COVID-19
Port / Country Implications


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COVID-19 Crew Change Implications 

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The challenges our industry is facing in the wake of COVID-19 are complex and constantly changing, making crew logistics difficult to arrange in most ports. Our Crew Logistics hub have complied the above vital information to keep you informed as the situation continues to evolve.  For more information and assistance with crew changes, please contact us HERE.

COVID-19 Country / Port Implications  

Country

Albania

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Currently in Albania to arrange a crew change operations we need 72hrs notice for Nationality which need visa to enter in Albania and 24hrs notice for those which no need visa to enter.

Also here under documents required:

  1. Covid-19 Test. Test of COVID-19 to be done prior arrival at Rinas-Tirana Airport from the country of origin.
  2. Passport Copy
  3. Seaman's book copy
  4. Flight details
  5. Arrival & departure crew list.
  6. Hotel stay is allowed for ON/ OFF signers
  7. ON /OFF signers no need to be quarantined

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free Pratique is granted when the quarantine officer boards the vessel. Normally on vessel arrival and without any delay.
Health declaration is required by all vessels entering Albania.
There are no restrictions for vessel coming from infected areas.
Cruise vessel are allowed to stay only for provision & bunker supply.
When boarding the vessel, only one person is allowed at any time and his stay on board must be no longer then 30 minutes.
For vessel coming in Albania for cargo operation, medical assistance is available.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Ports are open for cargo operation. 

Other Information
We are waiting for official notice from the government that Albania will be open again totally on 01.07.2020


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Algeria

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew change is not permitted at the present time as borders are closed. Quarantine is in place for all persons arriving to Algeria: Algerian citizens repatriated (All flights have been suspended).

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

For all the vessels arriving at the Algerian ports, crew members must all be screened on roads before authorizing the berthing/commencement of operations.
Free Pratique must be granted before allowing the vessels to berth or to commence their commercial operations.
No specific restrictions based on previous ports called. 
No cruise vessels allowed for the moment.
No shore leave permitted.
No Precautionary testing in place.
Social distancing is mandated.
Medical assistance is available for emergencies only.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No port closures due to COVID -19. 

Other Information
Masks and gloves must be worn at all times when in contact with shore personnel


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Argentina

All Ports
Update: 01/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

On March 18th, 2020 Argentina closed their borders to the entrance of foreigners from any country and temporarily suspended international flights. So far, borders remain closed. The arrival of citizens from other countries who need to travel because their activities in Argentina are considered essential, or due to force majeure or humanitarian reasons might be allowed only on exceptional case by case basis.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All vessels must present mandatory and complementary documents 72 hours before the arrival at RECALADA PILOT STATION. The vessels coming from any of the affected areas (Including Brazil and Chile) within the latest 14 days, must send copies of the Medical Record on board (including crew and passengers body temperature informed on a DAILY basis) to the health authority when requesting the Free Pratique, as per port authority communication. There will be NO EXCEPTION to this requirement. It is reminded that should there be any suspicious actual or potential case of disease that might endanger our population’s health conditions, the vessel will be quarantined. Crew changes might be allowed only on exceptional cases and due to humanitarian reasons.

Port Closures & Delays
No closure at this stage but there are delays for the Free Pratique.

Other Information

None.


Related notices:
circular 17032020.pdf


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Angola

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Authorities in Angola have announced the closure of the nation's air, land, and sea borders to passenger travel to and from Australia, Nigeria, South Africa, and the UK from 2359 Dec. 26 due to the emergence of a variant strain of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

We have received a confirmation in Angola that they also suspended entry of ships from these countries (port circular below).

As per circular dated 11/01/2021, cargo, fishing and oil vessels or Tankers from the above mentioned countries are allowed to entry in Angolan Ports without restrictions.  What it is not allowed is crew change on or off signers.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date and maritime health declaration. All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health before boarding team will be allowed on board Vessel will only be quarantined if master reports any illness on board which give reason for checking of suspected cases. Period 14 Days

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health before boarding team will be allowed on board Vessel will only be quarantined if master reports any illness on board which give reason for checking of suspected cases. Period 14 Days Curfew in place.

Other Information

None


Related notices:
Circular Jan21 (2)
Circular Jan21
Epidemia Coronavírus.pdf


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Aruba

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

Please note that the maritime borders are still closed, however an exception is being made for the crew changes.  

Below is the information for entry Aruba for seafarers:

  • Must wear a mask on the flight to Aruba
  • Mandatory ED card* to be filled in :www.edcardaruba.aw. When filling the ED please use the following steps:
  • Please choose Hotel  for “Place of Stay” and then Hyatt Place Aruba Airport.
  • Use the same date for entry and exit, this should override the Insurance request. 
  • When you receive the email from the ED system, please upload the PCR test when received and it should allow you to continue without having to purchase the PCR test. 
  • You have up to 12 hours prior to arrival to upload this.
  • Straight transport from the airport to the seaport and vice versa. (Overnight stay not allowed)
  • Every traveler to be in good health (health declaration PCR); Seafarer are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test (PCR) before traveling (in the US CVS and Rite-Aid do offer these tests) 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 (serological testing/antibody testing, antigen testing or any other blood test) is not accepted. Test must be taken 72 hours prior departure and uploaded in the ED system no later than 24 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; All our drivers and launch boat have been properly informed about the procedures.
  • 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.

Also all off signing crew members will have to go directly from the vessel to the airport. No overnight stay is allowed.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Maritime borders for Seafarers are still closed, however crew change is allowed under the following conditions:

Requirements for entry:

  • 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 to be in good health (health declaration PCR); Seafarer are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test (PCR) before traveling (in the US CVS and Rite-Aid do offer these tests) 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 (serological testing/antibody testing, antigen testing or any other blood 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; All our drivers and launch boat have been properly informed about the procedures.
  • 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.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


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Australia

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Due to challenges obtaining approval from authorities, it is not recommended to arrange crew change in Australian ports until further notice.  

Must self-isolate at home for 14 days. For those arriving via ship, the period maritime crew spend at sea prior to their arrival in Australia counts towards the 14- day period of self-isolation. States may have requirements in excess of this.

Workers Entering (from overseas) via air.
Maritime crew are able to enter Australia to join ships. There is a pre-approval application process as well as specific requirements for 14 days upon entry contained in Attachment A of the ABF advice dated 1/4/2020.
Crew are also subject to state/territory requirements. Note that there are limitations on arrivals into states/territories and overall.
In states where quarantine periods are required Visitor Visas will be required in addition to Maritime Crew Visas and transit visas (will replace the transit visa).

International crew signing off and leaving via air
If unable to leave the country within 5 days, an extension to the MCV 5 day period is required. This is an onshore application process which means the MCV can be extended to last up to 30 days after signing off a vessel.

Maximum Period of shipboard service
No extensions of service without taking leave beyond 14 months will be accepted by AMSA unless the master or owner or both demonstrate satisfactorily to AMSA that all possible efforts have been expended to repatriate the seafarer without success and the seafarer has provided written confirmation accepting the extension

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

The current restriction on international cruise ship entry into Australia will be extended for a further three months to 17th March 2021. Under these restrictions any cruise ship capable of carrying more than 100 passengers will be prohibited from operating cruises in Australia. All non-Australian flagged cruise ships currently in Australia must depart Australian waters as soon is reasonably practicable, unless the Government has given permission for the ship to remain in Australia. Re-provision of essential supplies (fuel, food, supplies) to facilitate departure will be permitted.

Vessels (excluding cruise) may berth in Australia at any time. If the vessel arrives within 14-days from their last international port of call crew movements are limited to essential ship operations alongside with no shore leave prior to 14 days

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Australian Border Force has issued the following notice ‘Updated advice on cruise ships restrictions” on 21 May 2020.
The Governor-General extended the human biosecurity emergency period for an additional three months, from 17 June to 17 September 2020. The extension enables the Minister for Health to continue to exercise the emergency powers under the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act to prevent or control the spread of COVID-19.

Australian Government - Department of Health  Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia - current situation and case numbers: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers

Other resources can be found at following link: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources 

Related Notices
CGG Protocol for Transfer of Ship's Crew - Geraldton Airport COVID-19 Response Measures
MWPA Geraldton Harbour Master's Instruction #202001.5 (COVID-19 Management)
Maritime Crew Changes - FAQs - additional content - 16 July 2020
Lodging a Visitor or Transit visa by an MCV holder - screenshots
Border Declaration Pass Template_08082020
070820-Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Order 2020_as amended_200807
060820 Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order (No 2) 2020_as amended_200806
COVID-19 Information for the Marine Industry.pdf

ABF Maritime Crew Changes in Australia (Excluding Cruise Vessels) Frequently Asked Questions
ABF Advice 01 April 20 Border Restrictions
ABF Advice 15 May 2020 Restrictions on Entry
200701 Maritime Crew Changes ABF Fact Sheet
200619 MCV crew signoff and departing Australia ABF Fact Sheet


Victoria

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Due to challenges obtaining approval from authorities, it is not recommended to arrange crew change in Australian ports until further notice.  

Maritime workers returning home (via air or land) who have been working in another state
All arrivals from anywhere in Australia must apply for a permit to enter Victoria, which is based on a traffic light system (green/low risk, orange/medium risk, red/high risk). Red zones: Perth metropolitan area, the Peel region and the South West region of WA Orange zones: Cumberland LGA. Must test within 72 hours and self-quarantine until negative result received. Green zones: QLD, NSW (apart from Cumberland LGA) NT, WA (apart from Perth metropolitan area, the Peel region and the South West region), SA & Tas. Will be issued a permit with no restrictions. Note: If you are coming from a place that has been re-zoned (e.g. from Red to Orange or Orange to Green), a new permit is required for the appropriate zone.

Maritime workers returning home (via air) who have been working overseas
14 days directed quarantine. Exemptions available on a case-by-case basis. NOTE: Melbourne Airport is now accepting international passenger flights

International crew signing off and leaving via airPermitted to leave their ship to board an international flight if leaving the same day or go into mandatory quarantine until their flight (or 14 days whichever comes first).
NOTE: Crew change discouraged in regional ports. Crews will not be granted permission to disembark where mandatory quarantine is required.

Maritime workers entering to work (from overseas) 
Travellers from NZ can now arrive in Melbourne without quarantine but must get a test within 72 hours and isolate until negative result received.
Crew arriving via air can board a ship directly if the ship is departing for an international port within 48 hours. Must use private transport and adopt social distancing where appropriate. Otherwise must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, or until ship departs for overseas port.
Exemptions available on a case by case basis, send to: DHHScovid.Ports@dhhs.vic.gov.au
Crew must remain on board unless performing essential functions.

Transiting - entering from overseas 
Need to quarantine for 14 days in between connecting flights

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-overseas-travellers-coronavirus-disease-covid-19#what-if-i-am-just-transiting-through-victoria

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Vessel can enter anytime to work cargo

Other Information 

Related Notices
Freight and Logistics Industry Update 5 August
Stage 4 - Industries - final
ABF Advice 01 April 20 Border Restrictions
ABF Advice 15 May 2020 Restrictions on Entry
200701 Maritime Crew Changes ABF Fact Sheet
200619 MCV crew signoff and departing Australia ABF Fact Sheet


New South Wales

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Maritime workers returning home (via air or land) who have been working in another state
No restriction from within Australia, except from WA who must comply with stay at home direction.

Maritime workers returning home (via air) who have been working overseas
14 days directed quarantine (up to 24 days if CHO deems person a risk).

International crew signing off and leaving via air
Disembarkation to proceed directly to a flight; or to join another vessel in order to immediately depart NSW. If not proceeding directly to a flight (i.e. need to overnight to connect) authorisation by the Commissioner of Police (para 7(2)) is required and must seek exemption . Must comply with transit requirements outlined in Part 2 para 10(2) Applications must be made to MHOExemption@portauthoritynsw.com.au

Maritime workers entering to work (from overseas)
Via ship: Can only leave the vessel to perform essential ship functions and must not move further than 13 meters from edge of wharf/ships hull. (para 8)
Via air: 14 days directed quarantine
Note restriction on overseas arrivals into NSW (450)
Travel bubble with NZ means NZ residents do not have to quarantine on arrival in NSW when arriving on a green (quarantine free) flight.

Maritime workers entering to work (from within Australia)
Via ship: No restriction
Via air or land: No restriction, except from WA who must comply with stay at home direction

Transiting - entering from overseas
14 day directed quarantine (para 5) except for NZ travellers who are exempt.
Note restriction on overseas arrivals into NSW (450 per day)

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Vessel can enter anytime to work cargo.

Vessels who dock at a wharf in NSW must have a COVID 19 Safety plan that follows the safety checklist determined by NSW Health.

Related Notices
ABF Advice 01 April 20 Border Restrictions
ABF Advice 15 May 2020 Restrictions on Entry
200701 Maritime Crew Changes ABF Fact Sheet
200619 MCV crew signoff and departing Australia ABF Fact Sheet
NSW Public Health Order
NSW Public Quarantine Order
NSW maritime-quarantine-exemption
 


Queensland

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Due to challenges obtaining approval from authorities, it is not recommended to arrange crew change in Australian ports until further notice.  

Maritime workers returning home (via air or land) who have been working in another state
All Queensland residents arriving in Queensland from a declared hotspot (46 LGAs and 2 unincorporated areas in South West WA) must undertake hotel quarantine for 14 days from the date they arrived in Queensland. A Queensland Border Declaration Pass is required for all arrivals from WA.

Maritime workers returning home (via air) who have been working overseas
Where a maritime worker has been working overseas and returns to Qld as a resident (or in transit to another state) they are required to self-isolate in a nominated premises for 14 days once they clear immigration in Qld, regardless of their final destination.

Crew signing off and leaving via air (international)
Can transit and depart Australia via a flight if they travel directly to an airport to depart or quarantine in a nominated premises until departure. Must follow maritime crew protocol and complete checklist. Days at sea no longer considered to count toward quarantine period when entering Qld. Quarantine will not be required for a vessel operating within Queensland unless a crew member has joined from a COVID 19 hotspot or overseas without quarantining for 14 days before joining the vessel.

Crew signing off who are residents
Crew are permitted to sign off a vessel in Qld without quarantine unless:

  • COVID-19 symptoms or close contact
  • The vessel has come from overseas
  • Where the vessel has come from interstate, it has come from a COVID hotspot;
  • Where the vessel operates intrastate or interstate and a crew member who is a foreign national has joined from overseas or a hotspot without having quarantined for 14 days prior to joining the vessel.

Days served on board do not count toward any quarantine period.

Maritime workers entering to work (from overseas)

Crew arriving in Qld must follow requirements in the maritime crew protocol regarding maritime crew changes and complete the checklist. Additionally crew are required to undertake a COVID-19 test and enter specified hotel quarantine while waiting for the results. While not specific in the crew protocol and CHO Direction, Harbour Masters will look for a minimum 5 days quarantine in Qld prior to boarding a vessel from an operational perspective and industry should be prepared to observe this. Please note: Townsville and Mackay Quarantine hotels have closed. Brisbane, Gladstone and Cairns remain open. Careful planning is required if moving crew to Townsville or Mackay.

Maritime workers entering to work (from within Australia)
The Queensland border is now closed to non-resident arrivals who have visited hotspots in the past 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter). The hotspots comprise 46 Western Australia LGAs and two unincorporated areas.
Maritime Crew who have been in hotspots can enter under the Protocol but will not be exempt from quarantine.
A maritime crew member entering Queensland to join a vessel in Queensland will not be required to quarantine unless in the 14 days prior to entering Queensland they:

  • have been overseas; or
  • have been in a COVID-19 hotspot; or
  • have had known contact with a person who is a confirmed case of COVID-19; or
  • have symptoms consistent with COVID-19

Transiting - entering from overseas
If transiting to join a vessel in Qld, follow protocol for maritime crew entering Qld. If transiting to another state to join a vessel must quarantine for 14 days in a nominated premises. If entering from overseas to transit to another state to return to their residence, 14 days self quarantine in a nominated premises.

Transiting – entering from another state
The Queensland border is now closed to non-resident arrivals who have visited hotspots in the past 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter). The hotspots comprise 46 Western Australia LGAs and two unincorporated areas.
Maritime crew can transit despite having been in a hotspot under the Maritime Crew Protocol and must quarantine in a nominated premises.

Further information can be found:

https://www.health.qld.gov.au/system-governance/legislation/cho-public-health-directions-under-expanded-public-health-act-powers/border-restrictions

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/hotspots-covid-19

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

A ‘two port policy’ is operating in QLD. Port of Brisbane, Townsville, Gladstone Bundaberg and Alma
Vessels can enter any time to work cargo All other ports in QLD
The ship must not enter a Queensland pilotage area until 14 days have elapsed since the ship or any relevant person on board the ship left a country outside Australia, whichever is later.
Exemptions for vessels arriving from the following can be sought:

  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • South West Pacific Nations (to be defined by specific island states).
  • Singapore

Crew working on the vessel can perform essential ship tasks on land and do not require a Border Pass for this purpose.

Related Notices
ABF Advice 01 April 20 Border Restrictions
ABF Advice 15 May 2020 Restrictions on Entry
200701 Maritime Crew Changes ABF Fact Sheet
200619 MCV crew signoff and departing Australia ABF Fact Sheet
Queensland GM Direction


Western Australia 

Crew Changes 
Restrictions: Yes

Due to challenges obtaining approval from authorities, it is not recommended to arrange crew change in Australian ports until further notice.  

Maritime workers returning home (via air or land) who have been working in another state
A person who ordinarily resides in WA will be permitted to return home but must obtain a G2G pass. If they have been in a restriction location or in direct contact with someone who has been in a restricted location in the past 14 days they will need to quarantine. The form of quarantine will depend on their circumstances but most likely self-quarantine.

Maritime workers returning home (via air) who have been working overseas
Will be required to quarantine at a quarantine centre unless otherwise advised.

Regional and Remote Areas
Travel out of the Perth metropolitan area is restricted from 6pm 31 Jan 2021 - 5 Feb 2021. G2G pass for travel to regional areas required. Strict travel restrictions are in place for remote Aboriginal communities.

From within Australia
Via air or land: Maritime crew treated the same as other travelers arriving via air or land transport under the Controlled Border for WA Directions.
If they have been in a restriction location or in direct contact with someone who has been in a restricted location in the past 14 days they will need to quarantine. The form of quarantine will depend on their circumstances but border open locations (low risk, VIC, QLD, NSW) most likely self-quarantine.
Maritime workers who have been in medium risk locations (currently none) within 14 days of returning to WA will need to apply under “other grounds including compassionate” of the related ‘Outbreak Response Directions’, or spend 14 days in another State prior to entering.

From Overseas
Via air: Maritime crew may enter and must comply with the centre quarantine requirements – 14 days quarantine (para 7 Controlled Border Direction)
Via ship: may disembark an affected vessel to immediately board another ship (para 14); or to undertake essential port activities (para 15); or to receive medical treatment (para 16) (all refs to Maritime Crew Direction)

Crew signing off and leaving Australia via air
Crew arriving by vessel and departing WA (for overseas) by air can do so if they arrive at a Perth Port (i.e. Fremantle) by either departing on a flight within 8 hours (para 8) or if flight is more than 8 hours from vessel departure may be directed to a quarantine centre or crew hotel until flight departure to quarantine (para 10). Crew arriving by vessel and departing WA (for overseas) by air can do so if they arrive in a regional port by taking a charter flight to Perth within 8 hours and an onward flight overseas within 8 hours of landing in Perth (para 9) or if the international flight is more than 8 hours from charter flight arrival may be directed to a quarantine centre or crew hotel until flight departure to quarantine (para 11). Crew arriving at Port of Bunbury may transit via Charter Bus to Perth and Depart Perth (para 9a(i) and para 11a(i))

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Vessels can enter any time to work cargo

Related Notices
ABF Advice 01 April 20 Border Restrictions
ABF Advice 15 May 2020 Restrictions on Entry
200701 Maritime Crew Changes ABF Fact Sheet
200619 MCV crew signoff and departing Australia ABF Fact Sheet
WA Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions
Western Australian Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions - Approval for Rig & Platform Crew II

WADH COVID-19 Paying for Hotel Quarantine in WA FAQs


South Australia 

Crew Changes 
Restrictions: Yes

Due to challenges obtaining approval from authorities, it is not recommended to arrange crew change in Australian ports until further notice.  

Maritime workers returning home (via air or land) who have been working in another stateAll travellers must complete cross border travel registration 72 hours prior to arrival. Returning from a restricted zone must undertake COVID test on days 1, 5 and 12.

Maritime workers returning home (via air) who have been working overseas14 day directed quarantine. NZ arrivals undertake COVID test on days 1, 5 and 12 and isolate until negative result received.
Exemption for those who have completed 14 days quarantine domestically in an area other than a prohibited location.
NOTE: Adelaide Airport is now accepting international passenger flights

International crew signing off and leaving via air
A crew member who has been on a vessel within the preceding 14 days, with no one else embarking, is cleared to disembark providing they submit to a COVID-19 test within 48 hours with a negative result and is cleared to disembark by a Human Biosecurity Officer for SA. If the conditions noted cannot be met either through arrival on a vessel, or an aircraft, the crew member must reside and remain, quarantined and segregated from others, at a location determined by an Authorised Officer for a 14-day period starting at the time of their arrival. No person may embark a vessel that has arrived in SA before it is cleared by a Human Biosecurity Officer without wearing PPE as approved by the Department of Health and Wellbeing. In all other cases, crew must enter 14 days directed quarantine.

Maritime workers entering to work (from overseas)
All overseas arrivals (except vessel arrivals) to remain quarantined for 14 days, unless from NZ. All overseas arrivals must submit to a COVID test within 24 hours and on the 12th day after arrival.
NOTE: Adelaide Airport is now accepting international passenger flights.

Maritime workers entering to work (from within Australia)
All travellers must complete cross border travel registration 72 hours prior to arrival. Arrivals from prohibited Locations (WA) must apply for an Essential Traveller Exemption. Travellers from all other jurisdictions are free to enter SA. Essential Travellers from prohibited location (WA) must self-quarantine when not working, demonstrate a negative COVID test within last 7 days, wear a mask when in contact with the public, and keep records of close contacts.

Transiting - entering from overseas
Can transit in South Australia if person has approval of SA Health and does not leave the airport in South Australia. Must not leave ship if arriving by ship
NOTE: Adelaide Airport is now accepting international passenger flights

Related Notices
ABF Advice 01 April 20 Border Restrictions
ABF Advice 15 May 2020 Restrictions on Entry
200701 Maritime Crew Changes ABF Fact Sheet
200619 MCV crew signoff and departing Australia ABF Fact Sheet
SA Emergency-Management-Cross-Border-Travel-No-8-COVID-19-Direction-signed


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Bahamas

All Ports
Update: 03/11/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

The Bahamas as of  November 1 2020 has open the borders for international travel. However the following restrictions apply.

1. Must produce a negative RT-PCR Covid19 test no later than 5 days before travel from a crediable lab in english.
2. Must complete the travel health certificate online at travel.gov.bs. The cost is $60 per application.
3 If the person will remain in the Bahamas for more than 5 days they will have to complete an antigent test.
4. All travellers most comply with local laws and rules such as social distancing, mask wearing and sanitizing.
5. Curfew remains on islands such as Nassau, Freeport and Abaco between the hours of 2000-0500 daily.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Port Restrictions are in place for all passenger vessels. Cargo ports remain open with no restrictions. However crew are not allowed on shore.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

All ports open and working as normal with exception of cruise terminals.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
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Bahrain

All Ports
Update: 17/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew Sign off is currently suspended in Bahrain until further notice due to the current situation.

Joining Crew 

Understand from the airport that there are 69 countries (shown below) are eligible to get “visa on arrival”  at Bahrain International airport. If crew coming to Bahrain to join the vessel seaman book (should be same country of passport) is mandatory to avail “on arrival visa”. They will get ONE WEEK valid visa, however they have to do the Covid-19 test on arrival at Bahrain airport by paying the fee through online or direct to the counter. Crew will stay in a hotel till he gets the result. If the result is Negative crew can join the vessel with permission from the immigration. We will apply for the permission well in advance and it will take minimum three to four working days to obtain the same. Those who are NOT in the “On arrival visa list, to obtain visa prior to their arrival. New visa issuance is strictly under the sole discretion of the immigration department

Service Engineers / Technicians
There are 69 countries (shown below) are eligible to get “visa on arrival”  at Bahrain International airport. They will get TWO WEEKS valid visa, however they have to do the Covid-19 test on arrival at Bahrain airport by paying the fee through online or direct to the counter. They have to stay in a hotel till he gets the result. If the result is Negative they can stay in Bahrain for two weeks but to attend the second test also as per the appointment receive from the Covid-19 testing center. . A two way ticket to be issued for the arriving person. 
Positive cases
Upon the confirmation of Positive COVID-19, patients must quarantine until they recover in one of the government’s assigned quarantines. Bahrain has several quarantine facilities in different locations, and patients get assigned to each facility on a case-by-case basis (based on available vacancies in the facilities).
Sign off Crew

Crew Sign off is currently suspended in Bahrain until further notice due the current situation. 

Special Note: please note that we have received some negative feedback through outside sources on “VISA ON ARRIVAL” at Bahrain Airport.

Some of the people in the “ON ARRIVAL LIST” are coming to Bahrain airport but Immigration is NOT allowing them to get into Bahrain. Reason is unknown.

Better, if you are sending anyone please inform us well in advance, then we will check with airport immigration for confirmation

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Nil closures or delays, any vessel must standby 14days (outer anchorage) after sailed from the last port in order to berth the vessel.

Other Information

Bahrain Tourism and APM Terminal are awaiting guidelines from Government Tourism Authority to approval Cruise Vessel’s entry in to Bahraini Waters. All cruise vessels calls suspended till further notice.


Related notices:
20210217_Bahrain Covid
Bahrain_Covid-19 Circular_26 Feb 2020
Bahrain_MOH-Maritime Health Decleration Form
Bahrain_Port Health Circular (01-2020) 


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Bangladesh

All Ports
Update: 17/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew change can be arranged subject to available international flight with maintaining below instructions, crew members of all nationalities having valid national seaman’s book visa can be arranged on arrival.  

We shall need PNR details of incoming flight along with scan copy of PP & SBKS of on/off-signers for issuing OKTB from airlines.

  1. On-signers must hold COVID free (PCR) certificate which valid should be 72hrs. 
  2.  
  3. Off-signers must need to do COVID test prior departing from Bangladesh and need to wait 48hrs for report.

Look forward to receiving official Agency appointment confirmation as early as possible so that your crew change at Chattogram port / anchorage can be done while the vessel is in port accordingly to issue NOC for crew change. 
 
Pls find below the crew change cost at Chattogram,

  1. To complete immigration, customs, MMD & port formalities - USD 150/- per person (until the COVID situation). 
  2. Crew change handling/service fee - USD 50/- per crew member. 
  3. COVD-19 test – USD 123.34 per crew + USD 15/- transportation cost per crew.
  4. AC reserve bus hire from Dhaka to Chittagong USD 839/- per trip (7-8 hours journey). Meal cost for middle of the journey USD 15/- per crew (if require crew members over then 10 for maintain social distance). 
  5. CGP-DAC domestic ticket price range is USD 75-80/- per ticket (if require).
  6. Launch Hire charges 

Joining/off-signing at Chattogram Anchorage 

  1. Additional boat hire costs - USD 80/- per trip for speed boat with capacity of 3 persons with luggage.
  2. Lifeboat (open) of capacity of 10 to 12 persons USD 200 per trip, 
  3. TUG Boat can be arranged USD 780/- per trip. 
  4. Covered Boat for joining at inner anchorage with USD 410.00 capacity 15 persons. 

Anchorage joining/off-signing is subject to weather permitting.

If the vessel is Kutubdia Anchorage. 

  • Speed boat for joining at Kutubdia Anchorage (20 NM south from Chattogram) USD 320.00/- with capacity 3 persons with luggage/
  • TUG boat can be arranged with USD 2,000.00 for Kutubdia joining. 
  •  Covered Boat for joining at Kutubdia with USD 1111.00 capacity 15 persons.  
  • Kutubdia Anchorage joining/off-signing is subject to weather permitting. 
  • If the crew members stay in hotel in between the additional transportation cost from hotel to vessel/hotel to Airport USD 25/- per person.
  • During COVID situation 5 stars & 4 stars hotels are available at USD 80/- per single room and USD 110/- per double room. Meal will be USD 12/- per meal per crew

Our Agency Co-ordination charges will be USD 450/ - per call.

Kindly confirm if you have any additional services required during the Port call. 

Please note that currently crew change formalities are permitted at Chattogram which is subject to change as per the authority’s instructions and depended on the prevailing situation.  

Inchcape Shipping Services or our Partner Agents cannot be held liable for any delays, costs, COVID-19 PCR positive results or any other, including claims for such, before, during or after the arrival, departure, handling or other of any of your crew assisted under our agency. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Demolition Vessels arriving at Chittagong Port have to wait at anchorage for 14 days quarantine period starting from the date of sailing from last port. Import of demolition vessels for Ship recycling has been given clearance by the Ministry of Industries (Ship Recycling Branch) from 03.05.2020.

***14 days quarantine imposed for ships trading directly between mainland China and Bangladesh now removed***see circular

Special Bulletin

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Other Information

International scheduled passenger flights have been suspended with effect from today until further notice by the Government in the interests of Public health for controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Bangladesh. Please find circular, issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh date 11.06.2020 in this regard.


Related Documents:
Translated Ministry of Home Affairs Department of Security Services Circular - Regarding immigration of Pilots, Sailors and Crews COVID-19 dated 24.05
Special Health & Medical Declaration

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Barbados

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

Crew changes are allowed at port. Crew are preferable requested to fly in and join vessel directly or disembark Vessel and go straight to Airport Any requested stay in Barbados can be done at designated Hotels. Crew members will have to undergo Covid-19 test and be monitored during they stay on the Island.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

All vessels doing Crew changes are requested to SUBMIT MDHs (Maritime Health Declaration Reports) every 48, 24 & 12 Hours in advance of vessel arrival.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

 

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Belgium

All Ports
Update: 26/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew changes can be arranged.  Taxi max 1 pax / mini-van max 2 pax.  No tendering at the anchorage if vessel is not calling any Belgian port.  Night cerfuw is back in place between 0000-0500 no one allowed to at public places. Only taxi's for crew change allowed. Crew change via Amsterdam, crew needs to hold negative speed covid test of max 4 hours old. (Can be taken during office hours at medical centre invoice via agent, at aiport to be paid cash) 

For on signers following person needs to hold following items The business travel system has been operational since 4 January. It is based on 3 elements:

The Business Travel Abroad form (BTA) that must be completed online by the Belgian employer, the Belgian client, the office-holder of an international organization or institution or a diplomatic or consular mission established on Belgian territory BEFORE THE DEPARTURE of the traveller concerned.
The completed BTA form generates a certificate number that must be entered in the modified Passenger Location Form (PLF) to activate the professional travel section. Without this number, travel cannot be considered professional.

The Passenger Location Form (PLF) is completed by the traveller upon return to Belgium. The PLF provides a self-assessment questionnaire that should allow the government to carry out a risk analysis. On this basis, it will be decided whether or not to impose quarantine.

https://travel.info-coronavirus.be/essential-travel-sworn-statement
https://travel.info-coronavirus.be/file/cc73d96153bbd5448a56f19d925d05b1379c7f21/9463c4fbdbb9a8d7c98f25b1ff31a1398d55e450/BELGIUM_PassengerLocatorForm_ENG.pdf

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No closure of any Belgian port. Overcarriage of river / seapilots to foreign ports is not allowed anymore. In connection with the outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the following measures are taken and issued. Under International law, all ships are required to submit a Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) - both incoming and outgoing. In Belgium, Saniport is the competent health authority for follow up of this obligation. All incoming ships must present a Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH), wherein the Captain is obliged to indicate, 24 hours before sailing, whether there are sick or suspected ill persons on board. The Captain must also submit a list of the last ten ports the ship has called. Depending on the destination port, the health situation on the ship will be screened by a government-appointed competent health authority. All outgoing ships must also present a Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) if the health situation on board has changed during the port visit compared to the situation when sailing.

Other Information

Recommendation to limit boarding to absolute minimum and by use of gangway desk, this communicated with Principal and Master.  If boarding needed operators to wear protection mask, gloves and use handgel prior and after visit, respecting social distancing of minimum 1,5 x meter. Non essential traveling during 0000-0500 not allowed.


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Benin

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

For your information,  Be informed that crew change will be carried out at Cotonou port at anchorage only.                                                                      
According to the new procedure the crew change can be arranged at anchorage and at berth.
The crew will stay at hotel for 48hours in order to obtained results of their PCR tests.
Be guided accordingly.

  • Visa will be obtained at crew arrival at Cotonou International Airport 
  • Crew change operation will be done under police and navy escort.
  • Crew will no more be put in quarantine.
  • We need 30 mn maximum for immigration formalities 

For smooth operation,  we need the following:
A - On signers

  • Copies of passport and seamen book
  • Flight details with PNR Numbers 
  • Copies of e-ticket

B – Off-signers

  • Copies of passport and seamen book

Both copies should be sent to us before seamen disembarkation.

  • Copies of e-ticket

C - 

  • vessel e-mail address
  • port of call list (last 10 ports)
  • maritime declaration certificate 
  • crew list
  • LOA filled and signed by master
  • Local cargo agent full address

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date and maritime health declaration. All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health before inward pilot embark the vessel in case they are arrive from a affected country. Otherwise vessel to be screened alongside Vessel will only be quarantined at anchorage if master reports any illness on board which give reason for checking of suspected cases. Period 14 days.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health before inward pilot embark the vessel.

Other Information

None.


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Bermuda

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Joiners:

  • COVID test 5 days prior to arriving Bermuda showing negative results
  • 48hrs prior to flying must complete Travelers Authorization form.
  • A COVID test that will be administered on arrival at Bermuda airport.
  • Note link: https://www.gov.bm/crew-requirements
  • A reply email will be sent confirming or denying entry into Bermuda. If confirmed a copy must be shown at airport ticket counter to allow boarding of flights to Bermuda
  • If joiners staying in Bermuda longer than 24hrs additional COVID tests will be administered as follows: Day 4/ Day 8/  Day 14


Leavers:

  • To disembark vessel and go directly to airport
  • If crew remain in Bermuda for over 24hrs a COVID test must be preformed
  • If test comes back positive crew must be quarantined in hotel for 14 days with cost bourne by ship owner
  • Crew must have a valid US, UK, or Canadian visas to transit US, UK, or Canada

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
None.


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Bonaire

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

In principal no crew changes possible, only under strict guidelines. Contact us for more information:

Phone: +507 279 4106 
Phone: +507 6673 8479 (AOH)
Phone: +507 6672 9440 (AOH)
Fax: +507 236 7832 / 7834
Telex: 2118 PA / 2693 PG
Email: ISS.CentralAmerica@iss-shipping.com

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

In addition to standard prearrival docs, an additional Marine Health Declaration form is to be submitted. Active cruise calls are temporarily suspended. Cargo, load/discharge calls remain possible as normal.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


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Brazil

All Ports
Update: 01/03/2021

Crew Changes:
Restrictions: Yes

Brazilian Authorities, Civil Office of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Health , issued last January 25th 2021 a new regulation nbr 652, extending the temporary prohibition for foreigner travelers to enter in Brazilian territory by land border and water/sea transports. Keeping the prohibition of flights from United Kingdom, North Ireland and added South Africa. It is temporary suspended the boarding of foreigner travelers that passed thru these countries in the last 14 days. Still compulsory presentation of negative PCR Test (in English, Spanish or Portuguese language) done max 72 hours prior embarkation to Brazil for all travelers. And case the traveler who performs migration that exceeds seventy-two hours since the RT-PCR test must present a document proving the performance of a new test with negative or non-reactive result for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2(covid-19)at check-in to embark to Brazil. Nationals , foreigners holding residences permits, foreigners travelling under official invitation/visa are still authorized to enter in Brazil. Crew changes (embarking/debarking) are been allowed case by case , each port/local authority must be contacted to get previously authorization and instructions like Covid-19 tests before disembarkation and checking of medical log book. Health Authorities (ANVISA) basis on technical note 130 is authorizing cargo ships to berth and operate thru Free Pratique by radio if the last disembarkation of crewmembers were at least 14 days prior arrival at first Brazilian port and there is no registration of any medical issue (in good health condition). Covid19 suspected cases, Free Pratique will be issued on board only (vessel must be berthed as Health Authorities do not board vessels at anchor). Any suspected case informed while vessel is at port, disembarkation of crewmembers will be authorized as from 14 days after last case symptoms started. Any suspected case reported while ship is at port, vessel will not be authorized to departure and will be evaluated if operations will be authorized. Contacts between crewmembers and Brazilian port area workers must be minimum as possible which is being followed by several ports and private terminals that is not authorizing crewmembers to go ashore nor visitors/technicians on board. Embarkation/disembarkation of anyone that will perform indispensable service on board (like mooring masters, surveyors) is authorized case by case and always depending on Vessel´s Maritime Health Declaration evaluation.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free Pratique is being granted basis on detailed Medical Log Book checking. If there are suspicious cases  Free Pratique will issued only  on board after inspection (at Brazil Health Authorities board ships only bethed,  no anchorage boarding is authorized). If case confirmed 14 days Quarantine will be compulsory.

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

No ports are currently closed due to COVID-19.

Other Information

Several main cities like Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Manaus, are issueing regulations to reduce the contact and increase the social distancing order to reduce the contamination risk. Therefore, some non essencial services like shops and restaurants may be not open or with reduce open time. Still requested to be vigilant and avoid crowds and keep the main measures to avoid Covid19 infection, like use of alchool gel and face masks.


Related notices:
ANVISA GUIDELINES
BRAZILIAN HEALTH AUTHORITY TECHNICAL NOTE Nº 8 - CORONA VIRUS
BRAZMAR-CIRCULAR-ANVISA-coronavirus-update
CLIA Statement on Coronavirus_2Mar
Coronavírus 03_02_2020
Cruise Industry COVID-19 Policy FAQs-Mar
Declaração da CLIA sobre o coronavírus - 07.02.2020
Perguntas Frequentes sobre o Coronavirus - 07.02.2020
Sample Travelers Health Declaration Covid19
Sanitary Inspection Brazilian Health Authority
SEI_ANVISA - 0902100 - Nota Técnica 10 02 20


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Brunei

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew Change and Medivac is currently on case-by-case basis and application process with authority is now complex and time consuming with no guarantee and should be avoided unless there is a serious and necessary reason. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

1. Ships registered under Brunei Darussalam is allowed to enter Brunei waters after travelling from other counteries, on the condition during their voyage:
a. There were no crew changes outside of Brunei Darussalam
b. There were no shore leave outside of Brunei Darussalm.
c. Using surgical mask and gloves when dealing with ports personnel abroad and practice physical distancing of at least 2 meters.
d. Monitoring the crews' body temperature at least twice a day.
e. Always stay on the ship except for critical and impratant task outside of the ship.

