplemented from 12:00 am-5:00 am.
  • All companies and shops must close at 11:00 pm
  • The other existing regulations (maximum capacity of people in public and private meetings, instructions for funerals, instructions for restaurants and places of entertainment, etc.) will remain in force.

These measurements will be reviewed, and an update will be provided again in two weeks.

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. (See previous updates).

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

On March 5, the Governor of Bonaire, Edison Rijna, during a speech reported that the number of people with Covid-19 has increased considerably in the last week. He also commented that drastic measures had to be taken to prevent the virus from spreading further in Bonaire and that the decision was made to move to risk level 5.

Risk level 5 means that contact with other people will be limited. Only one person from another household is allowed to visit. Anyone who can, should work from home. The hospitality industry will be closed for anything other than take-out food, and this will only be possible until ten at night. Events are not allowed. Only one family member can go to the grocery store to do some shopping. Only essential stores, such as supermarkets and building supplies stores, will remain open. We are urgently requesting that religious services or masses are not held with people present, that these services be conducted online. People with a profession, where there is contact with others, cannot continue working. Casinos, lottery offices and saunas will also be closed. As for sports, only outdoor sports are allowed.

Starting on March 8, the instruction is resumed that anyone coming to Bonaire from Curaçao must have a PCR test, including passengers who have traveled for a single night.

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 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

President Iván Duque announced that after a meeting with the Minister of Health and the team of experts, he decided to extend the Health Emergency due to covid-19 until May 31, 2021, as provided in Decree Number 206 of 26 February.

This decree maintains the restrictions on agglomerations, on the holding of public and private events, the recommendation for adults over 70 years of age to maintain preventive self-isolation, compliance with protocols for the development of activities and border closures, among others.

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 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

The Cuban government has not announced changes regarding the measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The restriction of the mobility of people and vehicles is maintained in the 15 municipalities of Havana from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., every day until further notice.

All international travelers arriving in the country must complete isolation for 5 nights and 6 days in a hotel, the cost of which is at their own expense.

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.

The ban on crew changes continues.

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

 

CURACAO

On February 25, 2021, the authorities announced new precautionary measures for COVID-19, among which the following stand out: curfew throughout the country from midnight to 4:30 a.m., mandatory use of masks in enclosed spaces and public transport, and availability of public transport until midnight. These measures will be in force until March 8, 2021.

All crew changes are subject to approval by the Covid Crisis team and they will organize 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, 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 landing to receive medical assistance in the hospital system.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

By Decree 133-21 on March 1st, 2021, a curfew was established in the national territory from Monday to Friday from 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m., with a grace of free movement of 3 additional hours every day. This measure is effective from March 3 to 17, 2021.

Free platique has to be granted once the ship has docked and 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 ship that comes from ports in China, Italy, Spain, the United States and other places infected with COVID 19, must arrive at the ports of the Dominican Republic after 14 days of departure from said port or must wait the 14 days required in the Sea and once the approved time has elapsed, if there are no sick crew members 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.

Medical assistance is possible, but it 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 announced any change regarding the measures taken to prevent the spread of 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.

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

 

ST EUSTATIUS

The Sint Eustatius government has not announced any change regarding 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 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 February 23, 2021, the authorities announced the application of a curfew from February 24, 2021 to March 9, 2021 at the following hours: Monday to Thursday from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

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.

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 crew change ban continues.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

Given the current situation due to COVID-19 and the presence of new strains of the virus, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago reported that the country’s international borders will continue to be closed until further notice, so the entry and exit of any person regardless of their immigration status or nationality is prohibited. The repatriation flights of nationals coordinated by the Trinidadian authorities are excepted from this provision.

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

The Venezuelan government has not announced changes regarding the measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Air operations to and from Venezuela, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Turkey and Bolivia are maintained.

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.

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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INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OFFICIAL SOURCES

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