The crews are allowed to enter Brunei and to undergo self-monitoring at their own residence for 14 days.

2. For ships registered outside of Brunei or ships who has new crews from international ports are asked to underfo sel-isolation in their respective ships for 14 days (Day 0 is the day the ship left the last port) before being allowed to enter Brunei. If the 14 days are not fulfilled from the last day of daparture from international ports, the ship shall be required to dock at the designated quarantine anchorage by MPABD.

3. Every shipping agent in Bruneiis reuqired to submit the Port Clearance application to Brunei Darussalam National Single Window at least 48 hours before the vessel's arrival and to include the documents as below:
a. Latest Maritme Declaration of Health.
b. A valid ship Sanitaiton Control Exemption Certificate (SCCEC)
c. Crew List and / or Passenger List   
d. List of Port of call within the period of 14 days before arriving in Brunei Darussalam.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Other Information

NA


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Cameroon

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All passenger flights has been suspended since 18.03.20 till indefinitely. No crew changes will be allowed.
All boarders closed for passenger traffic. Only cargo traffic possible.
Supermarkets, restaurants restrictions has been lifted to support the economy.

  • No longer 14 days quarantine upon arrival.
  • Curfew lifted since 09.06.2020.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date and health maritime declaration. Vessels will be cleared at berth by health before receiving green light to proceed with usual inward clearance alongside Note regulations change rapidly so updates related to inward clearance suggested case by case. No longer 14 days quarantine upon arrival.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Vessels will be cleared at berth by health before receiving green light to proceed with usual inward clearance alongside Note regulations change rapidly so updates related to inward clearance suggested case by case.

Other Information

None


Related Notices:
10 CAMEROON CIRCULAR 1
10 CAMEROON CURULAR 2
Corona virus procedures - DOUALA
SITREP_COVID-19_WHOAFRO_20200311-eng


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Canada

All Ports
Update: 19/02/2021

Crew Changes:
Both the US and Canada are allowing crew changes as they are demmed necessary to commerce in both countries. Crew must have in US a valid C1/D1 for commercial crew or a valid B1/B2 for private air and see crew. In Canada required crew visas are also required.

Crew change requirements for Philippines

Port Restrictions:
No restrictions. 

Closures & Delays
None

Other Information:
Travel ban into Canada is in place. Only essential services (note, CREW is part of essential personnel required to continue with traffic of goods) are allowed into Canada. Border with USA is ALSO closed to non essential traffic.


HALIFAX & MONTREAL

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew changes are permitted throughout Canada - Subject to local Customs house individual approvals - This barring any illness or any Flu Like symptoms. Borders are closed to non-essential travel - This includes all Airlines and airports as well. (are crew changes permitted? - Yes / are boarders open? - No / are any airports closed? - No, but number of flights are reduced) this SSB outlines that foreign seafarers within the meaning of section 2 of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, who have to board an international flight destined to Canada to work on a ship are exempt from these travel restrictions. The SSB also confirmed that Transport Canada Aviation Security has disseminated this information to all aviation airline carriers.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All Cruise liners with more that 500 PAX are banned from ANY East Coast Canada Ports. All Passenger Cruise vessels are banned from any/all Arctic Ports until the end of the summer. This remains to be clarified as the Actual cruise season for the Arctic ends mid October. Free Pratique is no longer granted in Canada. No health certificates are required, just crew list and last Port(s) of call. Technical calls are still allowed. Shore leave is generally permitted, depending on Terminal) N precautionary testing availabe. Social distancing is MANDATED. Medical assistance available ONLY in urgent cases.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Attached (8) you will find:
• The form that needs to be filled by everyone on board o Coronavirus form CREW o Coronavirus form PASSENGER
• A Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) information pamphlet for distribution to the crew
• Four different examples of filled forms for the following scenarios: o foreign crew member o Canadian crew member o foreign passenger o Canadian passenger
• E311 form in fillable PDF format (only for Canadian on board)

In addition to the regular arrival documents we will now require:
• A completed coronavirus form for each person on board
• Completed E311 form for each Canadian on board
• A written statement from captain regarding the answer from everyone onboard to the following question: “Do you currently have a couch, difficulty breathing, or feel you have a fever?” Once everyone on board has filled the required documents, please send it all back, with Captain statement, as soon as possible to que_montreal_smf@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.
Once received, we will clear the vessel. If you have any questions, please contact us at 514-283-7449 between 8am and 4pm from Monday to Friday (new office hours until further notice). In case of emergency outside of our operating hours, you can call our duty officer at 514-261-8311.
 

VANCOUVER

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

Crew change is still possible, for ships in Canadian waters/ports. Per ‘Competent Authority’ (Transport Canada), ship crews are NOT exempted from possession of compulsory NEGATIVE test conducted prior departure from ‘home airport’ – prior embarkation/check-in for flight to Canada. The airline WILL, likely, refuse boarding to an individual. Test shall be conducted 72 hrs prior boarding and acceptable tests are molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP). FULL text/details are available at this link (at the source): https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2021/01/new-pre-departure-covid-19-testing-requirements-come-into-effect-for-all-air-travellers-flying-into-canada.html There are no restrictions for DISEMBARKING crew – other than, possibly, requirement(s) of the airline, intermediate or destination country.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

CONTROL MEASURES: Crew Movement (when LEAVING the ship) shall be reported to the authorities via e mail. When crew movements are for medical, dental, repatriation or any other 'official' purpose, we (Inchcape, as agents) will undertake the task. Otherwise, ships shall be filing out the form (which we are dispatchiung to ship as part of our 'Welcome to Canada' procedure) and e mailing it to the authorities.

Delays & Closures
No closures or delays

No closures. Delays to be expected with car carriers (large number of longshoremen need to be split in max 50 persons at once). Pilotage: due to reduced frequency of flights by ‘regular’ airlines, pilot availability at REMOTE ports (including PRINCE RUPERT) may be questionable. Longer notice/extra time shall be allocated for timely arrivals and departures of vessels. Pilotage authority is engaging charter flights/helicopters. 

Other Information

None

SSB-18-2020E
Covid-19 Form (Legal)        

Related notices:
Seafarer Guide to Manning Agencies (2020-12) Canadian Embassy Manila
Mobility of Asymptomatic Workers
Passenger Vessels and Ferries COVID-19 Prevention
E311 Declaration Card
Passenger Coronavirus Form
Crew Coronavirus Form
Public Health Authorities 

Marine Crew Deemed Essential
20-Eastern Canada HEALTH_REPORTING_SHIPS_17X11_EN_acc
2020 03 15 Opening of Commercial Navigation 2020 under COVID St Lawrence Seaway
Transport Canada 20-AA-35-HEALTH REPORTING SHIPS 17X11_EN
Vancouver COVID Visa Restrictions


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Cape Verde

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Cape Verde ports are now fully open to crew changes

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Provided negative PCR Tests are available.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
None


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Cambodia

All Ports
Update: 04/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Government issued a restriction to suspend visa exemption policy, tourist visa, e-visa and visa on arrival starting from 1-Apr. Foreigners wishing to enter Cambodia must have a prior visa issued by Cambodian mission abroad and medical certificate issued no longer than 72hrs before travelling to Cambodia, certifying that the person is not Covid-19 positive. The individual must purchase a local health insurance package for COVID-19 treatment, with a cost of 90 U.S. dollars that is valid for 20 days. In addition, all foreigners and repatriates will be subject to health risk assessment by competent government officials and undertaking 14 days in quarantine at an assigned place. A deposit of cash or debit card with amount USD2,000 (upon arrival) is required to cover their medical examination and others. Business-linked travelers are not required to pay this cash deposit, but they must have a validation certificate on payment guarantee which is sponsored by a chief executive officer or a major shareholder of a company that the foreign travelers are currently working for. With this regard, it is suggested to avoid carrying out crew change in Cambodia due to the complicated immigration procedure during current Covid-19 situation.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

All ports operate as usual.

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Port working normal without any delay/closure

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No


Related notices
Suspend Entry Permit for Cruise Ship to Cambodia


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Chile

All Ports
Update: 27/01/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

New resolutions indicate that all travellers must perfom a 10 days of quarantine, even if they arrive with negative PCR. Seamans are allowed to enter chile and take PCR test in order to avoid quarantine of 10 days, PCR results takes about 2 days, so on signers after arrival to Chile to wait PCR results at Santiago airport before join to vessel.

Document: Ministy of Health Decree
Document: Detention of Suspected Covid Cases
Document: CHILEAN BOARDER RE-OPEN
 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

21/Dec, Borders are closed only for travelers who was at England last 14 days, due to new COVID strain cases , rest of travelers from other countrys allowed to enter Chile according latest protocol informed. Crew changes keep being performed in regular basis.

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Port Closures may happen only by time to time due to swells warnings and bad weather. Threaths of strikes announced by CHILE's PORT WORKING UNIONS demanding improvements in security conditions to protect to their workers and stevedores from any contagious of COVID 19 disease when working at ports, has been properly managed by Port and Terminals by providing special security measures such us but not limited to: Temperature Check, Delivery of PPE (gloves and masks), Availability of Alcohol Gel dispensers in different locations within the terminals.

Other Information

21/Dec 2nd COVID wave seems to start after about 01 month without full quarantine, major cities has being restricted with weekeds quarantine (Santiago capitol city and Valparaiso zone). Port activiies working normally and working under latest protocol published in the national newspaper. 


PUNTA ARENAS

Crew Restrictions
Restrictions: Conditional 

Before inward clearance procedures are carried out, heatlh inspectors will board any vessel coming from foreign ports for quick medical examination to all crew members. After medical examination is completed in about 45 minutes, then the rest of the authorities (customs, police and agriculture officers), will go on board to complete all inward formalities that in total may last 90 minutes including medical examination. Inwards formalities can be executed only between 07:00 hours till 21:00 hours only. Crew changes permitted case by case and subject to origin and destion of the travellers. Borders to Argentina thru Natales and Monte Aimond are closed. Puerto Williams and Navarino Island are in Quarantine (all closed). Punta Arenas airport working normally for domestic flights only. Quarantine requirements only for cruse ships (14 days). For arrival guests full screening with termometers is compulsory. Heavy delays in cargo transport and delivery by local airplanes for spares parts are expected becuase only LATAM will continue operatin partially while SKY Airlines will stop operations completely from March 24th till April 30th.

Port Restrictions
Free pratique granted subject to submission 72 hours prior to ships arrival of the following documents: General Maritime Ships Sanitary Declaration, Crew list health detail,  Affidativt with sworn declaration of health (COVID19 sympthons for each crew member) and last 2 years of list of port calls. 

No specific call restrictions based on previous ports calls, excluding ships coming from Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru among others (mandatory quarantine for crew members counted from departure from the last port call in those countries). Technical calls allowed. 

Cruise vessels calls prohibited till September 30th 2020. Shore leave is forbidden. Temperarature testing is compulsory. 
Social distancing of at least 1 meters is obligatory. Medical assistance is available on special ship request and if so, health officials will board the ships for inspections. 

Crew members cannot leave the ships and must stay always on board during full ship's stay. 
Magellan transits are authorized with embarking in Posesion and Felix points as required for long - short passages. 

Closures & Delays
Punta Arenas Port Terminals are working normally. Curfew of 7 hours imposed daily from 22:00 hours till 05:00 hours. Terminals are operating during following hours: EPA Austral (PRAT and MARDONES pier): 24 hours continuosly, ENAP Gregorio: closed by COVID 19, ENAP Cabo NegroÑ working during office hours only from 08:00 horus till 20: 00 hours only. Puerto Natales full operational 24x7. Puerto Williams: CLOSED.

Other Information
Curfew orders to restrict peoples moves are in place daily from 22:00 hours til 05:00 hours.


PUERTO MONTT

Crew Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Chances of port unions protests or strikes disappear. Before inward clearance procedures are carried out, heatlh inspectors will board any vessel coming from foreign ports for quick medical examination to all crew members. After medical examination is completed in about 45 minutes, then the rest of the authorities (customs, police and agriculture officers), will go on board to complete all inward formalities that in total may last 90 minutes including medical examination. Inwards formalities can be executed only between 07:00 hours till 21:00 hours only. Crew changes forbidden. All borders with Argentina are closed. Chiloe Island is Quarantine (all ports ANCUD, CASTRO and QUELLON are closed). Puerto Montt airport working normally for domestic flights only. For arrival travellers full screening with termometers is compulsory. Heavy delays in cargo transport and delivery by local airplanes for spares parts are expected becuase only LATAM will continue operatin partially while SKY Airlines will stop operations completely from March 24th till April 30th.

Port Restrictions
Free pratique granted subject to submission 72 hours prior to ships arrival of the following documents: General Maritime Ships Sanitary Declaration, Crew list health detail, Affidativ with sworn declaration of health (COVID19 sympthons for each crew member) and last 2 years of list of port calls. NO specific call restrictions based on previous ports calls, excluding ships coming Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru among others (mandatory quarantine for crew members counted from departure from the last port call in those countries). Technical calls allowed. Cruise vessels calls prohibited till September 30th 2020. Shore leave is forbidden. Temperarature testing is compulsory. Social distancing of at least 1 meters is obligatory. Medical assistance is available on special ship request and if so, health officials will board the ships for inspections. Crew members cannot leave the ships and must stay always on board during full ship's stay. Magellan pilot cannot debark nor embark neither in Ancud or Laitek Pilot Stations.

Closures & Delays
Puerto Montt Port Terminals (EMPORMONTT and OXXEAN) are working normally, despide curfew of 7 hours imposed daily from 22:00 hours till 05:00 hours. Corral Terminal for woodships carrier is working normally exlcluding night shifts due to curfews. Puerto Chacabuco Port, working normally.

Other Information
Curfew orders to restrict peoples moves are in place daily from 22:00 hours til 05:00 hours.


TALCAHUANO-SAN VICENTE- CORONEL

Crew Changes
Restrictions

Lirquen Port stopped since March 31st - 15:00 hours by 2 suspicious cases of COVID 19. No clear when theyr will resume operations. So far, Lirquen Porblem did not escalate to other ports of the Regions which continues working normally. Before inward clearance procedures are carried out, heatlh inspectors will board any vessel coming from foreign ports for quick medical examination to all crew members. After medical examination is completed in about 45 minutes, then the rest of the authorities (customs, police and agriculture officers), will go on board to complete all inward formalities that in total may last 90 minutes including medical examination. Inwards formalities can be executed only between 07:00 hours till 21:00 hours only. Crew changes forbidden. All borders with Argentina are closed and even one city (CHILLAN) within the region has been totally closed. Main Airport in Concepcion working normally for domestic flights only. For arrival travellers full screening with termometers is compulsory. Heavy delays in cargo transport and delivery by local airplanes for spares parts are expected becuase only LATAM will continue operatin partially while SKY Airlines will stop operations completely from March 24th till April 30th.

Port Restrictions
Free pratique granted subject to submission 72 hours prior to ships arrival of the following documents: General Maritime Ships Sanitary Declaration, Crew list health detail, Affidativ with sworn declaration of health (COVID19 sympthons for each crew member) and last 2 years of list of port calls. No specific call restrictions based on previous ports calls, excluding ships coming from Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru among others (mandatory quarantine for crew members counted from departure from the last port call in those countries). Technical calls allowed. Cruise vessels calls prohibited till September 30th 2020. Shore leave is forbidden. Temperarature testing is compulsory. Social distancing of at least 1 meters is obligatory. Medical assistance is available on special ship request and if so, health officials will board the ships for inspections. Crew members cannot leave the ships and must stay always on board during full ship's stay.

Closures & Delays
Delays expected for CORONEL port due to the closure of neightbour city of San Pedro de la Paz which reported several cases in the city that force the authority to block sorrounding areas. Following Terminals are not working at night times due to curfew orders: Lirquen and Coronel Ports. Rest of terminals in the region, Penco, Talcahuano (TTP), San Vicente (SVTI), CAP, and ENAP working 24x7 despide curfew of 7 hours imposed daily from 22:00 hours till 05:00 hours.

Other Information
Curfew orders to restrict peoples moves are in place daily from 22:00 hours til 05:00
 
SAN ANTONIO

Crew Changes
Restrictions

Chances of port unions protests or strikes disappear. Before inward clearance procedures are carried out, heatlh inspectors will board any vessel coming from foreign ports for quick medical examination to all crew members. After medical examination is completed in about 45 minutes, then the rest of the authorities (customs, police and agriculture officers), will go on board to complete all inward formalities that in total may last 90 minutes including medical examination. Inwards formalities can be executed only between 07:00 hours till 21:00 hours only. Crew changes forbidden. Restrictions in normal transit of travellers coming from Santiago (random inspections of police to restrict transit of local people of San Antonio City only and to allow citizens that are engaged in working duties such truck or bus drivers). For arrival travellers full screening with termometers is compulsory. Heavy delays in cargo transport and delivery by local airplanes for spares parts are expected becuase only LATAM will continue operatin partially while SKY Airlines will stop operations completely from March 24th till April 30th..

Port Restrictions
Free pratique granted subject to submission 72 hours prior to ships arrival of the following documents: General Maritime Ships Sanitary Declaration, Crew list health detail, Affidativ with sworn declaration of health (COVID19 sympthons for each crew member) and last 2 years of list of port calls. NO specific call restrictions based on previous ports calls, excluding ships coming from Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru that must demonstrate that crew members has been healthy on board of the ship at least 14 days prior to arrival to San Antonio. Technical calls allowed. Cruise vessels calls prohibited till September 30th 2020. Shore leave is forbidden. Temperarature testing is compulsory. Social distancing of at least 1 meters is obligatory. Medical assistance is available on special ship request and if so, health officials will board the ships for inspections. Crew members cannot leave the ships and must stay always on board during full ship's stay.

Closures & Delays
Despite curfew orders at night times (22:00 till 05:00 hours), ALL terminals in San Antonio (Panul, DPW San Antonio and STI Terminal), are working normally and rendering operational continuity 24 horas per day. Other terminals in San Antonio TERQUIM and QC are also working 24x7 despide curfew orders.

Other Information
None
 
VALPARAISO

Crew Changes
Restrictions

Chances of port unions protests or strikes disappear. Before inward clearance procedures are carried out, heatlh inspectors will board any vessel coming from foreign ports for quick medical examination to all crew members. After medical examination is completed in about 45 minutes, then the rest of the authorities (customs, police and agriculture officers), will go on board to complete all inward formalities that in total may last 90 minutes including medical examination. Inwards formalities can be executed only between 07:00 hours till 21:00 hours only. Crew changes forbidden. Restrictions in normal transit of travellers coming from Santiago (random inspections of police to restrict transit of local people of Valparaiso City only and to allow citizens that are engaged in working duties such truck or bus drivers). For arrival travellers full screening with termometers is compulsory. Heavy delays in cargo transport and delivery by local airplanes for spares parts are expected becuase only LATAM will continue operatin partially while SKY Airlines will stop operations completely from March 24th till April 30th.

Port Restrictions
Free pratique granted subject to submission 72 hours prior to ships arrival of the following documents: General Maritime Ships Sanitary Declaration, Crew list health detail, Affidativ with sworn declaration of health (COVID19 sympthons for each crew member) and last 2 years of list of port calls. NO specific call restrictions based on previous ports calls, excluding ships coming from Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru that must demonstrate that crew members has been healthy on board of the ship at least 14 days prior to arrival to San Antonio. Technical calls allowed. Cruise vessels calls prohibited till September 30th 2020. Shore leave is forbidden. Temperarature testing is compulsory. Social distancing of at least 1 meters is obligatory. Medical assistance is available on special ship request and if so, health officials will board the ships for inspections. Crew members cannot leave the ships and must stay always on board during full ship's stay.

Closures & Delays
All terminals in Valparaiso: TCVAL and TPS are working 24x7 despide curfew of 7 hours imposed daily from 22:00 hours till 05:00 hours.

Other Information
Curfew orders to restrict peoples moves are in place daily from 22:00 hours til 05:00
 
QUINTERO

Crew Changes
Restrictions

Chances of port unions protests or strikes disappear. Before inward clearance procedures are carried out, heatlh inspectors will board any vessel coming from foreign ports for quick medical examination to all crew members. After medical examination is completed in about 45 minutes, then the rest of the authorities (customs, police and agriculture officers), will go on board to complete all inward formalities that in total may last 90 minutes including medical examination. Inwards formalities can be executed only between 07:00 hours till 21:00 hours only. Crew changes forbidden. Restrictions in normal transit of travellers coming from Santiago (random inspections of police to restrict transit of local people of Quintero City only and to allow citizens that are engaged in working duties such truck or bus drivers). For arrival travellers full screening with termometers is compulsory. Heavy delays in cargo transport and delivery by local airplanes for spares parts are expected becuase only LATAM will continue operatin partially while SKY Airlines will stop operations completely from March 24th till April 30th.

Port Restrictions
Free pratique granted subject to submission 72 hours prior to ships arrival of the following documents: General Maritime Ships Sanitary Declaration, Crew list health detail, Affidativ with sworn declaration of health (COVID19 sympthons for each crew member) and last 2 years of list of port calls. NO specific call restrictions based on previous ports calls, excluding ships coming from Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru that must demonstrate that crew members has been healthy on board of the ship at least 14 days prior to arrival to San Antonio. Technical calls allowed. Cruise vessels calls prohibited till September 30th 2020. Shore leave is forbidden. Temperarature testing is compulsory. Social distancing of at least 1 meters is obligatory. Medical assistance is available on special ship request and if so, health officials will board the ships for inspections. Crew members cannot leave the ships and must stay always on board during full ship's stay.

Closures & Delays
All terminals in Quintero: VENTANAS port, OXIQUIM, EL BATO, GNL, ENAP Mono Boy, ENAP Multi Boy and LPG Terminals are working 24x7 despide curfew of 7 hours imposed daily from 22:00 hours till 05:00 hours.

Other Information
Curfew orders to restrict peoples moves are in place daily from 22:00 hours til 05:00
 
CALDERA - ANTOFAGASTA - ANGAMOS

Crew Changes
Restrictions

Before inward clearance procedures are carried out, heatlh inspectors will board any vessel coming from foreign ports for quick medical examination to all crew members. After medical examination is completed in about 45 minutes, then the rest of the authorities (customs, police and agriculture officers), will go on board to complete all inward formalities that in total may last 90 minutes including medical examination. Inwards formalities can be executed only between 07:00 hours till 21:00 hours only. Crew changes forbidden. For arrival travellers full screening with termometers is compulsory. Heavy delays in cargo transport and delivery by local airplanes for spares parts are expected becuase only LATAM will continue operatin partially while SKY Airlines will stop operations completely from March 24th till April 30th. Antofagasta Airport working normally, but congestion expected.

Port Restrictions

Free pratique granted subject to submission 72 hours prior to ships arrival of the following documents: General Maritime Ships Sanitary Declaration, Crew list health detail, Affidativ with sworn declaration of health (COVID19 sympthons for each crew member) and last 2 years of list of port calls. NO specific call restrictions based on previous ports calls, excluding ships coming from Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru that must demonstrate that crew members has been healthy on board of the ship at least 14 days prior to arrival to Caldera, Antofagasta and Angamos. Technical calls allowed. Cruise vessels calls prohibited till September 30th 2020. Shore leave is forbidden. Temperarature testing is compulsory. Social distancing of at least 1 meters is obligatory. Medical assistance is available on special ship request and if so, health officials will board the ships for inspections. Crew members cannot leave the ships and must stay always on board during full ship's stay. According local stevedores union request, all foreing ships must perform a quick covid test onboard, if vessel arrive direct from a non chilean port, quick test to be applied to all crew members, if vessel already called another chilean port only will have to test 7 random crew members, if have any posible positive, the crew must be disermbarked in order to take another test at hospital (PCR) vessel will be detained until get final results, if final result is negative vessel is allowed to perform discharge operation if the results is positive, the crew member has to be disermbarked and remaing in quarantine for 14 days and the rest of the crew members will have a quarantine for 7 or 14 days depending authorities instruccions, this only apply for CALDERA port. Additional to quick covid test, now has been requested to perform disinfectation cleaning on board to CCR, doors handles, bathrooms, ETC (To all places where shore gang transit and stay on board). After local stevedores demands, local health authority will go on board to every ship calling caldera, having Caldera as first chilean port of if the vessel arrives from another chilean port already health controlled, health inspector availability is from 08:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs, if any vessel arrive out this mentioned hours will have to wait for health inspecto availability .

Closures & Delays

Chances of port unions protests or strikes disappear. Following Terminals are not working at night times due to curfew orders: Totoralillo and Punta Padrones (Lindun Minerals). Caldera Rocas Negras working 24x7. COLOSO - BHP Terminal full operational 24x7. All Mejillones Terminals: GNL, TGN, ANGAMOS, OXIQUIM, INTERACID, ANDINO (ECL), PUERTO MEJILLONES, TERQUIM and ENAEX working 24x7 despide of curfew of 7 hours imposed daily from 22:00 hours till 05:00 hours.
 
IQUIQUE - ARICIA

Crew Changes
Restrictions

Before inward clearance procedures are carried out, heatlh inspectors will board any vessel coming from foreign ports for quick medical examination to all crew members. After medical examination is completed in about 45 minutes, then the rest of the authorities (customs, police and agriculture officers), will go on board to complete all inward formalities that in total may last 90 minutes including medical examination. Inwards formalities can be executed only between 07:00 hours till 21:00 hours only. Crew changes are forbidden. For arrival travellers full screening with termometers is compulsory. Heavy delays in cargo transport and delivery by local airplanes for spares parts are expected becuase only LATAM will continue operatin partially while SKY Airlines will stop operations completely from March 24th till April 30th. Antofagasta Airport working normally, but congestion expected. Delays in inwards clearance at night times due to curfew orders from 22:00 hours till 05:00 hours. Ships arriving within said period of time, must wait for clearance. Customs officers are attending only between 08:00 to 17:00 hours daily during weekdays.

Port Restrictions
Free pratique granted subject to submission 72 hours prior to ships arrival of the following documents: General Maritime Ships Sanitary Declaration, Crew list health detail, Affidativ with sworn declaration of health (COVID19 sympthons for each crew member) and last 2 years of list of port calls. NO specific call restrictions based on previous ports calls, excluding ships coming from Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru that must demonstrate that crew members has been healthy on board of the ship at least 14 days prior to arrival to Iquique or Arica ports. Technical calls allowed. Cruise vessels calls prohibited till September 30th 2020. Shore leave is forbidden. Temperarature testing is compulsory. Social distancing of at least 1 meters is obligatory. Medical assistance is available on special ship request and if so, health officials will board the ships for inspections. Crew members cannot leave the ships and must stay always on board during full ship's stay. 

Closures & Delays
Chances of port unions protests or strikes disappear. Following Terminals are not working at night times due to curfew orders: Totoralillo and Punta Padrones (Lindun Minerals). Caldera Rocas Negras working 24x7. COLOSO - BHP Terminal full operational 24x7. All Mejillones Terminals: GNL, TGN, ANGAMOS, OXIQUIM, INTERACID, ANDINO (ECL), PUERTO MEJILLONES, TERQUIM and ENAEX working 24x7 despide of curfew of 7 hours imposed daily from 22:00 hours till 05:00 hours
 

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China

All Ports
Update: 18/01/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

  1. Chinese Crew change is possible after special application with the Immigration and Customs in advance. 
    • For the vessels which have not called epidemic area/ports in the past 14 days, crew change (only limited to Chinese Crew on / off signers) can be arranged as long as they are in good health condition.
    • For the vessels which have called epidemic area/ports in the past 14 days, crew change (limited to Chinese Crew on / off signers) can be arranged as long as they are quarantined upto 14 days and in good health condition.
  2. As from 28 Mar, China temporarily suspended the entry of foreigners holding valid visas and residence permits. And crew change of non Chinese nationality has been suspended . As per recent info, Chinese government has the intention / plan to resume crew change (of foreign crew) in 10 main China ports. However there is no further guidline / details of implementation so far.
  3. All visitors from overseas need be tested virus and Quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  1. All ships are requested to report every crew health condition and body temperature on daily basis before vessels arrival and during ship staying in the port. 
  2. New Health Declaration Card is required to be declared by every Crew.
  3. If crew temperature abnormal, Customs/Quarantine office will decide if moving vessels to anchorage for further observation or not. If crew found in fever before vessel berthing, normally the ship need clear Quarantine inspection at Anchorage.
  4. For the ships coming from overseas, nobody could embark & disembark before Quarantine inspection completion. 
  5. Night Quarantine inspection is unavailable.
  6. For the ships that conducted crew change at last port before calling to China or crew change conducted within 14 days before the ship arrival China. COVID test should be done within 3 days before crews’ joining the ship, and the results must be negative. The inspection shall be carried out in institutions designated or recognized by Chinese embassies and consulates abroad.
  7. Copies of the COVID test report (above mentioned) issued at joining port should be submitted by master / ship’s owner / ship’s managers / ship’s agent in ship’s first calling port in China.

Port Closures and Delays
Expected Closures: No
Expected Delays: Yes

All ports are in normal operations, including discharge / loading / berthing / unberthing / etc.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Drybulk Ships are not compulsory to pay SPRO fee.


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China - Hong Kong

All Ports
Update: 04/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

I. SUGGESTED NOTICE PERIOD TO ISS FOR CREW CHANGE POSSIBILITY : 10 days prior to vessel's ETA.

II. CREW CHANGE GUIDANCE WITH EFFECT FROM 20 FEB 2021

A) CREW CHANGE FOR GOODS VESSELS WITH CARGO OPERATION 

With effect from 20 Feb 2021, for  goods  vessels  with  cargo  operation  which  intend  to  conduct  crew  change, should comply with the following conditions:-

1) Shipping companies/agents shall submit the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) and Estimated Time of Departure (ETD) of vessel together with the details of the sign-on and sign-off crew to be changed (including their names and flight schedules) 72 hours prior arrival of the vessel for the Marine Department (MarDep)’s approval.    

For out-going crew members of goods vessels which have called the ports of any country outside China  during  the  21  days  prior  to  arrival  in  Hong  Kong,  shipping  companies/agents should declare in its crew change application how would the out-going crew member concerned take the SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test according to the means as mentioned in clause 8) below.  

Please provide the crew change details in the attached form (we will fill up the vehicle / ferry details) and return to us to apply with Marine Department (“Mardep”) at least 72 hours prior to vessel’s ETA for their consideration of approval. Also, please send us the copy of passports / seaman’s books for on / off-signers.

2) All crew members should remain on-board the vessels during the stay of the vessels in Hong Kong waters and should not get ashore.  

3) Point-to-point transfers should be arranged by the shipping companies / agents for crew members to and from the vessel. Use of public transport including MTR, airport shuttle train and taxi for crew transfer is prohibited. Crew members should wear masks during the entire journey to and from the vessel.  

Sign-on Crew  

4) Signing-on crew members should only arrive Hong Kong when their vessels are berthed in Hong Kong and should get onboard immediately upon arrival.  

5) Signing-on  crew  members  arriving  Hong  Kong  at  the  Hong  Kong  International Airport (HKIA) to sign-on goods vessels must have a negative result of SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test at an ISO 15189-accredited laboratory or a laboratory recognised by the Government where the laboratory is located with the specimen collected within 48 hours prior to boarding the last sector flight to Hong Kong.    Upon arrival, they must only use the designated  channel  within  the  HKIA  to  arrive  at  the  designate  pick-up  point.  They should wear masks during the entire journey from the HKIA to the vessel.  

6) Shipping  companies/agents  should  declare  on  a  letter  of  certification  that  the signing-on crew member concerned has been tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid with the specimen collected within 48 hours prior to boarding the flight to Hong Kong [as mentioned in clause 5)].    The letter should also include an emergency local contact  phone  number  for  prompt  contact  with  the  concerned  crew  under  emergency situation.  

7) Signing-on  crew  members  are  required  to  present  MarDep’s  approval  letter [as mentioned in clause 1)], the negative test report (as mentioned in clause 5) and letter of certification [as mentioned in clause 6)] to staff of Department of Health (DH) when he/she enters Hong Kong at HKIA. The shipping  companies/agents should prepare at  least  one  copy  of  the certification letter to be carried by each crew when arriving Hong Kong for submission to  DH  staff. Crew  members who fail to present and submit the  abovementioned documents to DH staff will be denied entry, and the  shipping  companies/agents concerned are required to arrange these crew members to fly back to their originating country(ies) forthwith.  

Since 8 July 2020, crew members of vessels entering Hong Kong via the Hong Kong International Airport were subject to a mandatory COVID-19 testing at the DH’s Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC). Starting from 29 July 2020, crew members of good vessels are also required to stay at the TSCC to wait for the test result (the waiting time for test result may possibly need about 8-10 hours).  No report will be given for this COVID-19 test.  

In case joiner is found with COVID-19 positive result, he would be immediately sent to hospital for necessary medical arrangement.  The joiner travels the same flight with the one with COVID-19 positive result, as the suspected close contact would be required for 14-day quarantine. FYI, no replacement of joiner would be allowed once the application of crew change has been submitted to the Port Authorities.

On-signers should prepare to bring along with them all necessities, especially medications and their record, of sufficient quantities before boarding the plane as they will need to go to the TSSC set up in the restricted area of the Airport for collecting their samples immediately upon arrival to Hong Kong and can only proceed with immigration procedures and collect their checked-in baggage after completing relevant testing procedures.

Sign-off Crew  

8) Signing-off  crew  members  who  have  completed  their  service  on-board  will  be required to stay onboard the vessel during their stay in Hong Kong and travel directly for  repatriation  to  their  home  countries  so  as  to  minimise  contact  with  the  local community. For goods  vessels which have called the ports of any country outside China during  the  21  days  prior  to  arrival  in  Hong  Kong,  ship  companies/agents  are required to EITHER –    

(a) arrange a SARS-CoV-2  nucleic acid test for the signing-off sea crew  at an ISO 15189-accredited laboratory or a laboratory recognised by the Government where the laboratory is located with the specimen collected within 72 hours prior to the vessel’s ETA at Hong Kong and obtain a negative result; OR 

(b) arrange the signing-off sea crew to take a SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test by one of the  recognised  testing  institutions  in  Hong  Kong  upon the  vessel’s  arrival, and these crew members will need to stay on board his/her cargo vessel until the result (negative) is available [i.e. test-and-hold arrangement on board the vessel in Hong Kong].   

Please note that the turnaround time for report of SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test is about 12 hours after submission of sample to the laboratory. 

9) Signing-off crew who are Hong Kong residents and who will stay in Hong Kong after signing off are required to take a SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test as in clause 8(b) above.  They  are  not  exempted  from  compulsory  quarantine, and are subject to the prevailing  quarantine  arrangement  as  with  other  non-exempted persons. These signing-off Hong Kong crew must use land transportation designated by the Government to the designated quarantine hotels direct from the location where they go ashore.  Shipping companies/agents will be provided with a list of land transportation designated by the Government for their direct contact to make land transportation arrangement to designated quarantine hotels. 

General  

10) Shipping companies/agents should keep and if requested provide information on the  testing,  transportation  and  logistics  arrangement  of  the  crew  members  (such  as details of the flights taken by the crew concerned, licence plate number and driver details of the vehicles, name of ferry and coxswain details used to transfer the crew members, exact time and location of the picking up/setting down of the transfers, laboratory reports, etc.) for ease of contact tracing.  

11) Shipping companies/agents must report to the MarDep immediately upon receipt of information of any COVID-19 positive cases of their seafarers.  

12) Shipping companies/agents failing to comply with the above conditions and/or provide the required information will be denied future crew change for one month.

Remarks:  
• Upon arrival at Hong Kong, crew must pay attention to their health condition, take body temperature twice daily and report to your shipping company/agent.   
• If crew feels unwell, please call 2125 1133 (have stayed in Mainland, Macao or Taiwan) or 2125 1999 (have stayed in all overseas countries/territories).
• Crews are allowed to operate another trip and must wear a surgical mask during work.   
• If there is any enquiries, please contact duty Port Health Officer by 2543 1702.   

B) QUARANTINE MEASURES FOR VESSELS WHICH HAVE VISITED BRAZIL, IRELAND, SOUTH AFRICA OR THE UNITED KINGDOM WITHIN 21 DAYS BEFORE ARRIVING HONG KONG 

All persons including ship’s crews who have stayed in Brazil, Ireland, South Africa or the United Kingdom, for more than 2 hours in the past 21 days will not be allowed to board the plane for Hong Kong and will also be denied entry.

Vessels are prohibited entering Hong Kong waters, which have visited Brazil, Ireland, South Africa or the United Kingdom in the past 21 days.

Further crew change restrictions may apply within short notice.  Port Authorities have final obligation to evaluate the actual COVID-19 measures for crew change.

C) SHIPS WITH NO CARGO OPERATION 

• Crew change is NOT possible.
• Cargo ships call Hong Kong for the purpose other than loading or discharging cargoes, are subject to:-
o Did not visit place(s) outside China (Mainland, Macao or Taiwan) within 21 days before arriving Hong Kong : 14 days compulsory quarantine 
o Visited place(s) outside China (Mainland, Macao or Taiwan) within 21 days before arriving Hong Kong : 21 days compulsory quarantine 

III. ENTRY / TRAVEL / QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS FOR NON-CREWS (PASSENGERS)

1. Air transit / transfer services at Hong Kong International Airport will be resumed in phases starting from 1 June 2020.  

2.  Restrictions on Entering Hong Kong with effect from 25 March 2020 until further notice:-

a. All non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas countries and regions by plane will be denied entry to Hong Kong; and  
b. Non-Hong Kong residents coming from the Mainland, Macao and Taiwan will be denied entry to Hong Kong if they have been to any overseas countries and regions in the past 14 days.

3. Compulsory Quarantine

a. Health quarantine arrangements on inbound travellers from the Mainland, Macao or Taiwan:
Compulsory quarantine at designated places (home or other accommodation) apart from the exempted persons under the "Compulsory Quarantine of Certain   Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation". 

b. Health quarantine arrangements on inbound travellers from overseas:
Excluding the exempted persons under the "Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation"(Cap. 599E), are subject to compulsory quarantine.
With effect from 0:00am on 25 December 2020, all persons arriving at Hong Kong (either via the airport or land boundary control points) who have stayed in places outside China on the day of arrival at Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day have to undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days in designated quarantine hotels. For details, please refer to this webpage: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/designated-hotel.html.
If inbound travellers have stayed in any specified very high-risk places on the day or 21 days before boarding the aircraft to Hong Kong, please also refer to this webpage: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/high-risk-places.html

c.  All inbound travellers who are subject to the compulsory quarantine specified above should not have any symptoms and should have passed temperature checks upon entry. Those with symptoms will be referred to the Department of Health for further handling. Arrivals holding a visa with insufficient validity period will be denied entry.

d.  Those arriving Hong Kong via the Hong Kong International Airport will be required to proceed to the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) set up in the restricted area of the Airport for COVID-19 testing immediately upon arrival. They will need to stay at the TSCC to wait for test results. If their test results are negative, they will be allowed to proceed with immigration procedures and reclaim baggage, and go to a designated place immediately to continue completion of the compulsory quarantine. Confirmed cases and their close contacts will respectively be arranged for admission to hospital and sent to designated quarantine centres direct.

4.  Effective from 0.00am 25 December 2020, all persons who have stayed in the United Kingdom or South Africa for more than two hours on the day of boarding or during the 21 days before that day are not be allowed to board for Hong Kong.

5.  Effective from 0.00am 23 January 2021, all persons who have stayed in Brazil or Ireland for more than two hours on the day of boarding or during the 21 days before that day will not be allowed to board for Hong Kong. 

6. Travel restrictions have been imposed by various countries and regions in view of the COVID-19 situation. Travellers are reminded to confirm with their airlines if any relevant travel restrictions have been issued by the destination country. Flights and the above conditions could be subject to changes in relation to the latest COVID-19 situation within short notice.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

1) Free pratique to be granted subject to all crews are in good health condition and Department of Health’s final approval of the “Application of Free Pratique” submitted.
2) Immigration facilities at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Ocean Terminal are suspended until further notice.
3) Goods vessels call Hong Kong for the purpose other than loading or discharging cargoes, e.g. bunkering, are all subject to 14 days compulsory quarantine at the location assigned by Director of Marine / Director of Health.  Crew change is not allowed.  
4) Vessels are prohibited entering Hong Kong waters, which have visited South Africa, United Kingdom, Brazil or Ireland in the past 21 days. 

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

WAIVER OF PORT AND LIGHT DUES - HONG KONG

Please be informed that the HKSAR Government has announced the extension to waive Port and Light Dues (per 100 NRT X HKD43) payable by ocean-going vessels (“OGVs”).

A)    Concession Period 

The concession period is for 12 months starts from midnight at the start of 1 Oct 2019 until midnight at the end of 30 Sep 2021. 

B)    Waiver

Port and Light Dues payable by OGVs for the use of port facilities on each occasion of entry to Hong Kong waters under the Shipping and Port Control Ordinance will be waived if they arrive in the waters of Hong Kong during the concession period.

If you require any further information, please contact ISS Hong Kong. 

Other Information
None


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Croatia

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions : Conditional

Crew change can be arranged on the condition that crew must have Schengen visa in advance. It is not possible to arrange from our side transit visas.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

No any other restrictions at the moment.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

There is daylight restriction for berthing/sailing, crew can not go ashore

Other Information

None.

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Colombia

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

At this point the Harbor Master authority and Immigration authority have authorizes the crew changes under the following conditions:

AA. For Onsigners: Must sign up in the colombian immigration authority https://apps.migracioncolombia.gov.co/pre-registro/public/preregistro.jsf Also is mandatory to have a Covid-19 PCR test resulting in a Negative as near as possible with the flight date.

BB. For Offsigners Must perform as rapid covid-19 test, if negative the offsigner will be granted to leave the country and must proceed to take his flight at the earliest convenience after the results of the test.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free Practique subject to Sanitation officer's approval / Health declaration must be sent on daily basis and three (3) hours before ship's arrival / Technical calls not allowed / No cruise vessel are allowed / No shore leave / Medical Assistance is available for life-threatening illnesses only. At some terminals the agents are only allowed to board during clearing of vessel and carry out the key meeting thereafter the agent must leave the vessel and continue doing its work in a remote way. Agents must use all personal protective elements (PPE) such as mask, glasses, gloves and protectvie safety suit. Arrival of crew ships have been prohibited until further notice. Cruise season has been cancelled.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: Yes
Expect Delays: Yes

Colombian government and port authorities are taking actions to guarantee the normal port activities in all Colombian terrotory. Prodeco/Glencore stopped all coal productions. The are still shipping the coal that was extracted before mine closure but the stock is very reduced actually.

Other Information

All Main Colombian ports remain open and working 24/7 SHINC.


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Comoros

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew change possible: Onsigners need to present a negative PCR test prior boarding flt. On arrival they need to do thru temparature checks and then a direct transfer to vsl. Off signers need to perform a PCR test and then  be quarantined in an hotel for 3 days pending negative results. If the test is negative then they will be allowed to take their flights.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Application to be made for authorisation prior crew movement from vessel.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No expected delays for now.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

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Costa Rica

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

We will need 1 week to process the approval with local authorities, please provide: 

  • Name of vessel
  • Passport and US Visa copies. Please find the attached list of nationalities that require US VISA.
  • List of crew members who will sing on/ off
  • Preliminar flight details. E-tickets in PDF format. 

Once approved, ON / OFF signers have to comply with below entry restriction: 
OFF SIGNERS  (COVID Test won't be needed)  

  • They must complete the online form called “Pase de Salud” (Health Pass) 48 hours before disembarking. This form is available online at  https://salud.go.cr/ 
  • Off signers will need an insurance that must cover medical expenses of at least US $ 50,000 and isolation and/or accommodation expenses of at least US $2,000. This insurance must cover all possible medical expenses in case of COVID-19 contagion.

The insurance can be issued by an international company and also we offer the service with a local company.  
ON SIGNERS ( COVID Test won't be needed to entry to Costa Rica, but you must check Airline’s restrictions)

  • They must complete the online form called “Pase de Salud” (Health Pass) 48 hours before arrival to Costa Rica. This form is available online at https://salud.go.cr/
  • On Signers will need an insurance that must cover medical expenses of at least US $ 50,000  and isolation and/or accommodation expenses of at least US $2,000. This insurance must cover all possible medical expenses in case of COVID-19 contagion.

The insurance can be issued by an international company and also we offer the service with a local company. 
NOTES:

  • Please consider that ON and Off signers must leave the country 72 hours after the entry registration. In case of ON signers is considered that they leave the country once  embarking process is completed even if the vessel leaves the country after deadline time.
  • Some Airlines and Airports request COVID Test and antibodies test for Off signers, we suggest check and advise time of validity that must have mentioned tests in order to avoid the reject at airports    


Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Yes, vessel must indicate last calls and health conditions of the crew members, if any symptoms, technical calls and cruise calls are allowed only for supply no embarking/disembarking are allowed. social distance mandatory. medical assistance on a case basis and subject to approval from the health authority.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Other Information
This applies for:

  • Limon/Moin Japdeva terminals
  • Caldera,
  • Golfito,
  • Puntarenas
  • Punta Morales

APM terminal is subject to the approval of the terminal.


Related Notices:
Operations of ports in Costa Rica

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Curacao

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

As of January 1, 2021, the Government of Curaçao amended the travel policy. Authorization by or on behalf of the Minister of General Affairs to enter Curaçao when traveling from a high-risk country or region is no longer a mandatory required because the Government of Curaçao decided to classify countries in either high or low-risk countries and amended the requirements thereof. This means that the exemption process will no longer exist. As of January 1, 2021, the following countries have been classified as low-risk: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, St. Eustatius, St Vincent & Grenadines, Turks and Caicos. Traveling from low-risk countries or regions are required to take these two mandatory actions prior to departure: 1) If required, complete the digital immigration card online prior to departure at https://dicardcuracao.com/portal 2) Within 48 hours before departure, you must digitally complete the Passenger Location Card (PLC) at https://dicardcuracao.com/portal Traveling from high-risk countries or regions are required to take these three mandatory steps before departure: 1) If required, complete the digital immigration card online prior to departure at https://dicardcuracao.com/portal 2) Within 48 hours prior to departure, you must complete the digital Passenger Locator Card (PLC) at https://dicardcuracao.com/portal 3) Each traveler entering Curaçao must show upon arrival a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. (Please note that PCR tests based on Gargle samples will not be accepted). The test shall be performed not later than 72 hours before arrival in Curaçao by an accredited laboratory. You can contact your general practitioner about a referral to the nearest facility. Negative COVID-19 PCR results must be uploaded to dicardcuracao.com prior to departure. Aside from the above COVID regulations all other formalities and regulations remain in place. OKTB must still be hand carried and Curacao’s VISA policy has to be upheld, see attached. Local Covid tests can performed and are for the account of the individual/company. Current rate for test is USD 150,- per test, subject to change. Off singers may still disembark at any time! Subject to last ports and voyage they can go to quarantine or regular hotel. Straight to the airport is always also possible for their onwards flight.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

In addition to standard prearrival docs, an additional Marine Health Declaration form is to be submitted. Active cruise calls are temporarily suspended. Cargo, repair-, bunker, load/discharge calls remain possible as normal. Lay ups are allowed. Off port attendance to remain as normal. 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


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Cyprus

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

CREW CHANGE CAN BE EFFECTED , UNDER CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS AND PROVIDED THAT THERE ARE AVAILABLE FLIGHTS. ANALYSIS IS REQUIRED ON ARRIVAL.

For On Signers

Category A 

Crew members coming from Category A countries are not required to present a laboratory Covid-19 test Certificate 

Category B

Crew members coming from Category B countries are required to possess a Covid 19 (real-time PCR) test results negative, max 72 hours (test date & time and NOT the test results) prior their arrival / flight. In other case, test will be done upon arrival, the crew member cannot embark on the vessel until the test results come out (from our experience usually it takes 24-48 hours for the results to come out) they will remain in self-isolation until the examination result is issued. 

Category C

Crew members coming from Category C countries are required to possess a Covid 19 (real- time PCR) test results negative, max 72 hours (test date & time and NOT the test results) prior their arrival / flight. In other case, test will be done upon arrival, the crew member cannot embark on the vessel until the test results come out (from our experience usually it takes 24-48 hours for the results to come out) they will be accommodated at isolated shelter approved by the government. Prior their arrival, we will need to apply for code-Permission code, as needed by the seafarer for the completion of Cyprus Flight Pass. 

All crew members regardless of their categorised country , are obliged to apply for their Cyprus Flight Pass through the page https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy within 24 hours prior to their departure flight. 

For Off signers:
 
Will be disembarked and accommodated at an isolated shelter approved by the government until their flight if needed.  Due to the spread of Covid-19, you are kindly requested from your side with your travelling agents to review the Latest restrictions published by the Government of the country of their destinations through transit airports & make sure that they are permitted to enter. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

On-signers:
All arrival crew have to hold a negative covid 19 test at least 72 hrs prior of their arrival 
or a  test will be arranged for them upon arrival and remain isolated  ( at a specify  hotel) until their test 
result (24hrs-48hrs max) and  then transport direct on board.

Off-signers:
Can disembark from the vessel  provided that they have flight details.
Additional requirements need in order  to proceed with relevant approvals from the Shipping Deputy Minister to the President 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
None

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Denmark

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Crew change is permitted. Flights are limited but still possible. 
Face masks are mandatory except when outside - these must be provided by vessel/own company.
Shore leave is suspended.
All onsigners must arrive with a negative Covid test with time of sampling not older than 24 hrs (PCR or Antigen).
Some hotels are closed due to Covid and others are open but without restaurants.
Launch boats have limited capacity due to social distancing requirements.
On- and offsigners can stay maximum 24 hrs in Denmark before joining vessel or leaving the country.
It is now mandatory to take a rapid test on arrival at any airport before going through passport checkpoint.
Recommended social distancing is set at 2 meters.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

No shore leave allowed.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
None


Related notices:

Interim advice for preparedness and response to cases of COVID-19 at points of entry in the European Union/EEA Member States – Public health measures at points of entry (VERSION 3 – 20/02/2020)
Interim advice for preparedness and response to cases of 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease at points of entry in the European Union/EEA Member States – Exit and entry screening at points of entry (VERSION 1 – 06/02/2020)


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Djibouti

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Please note that crew change is possible for all national crew. 
 
Below are the procedure in brief for the crew change. 
 
For On signers, when they arrive at the airport their PCR test will be done and result will be given in 2-3 hrs. After receipt of negative report
they can go to hotel If vessel not there or onboard directly as the case may be and tug boat available. 
 
For Off signers, PCR test is not compulsory if same not required by airlines and/or at disembarkation airport. If they need to stay in hotel then
first they have to do PCR test onboard and upon receipt of negative report only they can disembark from the vessel. This report take nearly
24-36 hrs. Doctor can go onboard only between 0800 > 1200 hrs. subject to availability of tug boat from port authority.

Visa on arrival is possible basis OKTB sent by us.  

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Seaport

  1. Port is working normally for all commercial vessel. 
  2. Container terminal facing problem of receiving MTY returns from Consignee due to lack of space in the yard. Alternative arrangement are under process and authority will revert with arrangements. 
  3. As per first notification received from port on 29 Jan. all vessel arriving Djibouti will be first inspected by Quarantine and only after their clearance Agent and other authorities will be allowed to board vessel. 
  4. In continuation to Point 4, as per new notification received from port authority, effective 19 Mar all vessels coming to Djibouti will be first inspected by quarantine 
  5. at anchorage and after their clearance will be allowed to come alongside for operations. 
  6. No much problem in congestion for RORO and other G.C as uplift is in progress.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Free pratique and quarantine at anchorage done only by authorities. No Agent to accompany hence some days delay expected.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Airport

  1. Airport was working normally initially. 
  2. All passenger’s temperature was checked at 2 check points prior entry to immigration area. 
  3. Notification received on 15 Mar that all international passenger flights will be suspended effective 18 Mar. till further notice. 
  4. No restrictions on cargo aircrafts. 

Road/Rail Movement

  1. Road/Rail was working normally initially. 
  2. Effective 19 Mar. all rail/road transport for passengers has been suspended till further notice. 
  3. Rail/Truck movement for cargo to Ethiopia is normal. 

General Information

  1. Only 1 confirm case of Spanish military personnel was found at Djibouti who arrived with Spanish military aircraft with another 32 personnel. They were kept in isolation 
  2. at French military camp with no contact to any civilians and repatriated back to Spain. 
  3. Though many things heard of some cases being positive but no  any confirmation received from authority on it. 
  4. Schools are being closed from 22nd Mar till 31st Mar as per notification from Education ministry. 
  5. No shutdown of mall/supermarket announced. 
  6. Night clubs, Mosque & all sports activities has been shut down effective 21 Mar. 
  7. Djibouti has extended lock down period for next 14 days effective 26 Mar. 
  8. As of today, Djibouti has 1,120 positives case / 755 cases recovered and 03 death as of today and all infected has been isolated at various medical centres.
  9. Though its not complete lock down but people movement is restricted to avoid unwanted people to move and mingle without requirement.  Djibouti Free Zone & Port Authority
  10. have issued passes to port community for easy movement and to attend office. 
  11. Most offices are working with minimum required staff. 
  12. Djibouti has extended lockdown upto 08 May. 
  13. Djibouti has ended lockdown from 08 May and  awaiting further from concerned authority whether it is fully ended or with conditions. 

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Congo

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Regarding boarding

  • The sailor must enter CONGO with a PCR test dating back less than 3 days, then can be directly on board his ship.
  • The sailor whose test is exceeded by 72 hours, must repeat another test on arrival and wait at least  72 hours for his results in a hotel (at his expense) before boarding.

Regarding disembarkation

  • The PCR test is compulsory and the sailor will wait for the results at the hotel (at his expense) and will only be able to board his plane after having obtained his results. Exception if made for people going directly to France, because France is not requesting such test for people coming from Congo

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date and maritime health declaration. All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health before boarding team will be allowed on board. Vessel will only be quarantined if coming from infected countries, and stay anchorage or if master reports any illness on board which give reason for checking of suspected cases. Period 15 Days.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health before boarding team will be allowed on board. Vessel will only be quarantined if coming from infected countries, and stay anchorage or if master reports any illness on board which give reason for checking of suspected cases. Period 15 Days. Still not officially confirmed as a method by authorities.

Other Information

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DR Congo

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

We confirm that the crew change is feasible since on August, 15th 2020 but please note that the applicant has to send directly his request, for
obtaining visas of the ON-SIGNERS, to the following Company :

The on-signer – if a seaman -  needs an Ok To Board (OKTB) to enter DRC. It can be obtained after 5-7 working days. The delay does not depend on us but on the Immigration Office.

Crew must have their passport and seaman books.

Their flight will land at our International Airport of Ndjili which is based at Kinshasa. And from Kinshasa they will take a domestic flight to Matadi.

Local flights schedules :
Kinshasa – Matadi : 09h30 – 13h00
Matadi – Kinshasa : 13h30 – 15h30
There are flights from Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and only one flight/day. No flights on Sundays.

If the on-signer is not a seaman, he must have a passport with a DRC visa. 

We are in close contact with them and will intervene after arrival and completion of all the administrative formalities with local Officials.
 
We indeed do not perform anymore assistance for obtaining a visa, nor any associated intervention (regularization etc…).  
 
We also draw your attention that all the travelers must check, before their departure, the validity of their travel documents, to be in compliance with the regulations at entry and exit of territory; their passports, visas, vaccination records, invitation letters and financial support of expenses, temporary address, return flight ticket, and any other document MUST BE UP TO DATE  BEFORE entering the country.

For your information, no quarantines for On-Signers who have their negative result of the COVID-19 test done before leaving their respective countries whereas for Off-Signers, they will be assisted by the same agency for the test at the cost of 60 USD/man 48 hours before flying.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date and maritime health declaration. All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health before boarding team will be allowed on board. This will take place at the entrance of the river to all vessels. Vessel will only be quarantined if master reports any illness on board which give reason for checking of suspected cases. Period 14 Days

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health before boarding team will be allowed on board. This will take place at the entrance of the river to all vessels. Vessel will only be quarantined if master reports any illness on board which give reason for checking of suspected cases. Period 14 Days

Other Information

None.


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Dominica

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew change is not allowed at this time / No boarding of vessels by Officials / All vessels must forward documents to Agents for submission onto Customs Asycuda System and copied to Port Health.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Permission is granted for cargo vessels to come in to work up to 11pm / No crew allowed to go ashore / No Cruise Vessels are permitted in Port at this time.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No closure of port and no delays in operations

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Other Information

Country is not under lockdown / Business back to normal with residents adhering to strict protocols (wearing of masks, sanitizing upon entry into various places, washing hands frequently, etc.) Present covid status: Confirmed cases: 77, Recovered: 63, Active: 14 , Total number in Government Quarantine: 57, Number of persons tested: 5655, Number of negative results: 5578

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Dominican Republic

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew change is possible at The Dominican Republic. This service must be authorized by Immigration Authorities. They must receive crew details, passport copy and preliminary flight details at least 3 days in advance, not including weekends. PCR TEST is not mandatory to travel to The Dominican Republic.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Free pratique has always been granted once vessel is berthed and authorities have cleared the vessel. Now the Medical Protocol previously mentioned has been added prior to this. Documents: Crew List, Last ten Ports, P&I certificate and Maritime Health Declaration must be sent to PFSO prior to vessel's arrival. A vessel coming from China, Italy, Spain US Ports and other top COVID 19 infected places must arrive at DR Ports after 14 days of departure from said port or it ust await the required 14 days off-shore and once the time is past and there are no sick crewmen on board then the Medical Commission evaluates when they can berth. Social distancing is mandatory and there is a nationwide curfew from 19:00 hrs to 05:00 hrs the next day from Monday through Saturday and from 17:00 hrs to 05:00 hrs the next day on Sundays; only the people with permits like doctors, nurses, armed forces and port employees are allowed out after curfew.Technical calls are allowed. Cruise vessels not allowed. Shore leave are not recommended at this time. There are precautionary testing in place, once vessel arrives 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 mandated. Medical assistance is possible once the Authorities allow it; at the moment it is on a case by case basis. It is currently very restrictive.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

The Health Personnel appointed by the Ministry of Defense performs the medical examination to vessel's crew at the berth, therefore all crew members must disembark the vessel upon berthing.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Other Information

None.


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Ecuador

All Ports
Update: 23/11/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew change are authorized with previous review by Sub Secretary of Ports.

List of nationalities that need visa to enter to national territory: AFGANISTAN, ANGOLA, BANGLADESH , CAMERUN , COREA DEL NORTE, CUBA, EGIPTO, ERITREA, ETIOPIA, FILIPINAS, GAMBIA, GHANA, GUINEA, INDIA, IRAK, IRAN, KENIA, LIBIA, NEPAL, NIGERIA, PAKISTAN, REPUBLICA DEMOCARTICA DEL CONGO, SENEGAL, SIRIA, SOMALIA, SRI LANKA, VENEZUELA, VIETNAM, YEMEN. For Colombians they need the judicial record and electronic document “lectura mecánica / lectura electronica” issued at origin.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Port and free pratique: operating 24/7 without restriction. What documents are required: Health declaration and format. Specific call restrictions: Cargo ships operating normally. Cruise ships cannot berth in any Ecuadorian port, only technical call for emergency of fuel and provisions at anchor. Medical assistance available: Yes, depending on the emergency. Electronic clearance approved by Authorities, considering delegation (migration, port doctor, port captaincy) will not go onboard. However our Agents are assisting normally at Port for the operations supervision, or up to request of the Principals.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

As of September 13, the restrictions will apply according to the provision of the local authorities. Protocols to enter Ecuador by air:
*The traveler who enters with a negative RT-PCR test, valid up to 7 days before entering and without symptoms upon arrival, should not perform Mandatory Preventive Isolation (APO for its acronym in Spanish). The circulation may be free in the Ecuadorian continental territory.

*Travelers entering without the RT-PCR test must perform a test on their own upon arrival at the airport, and go immediately to APO in one of the hotels authorized, while you receive the result.

*The traveler who presents symptoms upon arrival in Ecuador, even having a negative RT-PCR test, must carry out a test upon arrival at the entrance airport and immediately go to APO in one of the authorized hotels. In both the second and third cases, with a negative result, the traveler will end their APO. And with a positive result, he must continue in isolation and the necessary medical attention will be provided according to his clinical report.

Related notices:
Acuerdo-Interministerial-0000001 pdf
Coronavirus_protocolo
Free translation - Corona Virus - Ecuador report
MTOP-DVGT-2020-0001-R.pdf
NOTIFICACIÓN AGENCIAS NAVIERAS SOLICITUDES DE ARRIBO


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Equatorial Guinea

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

For the moment OFF signers crew can be possible when crews members have booking flight update. Prior to arrival, LOI from Ministry of Security is compulsory (we can manage for obtention) & get entry stamp on arrival About On signers possible if members have EG visa from country of origin & PCR Covid 19 negative test.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list + other documents. Vessels will be cleared at anchorage and screening will be done

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Other Information

None.


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Egypt

All Ports
Update: 01/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Please note Egyptian Minister of Aviation declared officially that Egyptian international airports will resume receiving international flights as of 1st July 2020. Accordingly, please note Crew changes will be possible in Egypt under new procedures / approvals from Quarantine Authorities as follows: 

On Signers: 

  • Joiners arriving from countries where COVID-19 is not spreading and cases are within normal standards will be checked by quarantine at arrival airports and should personnel shows normal health condition (no fever, no COVID-19 signs….etc) he will be allowed to enter to country and proceed to port of destination. Upon arrival to port, he will be checked again by the quarantine authority doctors and will be cleared to join the vessel 
  • All Crew arriving to Egypt will be required to present a PCR test done by crew no more than 72 hours prior to arrival to the Egyptian borders. 

Off signers: 

  • They will be allowed to disembark at Port of arrival only (meaning if vessel is transiting Suez Canal from Port Said to Suez – Southbound direction – crew will be allowed to disembark only at Port Said after vessel being cleared by quarantine and granted free pratique and after crew is also physically checked by quarantine doctors.
  • Off signer MUST hold a confirmed E-Ticket to flyout of the country. All Crew arriving to Egypt will be required to present a PCR test done by crew no more than 72 hours prior to arrival to the Egyptian borders. 

Hotels: 
Only Hotels which have been cleared and certified by Quarantine and Health authorities can be used for crew accommodation should same be required. We confirm that Both hotels we are using in Cairo / Port Said have been certified and ready to receive guests in their rooms. 

Curfew Timings: NIL 

We are following up closely should any new updates arise and shall keep all our principals closely updated with any developments

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Suez Canal Economical Zone Authority & Marine ports authorities requested all agents to report any vessels are expected to arrive from China, USA, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia and any other country where the virus was detected & to apply for the vessel berthing at least 4 days in advance prior to vessel arrival so that special quarantine arrangements are being made in place for clearing the vessel at anchorage prior to allowing it to proceed to berth.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: Yes
Rebates Avaiable: Yes

Taking into consideration the recent situation of the shipping market and global economy, and in line with The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) flexible marketing policies which consider the mutual benefits of SCA and its customers, the SCA has decided to increase the incentives for container ships passing through the Suez Canal as follows:

A Supplementary Periodical to Circular No. 1/2018

Suez Canal Authority has decided that circular no. 1/2018 & its renewing and amending periodical issued on 12 November 2019, concerning “Crude Oil” tankers (Laden or Ballast), operating between ports of the (US Gulf, Caribbean area & Latin America) and Asian ports, shall remain in force till the 30 June 2021 (the last permissible sailing date from origin port is 30 June 202

Periodical Concerning The Renewal & Amendment of circular (1/2018) on 12/11/2019

1. “Crude Oil” tankers (laden or ballast) coming from (or heading to) ports of the US Gulf, Caribbean area heading to (or coming from):
  a) Ports West of Indian subcontinent (starting from Karachi till Cochin at the west of India) shall be granted a reduction of 45% of the Suez Canal normal tolls.
  b) Ports located East of Cochin port shall be granted a reduction of 75% of Suez Canal normal tolls.
 
2. “Crude Oil” tankers (laden or ballast) coming from (or heading to) ports of Latin America Starting from Colombia (San Andres Island- Latitude 12o 34' 40'' N) and its southern ports heading to (or coming from) the Asian ports starting from Karachi port and its eastern ports shall be granted a reduction of 75% of Suez Canal normal tolls.

Periodical Concerning The Amendment & Renewal of circular No. (3/2018)
Suez Canal Authority has decided that circular no. (3/2018) concerning the rebate granted to (Laden/Ballast) Dry Bulk Vessels; operating between Americas’ ports and Asian ports, shall remain in force till 30 June 2021 after amending "Article One" of the circular to read as follows:
Suez Canal Authority has decided that circular no. (3/2018) concerning the rebate granted to (Laden/Ballast) Dry Bulk Vessels; operating between Americas’ ports and Asian ports, shall remain in force till 30 June 2021 after amending "Article One" of the circular to read as follows:
1.         Laden or Ballast Dry Bulk Vessels coming from (or heading to) the East Coast of North America (ports located at the North of Savannah port) and heading to (or coming from) the following areas:
a)         Ports West of Indian subcontinent starting from Karachi up to Kochi port; shall be granted a rebate of 20% of Suez Canal normal tolls.
b)         Kochi port and its Eastern ports up to Port Klang shall be granted a rebate of 55% of Suez Canal normal tolls.
c)         Port Klang port and it Eastern ports (including Far East area) shall be granted a rebate of 65% of Suez Canal normal tolls.
2.         Laden or Ballast Dry Bulk Vessels coming from (or heading to) Savannah port (Latitude 32° 6' 39" N) and its Southern Ports (including Ports of US Gulf, Mississippi River, Caribbean Sea and Latin America) and heading to (or coming from) the following areas:
a)         Ports West of Indian subcontinent starting from Karachi up to Kochi port; shall be granted a rebate of 45% of the Suez Canal normal tolls.
b)         Kochi port and its Eastern ports (including Far East area); shall be granted a rebate of 75% of Suez Canal normal tolls.
     -      “Article Two” of the circular shall remain in force.
     -      This periodical shall be applicable to (Laden/Ballast) Dry Bulk Vessels sailing from “origin ports” from the 1st of January 2021 till the 30th of June 2021.

Other Information

None


Alexandria

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

In light of the Country’s guidelines to control the spread of the new corona virus (COVID-19) and the preventive and precautionary measures undertaken by the Port Authority in this regards; You are kindly requested to do what is necessary so as to alert all maritime agencies and shipping lines to adhere to cleanse, sterilize and fumigate all incoming cargoes and containers on vessels once they arrive and berth. The aforementioned shall be carried out under the supervision of the quarantine department as the Egyptian Country is keen on preventing the spread of this pandemic. 

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


Ain Sukhna - DP World

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Marine ports authorities requested all agents to report any vessels are expected to arrive from China, USA, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia and any other country where the virus was detected & to apply for the vessel berthing at least 4 days in advance prior to vessel arrival so that special quarantine arrangements are being made in place for clearing the vessel at anchorage prior to allowing it to proceed to berth.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


Suez Canal Transit

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Suez Canal Authority & Marine ports authorities requested all agents to report any vessels are expected to arrive from China, USA, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia and any other country where the virus was detected & to apply for the vessel berthing at least 4 days in advance prior to vessel arrival so that special quarantine arrangements are being made in place for clearing the vessel at anchorage prior to allowing it to proceed to berth.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: Yes
Rebates Available: Yes

New Circular No 5/2020 was issued by SCA with a new Rebate of 8% on SC tolls for Car Carriers sailing from Europe to Singapore and its Eastern ports as per attached circualr published by SCA


Related notices:
Periodical concerning the amendment - renewal of circ.3.2018 till 30.06....
A supplementary periodical to circ. 1.2018 (extension till 30.June.2021)...
A supplementary periodical to circ. 7.2017
A supplement to cir. 4.2020 (ext till 30.06.2020)
A periodical renew_amend of circ3.2017 (ext till 30-06-2021) (1)
A supplement to cir. 2.2016 (ext till 31.03.2021)
A supplement to cir. 3.2016 (ext till 30.06.2021) (1)
A supplement to cir. 3.2020 (ext till 31.03.2021)
A supplementary periodical to circ. 1.2018 (extension till 30.June.2021)
Asupplementary_periodical_to_circ. 2.2017(extension till 30.June.2021)
Periodical concerning the amendment - renewal of circ.3.2018 till 30.06....
Amendment for Circular no. 2-2016 - Rebate percentage 
Amendment for Circular no. 3-2020 -rebate 17% for cont. vesseks 
Periodical concerning the amendment circ. 2.2016  till 30.06.2020
Periodical concerning the amendment circ 3.2020  till 30.06.2020
Periodical concerning Rebates to Circulars no. 2-2016 (Containers ships) & Circular 3-2016  (VLCC SUMED) - Circular no. 7-2017
Updated Periodical for Circular . 2- 2015 as of 01st Apr. 2020 )
New Update - Cancellation for Cir. 7-2017 & Periodical 12-9-2019
Suez Canal new incentive to container ships 30032020
Alexandria Port - Letter Regarding Sterilization - COVID-19 
Customs - Regulatory publication 18-2020
DP Word - Ain Sukhna Port - Announcement 
Corona Virus -Circular no. 9-2020 English
Alexandria Port Authority - New Instructions for Vessels Berthing 


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El Salvador

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Entry and exit requirements: Requirements to On Signers : - Bring negative RT-PCR test with them a max valid 72hrs before arriving at our country. Requirements for Off Signers: - The entry of crew members will not be allowed in case they need SHORE PASS unless they bring the COVID-19 test with them valid for 72 hours. - Seafarers (crew members) will not be allowed to disembark since they also need proof of COVID -19 WITH 72 HOURS OF EFFECT. Same procedure that is carried out at land and air borders.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free Practique is granted, / Medical Authorities have to board and check all Crew with temperature lecture / Documents required FAL-65 format and to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival / No Crew allowed to disembark / No Cruise Ships allowed at moment / No shore leave allowed / All boarding personnel to have their protective equipment and also gloves and mask to be worn.

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

No closure expected. Ops remain 24/7. Some delays due normal port congestion of attending vessels.

Other Information

Any vessel found with crew having symptoms of fever or bad health related to virus, will be undocked or rejected and put into quarantine until health improves.


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Estonia

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew changes now permitted subject to obtaining prior approval from authorities. Hotel accommodation is now possible. Shore leave is now permitted except in Sillamae Port, but local restrictions are still in force with max. 2 people as any one group and maintaining social distancing.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All other ports/terminal are open and working.

Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

None.


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Finland

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

  • Crew exchanges are permitted in all ports.
  • Crew shore leave now permitted.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Please see the latest local regulations from The Finnish Border Guard by accessing the below link; https://www.raja.fi/current_issues/guidelines_for_border_traffic

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information


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Fiji

All Ports
Update: 04/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes are not permitted in Fiji. Airports are open for freighter flights only.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Cruise vessels are currently banned from entering Fiji. Cargo, clinker and tanker vessels are allowed to berth under strict quarantine regulations. Shore leave is not permitted. 

The following are included to the existing precautionary measures put in place by FPTL.

No FPTL Supervisors or Planners will be allowed to enter the vessel at anytime. All vessel planning documents that will require C/O approval shall be communicated to the respective agents. There will be no exchange of documents from Shore to Vessels and vice versa. All Agents requesting to board vessel for official purposes will be required to be attired with Masks and Gloves which will be mandatory. All agents are restricted from delivering food to and from any vessel. All Stevedores assigned to work on deck are prohibited from accessing the accommodation/Ships Office/Ships Mass Area or to come into close contact with any vessel crew All Stevedores on deck will be required to wear masks whilst on deck and maintain social distancing for at least 2 meters (Stevedore – Crew).

 

All agents that at this moment have minimum physical contact with their vessel crews and prefer that all transactions to be conducted via email/phones calls etc.

FPTL will also be monitoring this on our part and be assured that any breaches from agents will result in their Port User License to be temporarily suspended.

The above directives shall be effective from 07/12/20.

All agents must inform vessel master that during vessel stay his crew must

  1. Not to come into close contact with stevedores during vessel Operations.
  2. Only boarding Officer from MOH, FRCS including Pilot are allowed given their task provided they are equipped with mandatory PPE’s of Face mask & Hand gloves.
  3. All agents & FPTL staff directly or indirectly involved to be restricted from accessing the ships’ office, crew accommodation & accessing the vessel bridge.

 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Ports remain open to approved vessels only. Delays are expected due to backlog relating to lockdown laws.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No
 


Related notices:
Fiji 04FEB20
Fiji - Statement from Department of Immigration 17MAR20


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France

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

France is facing an increase of COVID 19 cases all over the country
All French territory have received now new restrictions from Government and we have curfew on night time period from 1800 till 0600 hrs everyday until further notice.
Taxi can carry crew on curfew period as they have special transport documentation. Crew must carry also a special form to transit  during curfew.

For all crew ONSIGNER & OFFSIGNER they  must carry a form fully completed (contact us if needed) to avoid any fine in case of Police checks (if not in hand 135 EUROS fine is applying per crew)
So all joiners coming to Paris CDG must have this form on arrival CDG/international transport form + a VALID PCR TEST less 72 hrs prior flight + SWORN ATTESTATION COMPLETED (contact us for up to date forms) and all offsigners leaving our ports will have to carry it also + PCR test release once in need of Exit visa.

RE PCR TEST : just a reminder for offsigners who need to make test on our ports, once crew is in Hotel they are not allowed to leave hotel  (only for making PCR Test) till departure up to Paris airport to catch their flight. This is to prevent COVID in case they are positive to it or to avoid to be in contact by visiting the town- Pcr test under appointement with 24hrs results on week – For week end contact us 
For crew without a need of  COVID PCR TEST they can go ashore BUT NEED TO CARRY THE FORM ATTACHED completed to avoid fine ( Sworn statement)

The  below strict procedure remain in force : 
We will need to get below 72h (working days) before crew change date:

  • Vessel’s crew list (for off signers)
  • Vessel’s health declaration dated of the day before vessel’s departure (MDH) (for off signers
  • Disembarking crew passport copy
  • Embarking crew passport copy
  • Travel document (e-ticket)
  • International travel form filled up by each crew involved (see attached)
  • Letter from company confirming the necessity of crew change
  • For on and off signer letter from them certifying that he does not have any COVID 19 symptoms

Thereafter, we will have to wait the green light from the territorial authority to perform the crew change.

As from 01/08/2020, all people coming or transiting from countries (as listed below) will have to show a COVID 19 test dated less than 72 hrs to immigration officers at the airport.
A PCR test is required, not a quick test.

Failing with this, people will be potentially detained / quarantined / returned to their home country

On top of this, people will be tested again on arrival at Paris CDG. (generating delays in transfer from Airport to vessel).  If this test is positive, people will be quarantined.

This list is subject to change every day. More countries might be restricted.

  • USA
  • UAE
  • Bahrein
  • Panama
  • South Africa
  • Koweit
  • Qatar
  • Israel
  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Serbia
  • Algeria
  • Turkey
  • Madagascar
  • India
  • Oman

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Applied by Harbour Master in our ports. It is not a change as they are checking on documents already provided through prearrival usual procedure (ISPS and Health declaration)

  • Check the 10 last ports is ISPS sent by Masters with prearrival documents.
  • If vessels called China, then they request the Health Declaration which we systematically ask to Masters as part of the prearrival procedure
  • If there is a case of crew with fever, then Harbour Master is contacting specialised medical Centre who will instruct isolation measures to be taken.
  • If there is no case declared by Master, then vessel can berth normally ( the voyage duration from China being higher than 14days -the virus incubation time) 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

None


Le Havre

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

(free pratique granted YES / what documents are required i.e. health declarations? MDH COMPLETED ANYWAY / specific call restrictions based on previous ports called? SOME TERMINAL DO NOT ACCEPT MORE THAN 2 SHIP AT BERTH LIKE CIM TERMINAL LE HAVRE OR BOARDING VESSEL ONLY ALLOWED FOR ESSENTIAL OR EMERGENCY PERSONAL ONLY / technical calls allowed YES TILL NOW / cruise vessels allowed? TBA / is shore leave permitted? YES NEED TO FILL UP GOVERNEMENTAL DOCUMENT BUT ONLY FOR MERGENCY CASE R ESSENTIAL CASES / is precautionary testing in place? NOT IN PLACE ONLY FOR INFECTED OR POTENTIAL INFECTED PEOPLES / is social distancing mandated? / is medical assistance available? YES NEED TO CALL 15 1ST FOR INVESTIGATION TO COORDINATE MEETING TO HOSPITAL OR ...)

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

NO PORT CLOSES UNTIL NOW 24/03/2020 // SITUATION MAY VARY AS FROM NE GOVERNEMENTAL RESTRICITONS // SOME TERMINALS HAVE RESTRICITON FOR GOING ON BOARD + DELIVERY TO VESSEL


Port Jerome

Port Restrictions
Restrictions:Yes

(free pratique granted YES / what documents are required i.e. health declarations? MDH COMPLETED ANYWAY / specific call restrictions based on previous ports called? SOME TERMINAL DO NOT ACCEPT MORE THAN 2 SHIP AT BERTH LIKE CIM TERMINAL LE HAVRE OR BOARDING VESSEL ONLY ALLOWED FOR ESSENTIAL OR EMERGENCY PERSONAL ONLY / technical calls allowed YES TILL NOW / cruise vessels allowed? TBA / is shore leave permitted? YES NEED TO FILL UP GOVERNEMENTAL DOCUMENT BUT ONLY FOR MERGENCY CASE R ESSENTIAL CASES / is precautionary testing in place? NOT IN PLACE ONLY FOR INFECTED OR POTENTIAL INFECTED PEOPLES / is social distancing mandated? / is medical assistance available? YES NEED TO CALL 15 1ST FOR INVESTIGATION TO COORDINATE MEETING TO HOSPITAL OR ...)

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

NO PORT CLOSES UNTIL NOW 24/03/2020 // SITUATION MAY VARY AS FROM NE GOVERNEMENTAL RESTRICITONS // MINIMUM CONTACT IN PORT JEROME ALL TO BE CONDUCT ON OPEN AIR AREA AT MINIMUM 1 METER DISTANCE ONLY


Fos Lavera

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Joiners are permitted. For off signers they must be European to disembark.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

(free pratique granted? /YES .what documents are required i.e. health declarations? ISPS/HELATH/ specific call restrictions based on previous ports called? / NO.technical calls allowed YES/ cruise vessels allowed?NO / is shore leave permitted?NO SHORE LEAVE ALLOWED / is precautionary testing in place? NO/ is social distancing mandated? YES/ is medical assistance available?YES

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Port work in reduce team causing delay on operation. Only morning shift is able to work. Shift from 0600/1300. Pilot do not perform port movements as from 2300hrs to 0500.


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Gabon

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Without prejudice to the application of the provisions in force, relating to the right of entry and exit from Gabonese territory and subject to reciprocity of the country of origin, only passengers showing proof of their negativity to RT-PCR test of COVID-19, carried out at most five days before embarkation or disembarkation date by a center approved a World Health Organization, are allowed to board and disembark at Gabon airports.
Boarding a passenger who does not meet the prescribed conditions, exposes the airline company to administrative sanctions and the obligation to transport the non-compliant passenger at it expense to his boarding point.
During the embarkation and disembarkation phases, passengers are required to comply with measures to prevent COVID-19, in particular;

  1. Wearing a mask
  2. Have normal body temperature
  3. Comply with passenger detachment protocol
  4. Complete an information form indicating the references allowing to be contacted in case of need, as well as all the information on his health status in relation to COVID-19 
  5. Comply to rapid COVID-19 test when disembarking at any airport in Gabon
  6. Comply and submit luggages to the decontamination process planned at the airport

Any passenger tested positive when disembarking will be entrusted to the care of competent health authorities
Passengers arriving in Gabon must stay 14 days in the City of landing airport is located and for the same duration be self-isolated.

However 7 days minimum are acceptable.

Way to obtain authorization entry by connecting through to https://www.dgdi.ga (and select E-visa)

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date and health maritime declaration. Vessels will be cleared at anchorage or alongside depending on loading / discharging methods, by health before receiving green light to proceed with usual inward clearance alongside. Vessels are subject to a 15 days quarantine period when coming from countries with confirmed cases which start from date of departure of the port in question. However, this will be determined closer to ETA of the vessel.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Vessels will be cleared at anchorage or alongside depending on loading / discharging methods, by health before receiving green light to proceed with usual inward clearance alongside. Vessels are subject to a 15 days quarantine period when coming from countries with confirmed cases which start from date of departure of the port in question. However, this will be determined closer to ETA of the vessel. Curfew will be counting 1800 PM to 0600 AM and affect daily operations. Curfew to end 15.06.2020.

Other Information

None.


Related Notices:
11 GABON CIRCULAR FREE TRANSLATION


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Gambia

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

It is now possible to made crew changes in Gambia.
The on-signers need a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to arrival.
Both on-signers and off-signers have to pay USD 20 at the airport due to the corona situation.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date. Vessels will be cleared at anchorage by health before receiving green light to proceed usual inward clearance and granted free practice is done alongside if vessel clear the health check at anchorage. No quarantine period announced for vessels coming from affected countries. No specific measurement announced for vessels with suspected cases, however individuals will be quarantined.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No quarantine period announced for vessels coming from affected countries. No specific measurement announced for vessels with suspected cases, however individuals will be quarantined.

Other Information

None.


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Germany

All Ports
Update: 21/01/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

What arrangements have been put in place for travellers coming into Germany on flights from risk areas? Carriers of passengers, who arrive in Germany by plane, ship, train or bus from China, Iran, Italy, Japan, or South Korea, must distribute the following instructions on recommended behaviour to prevent the disease or in case of symptoms: www.rki.de/ncov-handzettel The same applies to all operators of airports, ports, passenger train stations and coach stations. Before landing in Germany, pilots on flights from Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea or China must transmit the Aircraft Declaration of Health to the authorities. Before disembarking from the aircraft or ship, passengers arriving in Germany from Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea by plane or ship, must provide information on their flight/trip and on where they can be reached for the 30 days after arrival. This is done with the disembarkation card: Aircraft disembarkation card Ship disembarkation card.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Travel in Germany is not prohibited unless it is for touristic activities. From 16th of December, Germany is in lockdown. Most of the Hotels are closed. Food you can get by take away od delivery. No rerstaurant or shops are open unitl the end of 14th of February 2021, except Grocery stores, pharmacies and Banks. The borders remain open and flights are still active from Frankfurt and partly from Hamburg or Munich. You can get tested directly at Frankfurt Airport More details: https://www.centogene.com/de/covid-19/test-centers/testen-am-frankfurter-flughafen.html . Further, the Hotels at Frankfurt Airport are closed for time being until further notice. Rules to transit or destination Germany has changed and rules became more strict. Best source for the rules are on the Lufthansa web page: https://www.lufthansa.com/de/en/travelling-and-corona.

Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Kiel Canal:The basic transit fee for all types and sizes of ships will be suspended until Dec. 31. Pilotage charges, agency fees and so forth remain applicable. Nevertheless, the federal government's move significantly lowers the cost of a Canal transit.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Other Information

General assessment by the Robert Koch Insitute Germany : At the global and the national level, the situation is very dynamic and must be taken seriously. The number of newly reported cases is currently decreasing. The RKI currently assesses the risk to the health of the German population overall as high and as very high for risk groups. This assessment may change at short notice based on new insights. Infection risk The risk of infection depends heavily on the regional spread, living conditions and also on individual behaviour. Disease severity In most cases, the disease is mild. The probability of progression towards serious disease increases with increasing age and underlying illnesses. Burden on health system The burden on the health care system depends on the geographical distribution of cases, health care capacity and initiation of containment measures (isolation, quarantine, physical distancing etc.). The burden is currently low in many regions, but may be high in some locations.


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Ghana

All Ports
Update: 10/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

The government have eased the restrictions on Air Travel effective 1st September 2020 and the Kotoka International Airport is open to Commercial Flights. The borders of Ghana by Land and Sea remain closed. This also implies disembarkation will require special permission at the Presidency through the Ghana Maritime Authority which Inchcape Ghana is able to process the GMA approval process and Visa on Arrival withing four working days. The Kotoka International Airport is open to commercial flights and below guidelines per the President address to be observed.

  • 1. Any passenger arriving in Ghana must be in possession of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin. The test should have been done not more than seventy-two (72) hours before the scheduled departure from the country of origin. All airlines have been instructed to ensure compliance with this directive for all passengers wishing to travel to Ghana, and those airlines who fail in this regard will be duly sanctioned.
  • 2. Disembarking passengers must do so wearing face masks.
  • 3. Upon disembarking from the Airplane, each passenger will undergo a mandatory FIA-Antigen Qualitative test at the airport terminal, at a fee to be borne by the passenger. The test result will be available within thirty (20) minutes.
  • 4. Children under the ages of five (5) will not be required to undergo testing at the airport.
  • 5. Passengers, who test positive for COVID-19, will be handled by the health authorities for further clinical assessment and management; and
  • 6. Passengers, who test negative, can, thereupon, enter Ghana to go about their lawful activities, and will be advised to continue to observe COVID-19 safety precautions during their stay in Ghana. For disembarkation, the port requires a negative PCR test which takes about 24-48hrs to process and therefore disembarkation only recommended for vessels calling with a minimum of 48hrs Port Stay.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

The Sea Ports of Ghana continue to run 24/7 for all cargoes.  All vessels calling the Ports shall complete a health declaration form 7 days to ETA. In addition, vessels shall also complete a Ship Arrival Declaration Form and sent directly to the Harbour Master’s Office 72h, 24h and 6h in advance before vessel’s arrival
Vessels calling the GPMS offshore terminal shall in addition to required pre-arrival notice and health declarations from the port shall submit the following documents 5 clear days to Vessel ETA: Crew List, Last 10 Ports of Call List and GPMS Travel declaration. 
Vessel on arrival shall be screened for COVID-19 at daylight hours only at the anchorage by the Port Health Officials before free pratique granted for required pre-berthing formalities
Crew onboard vessels calling shall be denied access to shore pass which is in line with the government border closure to all human traffic by Land, & Sea directive.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Delays are expected on crew disembarkation as well as the granting of free pratique to vessels

Other Information
 


Tema Port

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Delays expected in granting vessel free pratique.


Takoradi

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Much delays expected on crew disembarkation as well as the granting of free pratique to vessels


GPMS Offshore Terminal - Tema

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Much delays expected on crew disembarkation as well as the granting of free pratique to vessels


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Gibraltar

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Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

01/03 Gibraltar stranding down from majour incident posture, Indications restrictions easing locally and in UK which will permit travel via London huib airports, Curfew 2200-0600 in force until 30/02 only Spanish and Gibraltar residents permitted to transit fronteir Crew changes permitted via London) Chinese crew returning to China now require both PCR and igM tests with negative result,Gibraltar-London Air Bridge remains open regardless of UK lockdown guidance from destination airport on flights from UK should be determined, enforcement of use of masks in certain areas, Please see circular latest Guidance to shippinng agents notes for circulars 20 &21 updated Covid protocol, Circular 17A & 16A supersede previous instructions, additionally General Guidance for Sea Farer transfers issued as per attached, Covid tests mandatory and being requested by airlines on selected routes, crew to self isolate during hotel stay Border remains open, Airport remains open with British Airways flights to/from London, crew travelling to London will "not" be subject to 14 day quarentine, shipping supply chains remain open, spares and stores being delivered, CTM being delivered, UWHC taking place,Bunkering no delays, BQS being conducted, Corvid V7 upoloaded to be used for pre arrival at Gibraltar +++crew are permittred to land in Gibraltar and transit thru the fronteir to join/depart ships in Algeciras subject to approval from both immigration authorities+++additional hotels introduced for use, crew to wear face coverings during their transit and stay in Gibraltar.B3

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free practique granted on arrival, vessel required to submit all customery pre arrival doccuments along with V7 Coronavirus declaration, technical calls case by case for cruise vessels, shore leave not permitted, social distancing in place, medical assistance available if required,Port Circular 10/2020 attached reference to relaxing measures for Maritime personel boarding vessels at Gibraltar. *Please see circular 11 pertaining to crew visits to dentist and doctor appointments.*

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Other Information
None


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Greece

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Greece is under partial lockdown.

Restaurants are closed.

Greek border is open to all travellers and random COVID tests are carried out at the points of entry/exit.

Covid test for all joining / repatriating crew is required (with validity up to 48hrs) and must be submitted regardless of the random COVID checks that the government is carrying out on the spot. For crew transport max. 1 pax are allowed to use the same tax/car.

For international travel all pax must register to the below link and follow all steps in order to be allowed to enter / exit Greece.
https://travel.gov.gr/#/ 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Cruise vessel at the moment are not allowed to visit Greece.
  • Negatice PCR test must be available. Health declaration required for vessel's calling Greek ports.
  • Health declaration required for vessel's calling Greek ports. Cargo vessels are allowed to callf or cargo ops and/or provisions, during cargo ops all precaution measures as per WHO will be taken. Shore leave not permitted.
  • Transportation: 3 person per trip per car. 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

As of 24.10.20 from 06:00hrs LT, wearing protetctive mask is mandatory for everyone entering into an enclosed area and also at all open spaces. Goverment has imposed mandatory remote work for the 40% of all companies employees in any case that this is feasible.


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Guyana

All Ports
Update: 01/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Effective March 21, 2020, the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) has advised that all seaports in Guyana are closed to international vessels with the exception of international merchant ships. No shore leave and crew exchanges shall be granted to crew on board vessels.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Prior to arrival, agent is required to provide the following information from the Master to Port Health Authorities  

  1. Crew list                                                             
  2. Clinical Monitoring form for Disease and International Concern (Needs to be filled out by each crew member)
  3. Port of Call list of ten(10) previous ports                           
  4. Marine Declaration of Health form to be completed by Master 

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

International airports has been closed effective 18th March 2020. The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has approved charter flights for both inboiund and outbound passegers during September and October of this year. However, all regulatory protocols must be observed, prior testing, etc. Guyana/ Brazil, Guyana/ Suriname, Guyana/ Venezuela borders also remain closed until further notice.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: Yes
Rebates Avaiable: Yes

Guyana Revenue Authority Release

  • Any cleaning agent imported before March 26, 2020 and sold after March 26, 2020, VAT will be recovered by the importer.
  • Any cleaning agent imported before March 26, 2020 and sold after March 26, 2020, no duty will be recovered.
  • Any cleaning agent imported after March 26 2020, Import Duty and VAT will be waived
  • The cleaning agent must have soap, disinfectant and alcohol properties

Other Information

The National Covid -19 Task Force confirmed Phase Four of Guyana's re-opening process will commence on August 15, and has continue until August 31, 2020. Among the new measures to take effect is a change in the existing curfew time from 6pm t0 6am to 9pm to 6am. The Task force also announced the reopening of several categories of businessess. Food services and restaurants are permitted to be open for delivery, drive-thru, curb-side pick-up and take away services from 6am to midnight daily. Outdoor dining at restaurants will also be permitted from 6am to 9pm under strict COVID19 guidelines. Private sector construction is permitted to resume and clothing and book stores are permitted to resume operations. Public transportation services are permitted to operate at 75% passenger capacity. All persons are required to wear a face mask in public places at all times and no more than ten persons are allowed to gather at any place. Additionally, Phase Three will see resumption of office work in the public and private sectors. This will take effect from July 18, 2020 and will see scores of employees who were working remotely working from home for months now returning to the office. It will be done on a rotation basis. The private sector entities may be opened but employees shall work on rotation as determined by their employer. The Ministry of Public Health has advised that so far 6297 persons were tested of which 776 persons have been diagnosed with COVID-19, 5521 persons are negative. The Ministry noted that 2 person is in the COVID-19 Intensice Care Unit . 55 perons are on institutional quarantine and 68 in instititional isolation. Total number of deathshas increased to 27.


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Guinea

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

1. Introduction Following the sovereign decision of the Republic of Guinea on the gradual reopening of air borders, the Government, through the Ministries in charge of Transport and Health, has prescribed the following measures for all travellers entering or leaving the national territory. These measures, which follow the recommendations of the National Agency for Health Security (ANSS), are mainly aimed at preventing the spread of cases of COVID-19 while facilitating the free and safe movement of people and goods.

2. Provision for the health control protocol at air ports of entry
a) Departure from Guinea Any traveller leaving Conakry-Gbéssia International Airport must complete the PCR test at COVID 19 no later than 7 days before the scheduled travel date and receive a negative certificate issued by the competent authorities. Travellers who do not have a negative test will not be accepted at the airport. The passengers will be subjected to a systematic check from the car park to the boarding with strict respect of the measures of sanitary barriers.
b) On arrival in Guinea: The use of masks is mandatory for passengers throughout the journey. Each traveller must have at least 3 masks during the trip. The disembarkation will be sequenced by the company, 60 passengers at a time, starting with the Business class up to the rear of the cabin, while respecting the 1m social distance that is marked on the ground. Travellers will complete a health declaration form on the aircraft; Travellers must present a negative certificate with a validity of less than 7 days; Passengers will be subjected to a systematic check from the descent of the aircraft to the car park; Passengers will be subjected to a temperature test and routine health check; The standard PCR diagnostic test will be performed on arrival if the traveller shows signs suggestive of COVID-19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sneezing, poor general condition etc.). It will be immediately confined to a hotel receptive until the test result is available. In case of positivity, it will be taken care of immediately in a dedicated Treatment Center; Travellers will be followed for 14 days from the day of arrival; they will have to communicate their telephone as soon as they arrive to facilitate their follow-up by ANSS services Repatriated Guineans on humanitarian flights who do not have a certificate of negativity on departure will be subjected to the PCR screening test on arrival and systematically confined after PROTOCOL FOR THE RE-OPENING OF GUINEA’S AIR BORDERS sampling, until the availability of the result which will determine the continuation of the health protocol concerning them; A certificate will be issued at the end of the follow-up.

3. Arrangements for community monitoring of passenger contacts Upon entering Guinean territory, any traveller declared negative will be followed as a traveller contact for a period of 14 days; The traveller contact will receive a card containing their identification number and key information on the process of their community follow-up; The traveller contact must confine himself to his home for 14 days; Follow-up officers from the health district will monitor the contact daily (morning and evening) by telephone or through home visits; Passenger contacts will practice self-monitoring and report any signs and symptoms to the contact follow-up team; If the traveller contact develops symptoms, they should isolate themselves at the community level and follow the direction of the District Monitoring Team or Surveillance Team 115. Appendix 1: List of Entities Involved in the Development of the Air Stimulus Plan All parties involved in the development of the plan for the revival of air transport at Conakry Gbéssia

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date.  Vessels will be cleared at alongside and checked by port health for temperature control on arrival as well as requested for implementing hand sanitizing measures while alongside. Also PPE will be requested to be used.  No quarantine period announced for vessels coming from affected countries.  No specific measurement announced for vessels with suspected cases, however individuals may be quarantined.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No Specific statements related to vessel inward clearance as of yet from authorities of Guinea Bissau Health will board the vessel prior grating free practice basis cost.

Other Information

None


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Guinea Bissau

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Please note crew change in Guinea-Bissau is now possible. It is required that any crew, arriving or departing, are able to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test obtained max. 72hrs prior arrival to, or departure from, Bissau. For off-signing crew, OBT Shipping is able to assist on the testing in Bissau. Kindly note off-signing crew, after being tested, are required to wait for result onboard vessel. Once result obtained, and if negative, crew can be checked in to hotel if required.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

No Specific statements related to vessel inward clearance as of yet from authorities of Guinea Bissau. Grocery stores open between 0700 – 1100 hrs, and free movement is only permitted in this period. Declared state of emergency Usual cargo operations hours applies to all commodities aside from Cashew nuts which is from 0800 – 1700 hrs due to curfew outside port where warehouses are located

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No Specific statements related to vessel inward clearance as of yet from authorities of Guinea Bissau Health will board the vessel prior grating free practice basis cost.

Other Information

None.


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Honduras

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

CREW CHANGES ALLOWED. We neede provide us copy of passport, seaman book, yellow fever vaccination certificate, negative Covid-19 valid within 72 hrs upon arrival at the Honduras airport and flight detail in order to comply with Merchant Marine Directorate and Immigration requirements and obtain authorization for their embarkation/disembarkation on time. Please note that the crew member must hand-carry the negative result of the Covid-19 test valid within 72 hrs upon arrival at the Honduras Airport. We can arrange PCR Covid-19 test for off signers the result take 24 hrs The off signer need Covid blood test first for obtain authorization for his disembarkation and PCR test for fly because PCR result take 24 hrs.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Unknown

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No


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Iceland

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Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

All arriving passengers who have stayed in a risk area for more than 24 hours are obligated to undergo two tests for the detection of COVID-19 after arrival in Iceland with a quarantine between tests. The first test is at the border and the second one 5 days later. Persons travelling to Iceland may not be picked up at the airport. This includes family members and friends. Arrivals to Iceland must take the flybus, a taxi, a rental car or a private car that has been dropped off at the airport. The quarantine is lifted when a negative result (virus not detected) is obtained from the second testing. Connecting passengers who do not go beyond the respective border-crossing point neither have to quarantine nor undergo testing. Connecting passengers who go beyond the border-crossing but stay in Iceland for less than 48 hours are allowed to quarantine instead of undergoing a test according to this provision. Those who have confirmed with PCR-testing or antibody testing from an EU/EFTA state that they have previously had a COVID-19 infection are exempt from quarantine. All those who present a valid international vaccination certificate for full vaccination with an approved vaccine against COVID-19 are exempt.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


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India

All Ports
Update: 26/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Inchcape crew change SOP for India.

Lockdown  extended in Containment zones until 28th February 2021- Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an Order today with Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution, which will be effective from February 1, 2021 and to remain in force upto February 28, 2021.

DGS Order No. 5 of 2021 - Standard Operating Procedures / Protocols (SOP) for sign-on / off of foreign seafarers in Indian ports at anchorage.

ADVISORY: TRAVEL AND VISA RESTRICTIONS RELATED TO COVID-19

Vide Circular No. 4/1/2020-IR dated 28-01-2020 of Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Govt of India- attached.

In light of the new strain , passenger  arriving india, will  have to  undergo mandatory institutional quarantine  , on the  7th day , they will have to undergo RT-PCR test , if reports positive , then they will be  shifted to the designated covid-19 hospitals, if negative further instructions with be provided by the Local authority.  Presently in Mumbai it  is compulsory and this is likely to  be the followed  at all  International  Airports in India.

Now with the emergence of the new Corona strain all  Domestic airlines are hereby directed that all passengers coming from Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan should compulsorily possess a negative RTPCR test report prior to their departure. In the event passengers do not possess the report due to emergent requirement of travel, they must compulsorily give an undertaking at origin to undertake the test on arrival at Mumbai at their own cost.

Director General of Shipping has come up with a fresh order - DGS Order No. 41 of 2020, dated 24th December, 2020, Addendum 5 to DGS Order No. 04 of 2020 :

Re. INSTRUCTIONS TO ALL MAJOR & MINOR PORTS FOR DEALING WITH NOVEL CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC..

In the context of the new threat passed by new variant virus, the Indian Government has temporarily banned entry of international passengers from United Kingdom (UK) and a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Epidemiological Surveillance and Response in the context of new variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in UK have been issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

Copy of such SOP is available on the following link:

https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/SOPforSurveillanceandresponseforthenewSARSCoV2variant.pdf 

Government has received representation from the stakeholders on clarification (i) whether Para 4.2 of the DGS Order 35 of 2020 dated 17.12.2020 on mandatory requirement of the RT-PCR test before disembarkation of seafarers relates to only from the vessels calling from the country referred in para 13 of DGS Order 04 of 2020 dated 20.03.2020 or others also: & (ii) whether RT-PCR test shall be conducted on board the vessel only after disembarkation.

Meanwhile, for quicker reference, please be advised that vide Para 13 of DGS Order 04 of 2020 dated 20.03.2020, Addendum 4 to DGS Order No. 04 of 2020, vessels arriving from any port in China were to have necessary quarantine period of 14 days. Now vide DGS Order 35 of 2020 dated 17.12.2020, Addendum 5 to DGS Order No. 04 of 2020, vide point no. 4, DGS has clarified that mandatory quarantine period of 14 days as mentioned in para 13 of DGS Order 04 of 2020 dated 20.03.2020, shall not be considered.

It is now clarified vide todays DGS Order 41 of 2020 that the requirements of RT-PCR test in DGS Order 35 of 2020 is ONLY in respect of vessel calling from country referred in para 13 of DGS Order 04 of 2020 dated 20.03.2020 (i.e. China). It is also clarified that RT-PCR test shall be conducted as per SOP for controlled Crew Change as issued by DGS after disembarkation and not on-board the vessel.

It is further elucidated that the above instructions shall Also be applicable for vessels calling from UK within a period of 14 days.

As per DGS Order 35 of 2020 dated 17.12.2020, Addendum 4 to DGS Order No. 04 of 2020  it has been decided that the mandatory quarantine period  of 14 days mentioned at Para 13 of the DGS Order 04 of 2020 shall not be insisted.

As per DGS Order 35 of 2020 dated 17.12.2020, Addendum 4 to DGS Order No. 04 of 2020, it has further clarified as under .

If any of the crew member of vessels that have not completed 14  days from the  last  port of call are required to disembark from the vessel,

the  following would be complied with in addition to the requirements specified in the Standard Operating Procedures [SOP] issued by this Directorate from time to time;

4 .1.   The shipping companies or their agents shall make arrangements for RT-PCR testing of all such crew disembarking from such vessels in coordination with concerned port & health authorities.

4.2.    Such crew member shall test negative by RT-PCR  for COVID-19  before disembarking from the ship.

4.3.   Such crew member shall agree to self-monitor their health and report to relevant authorities ,if suffering from any sign, or symptoms suggestive of COVID.

4.4.    Such crew member shall comply with the laid down guidelines  on physical distancing, hand hygiene and use of masks.

4.4     Such crew member shall minimize their contact with the general public.

** All other provisions of the said DGS Order No. 04 of 2020 will continue to be applicable.

Unlock 6 Guidelines: Even though the Centre issued no fresh directions in its unlock guidelines for November, a handful of states have allowed opening-up of more activities outside containment zones and announced partial reopening of schools.

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Home Affairs stated there would be no further relaxations and the Unlock 5.0 guidelines issued last month would remain in force until 31sr Dec 2020.

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS RESUMED FROM 25MAY 2020 onwards

All International commercial flights are suspended until  31st January 2021 .

Foreign crew sign off is permitted as per MHA Circular No. 25022/24/2020-Imm Dated: 17.07.2020. Crew will be granted TLP (Temporary Landing Permit) with validity of one month as a special case and

allow these seafarers to go abroad on Vande Bharat flights or non- scheduled commercial flights or chartered flights.

TLP for up to one month by the Immigration Officer concerned to such foreign seafarers who have expired Indian Visas subject to their having valid passport and valid seaman’s Identity document (CDC).

In respect of Quarantine and all other health/ COVID-19 related matters, guidelines of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare shall be adhered to. Attached DGS Order No. 21 of 2020

Foreign crew Sign on is now permitted. 

Refer to TRAVEL AND VISA RESTRICTIONS RELATED TO COVID-19 advisory Vide MHA O.M. No.25022/24/2020-F.V/F.I  dated 21.10.2020

ADVISORY: TRAVEL AND VISA RESTRICTIONS RELATED TO COVID-19

Vide MHA O.M. No.25022/24/2020-F.V/F.I  dated 21.10.2020

(i)    Following categories of foreign nationals are permitted to enter India by water routes or by flights including those under the Vande Bharat Mission or ‘Air Bubble’ (Bilateral Air Travel Arrangements) Scheme or by any non-scheduled commercial flights as allowed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation:-

(a) All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders and PIO cardholders holding passports of any country.

(b) All foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose (including their dependents on appropriate category of dependent visa)  except those on Tourist Visa.

(ii) All existing visas, except electronic visas (e-Visa), Tourist visa and Medical Visa, which remained suspended, shall stand restored with immediate effect. If the validity of such visa has expired, the foreign national may obtain a fresh visa of appropriate category/sub-category from the Indian Mission/Post concerned. In the case of Medical Visa (including visa for Medical Attendants), foreign nationals intending to visit India for medical treatment in emergencies may be granted Medical visa for appropriate period by the Indian Missions/Posts. The condition of obtaining a visa will not apply to dependent family members of foreign diplomats/officials who are eligible for visa exemption in terms of bilateral visa exemption agreements or visa   specific agreements entered into by India with various countries. Such foreign nationals covered by para (i) (b) above will not be permitted to travel to India on the strength of any electronic visa (e-Visa) obtained earlier.

(iii) In case any foreign national not covered by categories mentioned in (i) above is required to visit India urgently due to any family emergency, the Indian Missions/Posts are authorized to issue single entry X-Misc visa for appropriate period. In such cases, the Indian Missions/Posts may take a decision on grant of visa on a case to case basis on the merits of each case.

(iv) Nationals of Nepal and Bhutan are permitted to come to India from any country (including any third country).

(v) Any Indian national or a national of Nepal or Bhutan holding any type of valid visa of any country is permitted to travel from India to the country concerned provided there is no travel restriction for entry of Indian/Nepalese/Bhutanese nationals in that country. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian/Nepalese/Bhutanese nationals to enter the country concerned with the particular visa category before issue of tickets/boarding pass to the Indian/Nepalese/Bhutanese passenger.

(vi) There will be no restriction on incoming passenger  traffic  into India through the authorized airport/seaport Immigration Check Posts for all categories of foreign nationals who are permitted to enter India or those who may be permitted to enter India  in future. Such travel restrictions would also not apply to any movement of cargo or goods and supplies in any vehicle, aircraft, ship, train etc. along with their crew, sailor, driver, helper, cleaner etc. on any of the 107 Immigration Check Posts including the land ICPs. However, such restriction on incoming passenger traffic into India will continue to be in effect in respect of foreign nationals holding Tourist Visa.

(vii) In respect of quarantine and all other health/COVID-19 related matters, guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare shall be strictly adhered to.

Vide MHA Order No. 26011/Misc./83/2020-OCI dated 21.10.2020

In supersession of MHA's Orders of even number dated 13.03.2020, 16.04.2020, 05.05.2020, 12.06.2020 and 07.08.2020, the central government in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (a) of sub-section (2) of section 3 of the Foreigner's Act, 1946 (31 of 1946), being of the opinion that it is necessary and expedient in public interest to do so, hereby specifies that the right of multiple entry lifelong visa facility granted for any purpose in terms of the Notification S.O. 542(E) dated 11.04.2005 issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs shall stand restored with immediate effect to all persons registered as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders under section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955 (57 of 1955).

Below is latest Travel advisory published on BOI website can be accessed here.

Please refer to the respective Port location document for further information on each state Port.

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Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Limited Free Pratique is granted , As per the latest Circular Received from DGS Order No. 04 of 2020 all the Minor and Major Ports confirmed that all the vessels coming from effective countries as per Addendum No.1 to DGS Order No. 04 of 2020 Dated 21.03.2020 Under DGS Order No. 4 article 13, ships coming from China are subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine. Under article 12, ships coming from infected countries are required to comply with conditions of Annex I, and if those conditions cannot be met, then under article 16 the PHO should impose a 14-day quarantine. The point here is that it is not a mandatory quarantine for ships coming from infected countries other than China.  It depends on PHO assessment except in case of those 7 ports who have issued their own notifications. 

Further please refer to the information provided by respective ports.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

All ports are operational, however depending on the Covid-19 cases identified expect some delays. Terminals following the DGS Circular 04.

No port locations have reported to any  operational issues to LNG /Tanker vessels, except Chennai, who are facing ullages issues for Crude oil, berthing is subject to receivers confirmation (IOCL & CPCL) and experiencing an appx waiting of 1 to 2 weeks.

Medical Emergencies: Is being considered basis clear understanding of the medical Emergency.

CTM: As per our bankers All CTM services have now commenced at some locations, port locations can be contacted individually for CTM inquiries.

Garbage Disposal permitted presently at all major ports, however some port not permitting this service. Respective port offices can be contacted information.

Updated list of ports that have invoked Force Majeure Move: Navlakhi, Okha, Bedi, Porbandar, Mundra, Adani tuna,  KICT - Kandla , Dhamra, Kamaraj port (only Chettinad Coal berth), JNPT Only AMPT container terminal, JWSIL, JSW SWPL GOA, JSW Jaigarh, Angre Jaighar Krishnapatnam, Gangavaram, Visakhapatnam container terminal, Karwar, Digi. Dahej only Adani Petronet Dahej Pvt  ltd,Visakhapatnam  port trust , Kolkata,Gopalpur, Pradip New Mangalore, Deendayal Port and (Chennai  Effective 23rd April 2020)

Force Majeure Revoked by location.

Kakinada Anchorage port, awaiting official circular on FM being revoked. Haldia Dock complex revoked Force Majeure from 02.06.2020- Attached Circular dated 10.06.2020.

Kolkata Port Trust revoked Force Majeure from 12.06.2020- Attached Trade Circular dated 11.06.2020

Dhamra Port Limited revoked Force Majeure from 27.10.2020- Attached Port Circular dated 27.10.2020

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: Yes
Rebates Available: Yes

KOPT-Trade circular extends waiver of 50% vessel related port charges @ Kolkata i.e on port dues/ berth hire & pilotage for Vessels  coming from Port Kelang, Malaysia from 22nd March 2020, still applicable until further notice.

Location Tuticorin:- DGBT terminal have informed of Tariff increased ,which is mainly related to containers.

Gujarat: GMB have indicated by email a tariff escalation of about 5% w.e.f. 1st April, which will be implemented on current SOR, Official Circular is awaited from G.M.B

Location Krishnapatnam, has announced a tariff change effective 15th May 2020

Vishakhapatnam:  Tariff increase circular (No 1255) for ready reference.

Paradip:  Revised SOR w.e.f. 01.05.2020.  The changes are made in Page No.10 [ Clause No. 3.4 / Pilotage 2nd & 3rd slab] only

GOA: MPT - Increase in VRS tariff - Indexation Charges 1.88% on all Port Services, hike in vessel related charges for all ships arriving at Mormugoa except for Cruise Ships.

MPT- Trade circular towards waive off anchorage charges, wharfage, floating crane charges at WOB for all ships arriving with cargo beyond 14 mtrs draft., Circular attached.

Chennai: Scale of Rates is revised with effective from 1st July 2020 i.e.  1.88% increased on existing Scale of Rates.

Gopalpur Ports Limited: Port scale of rate revised w.e.f 22.07.2020- attached.

KOPT: Port Scale of Rates revised and will effect from 17th August 2020, attached.

Cochin: New SOR for outer anchorage issued w.e.f 15.10.2020

Chennai  :

Chennai port  announce the concessions offer on Vessel Related Charges for vessel carrying out Crew Change  at Anchorage for which a 75% concession will be provided on port dues and  50% concession on port dues for vessel only carrying out crew change at berth. In addition a free period of 6 hours stay at berth, after the expiry , applicable berth hire charge ass per  SOR 2.3.14 will be levied for the entire period of stay at berth.

This  will be  applicable with immediate effect.

Other Information

As per MHA Order No. 40-3/2020-DM-I(A) dated 25/11/2020 , have issued guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution as the Country is at a critical juncture in its  fight against Covid-19, this order comes in force effect 1st December till 31st DEC 2020.

We expect each State to issue  their  own SOP over the weekend.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by MHA (Annexure I) are still applicable.

i.    SOP on transit arrangement for foreign national(s) in India issued vide Order dated April 02, 2020.

ii.    SOP on movement of stranded labour within States/ UTs, issued vide Order dated April 19, 2020.

iii.    SOP on sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers, issued vide Order dated April 21, 2020.

iv.    SOP on movement of stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons, issued vide Order dated April 29, 2020 and Order dated May 01, 2020.

v.   SOP on movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country and of specified persons to travel abroad, issued vide Order dated May 5, 2020.

vi.   SOP on movement of persons by train, issued vide Order dated May 11,2020.

Civil aviation Circular on Travel and Visa Restriction relate to Covid -19:

Which reads that all schedules international commercial passenger services will remain closed till 1803 hrs GMT of May 3rd, 2020. This restriction will not apply to International all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.

Addendum No. 2 to DGS Order No. 04 of 2020 Date: 25.03.2020 which reads, Guidelines on rational use of Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPE’s) - reg.

1. The Directorate has issued instructions to all major and minor ports for dealing with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic vide DGS Order No. 04 of 2020 dated 20.03.2020 (F. No. 7-NT (72)/2014).
2. Para 12 of the said order provided instructions with regards to additional measures for vessels arriving within 14 days from an infected region.  Clarification has been sought with regard to the details of PPE and other matters as mentioned in annex 1 of the said order.
3. A video - conferencing was held to discuss various issues including the details of PPE and other matters as mentioned in annex 1 of the said order.  During the deliberations, it was informed that the guidelines for rational use of PPE’s are already uploaded on 24.03.2020 in the website of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Govt. of India, at www.mohfw.gov.in
4. Hence, in compliance with para 12 of the DGS order 4 of 2020, the following protocol will be followed by all major and minor ports:
4.1 Pilots or inspection staff embarking on vessel with no suspect case in ship, the risk is low and following protective gears are advised:

Triple layered mask Gloves

the Directorate emphases with the current situation that is being  faced  by  the  owners  and managers  of Indian  Registered  Ships  and  takes following  wider measures  due to COVID-19,  applicable  to all Indian  ships, for  a period  of One month  from the date of issue of this order,  in  addition  to acting upon their ship specific cases favourably and expeditiously.

Actions/or the force majeure arising due to COVID-19

aforesaid relaxations, the ship owner / managers will have to keep the records to be verified during the next scheduled audit of the ship company and penal action may be initiated if unjustified.

The validity of this order will be reviewed as the situation on  spread  check  of COVID-19 unfolds
 
Addendum  no 03 to DGS Oder 04  of 2020

Reference to para 21 of DGS Order 04 of 2020, and Addendum 03 wherein it has been specified that the number of persons required to board the vessel is required to be kept to the bare minimum. It has also been specified in the said para 21 that personnel who may be required to board the vessel such as ship agents, cargo personnel, custom and immigration authorities etc. shall always be aware of the pandemic and have appropriate PPE while on board the vessel. All concerned are required to strictly comply with the aforesaid instructions and ensure that the shore personnel do not enter the accommodation area of the vessel unless absolutely necessary. The master of the vessel is also required to exercise due diligence to ensure that personnel entering accommodation area of the vessel is kept to the bare minimum and also ensure that the shore personnel are not permitted to remain inside the accommodation area after their work is completed. If the work entails substantial waiting period, the shore personnel shall need to remain outside the accommodation area during the waiting period.

It is further clarified that Indian nationals representing Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and experts required to the board the vessel for troubleshooting and repairs etc. may be permitted to board the vessel in Indian ports with appropriate PPE.

4.5 Hand hygiene at all times to be practiced.
4.6 Disposal of PPE: Disposal of PPE shall be as per the guidelines of MoHFW, Govt. of India, issued from time to time.
5. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are protective gears designed to safeguard the health of seafarer by minimizing the exposure to a biological agent.  There are several components of PPE and is use would depend on the risk involved in handling of patients or suspected cases.
6. Respiratory viruses that includes Coronaviruses target mainly the upper and lower respiratory tracts. Hence protecting the airway from the particulate matter generated by droplets / aerosols prevents human infection. Contamination of mucous membranes of the mouth and nose by infective droplets or through a contaminated hand also allows the virus to enter the host. Hence the droplet precautions / airborne precautions using masks are crucial while dealing with a suspect or confirmed case of COVID-19 / performing aerosol generating procedures.
7. The Directorate will continue to monitor the matter and keep all stakeholders updated on
any further developments as and when instructed by MoHFW, Govt. of India.
8. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Shipping and the Competent Authority of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India and with the approval of the Director General of Shipping to the Govt. of India 

DGS Order No. 05 of 2020 Instructions on dealing with Novel Coronavirus (COVID - 19), Which reads.
Further, instructions in relation to shore leaves of seafarers and seafarers who have travelled abroad were also issued.  In view of the rapid spread of Novel coronavirus COVID-19, the process of sign off and repatriation of seafarers has affected world over due to travel restrictions imposed by various   countries in the world.  In India, the operation of international flights has been prohibited. Restriction on domestic travel has also been imposed, as a precautionary measure in the country

Under these circumstances it may not be possible for the seafarers who have completed their contact, to travel to India or to move to their destinations within India. It is, therefore, advised that  Indian seafarers working either on Indian or foreign ships,  not  to  sign off and  be repatriated  from  their  ships  except in  an  utmost emergent situation,  as  they   are   likely  to  face  serious challenges  in  international  and domestic  travel,  till further orders.

DG Shipping Order No. 06 of 2020, Regarding Extension to the validity of seafarers' CoC and Statutory Certificates, periodical Surveys and Audits of Indian Registered Ships in view of COVID 19 out break

4.4      Personnel involved in cargo operations are advised the following protective gears:

Triple layered mask Gloves Regular maritime PPE like shoes, helmet, working gloves etc. to be worn as per the existing practices of the ports

4.3      Port personnel embarking the vessel but not coming in contact with the ship crew:

Triple layered mask  Gloves

4.2 If the pilot or inspection staff embarking on vessel which has a suspect case of COVID-19 in the ship, then the following protective gears are advised:

N-95 or equivalent mask Gloves Shoe cover 

Relatd Notices:
DGS Order No. 39 of 2020 - Standard Operating Procedure - Protocol (SOP) for Sign-On of foreign seafarers in Indian ports
DGCA Circular
KPT Force Majeure Cessation Notice
MHADODt_27102020toallChiefSecretaries_27102020
MHAOrderDt_27102020


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Indonesia

All Ports
Update: 27/01/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

To prevent the mutant strain of Covid19 reaching its shores and as a result of large daily infections in Indonesia, the government has extended the ban on all foreigners entering and exiting Indonesia. The restriction on foreigners in/out of Indonesia remains until 8th Feb 2021, However, some ports now allow crew to be off signed such as in - Samarinda, Balikpapan and Batam.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

For now, Indonesian ports are open without restrictions. Every vessel shall pass medical check by Quarantine officials and body temperature shall be checked for all crew.

Closures & Delays:
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No 

Rebates and Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Other Information

None


Related notices:

Statement Letter for Enter to Indonesia (Template)-1
Crew Changes Inquiry
2020 Circular Note on additional measures 17 Mar 2020
COVID-19 MITIGATION AND PREVENTION ISNTRUCTION - CRUDE VESSEL


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Iraq

All Ports
Update: 01/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Currently Crew changes suspended in all Iraqi ports.  Nationwide Curfew starting from 18/Feb/2021 to 08/Mar/2021 .  Usual Guidelines for Crew change:
In case of any crew susceptible symptoms of the virus infection, the responsible port authorities have to inform the health authorities before allowing the ship to enter the ports. Vessel has to present a declaration by Vessel’s Master (atleast 3 days prior its arrival, with clear health records to its crew (includes high temperature - sore throat – frequent cough and breathing problem) which may indicate an infection of Corona virus. In case of any suspicions showing symptoms in crew, then port & related authorities have to inform Health Centers, before approval of vessel's entry, and to wait for further instructions.      For Crew changes, it will be subject to the approval of Immigration at the time of requirement.

For Crew Sign-Off, the intended Sign-Off Crew will be taken to the Hospital for COVID-19 Test.

Results will take 24 hours and Hospital will inform the Immigration Authorities.

Upon receipt of the results, Immigration will arrange for the Sign-Off.

  1. Vessel Crew are not allowed ashore 
  2. Interaction with crew is limited. 
  3. All personnel working on the vessel or quayside must wear face mask and gloves                                                    

Port Authorities require the following documents 72 hours prior to vessels arriving at Umm Qasr/KAZ Ports:              

  1. LAST 10 PORTS OF CALL
  2. HEALTH DECLARATION
  3. CREW LIST

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Due to the latest COVID-19 related developments, Iraqi Government has decided to impose a nationwide Curfew starting from 18/Feb/2021 to 08/Mar/2021.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday will be full Curfew and Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday will be partial Curfew from 20:00 LT to 05:00 LT

The curfew excludes employees of the Ministry of Health, the security forces and government departments providing essential services. It also excludes grocery, fruit and vegetable stores, bakeries and pharmacies which will be allowed to open from 05:00 LT to 19:00 LT when the total curfew is in force, media personnel who have a prior authorization from the Minister of Health, and individuals who need to travel between Iraqi provinces for urgent humanitarian reasons.

The Committee also decided to:

Urge citizens to wear a face mask in public places, including when travelling by taxis and buses, maintain a physical distance of at least 2 meters at all times and impose a fine of 25,000 Iraqi dinars for violating any of these rules
Close down any private medical clinic that fails to treat Coronavirus patients according to approved protocols
Order the closure of all beauty centres from 18/Feb/2021 for a period of two weeks
Order the closure of entertainment centres, parks, cinemas, sport halls, gyms and swimming pools from 18/Feb/2021 for a period of two weeks
Ban on public funeral services and mourning rites, and impose a fine of 5 million Iraqi dinars for any violation of these rules
Order the closure of all mosques and other places of worship until further notice
Ban on wedding ceremonies at event halls from 18/Feb/2021 until further notice, and impose a fine of 5 million Iraqi dinars for any violation
Order the closure of malls and cafes from 18/Feb/2021 for a period of two weeks
Order the closure of  restaurants, and permit delivery services only, from 18/Feb/2021 for a period of two weeks, provided that restaurants and their workers adhere to preventative health measures.  Violators will be fined 5 million Iraqi dinars
Order all public and private educational institutions and schools to use online and distant learning modules from 18/Feb/2021 until 04/Mar/2021, with the exception of final stage students at medical colleges
Impose a ban on group travel for tourism purposes to all countries until further notice
Direct the Ministry of Health to conduct PCR covid-19 tests at Iraq’s airports and other border-crossings for all arriving passengers who will be responsible for paying for the cost of the test
Permit the entry of goods via Iraq’s  land, sea, and air border crossings
Reduce the working hours at government departments and institutions by 50% except for the Ministry of Health
Direct the Ministry of Interior, the National Security Agency, Joint Operations Command and Baghdad Operations Command to provide the necessary support to health teams as they monitor the implementation of these measures
Meantime, the Ministry of Health of Iraq and the Iraq Port Authority have also issued instructions to limit the spread of Coronavirus to Iraq through the port. Vessels that are directly sailing from China must adhere to the following:-   

  1. Vessel Crew are not allowed ashore 
  2. Interaction with crew is limited, if necessary, a face mask is to be worn 
  3. All personnel working on the vessel or quayside must wear a face mask and gloves 
  4. All import containers should go to a wash down point, where they are be sprayed and cleaned with a chlorinated mix, prior to being stacked in the terminal
  5. Personnel washing containers must wear adequate PPE . Suitable hand washing points are provided near the quayside  

At present General Cargo and RoRo Vessel operations face no restriction, as the port authority advises that the incubation period for the virus will be over prior to vessels reaching Iraq. Port is working and vessels are berthing/Unberthing. But due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, curfew is in place and movements at Iraq are restricted. Delays are anticipated. No local protest or issues reported so far. A series of protests that consisted of demonstrations, marches, sit-ins and civil disobedience had occurred in many areas of Iraq including Umm Qasr in recent past and can occur at any time without warning.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

It has become imperative for local offices to take precautionary measures and have adopted Work from home policy to ensure that everybody stays safe and ensure business continuity while supporting the Basra Governorate’s initiative to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Our company management is trying to obtain exceptional passes for the Liner Department Team from Govt. officials / Customs so that they will be able to move during the curfew to Basra office for releasing the D/O to the clients.

Other Information

Crew changes - Due to this nationwide curfew, crew change cannot be arranged until the restrictions are lifted.


Related notices:
Iraq _Covid-19 Update_15 March 2020
IRAQ _COVID-19_IPA_CIRCULAR_16.02.2020


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Ireland

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Ships Crew are deemed essential workers and therefore are not subject to any quarantine regardless of where they arrive from. Seafarers are exempt from requiring negative PCR test upon entry, however airlines may insist on the test regardless. For offsigning crew it is subject to arrival country & airlines themselves also but we find most are requiring the negative test prior to departure.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

As of yet there are no restrictions on any cargo vessels trading into/out of Ireland. The only requirement on vessels is to submit an MDOH minimum 24 hours prior arrival and provided all crew are healthy there are no issues. No vessels are being placed in quarantine regardless of previous port of call. All ports are still in operation.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
None


Related notices:
Ireland-Belfast_V5 Ports Advice 310120


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Israel

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Please inform all clients that the Israeli airports will be closed for arrival of foreigners-on signers/passengers until further notice due to the new types of corona virus developments. Embarkation is not allowed. Off signer can disembark on the condition of confirmation from the Israeli authorities and available flight.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Israel ports working under corona virus conditions, therefore, the operation rate is slower than regular days and there is congestion at port

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Due to corona conditions the costs of the following services are higher: 

  • Transportation
  • Agent handling fee  
  • Trucks , mobile crane and shipments - Prices will be determined based  on each case 

Other Information
None


Related notices
Individual Entry Permit

Peronal Health Declaration
Coping with COVID19 - update 5-Mar-2020
Guidelines for crew members on cargo vessels  in Haifa port on 5 march 2020 plus


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Italy

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes, under strict rules and regulation and Health Authotithies permisson is allowed in some port by case to case basis. All Italian citizens and guests are ordered to absolutely avoid any movement into and out of the Italian & Regional territories, except for journeys motivated by indifferent working needs or situations of emergency. Movements within the same region is actually permitted.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

On June 18th a new heal decalration have been issued for Pleasure yacth entering on Italian ports and marinas

All ships to request Sanitary Free Pratique regardless of last port and flag, same must be sent not earlier than 12hrs prior upto 4hrs before arrival to the e-mail address of the local Sanitary office indicated by local agent, with the following docs: 

  • Maritime Health Declaration 
  • Copy of Sanification exemption Certificate 
  • Crew List and Passenger List 
  • List of the ports called during the last 14 days 

Any change in the Health Situation on the vessel MUST be notified to the Health Office also during the port stay. 

In the above regards Health Authority might request additional documentation on their discretion. 
The Health Office will decide whether to grant Free Pratique by VHF or by direct access on the vessel. 
No any delay for Vessel with a clean bill of health. No any additional health inspection needed for vessel with a clean bill of health. 
If vessel is not obtaining Sanitary free Pratique (i.e.: because arrive during night time) same have to avoid to enter the port territorial waters.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

With decree MGU n.198 del 8-8-2020 from Presinder of Minister's Council of Transport, on which it is stated (art. 8) the possibility, at certain conditions, for cruise vessels with Italian or foreign flag, to enter and be moored at any Italian port in order to star their cruise campaign. All commercial cargo operations in all Italian ports will continue as per normal without impact on terminal operations, customs, warehousing and transport services. Iss-Tositti Srl & Iss-Augusta Srl continue to fully support all domestic and International customers and will monitor the situation closely and will issue subsequent updates promptly as necessary.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Revaits Available: No

As from May 1st anchorage dues have to be paid in all Italian ports.

With the Governament Decree dated Nov. 3rd, 2020, Italy have been divided in three zone Red- Orance and Yellow with different lockdown measures and limitation. By the way, curfew has been extended for all Italy from 22:00hrsto 05:00hr. Not essentials shops have to be closed on orange and red region. Confirmed that the regions are classified as follows: Red (high risk) zones: Lombardy, Calabria, Piedmont, Valle d'Aosta Orange (medium risk) zones: Puglia, Sicily Yellow zones: All other regions; Abruzzo, Basilicata, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Marche, Molise Sardinia, Tuscany Umbria, Veneto, and the Provinces of Trento and Bolzano

Other Information

All Italian territory have been declared red zone on: Dec. 24, 25, 26, 27 and 31. On Jan. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6. No circulation allowed expect for urgent matters. as from October 7th mask is mandatory everywhere exceptt at home. Fine from Euro 400 to Euro 1000 for transgressor As from July 16th Government extend law for closes borders from following countries: Armenia; Bahrein; Bangladesh; Bosnia Erzegovina; Brasile; Cile; Kosovo; Kuwait; Macedonia del Nord; Moldova; Montenegro; Oman; Panama; Peru'; Repubblica Dominicana, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia and as from Aug. 13th: Colombia. with the new decree dated Aug. 12th, 2020 ut has been sentenced that people who intend to enter Italian territory and who have stayed in or transited through Croatia in the previous fourteen days, Greece, Malta or Spain and as from October 7th from Belgium United Kingdom and Netherlands have the following alternative preventive measures apply: a) obligation of presentation to the carrier upon boarding and to anyone appointed to carry out the checks of the attestation of having submitted, in the 72 hours prior to entry into the territory national, to a molecular or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab and negative result; b) obligation to undergo a molecular or antigenic test, to be carried out by means of a swab, al upon arrival at the airport, port or border place, where possible, or within 48 hours from entering the national territory at the local health authority of reference; waiting for undergo the test at the local health company of reference people are subjected to to fiduciary isolation at their home or residence.


Related notices:
0111Allegato_Circolare_171-2020_EMERGENZA_CORONAVIRUS_G.U.N.248
12ordinanza 16.7.2020

Italy - Feasibility CREW CHANGE – Version June 3rd
CORONAVIRUS-DL-17-03-2020


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Ivory Coast

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Update:16/02/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

Port authority has lifted the ban on crew change and the issue of shore passes to crew members at the Abidjan port. All crew members wishing to embark at the port of Abidjan must provide a NEGATIVE COVID-19 test result obtained within 7 days between the date of the result and the day of boarding the ship. The final decision of embarkation remains however subject to the approval of the port sanitary agents. For any vessel wishing to make a technical call for crew change only, the ship must be subject to a total inspection at the outer anchorage by the sanitary agent officers before authorizing any embarkation / disembarkation.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date. All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health at anchorage and this may impose 24 hours delay. Any suspected persons will be quarantined at a nominated hospital for blood testing. Vessel will only be quarantined at anchorage if master reports any illness on board which give reason for checking of suspected cases. Period 14 days.

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Other Information

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Jamaica

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Please see below the latest protocols for crew changes in Jamaica:
1) All crew members (on & off) have to apply for a travel authorization at least 48 hours before travel via https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/
2) All crew members (on & off) must log on to the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) website https://drm.maritimejamaica.com/apply <https://drm.maritimejamaica.com/apply> and apply for a seafarers certificate at least 48 hrs prior to travel. (We recommend at least 72 hrs so the seafarer will have his document and don’t face being denied entry)
3) The below information MUST be uploaded to the MAJ website: On signers: Travel itinerary Travel authorization Crew self health declaration (see attached) Seafarers Employment Agreement (must be signed & dated) Certificate of Competence / Proficiency Temperature records for 14 days preceding application COVID-19 negative test (10 days or less) Master’s Declaration Copy of the vessel‘s Covid-19 management plan Off Signers: Confirmed Tickets Travel authorization Crew self health declaration Daily temperature logs Master’s Declaration Copy of the vessel‘s Covid-19 management plan After the above is completed a certificate with a reference number will be mailed to the email address provided on the application. This certificate will be used for embarking and disembarking.

4) On signers are allowed to arrive early and wait at the hotel for the vessel. They will not be tested unless they display symptoms during the screening process.

5) Off signers are now allowed to stay in a hotel under strict quarantine orders from the Port Health department.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free pratique is granted. Technical calls are allowed. Social distancing is mandated. Medical assistance is available in emergency situations.      

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

The government announced revised curfew hours for 4 parishes Clarendon, St. Catherine St . Andrew and the capital Kingston from 7 PM to 5Amcommencing August 22, 2020 until September 02, 2020.

Other Information
Our ports remain opened to cargo traffic and all essential services are functioning.


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Japan

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Update: 22/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Presntly International flights are available only at Narita International Airport, Haneda International Airport and Kansai International Airport .

For on-signers

All arriving passengers who visited flwg listed countries/areas for the past 14 days must have ANTIGEN TEST (Not PCR test/PCR will be conducted if their result of Antigen test is “Positive reaction”). Upon arrival at the airport and it takes 3 - 5hours to obtain the result of the test and they are required to wait at the airport until the result of the test is found.

If the result of ANTIGEN TEST is “Negative” and Immigration/Quarantine would permit their entry, they can join the vessel without staying 14 days at the Quarantine office designated hotel with flwg condition.
  1. NOT using public transportation such as domestic airplane, bullet train, and so on.
  2. Required to embark the vessel within 1or 2day

If use public transportation, required to stay 14 days at the Quarantine office designated hotel before joining vessel.

From Sep 1st 2020, onsigners need to obtain ”Negative result” of COVID-19 test which has been issued by local medical institution within 72hrs before onsigners flight departure, otherwise Japan airport immigration will not accept their entry.

At present stage, there is no designated format but the certificate need to fulfill contents as per attached sample.
If lack of information, immigration may not accept the issued certificate.

In accordance with new regulation by Chinese government for COVID-19 issued at Nov 8th 2020, if the ship will call at Chinese ports within 14 days after departure from Japan, onsigner has to take additional PCR & IgM test within 48 hours prior to join the vsl at hospital/clinic authorized by Chinese government in JPN.

New restriction for passengers from U.K. and South Africa as below.

  • Need to bring negative certificate of PCR test withing 72 hours 
  • before international departure flight
  • Need to take Antigen test at arrival airport
  • If negative, crews need to stay at designated quarantine facility for 3 days, and need to take 2nd Antigen test. If negative, they will finish isolation and proceed to hotel or vessel.

For offsigners

If port immigration issues “Seamans Landing Permission” for all crew members after judgment by Immigration/Quarantine basis Questionnaire on COVID-19 and Voyage memo provided by vessel, offsigner would be able to disembark/repatriate. But same for joining, it depends Immigration/Quarantine officers' discretion and if they finally refuse to issue “Seamans Landing Permission”, disembarkation at Japan is not allowed regardless of their Nationality.

Asia

Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines

North America

Canada, United States of America

Latin America and the Caribbean

Argentine, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

Europe

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican

Middle East

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

Africa

Algeria, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central Africa, Comoros, Cote d’lvoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Any persons (including crew members/passengers) with applying either one of the following conditions are not permitted to land.

Foreigners who have Chinese passports issued in Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province of China

Foreigners who were on the cruise ship WESTERDAM, departed from Hong Kong

(Practically speaking, crew change is not impossible but challenging as it requires a lot of time and additional transportation/accommodation/etc. cost to undertake. Also many things are fully depend on the quarantine/immigration officers’ discretions at sites so there are uncertain factors, which are hardly predictable. )

All the cargo vessels arrival/load/discharge/departure under normal operations while crew members who are classified as above are not permitted to land if any.

As for cruise ships, there is no official measurements but MLIT have been rejecting any cruise ships whether with or without passengers (technical call) calling to Japan.

Free pratique is granted if all of the crew members are on healthy conditions.
The latest questionnaire from quarantine office as follows: 

Questionnaire on COVID-19(As of March 23)
Please check following 3 questions on crew members and passengers on your vessel.

Q1. Is there any person who has stayed in the prevalent region in the past 14days?
Yes or No

People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Republic of Korea, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of
Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Malaysia, Republic of San Marino, Republic of Iceland, Principality of Andorra, Italian Republic, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Austria, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Swiss Confederation, Kingdom of Spain, Republic of Slovenia, Kingdom of Denmark, Federal Republic of Germany, Kingdom of Norway, Vatican, French Republic, Kingdom of Belgium, Republic of Malta, Principality of Monaco, Principality of Liechtenstein, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Ireland, Kingdom of Sweden, Portuguese Republic, Hellenic Republic, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Hungary, Republic of Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Poland, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Lithuania, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Cyprus, Republic of Croatia, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Bulgaria, Romania, Republic of Albania, Republic of Armenia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia, Islamic Republic of Iran, State of Israel, Republic of Turkey, Kingdom of Bahrain, Arab Republic of Egypt, Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Mauritius, Kingdom of Morocco, United States of America, Canada, Republic of Ecuador, Republic of Chile, Dominican Republic, Republic of Panama, Federative Republic of Brazil, Plurinational State of Bolivia, Australia, New Zealand

Q2. Is there any person who has contacted with person having symptoms such as fever or cough in the past 14 days? 
Q3. Is there any person who has contacted with infected person in the past 14 days? 

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Other Information
None.

Latest restrictions/measurements by Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
The validity of all the visas issued by Japan Embassy and/or Consulate General of Japan located in China and South Korea have been void. Visa exemption privileges for Hong Kong, Macau and South Korea have been lifted.
The validity of all the visa issued by Japan Embassy and/or Consulate General of Japan to people of below countries or visa exemption privileges of below countries have been lifted since March 9.
The 26 countries of the Schengen Agreement*, Ireland, Andorra, Iran, United Kingdom, Egypt, Cyprus, Croatia, San Marino, Vatican, Bulgaria, Monaco, Romania.
* 26 countries - Iceland, Italy, Estonia, Austria, Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Hungary, Finland, France, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg.
Latest restrictions/instructions/measurements by Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare:
Any visitors from below countries/areas are requested to stay 14 days at the Quarantine office designated hospitals/facilities and not to use public transportation services in Japan.
China, South Korea and following countries additionally:
The 26 countries of the Schengen Agreement*, Ireland, Andorra, Iran, United Kingdom, Egypt, Cyprus, Croatia, San Marino, Vatican, Bulgaria, Monaco, Romania.  
 U.S.A. (effective from March 26)
* 26 countries - Iceland, Italy, Estonia, Austria, Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Hungary, Finland, France, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

*All the cargo vessels arrival/load/discharge/departure under normal operations while crew members who are classified as above are not permitted to land if any. 

*As for cruise ships, there is no official measurements but MLIT have been rejecting any cruise ships whether with or without passengers (technical call) calling to Japan.

*Free pratique is granted if all of the crew members are on healthy conditions.
The latest questionnaire from quarantine office as follows: 

Questionnaire on COVID-19(As of March 23)
Please check following 3 questions on crew members and passengers on your vessel.

Q1 Is there any person who has stayed in the prevalent region in the past 14days?
Yes or No

People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Republic of Korea, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Malaysia, Republic of San Marino, Republic of Iceland, Principality of Andorra, Italian Republic, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Austria, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Swiss Confederation, Kingdom of Spain, Republic of Slovenia, Kingdom of Denmark, Federal Republic of Germany, Kingdom of Norway, Vatican, French Republic, Kingdom of Belgium, Republic of Malta, Principality of Monaco, Principality of Liechtenstein, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Ireland, Kingdom of Sweden, Portuguese Republic, Hellenic Republic, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Hungary, Republic of Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Poland, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Lithuania, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Cyprus, Republic of Croatia, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Bulgaria, Romania, Republic of Albania, Republic of Armenia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia, Islamic Republic of Iran, State of Israel, Republic of Turkey, Kingdom of Bahrain, Arab Republic of Egypt, Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Mauritius, Kingdom of Morocco, United States of America, Canada, Republic of Ecuador, Republic of Chile, Dominican Republic, Republic of Panama, Federative Republic of Brazil, Plurinational State of Bolivia, Australia, New Zealand

Q2 Is there any person who has contacted with person having symptoms such as 
fever or cough in the past 14 days?

Yes or NO
Q3 Is there any person who has contacted with infected person in the past 14 days?

Yes or NO

Date:                            Ship name:                    

Signature of Master:

The new immigration arrival procedures to be effective on Sept 1, 2020 as follows: 

On-signers need to obtain a certificate of ”Negative result” of COVID-19 test which has been issued by local medical institution within 72hrs before on- signers flight departed, otherwise Japan airport immigration will not accept their entry. (Date of enforcement:01/SEP/2020)

At present stage, there is no designated format but the certificate need to fulfill contents as per attached sample.
If lack of information, immigration may not accept the issued certificate.

At present stage, there is no Japan immigration designated medical institution where the certificate to be issued from.

Please ensure the on-signer to bring the original certificate with him. Original is necessary to submit to airport immigration by the on-signer. Copy sent by email not accepted.

If arriving without certificate

The crew will not be allowed to enter Japan and need to fly back.
Airport Immigration to arrange security for on-signers who do not have the “Negative result” until the crew to on board return flight.
The cost for security will be around JPY100,000/person x staying day(s).

COVID-19 test after arrived Japan

All arriving crew who visited restricted countries/areas for the past 14 days must have ANTIGEN TEST (Not PCR test/PCR will be conducted if their result of Antigen test is “Positive reaction”) upon arrival at the airport.
Test result available abt. 6-12hrs later. While waiting the result, crew to stay at quarantine designated place.
After test result, Immigration/Quarantine officers conduct interview for joining crew with attending crew agent and after that interview, Immigration/Quarantine will decide if they will be able to enter or not.

If one of on-signers result is “Positive”

If the test result for one of on-signers in the batch was “Positive” while other onsigners were “Negative”, “Negative” result on-signers are allowed to on board vessel.    

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Other Information
None.


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Kenya

All Ports
Update: 25/11/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

All international flights to resumed by 01st Aug.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free pratique is granted upon screening of crew members by Port health. Documents required to be sent in advance Maritime declaration of health, crew list, voyage memo and ship exemption certificate. Techical calls are not allowed at the moment neither are cruise vessels allowed. No shore leave also. Yes, there are precautionary testing place at Mbagathi hospital and all level 5 Government hosiptals within the country. Social distance is also mandatory on all public places and public vehicles. Medical assistance also available incase a patient is identifed accordingly. All county Governments to set up quarantine testing centres and to prepare for any eventuality in the near future

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

No Port closure in Kenya at the moment however delays of upto between 24-48 hours are expected .

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

As of today in Kenya there are 103615 cases and 1807 deaths reported. 85457 patients have also recovered from Covid-19 and high risk areas identified as Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru and Mandera. Country wide contaiment measures have been lifted. Curfew was also extended untii further notice. During this period there should be no movements. Everyone is supposed to stay in doors except if a person is offering essential services. Incase found one will be prosecuted. Government also expects to hire additional 5000 health workers and establish more insolation centers within counties to combat this pandemic. Colleges and Tertiary institutions have been opened for final year students to sit for thier exams. Schools and colleges also resumed since Januray 04th 2021.. Most health workers are still on strike and negotiations are still going on with all the concerned parties/ stakeholders.


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Kuwait

All Ports
Update: 01/03/2021

Crew Change
Restrictions: Yes

As per Latest info, Crew sign off can be permitted at Mina Al Ahmadi / Mina Abdullah port. 
Sign on (Embarkation) crew is still not allowed by the Immigration Authorities.   
STATE OF KUWAIT Directorate General of Civil Aviation Date: 2020/08/02 : DIRECTORATE GENERAL'S OFFICE Circular No. (2020/88) All Airlines Operating at Kuwait International Airport must adhere to the following Instructions: Subsequent and further (87/2020) dated (01/08/2020), and Based on the Decision of the Health Authority in State of Kuwait, Non-Kuwaiti passengers of all other Nationalities arriving Countries are not allowed to enter the State of Kuwait, whether they are coming directly from those Countries listed below or via transit Through other Countries not mentioned below within the list, Unless they have settled in those unlisted Countries for a period of 14 days at least, after the 14 days they must conduct a (PCR) test for (COVID-19) virus and provide an approved certificate proving a negative result and not being affected with (COVID-19) virus. Validity of such certificate, should not exceed (96) hours between the test date and Arriving date to Kuwait. to Circular No. from the down listed 

List of Countries (India Iran - China - Brazil Colombia Armenia Bangladesh Philippines - Syria- Spain Singapore Bosnia and Herzegovina Sri Lanka Nepal Iraq Mexico Indonesia - Chile - Pakistan - Egypt Lebanon -Hong Kong- Italy - North Macedonia - Moldova - Panama - Peru - Serbia - Montenegro Dominican Republic - Kosovo). This circular is valid from its issuance date until further notice. of Civil Aviation Director.

Passengers should follow Health restrictions/guidlines as advised by Kuwait Civil Aviation: https://www.kuwaitairport.gov.kw/en/travellers/media-center/news/2020/07/suad25july2020-restructions

Boarder are closed (except to freight)
At Shuaiba / Shuwaikh port: Crew change still NOT permitted. 
At Mina Al Ahmadi / Mina Abdullah port: Pls be informed that we can now arrange crew Disembarking of all vessels calling Mina Al Ahmadi / Mina Abdullah,  provided that their e-tickets are arranged on the same day when they are disembarked from the vessel,  as hotel accommodation is not allowed.  Hence, the offsigners will be taken directly from Port to Airport.  Flight availability from Kuwait to the concerned destination of the crew to be checked by Manning Agents and advised to us, in advance.  

Kindly note that we require 72 hrs notice (working days – Sun to Thu) with crew change form alongwith clear passport copies & confirmed e-tickets for arranging exit visas.

Fyi, we can disembark  the offsigners upon vessel arrival at anchorage (launch charges will be applicable) or upon berthing.   Master should issue a letter to each crew separately, mentioning crew name, rank, destination airport, that he is free from any symptoms of COVID-19 (Corona virus) and latest body temperature.

All our crew change charges and details/formalities regarding disembarkation remain the same as usual.  
Sign on (Embarkation) crew is still not allowed by the Immigration Authorities.   
Emphasizing that entry visa of all kinds to all natinalities of the world are not to be granted without approval of the Corona emergency Ministrial Committee 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Free pratique is granted to vessels at anchorage or OPL by PMO(Health) officer.
  • Master is requested to provide a statement, that all crew onboard are healthy and not having high temperature, sore throat, coughing or breathing difficulties. Also need to submit IMO crewlist with all joiner crew embarkation details (Date and port of joining), crew vaccination list.
  • 14 Days quarantine has been cancelled for vessel coming from Iraq. 
  • Technical calls are allowed.
  • Shore leave os permitted subject to health officer / Immigration officer approval.
  • No COVID -19 test but  PMO (Health) officer checks each crew at anchorage.
  • At Ministry of communication we have to submit last 10 port clerance copies, All vessel certificates (Permanent certificates copy) in order to obtain Permission to enter in Kuwait water. 
  • No vessel is allowed to enter/stay in Kuwaiti waters without MOC Entry permission.
  • All vessel arriving in Kuwait ports have to follow IMO guidlines as per MOC Circular no. (5),(6) / 2020. 

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Delays: Yes

Estimated 1-2 days vessel have to wait at anchorage. Vessel will have to drop anchor at OPL (out of port limits) anchorage. The PMO (port medical officer) will come onboard for checking of the crew for any of the COVID-19 symptoms and clear the vessel for berthing and other operations. Fyi, the vessel will not be allowed to have shore leave, no disembarkation for offsigners, no supply of provision/bond stores, or any other service will be provided, until the vessel is cleared by quarantine (PMO) authorities. Port vessel moments, Health and customs is functioning 24 Hours.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

All port / Cargo operations are functioning normally. Wearing PPE is mandatory in country alongwith handgloves and facemask. For more updates on COVID-19, click below link. https://corona.e.gov.kw/En/

Based on the instructions of health authorities, it has been decided to extend the ban on non-Kuwaiti passengers' entry until further notice. Kuwaiti passengers can continue to enter, given that they quarantine in one of the approved local hotels for a period of seven days and self-isolate at home for another seven days," it added.
Citizens are still allowed to enter but they must spend a week in quarantine at a hotel and another week at home.


Shuaiba & Shuwaikh

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

As mentioned in Country Tab local surveyor / visitor / technician can visit the vessel only at berth. Can not visit the vessel at anchorage. As per instructions of Shuaiba Port, no vessel is allowed to enter Kuwaiti waters without MoC Entry permission. Bulk vessels ( Aggregate, Clinker …etc ) should discharge not less than 15,000 M.Tons of cargo in 24 Hours.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Estimated 1-2 days waiting at OPL or Anchorage to get Health clerance by PMO officer. 5-7 days waiting for berthing turn due to vessel congestion at Shuaiba port. Port vessel moments, Health and customs is functioning 24 Hours. Stevedores (bulk & general cargo) Are now working round the clock (24x7) and can perform cargo operations subject to availability of transporter and readiness of storage facility of receivers. If there will be full flow of truck, stevedores can continue loading/discharging. Containers vessel operation continue 24 hours.


Mina Al Ahmadi & Mina Abdullah

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

At Mina Al Ahmadi / Mina Abdullah port: As per Latest info, Crew sign off can be permitted at Mina Al Ahmadi / Mina Abdullah port. Sign on (Embarkation) crew is still not allowed by the Immigration Authorities. **UPDATED** Kuwait will lift the ban on international travel and allow its citizens and residents to travel to and from the country starting from August 1 excluding seven countries, the Center for Government Communication (CGC), the official spokesoffice for the Cabinet, said on Thursday - 30th July. “Citizens and residents of the country are allowed to travel to and from Kuwait, except for residents coming from the following countries: Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran and Nepal,” the CGC said in a tweet posted on its official account. Passengers should follow Health restrictions/guidlines as advised by Kuwait Civil Aviation: https://www.kuwaitairport.gov.kw/en/travellers/media-center/news/2020/07/suad25july2020-restructions Please be informed that we can now arrange crew disembarking of all vessels calling Mina Al Ahmadi / Mina Abdullah, provided that their e-tickets are arranged on the same day when they are disembarked from the vessel, as hotel accommodation is not allowed. Hence, the offsigners will be taken directly from Port to Airport. Flight availability from Kuwait to the concerned destination of the crew to be checked by Manning Agents and advised to us, in advance. Kindly note that we require 72 hrs notice (working days – Sun to Thu) with crew change form alongwith clear passport copies & confirmed e-tickets for arranging exit visas. Fyi, we can disembark the offsigners upon vessel arrival at anchorage (launch charges will be applicable) or upon berthing. Master should issue a letter to each crew separately, mentioning crew name, rank, destination airport, that he is free from any symptoms of COVID-19 (Corona virus) and latest body temperature. All our crew change charges and details/formalities regarding disembarkation remain the same as usual.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Port vessel moments, Health and customs is functioning 24 Hours. Estimated 1-2 days waiting at OPL or Anchorage to get Health clerance by PMO officer. Berthing / unberthing and cargo operations functioning normally.


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Jordan

All Ports
Update: 01/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

On-signers:

  • Travelers are no longer subject to a seven-day home quarantine upon arrival in Jordan and will no longer be required to use the www.gateway2jordan.gov.jo platform is no longer valid for regular travelers by air.
  • Passenger should have a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to the Scheduled time of arrival, health insurance for non-Jordanians, and install (AMAN Mobile Application).
  • PCR test is required upon arrival you have to submit all the details and pay the test cost through the link https://registration.questlabjo.com . The QR code that is required after you finalize the registration.  
  • For those with a positive COVID-19 test upon arrival, the Government will require home quarantine and isolation for at least ten days.
  • Provide us with confirmed E-Ticket & passport copies, seaman books, valid for minimum of 6 months
  • Medical travel insurance (Not required for Jordanian nationals)
  • Any passenger who left the UK less than 14 days prior to the departure to Jordan will not be allowed to enter Jordan.
  • Any passenger gives falsified or incorrect information is subject to a fine of 10,000 JDs.
  • International transfer passengers are allowed at Jordanian Airports as follows:
    •  Negative PCR test is required within 72 hours prior to the scheduled time of arrival.
    • The planned transfer time is not exceeding 10 hours.
  • All arriving passengers from Turkey must provide PCR test from Accredited Labs Only.
  • All arriving passengers from Egypt must provide PCR test from the Central Laboratories of the Egyptian Ministry of Health, Reference Labs (Ain Shams Specialized Hospital), Al Borg Labs and Al Mokhtabar Labs.                
  • All arriving passengers from Erbil must provide PCR test from accredited labs.
  • All arriving passengers from Baghdad must provide PCR test from the accredited labs only.


Off-signers:

For off-signers, procedure is as follows:

  • Provide us with confirmed E-Ticket & passport copies, seaman books valid for minimum of 6 months
  • PCR test will be taken on board the vessel in Aqaba by a doctor and nurse arranged by agent and result would be ready within 7 to 8 hours.
  • After the result is negative, the crew have 72 hours maximum to leave the country directly from vessel to airport to their flight, no stops allowed and no hotel stay allowed. 
  • We as agents need to obtain letters of approval from:
    • Jordan Maritime Commission
    • Governor of Aqaba
    • After the approval obtained from the Governor of Aqaba, we provide the Jordan National Epidemics Committee in the Health Directorate with a copy of the approval. 
    • After the examination result is negative, a copy of the letter of the Governor of Aqaba is taken, and the result of the examination is reviewed by the Aqaba Borders and Passports Directorate And the Aqaba Borders Intelligence Directorate to complete the procedures for stamping the passport.
       

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Curfew announced every day from 00:00 – 06:00 in Jordan

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Port operation normally for commercial cargo operations.

Rebates & Tariffs Available

No

Other Information

None.


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Latvia

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

A crew change in Latvia is possible for EU nationals subject to special permission from port authorities and strict quarantine COVID-19 requirements (direct transportation from the airport to the ship and no hotel accommodation). Authorities will allow crew change of non-EU nationals subject to: - crew should not display any symptoms of COVID 19 - letter of guarnatee regarding embarkation signed and stamped the crewing company - hold a valid Schengen visa (for ON-signers). Visa upon arrival for sailors from third countries is not possible. - for OFF-signers, a Schengen exit visa can be obtained while the ship is in port. - the vessel must be in the port (must be moored in the port) at the time of crew crossing the state border (for direct delivery of crew to the vessel to avoid accommodation at a hotel) - direct transportation from the LV state border / Airport Riga to the ship and from the ship without stopping and transportation time not being more than 6 hours. The Latvian national airline AIR-BALTIC has resumed flights to and from some Europian airports There are still no direct flights from / to third-country airports (Russia, Belarus,Ukraine, Turkey etc.) at Riga Airport.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Health declarations are required. Cargo/technical calls are allowed. Seaports closed for passenger traffic. Crew should stay on board as much as possible. Social distancing mandated. Medical assistance is available.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

None.


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Country

Lebanon

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Pls note crew changes & shore passes are not allowed for the time being and until further notice.

Port Restrictions
None

Free pratique granted? YES
Documents are required i.e. health declarations? YES
Specific call restrictions based on previous ports called? NO Technical calls allowed NO
Cruise vessels allowed? NO
Is shore leave permitted? NO
Is precautionary testing in place? YES
Is social distancing mandated? YES
Is medical assistance available? YES

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Other Information
Vessels coming from Italy might be detained on anchorage for 14 days prior to berth.


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Libya

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Pls note crew changes & shore passes are not allowed for the time being and until further notice. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Free pratique will be after 14 day after the vessel leave the last port Technical calls is allowed for urgent matter
  • Shore leave is not allowed
  • Precautionary testing in place
  • Medical assistance is available

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

OPEN
Bouri / Jurf

OPEN
Mellitah: loading Mellitah condensate, LPG, SULPHUR only /Zawia: Discharging Gasoline, Gasoil, Diesel and MTBE only / Misurata / Tripoli / Benghazi / Tobruk / Khoms

CLOSED
Es sider / Ras Lanuf / M EL Brega / Zueitina / M EL Hriga

Other Information
The curfew on the citizens in Misurata city is 24 hours but Some vital facilities in the city such as Misurata port are still operating. The curfew on the citizens in Tripoli and other Libyan cities fm 0700 ~ 1400 l.t hours 

Some vital facilities in the cities (Benghazi, Tobruk, Brega , Misurata, Khums, Tripoli, Mellitah, Bouri and Farwah) such as the ports are still operating.
 


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Liberia

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All passenger flights suspended from 23.03.2020 at 2359 hrs lt. This does not include cargo flights. State of emergency and lockdown measures in place until 10.06.20. State of emergency and lockdown measures in place until 21.07.20. - Commercial flights to operate from 28.06.20 agw wog tbc.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date. No specific measurements implemented by the port up till this date concerning inward clearance. No quarantine period announced for vessels coming from affected countries. No specific measurement announced for vessels with suspected cases, however individuals may be quarantined.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No specific measurements implemented by the port up till this date concerning inward clearance. No quarantine period announced for vessels coming from affected countries. No specific measurement announced for vessels with suspected cases, however individuals may be quarantined. Ports operate with reduced staff which might create delay. Curfew from 1500 – 0600 daily until 22.05.2020 with possibility of extension.

Other Information

None.


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Health Measures & protocl & Airport Access Protocol
ISPS DOC
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Lithuania

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Crew changes are now permitted. Sign on crew should register with the National Public Health Center on the following link 12 hours before their flight to receive a QR code which is presented at time of boarding: https://urm.lt/default/en/important-covid19

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Currently Vilnius airport, Palanga airport (with limited flights) are open and borders between Russia, Latvia,Poland and Belarus are open. Shore leave for the crew members allowed (however a shore doctor checks last 10 ports of calls and advise if crew are allowed to go ashore).

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

All ports open and working as normal with exception of cruise terminal.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

None.


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Madagascar

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes​​​​

No request for crew change will be entertained until further notice.
Shore leave for crew members is suspended until further notice.
Progressive unlocking for Madagascar. Tamatave lockdown cancelled but other regions still maintained.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

1. on vessel's arrival (not waiting anymore for 14 days from affected POL), the quarantine officer will go on board for checking the crew. If all clear, pilot will proceed immediately for berthing. No agent nor boarding authorities allowed to go on board. All communications and documents (including port clearance) to done by email.                                       
2. Several other port operational restrictions. Please refer to note 3 from Toamasina SPAT;
3. Complete ban of cruise ships since 15th March;

Port Closures &  Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No expected delays for now.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

None.


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NCOV procedures
NOTE D'URGENCE CORONAVIRUS  EN DATE DU 27 FEV 20


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Malaysia

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

The Government has declared State of Emergency with immediate until 1st August,or earlier should the number of Covid-19 cases lower significantly.

No curfew will be imposed throughout the state of emergency, and the federal and state governments will function as usual.

States of Selangor , Johore and  Kuala Lumpur (Klang Valley) which go under a Movement Control Order (MCO) scheduled to end on Feb 18, will be extended to March 4.

All social activities in these states are off and all cross-border travel will also be forbidden.
International borders remain closed and entry into Malaysia is prohibited, except for Malaysian nationals and non-citizens holding certain categories of resident and employment passes or granted special entry. 
All arrivals must undergo a mandatory 10-days quarantine at a government facility. Individuals may be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and on completion of quarantine.

CREW CHANGE PROCEDURE:-
Sign Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity (Lou)
Any person travelling to MALAYSIA is required to download and complete the Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity Letter (Lou) through the following links: -
i.   Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia: www.kln.gov.my 
ii.  National Disaster Management Agency of Malaysia: www.nadma.gov.my
iii. Immigration Department of Malaysia: www.imi.gov.my
iv. Ministry of Health of Malaysia: www.moh.gov.my
v.  Ministry of Transport of Malaysia: www.mot.gov.my
vi. Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Malaysia: www.motac.gov.my

It is compulsory for the foreign crew to fill up the forms and to be presented to the local Malaysia Authorities at the Airport. Failure which the Crew will not be allowed to enter Malaysia.

With effective 17th December,2020,  foreign seafarers would have to pay 100% of the total quarantine cost of MYR 4,350.00 according to the following fractions :-
i)  MYR 1,500.0  must be paid at check-in to the Quarantine Station (paid to the hotel gazetted as a Quarantine Station) and 
ii) MYR 2,600  must be paid to the Staff of the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) who is authorized to collect the payment while working at the quarantine station.
iii) MYR 250 PCR CHARGES on day 8

CREW CHANGE AT PORT KELANG, MALACCA, PORT DICKSON (on condition that vessel must have cargo operations at the mentioned ports) 

Crew Change is only allowed to perform at berth / wharf and not at anchorage.

FOR SIGN ON CREW

SIGN ON CREW MUST ARRIVE 17 DAYS BEFORE VESSEL ARRIVE AT PORT KELANG.3 DAYS FOR FLIGHT ARRANGEMENT, 10 DAYS FOR QUARANTINE.

Foreign On-Signing Crew MUST carry out Test at home country (preferably from Government Hospital) and recognized by Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH). 
The test result provided to KLIA MOH must be in English or Bahasa Malaysia only (MOH do not entertain other languages). The test should be done at home country with validity 3 days prior to arrival at KLIA.
It is advisable that the crew to download “My Sejahtera Apps’ for bar-code scanning before arrival at KLIA. 

For Crew that does not perform CORVID-19 test at home country, it is compulsory for the crew to under-go swap Test (Rapid Antigen Test) upon arrival at KLIA 
Immigration officers at the entrance (e.g. KLIA Airport) can provide a Special Pass for thirty (30) days to the crew entering Malaysia for the purpose of Sign-On.

All crews who sign-on at any port in Malaysia are subject to the COVID-19 health test recognized by the MOH as below:

  • For On Signing Crews on arrival, the test is performed at the entrance (e.g. KLIA Airport): 
  • For Malaysian Crew MYR 60.00 & for Foreigners MYR 120.00 by cash only (All expenses to be bear by crew’s employer).
  • For crews of Malaysian citizens or foreign nationals who are in the country, the COVID-19 test is performed in the port area aboard the ship.

If the COVID-19 crew test results are found to be NEGATIVE, the crew MUST conduct quarantine for 10 days at the Quarantine Center determined by the MOH or the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) 
The second COVID-19 test will be conducted on the 8th day. If the crew results are found to be NEGATIVE, the crew can be allowed by the MOH to: 

  • Leave the Quarantine Center; and 
  • Delivered to ship for boarding without any delay and without transit or overnight in any area.

For the purpose of support for the release of Sign-On Foreign Crews, proof of supporting documents such as Employment Offer Letter and Letter of Guarantee must be submitted as a reference at the entrance as proof that the ship is in the port.
The release of the movement of foreign crews from Quarantine Station  by any Government Agency is subject to proof of travel / ship documents submitted.

Strictly direct flight only from the following Nationalities / Countries: -
Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Indian, China, Egypt, Ghana, Croatia, Syrian

FOR SIGN OFF CREW

Agent must submit application for Crew Sign Off to Health / Immigration & Marine department 4 days prior ship arrive Port Kelang.
Documents required for application.

  • New Passport / Seaman book copy.
  • E-ticket COPY
  • Crew List
  • Voyage memo

Ship agent to arrange with Medical Personnel once ship alongside at Port Kelang for the crew to undergo COVID-19 test (at wharf side).  All Expenses incurred shall be paid by the Owner (Cash Term only)

If the results of the COVID-19 crew screening test are found to be NEGATIVE, they will have to undergo quarantine for 10 days at the Quarantine Center determined by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA)
The second COVID-19 Screening Test will be conducted on the 13th day of quarantine. If the crew test results are found to be NEGATIVE, the crew may be allowed to:

  • Leave the quarantine center: and 
  • Send to the airport (KLIA) of the country or to the residence of the crew immediately without any delay and without transit or overnight in any area

For support purposes for the release of sign-off foreign crews, proof of travel documents (such as a copy of the ticket / flight schedule or ferry) must be submitted.
The date of departure from this country must prove that the crew does not need to transit or stop in any other area after undergoing 10 days of quarantine before arriving at the exit.
The release of the movement of foreign crews from the quarantine center or by any government agency, is subject to proof of travel document / ship documents submitted.

If the COVID-19 test result is POSITIVE or the crew shows significant epidemic symptoms for the Sign-On or Sign-Off process, the crew and its Shipping Company must act to notify MOH through the Compliance Health Office immediately within 2 hours after obtaining the test results filters.
Further action against the crew is subject to instructions from MOH, the crew is NOT ALLOWED to: 

  • Return to residence 
  • Move to ship / port 
  • Move to / from any exit / entry country 
  • Transit in any area in Malaysia and 
  • Leaving the screening test area.

Note :-
It is also informed that the mandatory quarantine cost for 10 days must be fully borne by the employer based on the agreed cost. Each individual involved must also sign the Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity (LoU) form as an agreement to pay Quarantine Costs. 
Agent shall not be held responsible should there be any additional charges incurred due to last minute changes on the procedure set by the Local Authorities.

CREW CHANGE AT PASIR GUDANG, JOHORE STATE (on condition that vessel must have cargo operations at the mentioned port) 
 
1) Malaysian Ministry of Health (Pasir Gudang Port Branch)

FOR SIGN ON CREW

  • Local Agent to arrange appointment with nearest/local private hospital for foreign ship crew to conduct PCR Test.
  • Crew must also bring Covid-19 Negative Test Result from Origin Country. (For prove to show to Private Hospital)
  • Crew will be send to Quarantine Center (MOH assigned hotel) to be quarantine for 10 days. All cost incurred to be bear by the Owner / Crew. 
  • Once the result come out negative and upon completion of 10 days quarantine period, only then the crew can proceed for Sign-On formalities.
  • Requires to confirm with the ORIGIN COUNTRY whether they can accept RTK Antigen Test Result (Basic Test Kit Result) OR they require RTPCR Test Result (Real Time Test Kit Result) as their requirement to accept their local people back to their ORIGIN COUNTRY. (Need to gain the confirmation before conducting Sign-Off formalities).
  • Local Agent to notify earlier and make a payment for antigen swab test at nearest clinic.
  • Ship agent to arrange with Medical Personnel to once ship berth at Pasir Gudang for the crew to undergo COVID-19 test (at wharf side). All Expenses incurred shall be paid by the Owner (Cash Term only)
  • Crew to be send back on board vessel to be quarantine for 10 days.  
  • To show Sign-Off permission/approval/endorsed letter from Local Port Immigration office.
  • If Positive, the infected crew will be isolate send to assign government hospital (Sungai Buluh Hospital) for immediate treatment.
  • The crew will be send back to home country upon recovery, and all expenses to be bear by the Owner

2) Malaysian Immigration Department (Pasir Gudang Port Branch)

FOR SIGN ON CREW

  • Need to gain the approved/validated PCR result test from Local Port Quarantine office before can accept the crew hand-over by them. (Local Port Quarantine Office)
  • All previous “STANDING ORDERS” are remain same for conducting crew change activity at Pasir Gudang Port Immigration office.
  • The subjected ship need to be alongside in port first before Immigration can endorse the LOG. (Letter of Guarantee) 

FOR SIGN OFF CREW

  • Requires an official approval/endorsed Covid-19 test result from Local Port Quarantine Department showing that the off-signer are healthy.
  • The flight MUST be straight away back to the Origin Country. (More Prefer DIRECT flight to ORIGIN COUNTRY)
  • Crew to go straight to KLIA Airport if SENAI International Airport does not have any available flight. (Via land transport – extra transport cost incur)

3) Malaysian Harbor Master / MARDEC (Pasir Gudang Port Branch)
FOR SIGN ON CREW

  • Need to fill up health screening form and the form must be endorsed/approved by Local Port Quarantine office before they can process local agent crew change application form.
  • IF a crew obtained an approval from Immigration for Signing-Off from other trade ship and Sign-On to other trade ship, Malaysian Harbor Master Pasir Gudang do not have any objection since the crew is not landed to Pasir Gudang, Malaysia. (Special Case / Subject Approval By Immigration Department)

FOR SIGN OFF CREW

  • Requires to fill up health screening form and the form must be endorsed/approved by Local Port Quarantine office before they can process local agent crew change application form.
  • Off-Signer to fly straight back to their ORIGIN COUNTRY.

PORT of Tanjung Pelepas (on condition that vessel must have cargo operations at the mentioned port) - UPDATED

FOR SIGN ON CREW
1. Flight arrangement requirements:

  • Only commercial flight can be arranged as of now.
  • Only KLIA international airport can issue seaman transit visa (for the required nationalities e.g. Indian, Bangladesh, Pakistan nationality).
  • Connecting flight from KLIA to Senai Airport can be arranged provided that the COVID-19 test result from origin/home country still valid *refer COVID-19 test requirements
  • For ASEAN countries (e.g. Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand) flight can be arranged direct to Senai Airport, Johor as first entry.
  • Date of arrival at entry point must not exceed 3 days from vessel’s arrival date at PTP.

2. COVID-19 test requirements:

  • Test can be carried out at the origin/home country (before flying into Malaysia)
  • Only PCR test will be accepted by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
  • Test results must be valid within 3 days from the date of screening to first entry of Malaysia.
  • If result is more than 3 days validity upon crew arrival at entry point, new test needs to be conducted at the entry point at own cost.
  • Crew to download “MySejahtera” app in their smart phone for contact tracing purpose. Crew must check in using the app upon entry into Malaysia. 
  • Crew will be send to Quarantine Center (MOH assigned hotel) to be quarantine for 10 days (before vessel arrive). All cost incurred to be bear by the Owner / Crew Cash Term (no credit allows). 
  • Crew is only allowed to proceed for Sign-on procedures with Immigration after tested negative for COVID-19 and having completed the 14 days quarantine.  

3. Application for Letter of Guarantee (LG) needs to be submitted 3 days prior crew arrival and following documents will be required:

  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of seaman book
  • Copy of flight ticket
  • Copy of Certificate of Competency (COC)
  • Copy of Certificate of Endorsement (COE) – to follow vessel’s flag
  • Health Declaration (Marine Department Form)
  • Voyage Order
  • Notice of Arrival (NOA) declaration in Vessel Clearance System (VCS)

4. In the event of any changes of vessel ETA (delayed from what has been declared in the application / Letter of Guarantee (LG):

  • Agent needs to report to PTP immigration
  • Agent needs to report to DOH (?)
  • DOH to issue the “Order of Quarantine” notice (?)
  • Agent to provide dedicated holding area for the crew using dedicated transport
  • Agent to provide assurance that crew will always strictly remain at the dedicated holding area 
  • FOR SIGN OFF CREW

1. Flight arrangement requirements:

  • Must possess valid flight ticket before any application can be made. 
  • Connecting flight from Senai Airport to KLIA can be arranged provided with negative COVID-19 test result conducted on board the vessel *refer COVID-19 test requirements 

2. COVID-19 test requirements: 

  • Test needs to be carried out on board 
  • Test can be done by any private lab/health care center approved by MOH at own cost. 
  • Crew to download “MySejahtera” app in their smart phone for contact tracing purpose. At any locations while awaiting to exit Malaysia, crew must check in using the app 

3. Application needs to be submitted after receiving negative COVID-19 test result and following documents will be required: 

  • Sign-Off application letter with endorsement by Department of Health (DOH) and Marine Department 
  • Negative COVID-19 Test Result 
  • Copy of passport 
  • Copy of seaman book 
  • Copy of flight ticket 
  • Dedicated transport arrangement 

PENGERANG TERMINAL and TANJUNG BIN
Strictly Not Allowed.  

Port Closures and Delays
Expected Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Cruise Ships are prohibited from entering any ports in Malaysia.

Any ships that have departed or transitted within the past 14 days from any countries that have been declared at risk (China, Italy,South Korea, Iran,or Japan) by Minister of Health Malaysia (MOH), shall be put in quarantine status upon arrival at Malaysian port and have to fly the Yellow Flag (Quebec) until cleared by the Port Health Officers. This order is also applicable to any ships where its crew member has explicit COVID-19 symptoms
Vessel  will be quarantine at pier or anchorage and Port Health Officers will board the ship for health check. All crew must undergo screening inspection by Port Health Officer and comply with the quarantine and isolation procedure, subject to approval from Port Health Officer.

Ships are allowed to carry out cargo operations if all crew members are in good health.

Prior to arrival, agent would requires the following information from the Master for submission to Port Health.

  1. Health Questionaries ( to be fill-up as provided by agent)
  2. List of Port Call (last 10 port call)
  3. Crew / Passenger List

For medical evacuation, shipowner, Master, or agent, shall contact Maritime Communication Centre (PUSKOM) at +603-3169-5233/5201. to arrange for a suitable evacuation port.
The above guidelines are applicable for all the ports in Malaysia Ports.

Kuantan Port – with effective November 2020.

  • Shipping agent shall advise pre-arrival of vessel having a crew change or new sign on vessel crew within 14 days from the date of arrival at Kuantan Port to the medical Officer of Kuantan Port at least 48 hours before arrival at Kuantan Port.
  • The vessel will undergo a quarantine process of 14 days including days of voyage from the previous port  (port of crew change / sign on) at the anchorage before allowed to start any operations.
  • The Kuantan Port Auxiliary Police shall ensure there is no ship crews sign-in, sign-off or shore leave passing through Kuantan Port entrance except with the authorization by Ministry of Health Malaysia (KKM), Marine Department Malaysia and any related agencies.
  • The ship crews of the vessel are not allowed to disembark from the vessel without permission from the KKM and authorities when the vessel is at berth.
  • Application for this purpose shall be submitted to the KKM, Marine department Malaysia and authorities during the predefined time.

All parties involved withport activities are encouraged to follow the health care measures recommended by KKM.

Rebates & Tariff Changes

Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Guidelines, Instructions and Recent Information of COVID-19 in Malaysia – by Ministry of Health.
http://covid-19.moh.gov.my/ 
 


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Maldives

All Ports
Update: 18/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Due to COVID restrictions, ONLY registered agents can perform the crew changes and other local services in Maldives.

Pilotage is compulsory for all the vessels above 120 GRT engaged in foreign trade in all the movements.
After grant inward clearance by HPA (Health Protection Agency), Maldives custom and MNDF, ONLY other services able to perform in Male’ (Crew changes, etc..)
OPL operation NOT allow
NOW Hotel accommodation allowed ONLY for 02 night/03 days (for In-transit)
Charterer agent required to submit sponsor declarations to Maldives Immigration, 48 hours before vessel arrival for On/Off signers

Also required below clear documents to arrange sponsor declaration for sign on crews @ Male’

  • Passport copy
  • Seaman book copy
  • STCW95 (Only for SIGN ON crew)
  • Details of life-saving appliances (From vessel master)
  • E Ticket copy
  • PCR Negative Result copy – validity of 72 hours

Instructions from MALDIVES IMMIGRATION, All the crew arriving to Male via Sea/Air should submit “ONLINE Traveler Health Declaration Form” with negative PCR test  certificate https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/  within 24 hours prior to arrive and keep charterer agent inform.

Negative PCR COVID19 test result is a requirement ONLY for sign-on crew

We could arrange PCR test from following places approved by HPA (Health Protection Agency in Male, Maldives) before joining to the vessel.
It will take 24 hrs to release PCR results 

Moreover all the sign on/off crew will be transported directly from vessel to airport by launch 
Under Arrival-All the onboard crew should complete the ONLINE Traveler Health Declaration Form using https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ 24 hours prior Arrival to Male….
Under Departure-All the sign-off crew (If any)should complete the ONLINE Traveler Health Declaration Form using https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ 24 hours prior Departure From Male….
 
Under Arrival- All the sign-on crew (If any) should complete the ONLINE Traveler Health Declaration Form using https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ 24 hours prior Arrival to Male…. 


Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Kindly note that in Male,  Pilotage is compulsory for all the vessels above 120 GRT engaged in foreign trade in all the movements.After granting the Customs inward custom clearance only other services able to carry out in Male’ (Crew changes, Supplies etc..). If any 03rd party agent nominated for crew changes only, that party required to get no-objection from local vessel handling agent in Male before submit crew changes declaration to local authorities.
OPL operation doesn’t allow in Maldives. 

Hotel accommodation is permitted only up to 3 days and 2 Night Max (with prior permission) 

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No delays expected. Crew change is carried out more frequently in Male without any delays (12-20 Hours stay at anhorage)

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Other Information

Local vessel handling agent required to arrange SHIP CREW direct transfer from ship to airport, Airport to ship (Sign on/off)  and NOTE currently hotels accommodations are allowed only maximum up 2 Nights and 3 Days. 

And If any crew change intend to carry out in MALDIVES, as first step we MUST arrange vessel HEALTH / CUSTOMS & IMMIGRATIONS inward 
clearance by vessel berthing at Male safe anchorag. After vessel clearance completion ONLY other activities can be arranged according to local regulations.

Please find attached SOP for Crew changes in Maldives. 


Related notices
20210217_Maldives 03
20210217_Maldives 02
20210217_Maldives 01
Maldives_SOP - SHIP CREW CHANGE


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Malta

All Ports
Update: 01/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Covid-19 Protocol for crew changes

1.    The travel of persons employed as crew on board sea going ships for repatriation and change of crew is considered as necessary and essential and an exemption, in terms of Legal Notice 244 of 2020, as amended, may be granted for crew members to join ships at Maltese Ports and Anchorages.    

2.    Crew changes for persons originating from countries listed in LN 244 of 2020, as amended are subject to the requirements as applicable to other travellers in line:

a.    Standard Operating Procedure for Public Health Travel Declaration Forms
b.    Standard Operating Procedure for Passenger Locator Forms 

3.    Crew changes from other countries are permitted subject to compliance with following:
a.    Submission of forms as applicable in para 2.
b.     Seafarers (crew) intending to join a ship in Malta be tested for the presence of the COVID-19 virus in an accredited laboratory, 48-72 hours prior to their travelling to Malta.  
c.    Negative results and clean bill of health to be forwarded to the Port Health Medic on portmedic@gov.mt and copied to quarantine.covid19@gov.mt for approval and following which travel to Malta will be permitted. Results not in the English language are to be accompanied by a translation and certified by the Embassy.
d.    Clearance by the Port Health Medic is to be attached to the Public Health Travel Declaration Form and presented to the check in desk on departure. 
e.    Masks/Visors are to be worn by the passenger during the flight, at the Malta International Airport and during transport.
f.    Upon arrival, crew members are to be picked up by company representative and proceed directly to the vessel, where they are to remain in isolation for 14 full days.
g.    In the case that crew must wait for a number of hours for the arrival of the vessel they are to proceed directly to a temporary accommodation and stay in isolation until they are transferred onto vessel.  Location is to be communicated to the Port Health Medic and copied to quarantine.covid19@gov.mt.
h.    Crew joining a vessel which is to remain in any Maltese Port are to be admitted directly into quarantine for 14 full days in isolation and tested for the presence of the COVID 19 virus on their 13th day of quarantine.  Test result is to be communicated to the Port Health Medic.
i.    On arrival of the new crew members on-board, the relieved seafarers would proceed directly to the airport to take their outbound flight or to self-isolation until they are due to take their outbound flight.
j.    PPEs and other precautionary measures as required by Health Authorities to be complied with throughout the whole passage. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

•    All vessels must be cleared by Port Health prior to port entry.
•    Requests from local work boats WTW / OTW are subject to Port Health clearance.    
•    Conveyance vessels requesting to proceed to OTW are to process a normal arrival and departure notification and are also subject to port     formalities including Port Health clearance.      

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

All ports open and working as normal with exception of cruise terminal.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Covid-19 Protocol for crew changes 
 
1. The travel of persons employed as crew on board sea going ships for repatriation and change of crew is considered as necessary and essential and an exemption, in terms of LN 244 of 2020, as amended, may be granted for crew members to join ships at Maltese Ports and Anchorages.     
 
2. Crew changes for persons originating from countries listed in LN 244 of 2020, as amended are subject to the requirements as applicable to other travellers in line: 
 
a. Standard Operating Procedure for Public Health Travel Declaration Forms b. Standard Operating Procedure for Passenger Locator Forms  
 
3. Crew changes from other countries are permitted subject to compliance with following: a. Submission of forms as applicable in para 2. b.  Seafarers (crew) intending to join a ship in Malta be tested for the presence of the COVID19 virus in an accredited laboratory 48-72 hours prior to their travelling to Malta.   c. Negative results and clean bill of health to be forwarded to the, Port Health Medic on portmedic@gov.mt and copied to quarantine.covid@gov.mt for approval and following which travel to Malta will be permitted. Results not in the English language are to be accompanied by a translation and certified by the Embassy. d. Clearance by the Port Health medic is to be attached to the Public Health Travel Declaration Form and presented to the check in desk on departure.  e. Masks/Visors are to be worn by the passenger during the flight, at the Malta International Airport. f. Upon arrival, crew members to be picked up by company representative to proceed to transfer to location of quarantine from the airport (not on ship) and address provided to quarantine.covid@gov.mt g. PPEs and other precautionary measures as required by Health Authorities to be complied with throughout the whole passage.  h. All incoming crew need to be admitted directly into quarantine for 14 full days in isolation and tested again within 48 hours of arrival/landing in Malta.  Appointments at the public testing centres can be made by contacting 111 or +356 2132 4086 (when calling from a non-Maltese line), giving one’s personal details.  Details of the appointment and test results must be forwarded to quarantine.covid@gov.mt.  All persons who would have arrived in Malta and whose result of testing on arrival did not detect SARS-CoV2, will be required to get re-tested. Such testing needs to be done between 12-13 days from arrival. Such testing may be done in any public or private testing centre. An appointment at the public testing centres can be arranged by contacting 111 or +356 2132 4086 (when calling from a non-Maltese line).    i. Since all persons arriving in Malta are required to observe 14 days of quarantine, they are only allowed to leave the place where they are observing such quarantine to attend for a swabbing appointment or if they require urgent medical care. Details of swabbing 

 
Version 1.0/2020 
appointments or of the requirement to attend for urgent medical care must be forwarded to quarantine.covid19@gov.mt.    j. All persons still need to observe the full 14-day period of quarantine, regardless of any swab result that does not detect SARS-CoV2.   


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10-20 COVID 19 - relevance of body temperature screening as a layer of protection
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Marshall Islands

All Ports
Update: 03/04/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Total suspension of international travelers coming into the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) via air travel until 05th May 2020. Temporary HALT of issuance of Shore Pass     

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All vessels required to serve 14 days quarantine

Port Closures & Delays 
Expected Closures: No
Expected Delays: Yes


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Martinique

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Change
Restrictions: Conditional 

For on signers :

  • COVID test is necessary for all on signing crew members (the test is valid only for 72 hrs from the time test is taken) - please make sure that the tests are performed at the right time so that the test is valid during the entire travel - please send us the test results as soon as you have them. We have had issues for Filipino CM’s not being able to take their connecting flights, so please make sure all is in order before the CM travels.
  • Please make sure that all the crew members have necessary VISAS to transit in Paris, just in case they need to stay to get a fresh Covid test (which is possible at the Paris airport, this will take a day). For off signers :
  • Letter from the Captain stating that the crew have remained confined on the ship for more than 14 days, and show no signs or symptoms of illness and are in good health.
  • The Capt. needs to provide us with a clean health declaration to be forwarded to the authorities. 
  • At present Covid test is not required if final destination is Paris. Please check if the PCR test is required for connecting flights and final destination. 
Please note that for all crew changes we need to get permission from the local authorities and the above mentioned documents are needed to make sure that the transaction is smooth.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

There are no berthing delays due to COVID-19 and no quarantine requirements, unless there is a case onboard (so far this has not been the case here).

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Other Information
None

Country

Mauritius

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Change
Restrictions: Yes

  • Crew change is allowed subject to stringent health protocol. Pls contact us on mruops@iss-shipping.com for further info.
  • Shore leave for crew members of vessels presently berthed at Port Louis is suspended until further notice.  However, under exceptional circumstances shore leave will be granted provided that the shipping agent submit an application to the MPA/Port Health with valid justification.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  1. Vessel will not be allowed to enter Port Limits if crew change has been carried out during the last 14days of the call at Port Louis and a Negative COVID PCR test done at most 4 days prior embarkation is not provided 
  2. A protocol for vessel calling for loading and/or unloading has been put in place. Pls contact ISSMLMRU@iss-shipping.com for updates;
  3. ANY PERSON HAVING RESIDED IN, OR WITH A HISTORY OF TRAVEL TO AND FROM UNITED KINGDOM, SOUTH AFRICA, JAPAN, OR BRAZIL WITHIN THE LAST 15 DAYS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ENTRY OR TRANSIT IN THE REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS effective 21Dec20/2000 to an extended period to be intimated.. Vessels having Crew members in this situation will also not be allowed to call Port Louis.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

  • Quarantine Officer needs to clear commercial vessels ar anchorage prior autjorising Pilot to Board;
    Bunkering is temporarily  prohibited from 2100LT to 0500Lt.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

  • No rebates or tariff changes

Other Information

Travel Advisory:

  1. Borders opened as from 1st Oct subject to quarantine of 14days upon arrival;
  2. Crew changeis allowed subject to stringent health protocol. Pls contact us on mruops@iss-shipping.com for further info.d
  3. ANY PERSON HAVING RESIDED IN, OR WITH A HISTORY OF TRAVEL TO AND FROM UNITED KINGDOM, SOUTH AFRICA, JAPAN, OR BRAZIL WITHIN THE LAST 15 DAYS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ENTRY OR TRANSIT IN THE REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS effective 21Dec20/2000z to an extended period to be intimated.

National Restrictions:

  1. Sanitary obligations to be observed.

Related notices:
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Corona Virus MPA no3
Coronavirus Mauritius MPA
Coronavirus Mauritius
MPA 4th Communique Corona Virus


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Mauritania

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Due to the situation of the Covid-19, the crewchange is subject to the acceptance of the port authorities. It will be necessary to provide: 

  • the list of the 10 last ports that the vessel touched
  • the port from which the seamen embarked
  • for on-signer: 1 test of Covid-19 with a negative result 72 hours before boarding
  • for the off-signer a test of Covid-19 during the visit of the medical team on board before the vessel berthing

Nearest airport : Nouadhibou but better to pass trough Nouakchott for Covid-19 process.
Hotels allowed at Nouakchott & Nouadhibou.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list + other documents. Vessels will be cleared at anchorage and screening will be done.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Vessels will be cleared at anchorage and screening will be done to determine if 14 days quarantine period will be imposed on the vessel. 

Other Information

Vessels will be cleared at anchorage and screening will be done to determine if 14 days quarantine period will be imposed on the vessel. Authorities may determine if vessel are to go through 14 days quarantine from last port of call if vessel has called any blacklisted countries Land and air boarders closed until further notice. Curfew in place effective 1800 – 0800 hrs lt daily.


Related notices:
01 MAURITANIA CIRCULAR 13 02 2020

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Mayotte

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

  1. Crew change has been freezed temporarily due to new covid variant.
  2. Shore leave is not allowed.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  1. All cruise call (more than 100 persons on board) - complete ban in all French departments and territories;
  2. For Vessels: MDH 48h-24h-3H before arrival; 
  3. Restriction of persons and authorities coming on board. If any suspect case, call phone '15.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No expected delays for now.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

  • All flights cancelled apart from France and Reunion Island
  • Passengers are allowed but only for prime reasons and subject to Authorities prior approval and Covid test at least 72hs prior arrival

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Mexico

All Ports
Update: 02/02/2021

Crew Changes:
Restrictions:  Yes

GULF OF MEXICO

TAMPICO & ALTAMIRA - Crew change is allowed with the following restrictions and protocol:

ON-signers 
•    The crew members must arrive in Tampico prior joining the vessel. 
•    Once the crew is arrived in Tampico, they must be lodged for 3 days in a hotel. 
•    After the 3-days of quarantine, the crew must be tested by a certified laboratory. If the test result is negative for COVID- 19, then the crew must obtain a medical certification and finally the crew can join the vessel.
•    Inchcape will facilitate and arrange the hotel, the laboratory, and the medical certification 

OFF-signers 
•    The master of the vessel must send a 10-day record of body temperature of intended crew for disembarking.


VERACRUZ and COATZACOALCOS - Crew change is allowed with the following restrictions and protocol:

ON-signers 
•    The crew members must arrive in Veracruz prior joining the vessel. 
•    Once the crew is arrived in Veracruz, they must be lodged for 4 days in a hotel. 
•    After the 4-days of quarantine, the crew must be tested by a certified laboratory. If the test result is negative for COVID- 19, then the crew must obtain a medical certification and finally the crew can join the vessel.
•    Inchcape will facilitate and arrange the hotel, the laboratory, and the medical certification 

OFF-signers 
•    The master of the vessel must send a 7-day record of body temperature of intended crew for disembarking.
•    The agent will send a letter to the Master that must be signed and stamped.
•    Health authorities will board the vessel to perform an inspection, off signers must fill in a questionnaire when the visit time.

CIUDAD DEL CARMEN, Crew change is allowed if vessel has operations or project.

PACIFIC

MANZANILLO, GUAYMAS, LA PAZ, ENSENADA & ROSARITO

All crew and agency personnel must use facemasks, face shields and gloves when entering or leaving the port.   

OFF-signers
            Color copies of the sailor’s passport, seaman book, proposed flight itinerary and visa must be provided to immigration, customs, port authorities and health officials 96 hours before the planned disembarkation.    

Along with the following information:
•    Date that sailor joined the vessel
•    Daily updates of the health conditions of all crew members at 72, 48 and 24 hours before arrival to Manzanillo.

In addition, the agent will present to the authorities 
•    Written plan of sailor’s movement from ship to airport to connecting flights out of Mexico. Including dates.
•    Name of hotel and dates of stay if required.

ON-signers:
            Color copies of the sailor’s passport, seaman book, flight itinerary and visa must be provided to immigration, customs, port authorities and health officials 96 hours before the planned arrival to Mexico.  

Along with the following information
•    A medical certificate the shows the person has no signs of any respiratory illness dated no more than 14 days in the past.
•    List of countries visited in the last 30 days.

In addition, the agent will present to the authorities:
•    Written plan of sailor’s movement from arriving airport to Manzanillo airport to the vessel or hotel and then vessel.
•    Name of the hotel and dates of stay if required.

Please note, before the on signer can enter the port they will be taken to a medical facility where the medical certificate they submitted will be verified and final boarding approval given.

LAZARO CARDENAS - Crew change is allowed with the following restrictions and protocol:

ON-signers 

•    Health authority is requesting to fill a format 
•    The on-signers must have recent medical certificate with their full name and passport number in it. 

•    Once the requested information is filled in the format, it must be signed & stamped and sent back to agent along with the medical certificates of all on-signers.
•    The agent must send a written request to Harbour Master adding quarantines format and medical certificates in order to obtain the authorization. Once the authorizations are granted, the agent will inform to you in order to proceed to embark the on-signers.  
•    The agent will send the permits from immigration, quarantine, and Harbour Master to forward these documents to the on-signers in order to avoid any delays during their travel to Lazaro Cardenas and Manzanillo.

OFF-signers

•    Health authority is requesting to fill a format 
•    The master of the vessel must send a 7-day record of body temperature of intended crew for disembarking.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Vessels coming from risk areas, the communication is held at the anchorage area -  When entering to port, all personnel must wear face masks and gloves. -
  • The visits of technicians, inspectors, superintendents, etc. are suspended. In the event that a crew member needs permission for a medical visit, the health authority will have to visit the boat before authorizing the visit. -
  • The vessels must send the maritime health declaration every 24 hours. -
  • No waste disposal at the Port of Coatzacoalcos

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No port closures & No delays. All ports remain open.

Other Information:
No banned travelling to Mexico Airports at 50% capacity for international and domestic flights Mexico is in phase 2 Major cities are lockdown.


Related notices:
Crew Change cancelled - Dos Bocas - MEXICO
Travelers who arrive into Mexico from infected countries
Health Alert_ U.S. Embassy Mexico City _ U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Mexico
Nota_informativa_SALUD_RELACIONES_EXTERIORES_060220.
Comunicado_Tecnico_Diario_COVID-19_2020.03.12
OFICIO 59 CONTENCION EPIDEMIOLOGICA COVID-19


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Montenegro

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

Crew change operations cannot be performed in Montenegro unless for EU citizens coming directly from EU.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All non-cargo traffic is suspended in Montenegro so this vessel is not admissible, also all sign on/off currently suspended even for cargo related vessels.

No crew shore leave allowed.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Other Information
None


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Morocco

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Please note that the crew change can be conducted under the following restrictions . On signers - To be covid 19 negative tested with max 72 hours - Duration of the call alongside more than 2 days - An authorization from the merchant marine authority on a case by case basis. - Crew members from the following origin are not allowed to enter Morocco : UK - AUSTRALIA - AUSTRIA - BRAZIL - DENMARK - IRELAND - NEW ZEALAND - SWEDEN - SOUTH AFRICA - TCHEQUE REPUBLIC - PORTUGAL - UKRAINE Offsigners : - Crew members to be covid 19 negative tested during vessel stay in the port. The test to be arranged onboard. - Duration of the call alongside more than 2 days - An authorization from the merchant marine authority on a case by case basis. - The borders and airports are closed .

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Free pratique is granted taking into consideration the daily body temperature of the crew members
  • Technical calls are allowed subject to availability of berth 
  • No shore leave
  • Medical assistance allowed.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Other Information
Lockdown expected to be lifted on July 10th 


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Mozambique

All Ports
Update: 05/11/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

 

Currently no crew changes are permitted. Visas issued will be cancelled. Government is putting more efforts by controlling borders and no international flights are coming to Mozambique.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

The Government, at its 32nd ordinary session, declared the state of public calamity in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic Thus, we will pass the situation of public calamity, which started at 0 am on September 7, 2020 and with an indefinite duration as long as the risk of the Covid-19 pandemic remains. Quarantine, isolation and hospitalization measures are also maintained, such as reducing visits to hospitalized persons in hospital establishments to a maximum of two people per day for each patient, with visits to infected persons being prohibited

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Master to send declaration to agent advising crew and passengers situation on board and vessel which passed through country affected with Coronavirus / Covid 19 prior arrival in Maputo must take 14 days. If she arrives at Maputo before 14 days she will stay at anchorage till complete 14 days. On 15 day she will come alongside and prior she comes health will inspect vessel at anchorage when pilot goes on board. Health will do inspection and If crew found in good health vessel will proceed to berth and all authorities will go on board soon she is alongside for formalities.

Other Information

Duty Pilots are to make use of issued personal protective equipment (PPE), protective facial masks, gloves and long sleeve shirt when boarding any vessel to protect themselves, even if the master has declared all onboard are healthy. The disposable PPE is to remove after every vessel and placed in a sealed plastic bag. The Pilot transport vehicle and the pilot boat will be provided with designated hazardous waste containers


Related notices
MOZAMBIQUE ADDITIONAL MEASURES COVID-19


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Namibia

All Ports
Update: 19/01/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Embarking / Disembarking crew changes are subject to Ministry of Health approval and guidelines. Simple crew changes are not permitted at the moment. MOH will review applications on crew changes when the disembarking crew has been starnded in Namibia for long periods of time and embarking crew has to join beacuse of disembarking crew. Quarantine period etc are applibale or as advised by the MOH. Process for approval, especially embarking crew can take up to 1 month. conditions are not favourable for quick crew changes, but rather larger repatriation of crew.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Embarking / Disembarking crew changes are subject to Ministry of Health approval and guidelines. Simple crew changes are not permitted at the moment. MOH will review applications on crew changes when the disembarking crew has been starnded in Namibia for long periods of time and embarking crew has to join beacuse of disembarking crew. Quarantine period etc are applibale or as advised by the MOH. Process for approval, especially embarking crew can take up to 2 weeks. conditions are not favourable for quick crew changes, but rather larger repatriation of crew.
 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

No closures implemented.

Other Information
State of Emergency and lockdown expired 18 Sep 2020. Borders are open with conditions. Await affects on crew changes


PORT WALVIS BAY

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All crew changes are restricted and will only be allowed consideration on a case by case basis. Some borders are still open. Aitports still open however, many airlines are restricted or suspended. People arriving in NAM from high risk areas are to undergo a 14 day quarenetine. Screening done at point of arrival for temperature. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

10 previous port call list required with health decalration before entering port limits. No cruise vessels allowed. Cargo vessels still permitted but with restrictions on crew movements. Agent contact with vessel to be limited and full PPE (gloves and masks) must be used before boarding vessel. Port meeting have been suspended, updates provided electronically.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No closures implemented.

Other Information
PPE to be used when boarding vessels, however boarding vessels to be limited and only when needed. Minister of Health informally warned that Namibia could soon face lock down as well, similar to South Africa. Confirmed cases remain, first Namibain national case confirmed on 23 Mar 2020. 


Related notices:
NAMPORT COVID-19 Update - 17 March 2020


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Netherlands

All Ports
Update: 21/01/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Basic rules for everyone in the Netherlands: The Netherlands are in a LOCK-DOWN until 9 February 2021. As from 23 January a curfew will be effective from 2100 - 0430 hrs till 9 February or longer if required. Many venues ( shops, restaurants, bars ) are closed till at least 9 Feb 2021. In hotels, breakfast, lunch, diner is available as take-away for guests only and need to be consumed in the room ( flyer will be available at check-in ). Covid-19 quarantine hotel room available upon request. If you have symptoms, get tested as soon as possible and stay at home. Stay 1.5 metres away from other people. Wash your hands often. Cough and sneeze into your elbow. Touch your nose, mouth and face as little as possible. Covid-19 test facility is available at nearest Port Health Centre, which requires min. 24 hrs notice. Do not shake hands, avoid busy places. People/crew with symptoms that could be caused by coronavirus are not allowed to fly. All crew must fill in a health screening form before departure, declaring that they do not have any symptoms associated with COVID-19. Crew are advised to check in online before they go to the airport. The same rules apply at Dutch airports as elsewhere in the Netherlands. Because it is not always possible to keep a distance of 1.5 metres at airports, public transport ( i.e. trains, busses, taxi's ) passengers must wear a non-medical face mask in public areas, including at customs and security. At Amsterdam Schiphol Airport you must wear a non-medical face mask at alle times as well as on the aircraft / during complete flight. Make sure you carry enough face masks with you. The fine for not wearing a mask is EUR 95,- To prevent the spreading of the virus as much as possible an extra condition is set with regard to disembarking third country nationals. When disembarking, evidence of an airplane ticket (or other means of leaving the EU) must be presented to demonstrate that the seaman is leaving the EU as quickly as possible and the transport to the location of departure must be arranged. if vessels departs prior flight depart, agent must request approval from local Immigration authorities to have crew stay in hotel, max allowed stay is 48 hrs, only in extra-ordinary cases extension is possible subject to terms and conditions set by Immigration. For on-sign crew not holding valid Schengen-visa, there is a possibiluty to apply for Visa on Arrival ( VOA ) under following conditions, 1. Embassy in home country needs to be closed due to COVID measures 2. Vessel needs to call Dutch port 3. Max 65 VOA are allowed per day 4. VOA surcharge is EUR 5,- on top of visa expenses EUR 80,- Crew members are exempt from mandatory quarantine when they arrive in NL.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

ALL seagoing vessels calling Dutch ports must submit a Maritime Health Declaration, regardless of the situation on board. In case of deviations from the Maritime Health Declaration, Port Authority will contact the Municipal Health Service for recommendations about the reported case. A yellow quarantine flag is not necessary in the Netherlands. No restrictions for vessels to enter port. Additional procedures iare in place for Cruise vessels. Shore leaves are strictly discouraged. Crew members are only permitted to go ashore for medical reasons.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Not Applicable, Dutch government designated Dutch ports as vitally important processes, both for the Netherlands and for consumers and producers in the European hinterland. Shippers, shipping companies, manufacturing industry, consumers. Dutch Ports areas also have several vital functions that needs to be protected, like the production of energy, the processing of waste, and the supplying of drinking water.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Other Information:

https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/what-are-we-doing-in-the-netherlands-in-response-to-the-coronavirus 
https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus/questions-and-answers-novel-coronavirus#039;s%20Novel%20coronavirus%20in%20China https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19   https://www.schiphol.nl/en/messages/coronavirus-update https://www.portofrotterdam.com/sites/default/files/requirements-roles-and-responsibilities-of-cruise-ships-port-of-rotterdam.pdf


Rotterdam

Port Restrictions

The Port Health Authority Rotterdam ( PHAR ) is the competent authority for the management of infectious diseases in the port of Rotterdam. The Port Coordination Centre is the contact desk for ships, crew and other parties working in the port of Rotterdam. The parties working with the PHAR include: Rotterdam-Rijnmond Municipal Health Service, the Harbour Health Centre, Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam (EMC), Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM), the Dutch Coastguard, Rotterdam-Rijnmond Safety Region, Dutch Food and Commodities Authority, Seaport Police, Radio Medical Service, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Harbour Master. The Harbour Master Division and the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Municipal Health Service are coordinating the response to COVID-19 (the coronavirus) and they consult daily. With effect from 13 March, ALL seagoing vessels must submit the Maritime Declaration of Health (MDoH) in good time. It should be sent by email to the Port Health Authority Rotterdam (PHAR): porthealthauthority@portofrotterdam.com and the agent iss.rotterdam@iss-shipping.com. This MDoH must have been signed in the last 24 hours and it must be sent at least 6 hours prior to arrival at Pilot Station. The Port Coordination Centre coordinates the follow-up and asks the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Municipal Health Service for recommendations about the reported case. In addition, follow the national guidelines. To limit the spread of the coronavirus as much as possible, everyone is advised to respect hygiene measures. These are: Wash your hands regularly, Cough and sneeze on the inside of your elbow, Use paper tissues and throw them away immediately after using them once, Touch your nose, mouth and face as little as possible. Do not shake hands, It is also very important as an employer to comply with government recommendations relating to your employees. In this way, we can prevent the spread of the virus among our employees and any possible spread by employees going on board vessels. Yellow flag (quarantine) In the Netherlands, the MDoH is used to report possible infectious diseases to the authorities. Some countries work with a yellow quarantine flag. This is not necessary in the Netherlands. As soon as a ship has submitted an MDoH and it has been assessed by the Municipal Health Service, the captain will be informed whether additional measures are necessary. If a ship continues to sail under a yellow flag, we request you to inform the Port Coordination Centre (+31 (0)10 252 1000 or VHF channel 11).

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Not Applicable, Dutch government designated Dutch ports as vitally important processes, both for the Netherlands and for consumers and producers in the European hinterland. Shippers, shipping companies, manufacturing industry, consumers. Dutch Ports areas also have several vital functions that needs to be protected, like the production of energy, the processing of waste, and the supplying of drinking water.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

https://www.portofrotterdam.com/en/shipping/port-health-authority 
https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/what-are-we-doing-in-the-netherlands-in-response-to-the-coronavirus 
https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus/questions-and-answers-novel-coronavirus#039;s%20Novel%20coronavirus%20in%20China 
https://cruising.org/en-gb/cruise-industry-covid-19-facts-and-resources                                                             https://www.portofrotterdam.com/sites/default/files/requirements-roles-and-responsibilities-of-cruise-ships-port-of-rotterdam.pdf


Amsterdam

Port Restrictions

No restrictions for vessels to enter port, however the Port of Amsterdam have closed the port for all sea cruise vessels until further notice. ALL seagoing vessels calling Dutch ports must submit a Maritime Health Declaration, regardless of the situation on board. In case of deviations from the Maritime Health Declaration, Port Authority will contact the Municipal Health Service for recommendations about the reported case. Vessels must submit the Maritime Health Declaration - regardless of the situation on board - to the Port Operations Centre in IJmuiden (+31(0)20 5234600, option 1 or via VTSadmin@portofamsterdam.com with copy to ISS.Amsterdam@iss-shipping.com. In case of deviations from the Maritime Health Declaration, Port of Amsterdam will contact the Municipal Health Service. If it turns out to be a ship on which someone is suspected of being infected with the coronavirus, there is a chance that the ship will be referred to the port of Rotterdam. In Rotterdam there are better facilities available for combating infectious diseases. In this case, the relevant Municipal Health Service (GGD) will transfer medical information to the Rotterdam Municipal Health Service. Port of Amsterdam will take care of the nautical handling and transfer to the port of Rotterdam. A yellow quarantine flag is not necessary in the Netherlands. Shore leaves are strictly discouraged. Crew members are only permitted to go ashore for medical reasons.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Not Applicable, Dutch government designated Dutch ports as vitally important processes, both for the Netherlands and for consumers and producers in the European hinterland. Shippers, shipping companies, manufacturing industry, consumers. Dutch Ports areas also have several vital functions that needs to be protected, like the production of energy, the processing of waste, and the supplying of drinking water.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: Yes
Rebates Avaiable: No

Seaport dues* • For all invoices with an invoice date up to Dec 31st, 2020 at the latest, a standard extension of the payment term by 14 days applies, without interest and/or additional costs being charged for this extension. Your current payment method remains the same. *These temporary corona payment arrangements listed above do not apply to invoices and instalments already paid or collected before April 6th 2020. Port of Amsterdam reserves the right to change the terms and the conditions of the corona payment arrangements at any time.

Other Information

https://www.portofamsterdam.com/en/corona                                                                        https://www.portofamsterdam.com/en/news/corona-protocol-coronavirus-marine-traffic
https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/what-are-we-doing-in-the-netherlands-in-response-to-the-coronavirus 
https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus/questions-and-answers-novel-coronavirus#039;s%20Novel%20coronavirus%20in%20China  
https://cruising.org/en-gb/cruise-industry-covid-19-facts-and-resources                                                            https://www.portofrotterdam.com/sites/default/files/requirements-roles-and-responsibilities-of-cruise-ships-port-of-rotterdam.pdf


Flushing Terneuzen Area

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Sea cruises have been cancelled until further notice, no restrictions for other vessels to enter port.
Dutch governments announced stricter measures to prevent the further spread of coronavirus. North Sea Port is adhering to these measures. At the same time, North Sea Port is continuing to focus on keeping the port operational where it is possible and safe to do so.

Wherever possible, North Sea Port and the companies will continue their operational activities in complete safety. Strict measures already apply to shipping before it can call at North Sea Port. The arrangements already agreed – in consultation with the national health services GGD (for the Netherlands) and Saniport (for Belgium) – will continue to apply:

  • In the case of shipping, vessels must, as usual, complete the Maritime Declaration of Health. This procedure is closely coordinated with the health services.
  • The Maritime Declaration of Health must be completed 24 hours before entering the port.
  • If even a single question on this form is answered 'yes', the health service is immediately alerted.

Several terminals have now introduced additional questionnaires or temperature measurements.
There are no ships in quarantine in North Sea Port at this time. 

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Not Applicable, Dutch government designated Dutch ports as vitally important processes, both for the Netherlands and for consumers and producers in the European hinterland. Shippers, shipping companies, manufacturing industry, consumers. Dutch Ports areas also have several vital functions that needs to be protected, like the production of energy, the processing of waste, and the supplying of drinking water.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Other Information
https://en.northseaport.com/north-sea-port-feels-reduced-impact-of-covid-19-crisis-month-by-month


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New Caledonia

All Ports
Update: 09/12/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Are crew changes permitted in New Caledonia? No
Are airports open? No
Screening requirements - 14 day quarantine

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Are ports open to cruise vessels? No
Are ports open to other vessels? Cargo & Tankers.
Is shore leave allowed? No

Port Closures & Delay
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

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New Zealand

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

New Zealand closed its borders at 23:59 25/03/20.

The ever changing rules from various  government departments , local health boards, port unions , stevedore directives and port companies; are all making crew exchanges both difficult and at times uncertain. 

The latest requirement is that exchanges must be done only at last New Zealand port of call. The added restrictions of 5 hours certified transport as the means of interport transport from an international airport, has further restricted exchanges to Marsden Point, Auckland, Tauranga & New Plymouth. Christchurch exchange options are limited due to air capacity. 

We have developed a new option ,with regulatory approval, to conduct crew exchanges at the anchorage in Auckland by boat. Outside pilot/port cost area. 

If the last port is outside the Auckland international airport 5 hour road transport limit; the Auckland anchorage option is a new alternative.

All exchanges require varying forms of exemption applications. These exemptions need Government approval before commencing  the next sequence of statutory requirements. Important that all joiners  after exemption approval  apply for a Critical purpose Visitor Visa as directed by NZ Immigration. The Local Port agents can advise on the Procedures and additional costs apply for the regulatory requirements and Paperwork.

Owner/Managers  need to be advised that as New Zealand remains under different levels of lock down ; crew  visas and  flights to and from NZ are very limited. Crew movements are only allowed through Auckland International airport for arrivals( no onward carriage to the 4 acceptable crew exchange ports as above ). 
Marine crew arriving by air to join a vessel are to travel immediately and directly by private transport to the vessel where they will complete 14 days of self-isolation.  Advice on self-isolation is available on Ministry of Health website. https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free pratique can be granted by submission of pre arrival docs. Tech call allowed subject to Government approval. Cruise is banned indefinitely. Government  port health and local porthealth  docs required to be submitted at all subsequent ports after the first port. Social distancing is mandatory. Steveodres also require a pre - arrnged agrement with the ship on PPE, etc. Delivery of light stores, etc are only to the base of the gangway.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

No port closures. Some labour retrictions on a ship by ship basis as the lockdown may prevent staff attendong the vessel. Expecct delays.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No 

Other Information

From Sunday 30th August the Auckland region (Auckland Council area) is at Alert Level 2.5 and the rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. Further details can be found at https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/current-alert-level/


Related notices:
New Zealand (CLIA Update12FEB20


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Nigeria

All ports
Update: 25/01/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

  • Malls / Supermarkets are open for the public but with strict control of number of person to access them at one time to avoid being over crowded. 
  • Emergency and Essential flights are exempted from restrictions.
  • Kindly note that Nigeria has open borders for commercial flights. These operations commenced sepember 5th in Nigeria International Airports, Lagos & Abuja for International flights. Please note any crew & personnel intend to come to Nigeria must undergo COVID-19 test from his or her country of origin as COVID-19 test result is require by airport authority upon arrival. Same applicable to crew / people travel out of Nigeria, they must present COVID-19 test result to airport authority and airline for screening prior boarding the aircraft. Test will be carryout from NCDC approved health laboratory centre, health workers will take blood sample and return test result for which crew have to travel within 72 hours of being declared covid-19 negative. 

Also below are the procedures;   Departing passengers / crew member must comply with the following guidelines;
1. All passengers must arrive at the airport properly kitted with their face masks on.
2. They must also ensure a minimum of one point five meters (1.5m) physical distancing, Aviation Medical/Port Health personnel would screen each passenger and ensure the use of face masks  
3. All passengers’ luggage would be disinfected before entry into the departure halls.
4. Passengers are required to wash their hands as often as possible, hand sanitizer would be provided for passengers before entrance, at the waiting halls/lounges and pre-boarding gates.
5. All footwear would be disinfected/sanitized by foot mats placed at all entrances to the terminal building, amongst others.

For arriving passengers / Crew, the following guidelines must be adhered to;
1. On disembarking from the aircraft, passengers would observe physical distancing as they board the Co-Buses (Hand Sanitizer would be provided in the buses).
2. Physical distancing protocols must be observed at the baggage claim area, where hand sanitizer is also provided, disinfected trolleys would be made available for passengers.
3. All Covid-19 protocols must be observed while undergoing customs check, Passengers would exit the halls and head straight to the car park for pick up.
4. If you must speak to anyone around, please speak to a properly tagged Aviation Security (AVSEC) officer, physical distancing would be maintained while waiting to be screened by personnel of port health services, amongst others.
5. In addition to the above guidelines, passengers are required to observe social distancing and make use of the floor markings at the security screening area. They must also comply with all other security guidelines as laid down by officials of the Aviation Security (AVSEC) department.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

1. Free Pratique is granted after physical inspection of vessels by health officials.
2. Authorities required also;

  • Last 10 port call list
  • Crew list 
  • Maritime Declaration of Health Form. 

3. If you have been to any of the countries mentioned of high risk, you will not be allowed into the county.
4. Technical calls maybe allowed but cruise vessels are not allowed. 
5. Shore leave are not permitted to all crew.
6. Precautionary testing kits are readily in place with health workers for check. 
7. Social distancing is mandatory to everybody. 
8. Medical assistance are available to all including those that tested positive to covid-19.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

NOTICE TO MARINER, LAGOS PILOTAGE DISTTRICT - NIGERIA

  • Every vessel calling at Nigeria Seaport from Covid-19 affected countries like France, Italy Spain, Germany, UK, USA, China, Switzerland, Netherland, Belgium, South Korea, Australia, Turkey, Iran, Japan, Austria, Portugal etc. will only be allowed into Nigeria Seaports when Port Health Service has established that the vessel was continuously sailing for minimum of fourteen (14) days prior to arrival.
  • A vessel calling At Nigeria Seaports from Covid-19 affected country, and was at sea for only ten (10) days, such vessel is expected to remain outside bar for Four (4) days to complete fourteen (14) days before applying for Health Clearance from the Port Health Service.
  • A vessel that was continuously sailing from her port of departure for fourteen (14) days but called at a port in West Coast Country before arriving Nigeria Seaports, will apply for Health clearance from the Port Health Service in Nigeria on arrival 
  • A vessel that arrived West Coast Country and did crew change, is expected to report to inform the port Health Service of the crew change before applying for the Health clearance.

Other Information

  • None

Related notices:
Federal Ministry of Health - COVID Press Statement 27-02-2020


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Norway

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Crew change is possible. The Norwegian Government has introduced mandatory PCR-testing for Covid-19 for ALL travelers to Norway. 2 (two) negative tests are required before onsigners can start work. They still have to maintain quarantine for the whole 10-day period. Exception is if vessel leaves a Norwegian port within 3 days and does not return to a Norwegian port within 10 days; then only 1 (one) negative test is required. Quarantine must still be maintained. When arrived, seamen must travel directly to vessel, and stay in quarantine, either onboard vessel – in single cabin - or equivalent onshore in a quarantine hotel for 10 days. Once and if tested with a negative result for Covid-19, seamen can start work onboard, but still have to maintain the leisure time quarantine in single cabin for the 10 days since arrival. No shore-leave is permitted. If vessel leaves port and arrives in a Norwegian port again within 10 days, no shore-leave is permitted. Once crew has been onboard for +10 days and are free of any symptoms for Covid-19, shore-leave may be granted.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Maritime Health Declaration to be completed by Master. Also a general self declaration on visits abroad during last 14 days and health status. Most ports opened for limited shore leave for crew coming from more than 10 days at sea.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

All port open for goods, services and operations. General policy from authorities to keep shipping services 100% operational.

Rebates & Tariff Charges

Extra charges for arrangements related to management services related covid19 might apply.
 

Other Information

This statements relates to all Norwegian ports - smaller local deviations


Related notices
Foreign nationals with no symptoms of coronavirus infection may leave Norway
Guidelines regarding seafarers signing ...n ports - Norwegian Maritime Authority
Information about quarantine after traveling outside the Nordic countries
NORWAY - Information to partners of the Norwegian Coastal Administration Pilot Service
Norwegian Directorate of Health update on 12th march 2020


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Oman

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Refer to the recently released circular (Circular 28 Feb 2021 Procedured required for the movement of seafarers to and from ships)

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Any vessel calling Omani port must take the written approval from quarantine department with the following documents, submit quantrantine department written / stamped approval to port control for approve vessel rotation number - Maritime Health Declaration / Crew sign on & sign off details / Last 10 port of calls / Crew list
Garbage reception is suspended until further notification

Sign on / sign off facility will be approved only in case of emergency, Security embarking / Disembarking at anchorage will be permitted subject to quarantine approval.

Passenger vessel is permitted only for bunkering operation at anchorage.  No other services will be provided.
Motor Yacht (without passenger) is permitted only for bunkering operation at anchorage.  No other services will be provided.

If vessel is coming from China, South Korea, Iran, Italy and Egypt lesss than 14 days, Shore personal are permitted with proper PPE's only to board vessel on main deck for cargo operation.  NOT PERMITTED TO ENTER INSIDE VESSEL ACCOMODATION.  

Port Closures & Delays
Expected Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: Yes
Rebates Available: No

Please note that the Port of Sohar will be changing their port tariff effective 01st July 2020.

The main difference in the new tariff is: The anchorage free days will extend from 1-5 days free to 1-10 days free, which is the same no. of free days as Fujairah.

This will effectively be more beneficial to vessel owners who are awaiting orders. 

The following initial charges will be applicable for above port stay. 

Anchorage Charges for the permission/Clearance Service     :           
USD 416.82 (per clearance – for giving permission to stay at Sohar port anchorage area. NO PC to be issued for anchorage stay)

All other charges will be applicable and thus please reach out our Sohar office email for PDA’s: YourISS.Sohar@iss-shipping.com

Other Information

Oman CTM delivery services recommenced and all exchange houses are prepared to facilitate CTM related service request under extra precautionary measures. CTM can be arranged with min 2-3 working days noticed required. All Govt. offices now operating at 50% capacity. No isues regarding penalties for extending visas


Muscat

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Port Sultan Qaboos service launch vendors have informed that all service launch boats movement will be suspended to preventive measures for COVID-19, until 22nd April 2020, In view of this, all inward & outward clearances with local authority will be performed electronically.


Related Notices:
SOHAR PORT CREW CHANGE PROCEDURES NOTIFICATION 12.10.2020

Oman Infection Prevention and Control Guideline for Ports of Entry
 

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Pakistan

All Ports
Update: 01/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew will be allowed to embark/dis-embark (subject to availability of firm flights/E-Tickets for on/off-signers to arrive/depart Karachi) on board/from the vessel at Karachi & Port Qasim subject to production of required documents as a special case.

Documentation required for crew change

ON-SIGNER

  1. Medical fitness Certificate from origin for arriving crew to Pakistani Airports shall be required to provide a copy of test result for COVID-19 through RT-PCR conducted during the 24/48 hours prior to boarding the flight by a crew.
  2. Yellow Fever Certificate.
  3. Copy of national passport.
  4. Copy of national Seaman Book.
  5. Copy of confirmed E-Ticket.

OFF-SIGNER

  1. Maritime Health Declaration from Master (with sign and stamp).
  2. Vaccination List from Master (with sign and stamp).
  3. Corona virus declaration from Master as sample attached (with sign and stamp).
  4. Crew List from Master (with sign and stamp).
  5. Port of call list from Master (with sign and stamp).
  6. Body temperature list for all officers/crew on board for last 15 days.
  7. Copy of national passport.
  8. Copy of national Seaman Book.
  9. Copy of confirmed E-Ticket

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All types of vessels calling Pakistani Ports without any problem (subject to Port Health Department clearance/free Pratique and no crew members on board the vessel having symptoms/infected with COVID-19). In case any crew having COVID-19 on board vessel will not be allowed to berth at any Pakistani Ports

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Port working normal without any delay/closure.

Other Information

IMPORTANT:
 
1)    Due local Airlines office required Embarkation/Joining permission granted by local Authorities (Port Health Officer/Immigration Authority) for on-signers to insert ok boarding in their system, request to share all above mentioned documents one to two days before crew departure from home-town in order to obtain embarkation/joining permission from Port Health Officer/Immigration Authority for system generated ok boarding to avoid any complication in crew boarding on flight from home-town.

2)    Due COVID-19 Hotel stay not allowed for on/off-signers, hence please book on-signers to arrive Karachi on the day of vessel’s berthing and off-signers to depart Karachi before vessel’s departure in order to arrange transfer of on-signers direct from Karachi Airport to vessel and off-signers from vessel to Karachi Airport.


Related Documents
Pakistan_DECLARATION

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Palau

All Ports
Update: 23/03/2020

Here are some key roles for the carriers and agents taking immediate effect which will be executed on KHI V189W onwards:

  1. Each vessel entering Palau MUST contact Port Control via VH radio 30 MINUTES BEFORE ARRIVAL AT PILOT STATION.
  2. The usual authorities Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Transportation along with Ministry of Health team will be conducting on board crew inspection and clearance at the pilot station before pilot boards the vessel. Hence, please ensure each vessel has all of usual required documentation ready for the authorities upon boarding
  3. After pilot station clearance, the vessel will then proceed to berth for the regular arrival formalities
  4. Although not mandatory at pilot station arrival, the medical team urges each crew to wear masks during clearance at the pilot station.

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Panama

All Ports and Panama Canal
Update: 02/03/2020

PANAMA CANAL

Crew Changes:
Restrictions: Yes

Crew Changes are back to NORMAL in Panama BUT following some regulations. SING ON will be COVID tested at the Airport and results will come within 30minutes. Cost is $50.00. NOW CoVID Test is required for Dis-embarking Sailor.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All transiting vessels must adhere to the following protocols established by the ACP in response to COVID-19.
All vessels are required to report the health conditions on board through the Panama Maritime Single Window System (VUMPA). In case of non-compliance and/or providing false information, the vessel will be subject to penalties and/or transit restrictions.
All vessels are required to report through VUMPA if and when crew changes took place at ports with confirmed COVID-19 cases within 14 days prior to arrival at Panama Canal waters. All information reported through VUMPA will be verified prior to the vessel’s arrival.

Upon arrival at Panama Canal waters, a Panama Canal admeasurer will call the vessel via VHF radio to confirm whether there are any crewmembers or passengers on board showing virus-related symptoms.
The Panama Canal admeasurer will then embark and verify the Maritime Health Declaration information previously submitted and confirmed by the master through VUMPA. The admeasurer, after embarking, will again verify with the vessel’s master or officer in charge that there are no passengers or crewmembers on board showing COVID-19 virus related symptoms.
Should there be any suspected cases of COVID-19 on board, and, due to the severity of the symptoms, it could be concluded that there is a contagious disease on board,the Maritime Health Unit of Ministry of Health will be called to embark the vessel.            
During this time, boarding and disembarking will be prohibited and the yellow quarantine flag will be flown, denoting that the ship is under quarantine.

The next steps will be determined following Ministry of Healh inspection.
Ministry o Heatlh also communicated to all shipping companies that they are required to report any crewmembers or passengers on board exhibiting illness-related symptoms, regardless of whether they are related to COVID-19 or not.

Closures & Delays:
Expected Closures: Yes
Expected Delays: No 

Canal remains operational.  

Please note that some of these measures must be implemented before ACP employees board these vessels, and include, but are not limited to the following:

  • One hour prior to the boarding of the ACP inspector and pilot, wipe down the boarding facilities, pilot cabin, elevator/stairway, as well as the entire bridge, to include the chart table, navigational equipment, chairs, helm, entire console, handrails, windows, door handles and toilets, with a 5% solution of bleach water or equivalent disinfecting solution.
  • Minimize the number of crewmembers standing by at the pilot boarding station.
  • Periodically disinfect any surfaces that the pilot or crewmembers have come into contact with, such as binoculars, radar control panels, ECDIS control panels and VHF radios.
  • Periodically wipe down toilets designated to be used by ACP linehandlers, as well as working area.
  • Allow only essential personnel inside the navigation bridge while an ACP pilot is on board.
  • Any crewmembers intending to enter the bridge must wash their hands and face prior to entering the bridge, and once inside the bridge, must immediately wash their hands again. A supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizer must be maintained on the bridge.
  • Close contact should be avoided at all times, maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 meters or more, whenever possible. All coffee cups and utensils must be washed thoroughly immediately prior to being used by the ACP pilot.

Advisories to shipping will show the latest measures form the canal https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/index.html

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: Yes
Rebates Available: No

Effective May 4, 2020, the waterway will implement temporary changes to the requirements for the placement of booking guarantees and advance payment of reservation fees when the reservation is confirmed. Customers will be allowed to place the guarantee for the payment of the booking slot prior to the vessel initiating transit. 

Due to concerns regarding the adverse effect that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on world trade, and the shipping industry in particular, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announces temporary modifications to requirements for the placement of booking guarantees and advance payment of reservation fees when a reservation is confirmed. Beginning at 0900 hours Monday, May 4, 2020, until 0859 hours Tuesday, September 1, 2020, the following modifications will be in effect:

Transit reservation requests for all booking periods submitted during this time period will not require the placement of a booking guarantee, nor will require payment of the booking fee at the time the slot is awarded. However, the guarantee shall be placed prior to the vessel beginning its transit. 

Substitution of booking slots will not require the placement of the guarantee for the substituting vessel. If the substituted vessel has already paid the reservation fee, it will be refunded after deducting any additional charges that may apply.  Swaps between vessels without guarantees, or between a vessel with guarantee and another vessel without guarantee, will not require the placement of guarantees in order for the swap to be approved. Nevertheless, these vessels shall have their guarantee placed prior to beginning their transit. 

Similarly, booking date changes and Daylight Transit Service requests will not require the placement of a guarantee in order for the date change or the Daylight Transit Service to be approved. The corresponding guarantees shall be placed prior to the vessels beginning their transit. 

Cancellation of booking slots that do not have a guarantee already established will require the placement of the guarantee that covers the amount of the cancellation. Booking slots that have already been allocated and the guarantee has been placed will not be refunded.

Res. J.D. No.032-2020 - English
Circular DGPIMA-012-CCP-2020 - English

Other Information

Due to concerns regarding the adverse effect that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on world trade, and the shipping industry in particular, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announces temporary modifications to requirements for the placement of booking guarantees and advance payment of reservation fees when a reservation is confirmed.

Beginning at 0900 hours Monday, May 4, 2020, until 0859 hours Tuesday, September 1, 2020, the following modifications will be in effect:

  • Transit reservation requests for all booking periods submitted during this time period will not require the placement of a booking guarantee, nor will require payment of the booking fee at the time the slot is awarded. However, the guarantee shall be placed prior to the vessel beginning its transit.
  • Substitution of booking slots will not require the placement of the guarantee for the substituting vessel. If the substituted vessel has already paid the reservation fee, it will be refunded after deducting any additional charges that may apply.
  • Swaps between vessels without guarantees, or between a vessel with guarantee and another vessel without guarantee, will not require the placement of guarantees in order for the swap to be approved. Nevertheless, these vessels shall have their guarantee placed prior to beginning their transit.
  • Similarly, booking date changes and Daylight Transit Service requests will not require the placement of a guarantee in order for the date change or the Daylight Transit Service to be approved. The corresponding guarantees shall be placed prior to the vessels beginning their transit.
  • Cancellation of booking slots that do not have a guarantee already established will require the placement of the guarantee that covers the amount of the cancellation. Booking slots that have already been allocated and the guarantee has been placed will not be refunded.

PANAMA

Crew Changes:
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew Changes are back to NORMAL in Panama BUT following some regulations. SING ON will be COVID tested at the Airport and results will come within 30minutes. Cost is $50.00. NOW CoVID Test is required for Dis-embarking Sailor.

Closures & Delays:
None

Rebates & Tariffs
The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) Gazette the attached resolution today which means any vessel over 500GRT which is laid up in Panama will have the anchorage dues waived for a period of time.

The time is 60 days for foreign flagged ships and 90 days for Panama flagged ships.

The anchorage costs are 0.01 per GRT per day.
 

Other Information

Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) published on the Official Gazette a resolution which waive the Anchorage costs for any vessel over 500GRT which is laid up in Panama will have the anchorage dues waived for a period of time. The waive period time is 60 days for foreign flagged ships and 90 days for Panama flagged ships. The anchorage costs are 0.01 per GRT per day.

Anchorage Dues JD N 074-2020 (English version)
Anchorage Dues JD N 074-2020
 


PETROTERMINAL DE PANAMA

Crew Changes:
No crew changes permitted.

**As of 28th May there are plans to reopen airports 26th June. Crew changes are expected to follow. However, crew changes are still not allowed. 

Port Restrictions
At Puerto Armuelles & Chiriqui Grande to overcome the challenges related to the implementation and compliance of the measures preventing measures by the Minister of Health descision have been made to NOT make any boarding of International Ships. Currently the terminal is boarding the ships upon departure and the agent is attend only if necessary. CTM's are only delivered in case is fully necesarry and attended case by case.

Closures & Delays:
Terminal is operational.

Other Information
From March 25th curfew stablished is restricted on 24hrs ; this will be affecting surveyors and other suppliers for customers, it is our recommendation that customers reach out to confirm attendance prior to the intended operation. Accident occurred on Puerto Armuelles (Pacifiuc Side) Terminal 2, vessel hit the pier letting it un-opperative for some time. This migh cause delays on the operations.


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Papua New Guinea

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew Change in Port Moresby only

  1. No crew change at ports or terminals, including Technicians, Inspectors and Superintendents is permissible in PNG unless approved by the Controller.
  2. No OPL Crew Change permissible in PNG
  3. Suspension of all shore crew leave.
  4. No crew personnel allowed on quayside of PNG Port facilities.
  5. It is mandatory for all personnel boarding vessels to wear PPE to protect themselves and the crew of vessel.

Controller approval and exemption procedure for crew change. Recommend a lead time of 15 working days.

Please refer to document Customer Advisory (17) for further details. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Health officials board vessel at quaratine zone at designated clearance ports, Port Moresby, Lae, Madang and Rabaul.
All last China port call 14 day quarantine period in place, this is a fluid situation and other countries may be added to qurantine requirement
Technical calls subject to requirement.
Cruise ships banned for 60 days
No precautionary testing in place
Social Distancing is not manadated but should be practiced at all times
Medical assistance is available  

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

All vessels are likely to experience some clearance delays at PNG ports due to Health Officials resources being stretched conducting risk assessments.  

Madang
As of 30th March, Madang port has resumed normal operations. 

Basamuk
Basamuk port operational, clearance at Madang prior to shifting to Basamuk as per normal condition

Rabaul
Rabaul port has been delisted as a designated first port of call in PNG due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the province, all international ships must clear at either Port Moresby, Madang or Lae proceeding to Rabaul. 

Wewak
PNG Ports have placed a pilot at Wewak to access vessels. The port is fully operational.

Oro Bay
PNG Ports plan to place a pilot at Oro Bay. We are waiting advice as to when relocation will occur.

Alotau
PNG Ports to place a pilot  at Alotau we are waiting advice as to when relocation will occur.

Kavieng
PNG Ports to place a pilot  at Kavieng we are waiting advice as to when relocation will occur.

KMT
All Vessesls bound for KMT must be cleared in and out of Port Moresby Outer Pilot Station

Other Information

With an increase of Covid-19 cases registered in Port Moresby the National Operations Centre Controller as of 28th July has placed further restrictions in Port Moresby where the cases are prevalent.
The following preventative measures for Port Moresby.

  • No international travel into PNG unless approved by the Controller and new entry measures are met
  • See attached – International Travel Measure 28th July.
  • Domestic flights restricted
  • Public transportation stopped.
  • Mandatory mask requirement in public places
  • Curfew 2200 hrs to 0500 hrs in Port Moresby.

As shipping is deemed an essential service there will be no disruption to vessel operations however all measures/ directives remain in place as follows.
Designated Ports for Health and Customs Clearance at the following ports only.

  • Port Moresby**
  • Lae
  • Madang
  • Rabaul

** All vessels are directed to call at the above designated ports for Health and Customs Clearance before proceeding to its intended port for discharge / loading.

  1. Kumul Marine Terminal to be cleared at Port Moresby OPL or Zone 10
  2. Basamuk to be cleared at Madang anchorage.
  3. Kavieng to be cleared at Rabaul anchorage.

The exception to this directive continues with all LNG Tankers Health cleared at Caution Bay (PNGLNG)
Please note: Additional cost will be incurred to Owners, Principals, Charterers under the designated port requirements.


Related notices:

Novel Coronavirus (18)
APTF Version 4.1 (003)
Measure No.2 International Travel 28.07.20
Pandemic Act 2020
Quarantine standards 27 June


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Peru

All Ports
Update: 17/02/2021

Crew Changes:
Restrictions: Yes

Since oct 1 airports opened flights for  passengers  (no tourists)  for flights of 4 hrs ,  
November  1st   government authorized flights of 8 hrs , with this change maritime authorities now permit crew changes according security protocols   
December 15th government authorized flights from /to Europe.(Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris and London)
December 21st flights from London suspended from today.
January 4th flights from 8 hrs suspended until new advice.
February 1st new measures from the government from February 1 to February 15th by second wave of COVID-19. no commercial flights, restaurants services by delivery only, malls , casinos and clubs closed at 100%, 
February 15 quarantine has been extended until February 28

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free pratique granted for cargo vessels ,reception of vessel must be on bay with health and migration officers only / cruise vessels calls are suspended for 30 days. Technical calls allowed. Vesses must send a health declaration before arrival. No shore leave permitted. No testing in place. Medical assistance available with health authorities coordination control.

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No ports closed due to COVID-19.

Other Information

THE COUNTRY IS UNDER CURFEW FROM 20:00 HRS TO 05:00 HRS BUT  PORT TERMINALS AREWORKING NORMALLY /QUARANTINE IS EXTENDED  BY 13 DAYS MORE UNTIL APRIL 12th /    March 30th   according new government comunication, CURFEW is Extended from 18:00 to 05:00 hrs /April 02 - new government provision - Authorized transit of persons= men (Monday,Wednesday and Fiday) ,women (tuesday,thursday and Satusday) , Sundays No Transit allowed , April 8th - Government notice indicating CURFEW for Thursday  9 th and Friday 10 of April by Esatern Holidays, -DPW terminal Callao reported  two cases of stevedores with COVID 19 detected before entering to operative area, Terminal is working normally.- APRIL 12th 0ne case of COVID found in APM Terminals(container sector) ,they stoped 16 hrs container movs , other piers/casgoes working normally,APRIL 22 . cufew is extended until Apr 30 from 18:00 hrs to 05:00 hrs and Sundays all day , quarantine continue at tne moment until April 27 /according Government last announcement quarantine is extended to May 24, today starts the economy recovery with first step of the plan and part of the Industry working, May14 -new Curfew time from 20:00 hrs to 05:00 hrs MAY 23 emergengy status extended until Jun 30  and new curfew times (from 21:00  to 04:00 Hrs), some delivery business are working since monday 25, JUN 04, govenment exted Sanitary emergency by 90 days more (from Jun 11 until Sep 10).Jun 22th curfew time changed for all the country from 21:00 hrs till 04:00 hrs, start third stage of economic reactivation Jun 30 - As of July 1, the quarantine and a curfew on Sundays is lifted  with exemption  of 7 regions  (arequipa, Ica, Junin, Huanuco, San Martin,Madre de Dios y Ancash) who will keep the currents measures of government , regions without quarantine has a curfew  every day from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.  JUL 15 Domestic flights allowed  JUL 23 Restaurants will attend with 40% capacity AGO 13 Government stablished  curfew status for Sundays ,authorities are autorizing embark/disembark  for peruvian crew only, airports working for domestic flights ,no international flights allowed yet.OCT 5th - according Government plan , we start with 4th stage of Economic reactivation , one of the main point is the opening of international flights for/from authorized countries (USA, Mexico, Brasil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia(no tourism trips allowed)NOV 1st  International Flights authorized for points with flight time of 8 hrs , crew changes allowed under  Health authoritiesand inmigration protocols, DECEMBER 15th with authorized flights from Europe, increase opportunities for crew change in Callao.DEC 21-Today according govrenment annoucement flights from London are suspended until further notice due new type of COVID 19 in that country,FEB 01 , Goverment notice indicating that new measures by 15 days until new evaluation for the 2nd wave of COVID 19- remain curfew on Sundays. and  from 21:00 to 04:00 hrs from Monday to Saturdays


Related notices:
PERU Jan 31 2021 New measures by 2nd wave COVID 19
PERU Jan 27 2021 Extension de Estado de Emergencia

DS 009 2020 Suspended cruise calls SP-ENG
DS 008 2020 suspended flights SP-ENG


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Philippines

All Ports
Update: 18/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew change is presently permitted in 1. Manila - OBW anchorage only 2. Bataan - Capinpin anchorage only 3. Subic bay - Anchorage only

WEF 01 January 2021, Foreigners (21 travel-restricted countries (Annex A) inclusive of newly added, USA):

Foreign passengers coming from the US, or who have been to the US within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, shall be prohibited from entering the country effective 0001H of 03 January 2021, Manila time

Effective immediately, foreign passengers coming from the US, or who have been to the US within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, arriving before 0001H of 03 January 2021, Manila time, shall not be prohibited from entering the Philippines, but shall be required to undergo an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period notwithstanding a negative Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) result.

*Please also take note of transiting through a country listed under the travel restrictions as per linked document below.

Filipino citizens (21 travel-restricted countries (Annex A) inclusive of newly added, USA):

Likewise effective immediately, Filipino citizens coming from the US, or who have been to the US within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, including those arriving after 0001H of 03 January 2021, Manila time, shall not be prohibited from entering the country, but shall be required to undergo an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period notwithstanding a negative RT-PCR result.

*Please also take note of transiting through a country listed under the travel restrictions as mentioned UK, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, NEtherlands, Hongkong, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanons, Singapore, Sweden, South KOrea, South Africa, Canada, Spain, USA.                                                                                                                     
Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

We kindly remind that all foreign joining crew are required to have a valid 9c seamans visa prior arrival to the country.

Visa is not issued on arrival. It is only issued in the nearest Philippine Embassy/Consulate in the country of their origin.

Visa not required for disembarking foreign crew.

9c Crew List Visa must be secured prior to ships arrival (please check with Embassy nearest you for the required documents for application

Foreign joining crew –
To send copy of swab test negative result conducted prior his departure in his home country If their RTPCR test are not expired, they can embark directly to the vessel within 6 hrs as per Green Lane policy 
Copy of passport and seamans book is required enable to prepare their LOI for securing 9c seamans visa

Please kindly be informed of the new guidelines from the Bureau of Quarantine for Foreign Joiners with regards to RT PCR test that will be taken here in the Philippines:
 
-              Crew must be isolated for 5 days upon arrival
-              On the 5th day, crew will have to undergo RT PCR test
-              Crew must stay isolated until release of negative RT PCR test results before he can embark

Foreign disembarking crew.
Foreign nationals must depart the Philippines within 4 hours of disembarking the vessel. 
No overnight stay in hotel is permitted.
No overnight stay at the airport.
To check and look for airlines that does not require swab test prior departure (see attached travel advisory) Copy of passport and seamans book is required.
                                                                                        
Filipino Crew:                                                  

On Signer – Allowed, provided next port of call is not Hubei-Wuhan China, Hong Kong and Macau Port
RT PCR results of joiners within 72 hours upon testing date 
Certificate of health/isolation of joiners, that prior to joining, they have been isolated since the RT PCR test.
From isolation, they will go straight to the port to join the vessel.

Please kindly be informed of the new guidelines from the Bureau of Quarantine for Filipino Joiners with regards to RT PCR test that will be taken here in the Philippines:
 
-              Crew must be isolated for 5 days upon arrival
-              On the 5th day, crew will have to undergo RT PCR test
-              Crew must stay isolated until release of negative RT PCR test results before he can embark

 Off Signer – Subject to Quarantine to be arranged by Local Manning Agency on a land base quarantine facilities approved by DOH prior to proceeding to their homes.
RT PCR swab test will be conducted by DOH certified hospital/clinic diagnostic to perform the RT PCR
Filled up profile form /  Filled up undertaking
                                               
Crew change: Allowed only from 0800H to 1700H only. Cut-off arrival at 1400H.

Cut off arrival time of the vessel at the anchorage should be at 1400H so she can be included in the line-up of Bureau of Quarantine/port authorities for boarding formalities.

Vessel arriving beyond 1400H, will be boarded by Quarantine and Port authorities on the following day.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Face Shields are now mandatory for any traveller/crew transiting/arriving at Philippine airports


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Poland

All Ports
Update: 04/01/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

As per national covid restrictions for passengers transportation: max 2 passengers in the taxi.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

In case of any emergency or serious health issues on board, pls report immediately to take appropriate actions under sanitary regime. General info portals for further news:

HTTPS://WWW.HEALTHYGATEWAYS.EU/NOVEL-CORONAVIRUS; HTTPS://WWW.GOV.PL/WEB/ZDROWIE/CORONAVIRUS; HTTPS://WWW.CDC.GOV/CORONAVIRUS/2019-NCOV/INDEX.HTML

Proactive precaution measures to be taken onboard: - pls reduce contacts with any shore staff to the absolute minimum,; - temperature of the crew shall regularly be checked and any flu-like symptoms (temp. above 38 deg C) reported to the Owners and local Health Authorities via Harbour Master, General Port Dispatcher or Agents - any ill persons shall be isolated to prevent spreading the virus and further instructions obtained from the Owners and/or local Health Authorities, - take steps to protect yourself: = wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; = use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; = avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; = avoid close contact with other people, especially having illness symptoms – keep abt 2 m distance; = avoid touching objects or surfaces that could be contaminated by droplets from secretions coughed or sneezed from another person; = clean surfaces them with at least 60% alcohol or antiviral sanitizer.


Related notices:
WHO-2019-nCov-IHR_Ship_outbreak-2020.1-eng-1


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Portugal

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes:
Restrictions: Yes

As per last communication of Republic President, in Portugal was extended Emergency State for the fifth time.
Now, measurements are a little decreased.

Emergency status will be in force at least until February 14 2021. One or two days before government will evaluate status of data in Portugal and define new measurements.
All most of workers are now at teleworking as per internal regulations companies and government instructions and careful of movements and conditions daily is the key to overcome the pandemic.

Is forbidden walk on the street as per government instructions due to pandemic. Will be evaluate again closer to February 14th in order to check measurements/next steps taken by President.

Measurements implemented as per renewal of Emergency status.

  •  Oversight about mandatory compliance of teleworking;
  • Mandatory usage of Masks at all places including offices;
  • Restaurants are closed
  • Schools are closed
  • Forbidden walk on this street except for emergencies, buy food and/or a special situation duly justified (like a crew change, jobs duly accepted, etc…);
  • Please find on below info related:
    • At Sines we have now moderate risk applied which means, but on this stage we need always to use a mask, doing sanitation of hands regularly, keep social distance of 2 meters and following measurements from every places and OMS advises, you can now back to normal(as possible);
    • At weekends cannot circulate between town hall;
    • Maximum 5 persons per group.

Same for another regions, but always with same purposes, prevent COVID19 dissemination.

General measurements for all the country:

  • Use of mask;
  • Wash hands whenever possible;
  • Social distance – 2 meters;
  • 5 persons per group;
  • Use disinfect liquid at the enter of places;

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All ships are required to send to the Health Declaration before entering with a minimum of 48 and 24 hrs in advance to be analysed by the Health Authority.
Free pratique will be granted upon vsl’s arrival on roads, sub Portuguese Health authority analyse the health document and declare vsl able to receive clearance.
Further to all usual pre arrival info, an updated Health Declaration to be also presented as well as crew lest mentioning date / place of all crew members boarding. 

  • Free pratique is granted remotely.
  • For now no restrictions regarding previous ports.
  • For the time being authorities only authorize repairs on board in case of emergency.
  • Cruise vessels allowed but crew/passengers can not go ashore.
  • For now no precautionary testing in taking place.
  • Social distancing mandated and visits on board must be avoided at all costs.
  • Hospitals are working but only attend emergency’s.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

At Leixoes, due to contingency plans in place, maneuvers are suspended between 00h00 and 06h00.
Aveiro, as per Port Administration contingency plan, only two vessels for each Stevedoring company can performe works at same time, this could originate some delays on discharging operations.
Madeira: Funchal Port is closed, Caniçal and Porto Santo remain open to commercial calls.
Generally, all Terminals facing lack of personal and Covid 19 caution distances between staff may cause delays.
No port closures (except Funchal) expected, for the moment.


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Puerto Rico 

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Puerto Rico Government is only allowing cargo vessels that have cargo commitments in the island to enter to conduct business. Those vessels who are having crew related services requirements are allowed to request permission and once all requirements are completed the determination for final approval is known. The requirements are included on the attached word document "PR Crew Change Requirements". Currently Inchcape has performed several crew changes since mid July . All on signers must have an at least 3 day valid covid negative test and upload to the government website. Puerto Rico is having an increase in Covid-19 and Governent is contemplating increasing its restrictions for tourist and other visitors. At the moment none have been taken other than for the local residents by adjusting curfew and business hours and capacity of people at one time in stores.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Only vessels with cargo commitments are allowed to enter Puerto Rico. Questionnaire must be completed prior to arrival to the port by Captain on board the vessel. This is sent to PR Port Authorit and Harbor Pilots. There is no shore leave allowed and all crew must remain on board during the duration of the call.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Local business hours have been cut back and may casuse delays on provisions and other products/services for vessels.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: Yes
Rebates Avaiable: No

The Puerto Rico Government provided a statement on September 24, 2020 that tariff will be adjusted for the Cruise Ship Sector. The adjustement details have not been provided and that they will become available by the end of the month. This will allow cruises to enter port and perform only husbandry matters as long as proper approval is granted. Communication attached only available in spanish, PR Crusie Layberth Communication.

Other Information

PR Department of Healt: http://www.salud.gov.pr/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

CDC has no concern regarding this crew disembarkation/change based on the Federal regulations (42 CFR, Part 71.21) pertaining to reporting illness or deaths. 
 
Please pass the below recommendations to the ship captain/agent: 
 
CDC recommend that this crew member practice good hand hygiene and wear a cloth face covering while in public and during the flight. CDC guidance can be found here:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html
 


Related notices:

CREW CHANGE REQUIREMENTS
CRUISE LAYBERTH COMMUNICATION
SAN JUAN MSIB 07-20 Change 2_Novel Coronavirus Port and Facility Operations
Extension of Tariff
Pilotage Guidelines

PUERTO RICO MEMO II ADD SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR INCOMING TRAFFIC 27 MAR 2020 (003)
Extension de Tiempo Libre Tarfa
Solicitud Extension Tiempo


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Qatar

All Ports
Update: 27/01/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew changes:  Not permitted presently. We have verbal indications from port officials that crew changes for the Offshore projects of state-owned "Qatar Petroleum" inside Qatari waters, will be allowed on case-by-case basis, after the crew undergoes statutory Covid19 medical tests.
Borders: Qatar and Saudi Arabia reopened their land border as they restored ties following a landmark deal to end a three and a half year rift.


Airport: Qatar's only commercial airport, The Hamad International Airport, is open for cargo flights. Entry to the State of Qatar is only permitted to Qatari nationals and residents permit holders. As a part of the State of Qatar’s gradual lifting of restrictions, resident permit holders currently outside the State of Qatar will be allowed entry into the country by submitting return requests for permits and entry will be subject to strict travel policies and a series of priorities.  


RLC QP Port Management new circular: all Offshore support vessels coming from foreign port has to complete 14 days quarantine period at Ras Laffan anchorage and all crew members should undergo SWAB test prior to engaging any activities in Qatari water with immediate effect.


Doha: The State of Qatar currently is allowing inbound travel to the country. Quarantine restrictions and travel policies continue to be reviewed based on public health indicators in the State of Qatar and around the world. For those expected to stay in mandatory hotel quarantine, please book through the Discover Qatar website before arriving. The Discover Qatar quarantine programme will be in effect until 31 May 2021, subject to be extended at any time. More details on Discover Qatar website.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Cruise Season 2019/2020 in Qatar was suspended on 5th March, until further notice from Health Authority.

Free pratique: Ship to submit pre-arrival documents including Covid19 Declaration Form. Port Authority will evaluate and notify if ship can enter the Port. Free Pratique is granted soon after pilot boards the vessel. 

Shore leave: Not allowed presently in all ports of Qatar

Medical assistance: Port Authority and Immigration will evaluate on case-by-case basis.

NOTE: Seaman's Visa application is now accepted. However, Crew Change is still under the final approval from concerned local authorities. Rules might change without prior notice.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Port operations are being conducted as normal presently in all ports of Qatar.  

Ras Laffan Port: Immigration has suspended crew transfer for Offshore support vessels arriving from foreign port with immediate effect and until further notice. We shall keep you posted for any further developments from Ras Laffan Port Port Management and Immigration.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Presently there are no changes to the Port Tariff.

Other Information

No Discount or changes with the prevailing Port Tariff.

HH The Amir Issues Law Amending Some Provisions of the Decree Law on Prevention of Infectious Disease.
HTTPS://WWW.DIWAN.GOV.QA/BRIEFING-ROOM/NEWS/GENERAL/LG/2020/MARCH/26/LG01?SC_LANG=EN

Qatar Airways official website - HTTPS://WWW.QATARAIRWAYS.COM/EN/TRAVEL-ALERTS/COVID-19-UPDATE.HTML
Hamad International airport Q&A Link: HTTPS://DOHAHAMADAIRPORT.COM/COVID-19-IMPACT-FAQS

Qatar has implemented a four-phase plan in which coronavirus restrictions will be lifted.
Additional protocols "ARRIVAL TO QATAR"

Government Communication Office’s website:
https://www.gco.gov.qa/en/2020/07/21/government-communications-office-statement-on-qatars-travel-policy-during-the-gradual-lifting-of-covid-19-restrictions/
https://www.gco.gov.qa/en/2020/11/26/travel-policy/
Discover Qatar: https://www.discoverqatar.qa/welcome-home/
Qatar has implemented a four-phase plan in which coronavirus restrictions will be lifted.


Related notices:
Arrivals to Qatar


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Reunion

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes 

  1. Shore leave not possible;
  2. As per the last decision taken by authorities on the 20th of January 2021:-


For Onsigners:

  1. No hotel accommodation allowed the arrival protocol must be done to 24 Hrs after vessel ETA… Direct Transfer from the airport to the Port; For Offsigners: (a)Disembarking crew members only must undergo an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to commercial operations and / or disembarkation of persons as part of a crew changeover;
  2. The laboratory biologist will go on board by launch boat to do the test &the result will be for maximum 24 hours later the next day;
  3. So the vessel have to wait maximum 24 hours at OPL before disembarking the off-signers to get the result;
  4. In case the vessel is found with crew positive to Covid 19, the vessel will not be permitted to disembark any crew member even if it is only one person who is concerned – 7 days confinement is compulsory Outside the port (if crew disembarking in maintain only).
  5. Crew change is possible during day time only. 2. No rebates nor tariff changes

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Port still open (except for cruise vessels)but numeric exchanges have to be facilitated (minimum staff to board the vessel with a compulsory safety distance of 2 meters between each persons)

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No expected delays.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Travel Advisory: 1. Schengen area borders are closed; only flights from/to Paris CDG are still operating (minimum service)

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Russia

All Ports
Update: 05/01/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Foreigner crew changes are allowed for sign off only basis provided E-tickets in order confirmed to flight from Russia and ISS will arrange exit Russian visa during two working days after vessel's arrival. Otherwise Russian & Ukraine crew fully allowed to sign on and sign off. Local quarantine authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test during 3 days or at their home places upon arrival. No any 14 days quarantine applied anymore.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Master must provide all crew temperature list to agent before arrival at any Russian port.  There will be mandatory quarantine inspection like temperature testing for all crews of vessels which have entered COVID-19 high risk areas within the last 14 days or arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas prior issuance of free pratique at anchorage only. All vessel’s crew which have arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas are strictly not allowed to go ashore. During mandatory quarantine inspection If any of the crew member has been detected to have a high body temperature or other symptoms then medical check-up and blood test will be taken and he shall be in the quarantine area for 2-3 days pending medical check-up result.  If crew member(s) COVID-19 test is positive then vessel will be quarantined for min 14 days at anchorage only for further notice from local quarantine authorities, medical officer. 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

All Russian embassys and consulates still closed in order for issuing of Russian visa for crew members (except diplomatic and special emergency cases only).  

Other Information

No regular international flights to/from Russia. Planned to start operate from 07 Aug. Only domestic flights between Russian cities at the moment.


Nakhodka

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Foreigner crew changes are allowed for sign off only basis provided E-tickets in order confirmed to flight from Russia and ISS will arrange exit Russian visa during two working days after vessel's arrival. Otherwise Russian & Ukraine crew fully allowed to sign on and sign off. Local quarantine authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test during 3 days or at their home places upon arrival. No any 14 days quarantine applied anymore.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Master must provide all crew temperature list to agent before arrival at any Russian port.  There will be mandatory quarantine inspection like temperature testing for all crews of vessels which have entered COVID-19 high risk areas within the last 14 days or arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas prior issuance of free pratique at anchorage only. All vessel’s crew which have arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas are strictly not allowed to go ashore. During mandatory quarantine inspection If any of the crew member has been detected to have a high body temperature or other symptoms then medical check-up and blood test will be taken and he shall be in the quarantine area for 2-3 days pending medical check-up result.  If crew member(s) COVID-19 test is positive then vessel will be quarantined for min 14 days at anchorage only for further notice from local quarantine authorities, medical officer. 


Vostochny and Kozmino

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Foreigner crew changes are allowed for sign off only basis provided E-tickets in order confirmed to flight from Russia and ISS will arrange exit Russian visa during two working days after vessel's arrival. Otherwise Russian & Ukraine crew fully allowed to sign on and sign off. Local quarantine authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test during 3 days or at their home places upon arrival. No any 14 days quarantine applied anymore.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Master must provide all crew temperature list to agent before arrival at any Russian port.  There will be mandatory quarantine inspection like temperature testing for all crews of vessels which have entered COVID-19 high risk areas within the last 14 days or arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas prior issuance of free pratique at anchorage only. All vessel’s crew which have arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas are strictly not allowed to go ashore. During mandatory quarantine inspection If any of the crew member has been detected to have a high body temperature or other symptoms then medical check-up and blood test will be taken and he shall be in the quarantine area for 2-3 days pending medical check-up result.  If crew member(s) COVID-19 test is positive then vessel will be quarantined for min 14 days at anchorage only for further notice from local quarantine authorities, medical officer. 


Vladivostok

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Foreigner crew changes are allowed for sign off only basis provided E-tickets in order confirmed to flight from Russia and ISS will arrange exit Russian visa during two working days after vessel's arrival. Otherwise Russian & Ukraine crew fully allowed to sign on and sign off. Local quarantine authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test during 3 days or at their home places upon arrival. No any 14 days quarantine applied anymore.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Master must provide all crew temperature list to agent before arrival at any Russian port.  There will be mandatory quarantine inspection like temperature testing for all crews of vessels which have entered COVID-19 high risk areas within the last 14 days or arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas prior issuance of free pratique at anchorage only. All vessel’s crew which have arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas are strictly not allowed to go ashore. During mandatory quarantine inspection If any of the crew member has been detected to have a high body temperature or other symptoms then medical check-up and blood test will be taken and he shall be in the quarantine area for 2-3 days pending medical check-up result.  If crew member(s) COVID-19 test is positive then vessel will be quarantined for min 14 days at anchorage only for further notice from local quarantine authorities, medical officer. 


Vanino

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Foreigner crew changes are allowed for sign off only basis provided E-tickets in order confirmed to flight from Russia and ISS will arrange exit Russian visa during two working days after vessel's arrival. Otherwise Russian & Ukraine crew fully allowed to sign on and sign off. Local quarantine authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test during 3 days or at their home places upon arrival. No any 14 days quarantine applied anymore.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Master must provide all crew temperature list to agent before arrival at any Russian port.  There will be mandatory quarantine inspection like temperature testing for all crews of vessels which have entered COVID-19 high risk areas within the last 14 days or arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas prior issuance of free pratique at anchorage only. All vessel’s crew which have arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas are strictly not allowed to go ashore. During mandatory quarantine inspection If any of the crew member has been detected to have a high body temperature or other symptoms then medical check-up and blood test will be taken and he shall be in the quarantine area for 2-3 days pending medical check-up result.  If crew member(s) COVID-19 test is positive then vessel will be quarantined for min 14 days at anchorage only for further notice from local quarantine authorities, medical officer. 


De Kastri

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Foreigner crew changes are allowed for sign off only basis provided E-tickets in order confirmed to flight from Russia and ISS will arrange exit Russian visa during two working days after vessel's arrival. Otherwise Russian & Ukraine crew fully allowed to sign on and sign off. Local quarantine authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test during 3 days or at their home places upon arrival. No any 14 days quarantine applied anymore.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Master must provide all crew temperature list to agent before arrival at any Russian port.  There will be mandatory quarantine inspection like temperature testing for all crews of vessels which have entered COVID-19 high risk areas within the last 14 days or arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas prior issuance of free pratique at anchorage only. All vessel’s crew which have arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas are strictly not allowed to go ashore. During mandatory quarantine inspection If any of the crew member has been detected to have a high body temperature or other symptoms then medical check-up and blood test will be taken and he shall be in the quarantine area for 2-3 days pending medical check-up result.  If crew member(s) COVID-19 test is positive then vessel will be quarantined for min 14 days at anchorage only for further notice from local quarantine authorities, medical officer. 


Kholmsk

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No foreigner crew changes allowed except Russian & Ukraine crew to sign on and sign off. Local authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 Days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test in Sakhalin. Local authorities are require the COVID-19 negative test resul document dated at least 3 Days prior to on-signers arrival to the Sakhlin Island. Special SEIC and ENL requirements on their vessels for sign on crews.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Master must provide all crew temperature list to agent before arrival at any Russian port.  There will be mandatory quarantine inspection like temperature testing for all crews of vessels which have entered COVID-19 high risk areas within the last 14 days or arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas prior issuance of free pratique at anchorage only. All vessel’s crew which have arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas are strictly not allowed to go ashore. During mandatory quarantine inspection If any of the crew member has been detected to have a high body temperature or other symptoms then medical check-up and blood test will be taken and he shall be in the quarantine area for 2-3 days pending medical check-up result.  If crew member(s) COVID-19 test is positive then vessel will be quarantined for min 14 days at anchorage only for further notice from local quarantine authorities, medical officer. 


Korsakov

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No foreigner crew changes allowed except Russian & Ukraine crew to sign on and sign off. Local authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 Days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test in Sakhalin. Local authorities are require the COVID-19 negative test resul document dated at least 3 Days prior to on-signers arrival to the Sakhlin Island. Special SEIC and ENL requirements on their vessels for sign on crews.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Master must provide all crew temperature list to agent before arrival at any Russian port.  There will be mandatory quarantine inspection like temperature testing for all crews of vessels which have entered COVID-19 high risk areas within the last 14 days or arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas prior issuance of free pratique at anchorage only. All vessel’s crew which have arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas are strictly not allowed to go ashore. During mandatory quarantine inspection If any of the crew member has been detected to have a high body temperature or other symptoms then medical check-up and blood test will be taken and he shall be in the quarantine area for 2-3 days pending medical check-up result.  If crew member(s) COVID-19 test is positive then vessel will be quarantined for min 14 days at anchorage only for further notice from local quarantine authorities, medical officer. 


Prigorodnoye

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No foreigner crew changes allowed except Russian & Ukraine crew to sign on and sign off. Local authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 Days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test in Sakhalin. Local authorities are require the COVID-19 negative test resul document dated at least 3 Days prior to on-signers arrival to the Sakhlin Island. Special SEIC requirements on their vessels for sign on crews. SEIC have their own restrictions for crew changes at Prigorodnoye terminal as fo 14 days quarantine rewuired before embarkation and two negative COVID-19 test during 3 days before.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Master must provide all crew temperature list to agent before arrival at any Russian port.  There will be mandatory quarantine inspection like temperature testing for all crews of vessels which have entered COVID-19 high risk areas within the last 14 days or arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas prior issuance of free pratique at anchorage only. All vessel’s crew which have arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas are strictly not allowed to go ashore. During mandatory quarantine inspection If any of the crew member has been detected to have a high body temperature or other symptoms then medical check-up and blood test will be taken and he shall be in the quarantine area for 2-3 days pending medical check-up result.  If crew member(s) COVID-19 test is positive then vessel will be quarantined for min 14 days at anchorage only for further notice from local quarantine authorities, medical officer. 


Novorossiysk

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Foreigner crew changes are allowed for sign off only basis provided E-tickets in order confirmed to flight from Russia and ISS will arrange exit Russian visa during two working days after vessel's arrival. Otherwise Russian & Ukraine crew fully allowed to sign on and sign off. Local quarantine authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test during 3 days or at their home places upon arrival. No any 14 days quarantine applied anymore.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Master must provide all crew temperature list to the agent before arrival at any Russian port.  There will be mandatory quarantine inspection like temperature testing for all crews of vessels which have entered COVID-19 high risk areas within the last 14 days or arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas prior issuance of free pratique and at anchorage only. All vessel’s crew which have arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas are strictly not allowed to go ashore. During mandatory quarantine inspection If any of the crew member has been detected to have a high body temperature or other symptoms then medical check-up and blood test will be taken and he shall be in the quarantine area for 2-3 days pending medical check-up result.  If crew member(s) COVID-19 test is positive then vessel will be quarantined for min 14 days at anchorage only for further notice from local quarantine authorities, medical officer. Russian Black sea ports and Vanino:  All vessels come from countries with a high risk of Covid-19 should be disinfected by specialists at the port's external roadstead, only after that quarantine inspector(s) goes on board in order to take temperature test of each crew member and if everything is in order then official authorities only. The same procedure will be if there was a crew change in ports with a high risk of infection and 14 days have not passed since the crew arrived.


Tuapse

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Foreigner crew changes are allowed for sign off only basis provided E-tickets in order confirmed to flight from Russia and ISS will arrange exit Russian visa during two working days after vessel's arrival. Otherwise Russian & Ukraine crew fully allowed to sign on and sign off. Local quarantine authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test during 3 days or at their home places upon arrival. No any 14 days quarantine applied anymore.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Master must provide all crew temperature list to agent before arrival at any Russian port.  There will be mandatory quarantine inspection like temperature testing for all crews of vessels which have entered COVID-19 high risk areas within the last 14 days or arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas prior issuance of free pratique at anchorage only. All vessel’s crew which have arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas are strictly not allowed to go ashore. During mandatory quarantine inspection If any of the crew member has been detected to have a high body temperature or other symptoms then medical check-up and blood test will be taken and he shall be in the quarantine area for 2-3 days pending medical check-up result.  If crew member(s) COVID-19 test is positive then vessel will be quarantined for min 14 days at anchorage only for further notice from local quarantine authorities, medical officer. Russian Black sea ports and Vanino:  All vessels come from countries with a high risk of Covid-19 should be disinfected by specialists at the port's external roadstead, only after that quarantine inspector(s) goes on board in order to take temperature test of each crew member and if everything is in order then official authorities only. The same procedure will be if there was a crew change in ports with a high risk of infection and 14 days have not passed since the crew arrived.


Russian Baltic ports

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Foreigner crew changes are allowed for sign off only basis provided E-tickets in order confirmed to flight from Russia and ISS will arrange exit Russian visa during two working days after vessel's arrival. Otherwise Russian & Ukraine crew fully allowed to sign on and sign off. Local quarantine authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test during 3 days or at their home places upon arrival. No any 14 days quarantine applied anymore.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Master must provide all crew temperature list to the agent before arrival at any Russian port.  There will be mandatory quarantine inspection like temperature testing for all crews of vessels which have entered COVID-19 high risk areas within the last 14 days or arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas prior issuance of free pratique and at anchorage only. All vessel’s crew which have arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas are strictly not allowed to go ashore. During mandatory quarantine inspection If any of the crew member has been detected to have a high body temperature or other symptoms then medical check-up and blood test will be taken and he shall be in the quarantine area for 2-3 days pending medical check-up result.  If crew member(s) COVID-19 test is positive then vessel will be quarantined for min 14 days at anchorage only for further notice from local quarantine authorities, medical officer. Russian Black sea ports and Vanino:  All vessels come from countries with a high risk of Covid-19 should be disinfected by specialists at the port's external roadstead, only after that quarantine inspector(s) goes on board in order to take temperature test of each crew member and if everything is in order then official authorities only. The same procedure will be if there was a crew change in ports with a high risk of infection and 14 days have not passed since the crew arrived.


Related notices:
Холмск РПН  16 03 2020 Уведомление.pdf
Холмск РПН 16 03 2020 перевод - Translated version
Russian Advisroy 16 March 2020.pdf


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Saipan

All Ports
Update: 18/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No crew change and shore leave allowed.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Vessel will be cleared by CNMI PUBLIC HEALTH for clearance All crew should wear face mask at all times and no one is allowed to go ashore for duration of port visit Effective March 23, all passengers from off-island, including residents, will be subject to mandatory quarantine for a minimum of 14 days Vessel to fill up health questionnare prior to arrival.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Other Information

Effective March 24, 2020, all businesses that have facilities open to the general public shall only be open to the public from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Outside of those hours, businesses may operate but may not be open to the general public.

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Samoa

All Ports
Update: 04/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes are not permitted in Samoa. 

Flights into Samoa are considered under special circumstances for repatriation and evacuating nationals requiring urgent medical treatment and bringing in essential supplies. Travel advice and information is downloadable below.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Cruise vessels are currently banned from entering Samoa. Cargo and fuel vessels are allowed to berth under strict quarantine regulations. Dalight enrty only for health boarding. Shore leave is not permitted. 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Ports remain open to approved vessels only. Vessels are required to berth one vessel at a time to comply with crowd control requirements. 

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Expect additional charges to apply.

Other Information

Government has declared a state of emergency. Work will be restricted between Monday - Saturday. No work on Sunday. However awaiting formal government advice.  

Governor of American Samoa has closed its borders with Samoa until further notice


Related notices:
Special Travel Advise 1 December 2020 (3)
American Saoma 09MAR20
Samoa 07MAR20
Samoa 24FEB20


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Saudi Arabia

All Ports
Update: 03/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

  • No crew change is permitted.
  • All KSA Borders points are closed except for Freight. 
  • Airports closed except for freight.
  • Expected after May 31st 2021 international flights will be opened.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Vessels to be granted once Quarantine officer approved on arrival.
  • Master is requested to provide a statement, that all crew onboard are healthy and not having high temperature, sore throat, coughing or breathing difficulties.
  • Technical calls allowed. 
  • Only cargo vessels allowed.
  • No passenger vessel is allowed in KSA.
  • Shore leave is not permitted on temporary basis.
  • Random temperature checks in place.

Latest restriction Saudi Arabia has suspended entry to the Kingdom for non-citizens, including diplomats, health practitioners, and their families, from 20 specific countries as it steps up efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic as of 03 February at 2100 PM.
According to the source, the following countries are on the list:

Argentina, United Arab Emirates, Germany, United States, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Pakistan, Brazil, Portugal, United Kingdom, Turkey, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Lebanon, Egypt, India, and Japan.

The move, which will come into force at 9 p.m. (KSA time) on Wednesday (Feb. 3), comes as part of the Kingdom's precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The decision will include those travelers coming from other countries if they passed through any of the 20 banned countries 14 days preceding the request to enter the Kingdom. "Saudi citizens, diplomats, health practitioners and their families coming from the mentioned countries or those who transited any of those countries during the 14 days preceding their return to the Kingdom will enter the Kingdom in accordance with the precautionary measures imposed by the Ministry of Health.          

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Slight delays (two to three hours) expected for obtaining free pratique No port closure, still operating 24 hours. No passenger vessels allowed.    

Other Information

Curfew 24 Hrs for Makkah/Madinah while all other KSA places curfew starts from 17h00 LT to 09h00 LT.  Only port contractors and other specified workers such as health, food and goods transportation are allowed to move to and from work during curfew hours. 

The government has announced that the restrictions will be lifted in three phases as of 27th May;

Complete lockdown last day today 27th May

Phase 1 - 28th May to 30th May  
curfew from 3pm to 6am 
Movement permitted within regions
Retail outlets will start to open
Phase 2 -31st May to 20th June
curfew from 8pm to 6am
The suspension of workplace attendance will end, allowing all employees in ministries, government entities and private sector companies to return to working from their offices provided that they follow strict precautionary guidelines.
Movement between regions will be permitted.
Domestic flights will start to operate
Restaurants and cafes serving food and beverages can reopen.
However, beauty salons, barber shops, sports clubs, health clubs, entertainment centers and cinemas will be barred from reopening in the second phase. The ban on social gatherings of more than fifty people, such as weddings and funerals will also continue to remain in force.From 06/June Jeddah curfew revised curfew from 3pm to 6am 
Phase 3 Jun 21 onwards. International Flight expected to be opened on limited destination on 01/08/2020.

Normalcy returned (No curfew)Goverment can make any changes basis on situation.


Release Notices:
Circular No.38.v.1
Annex3
model maritime declaration of health (1)
Incoming Letter - Dist. No. 20082 (Measures and Precautions for Ships Vi...


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Senegal

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew change is now possible and there are no 14 days quarantine after sanitary inspection agent boards to OK vessel. Crew change can be done at anchorage but daylight only. The passenger arriving to the airport must show to Senegalese authorities, a negative covid-19 test certificate, dating not more than 7 days (starting from the day test is done). This certificate must be issued by a known and certified laboratory, at the country where the passenger comes from. In addition to the above we should be precise that each crew change request should be treated separately and get our confirmation prior to the departure of the on-signer from airport of origin. Will need below document on time in order to proceed. For on-signers : PP copies & SBK copies & flights details, For off-signers : PP copies & SBK copies & flights details & crew list.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date and health maritime declaration. Vessels will be cleared at anchorage by health before receiving green light to proceed with usual inward clearance alongside Vessels are subject to a 14 days quarantine period when coming from countries with confirmed cases which start from date of departure of the port in question.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Vessels are subject to a 14 days quarantine period when coming from countries with confirmed cases which start from date of departure of the port in question. Be advised that the port operates 24 hours basis, but delay might occur due to curfew (receivers handling etc.)

Other Information

None


Related Notices
02 SENEGAL CIRCULAR FREE ENGLISH TRANSLATION


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Sierra Leone

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew change is possible in Sierra Leone and below are guidelines for passengers 

  • Visa takes 24 hours working days to be prepared 
  • All passengers must test negative for COVID 19 no longer than 72 hrs. before departure from country of origin.  
  • PCR test details need to be given to WHO 72 hours before crew arrives/depart. 
  • Off-signers, same be done will have to take COVID-19 swap test if negative, they should depart within 72hrs after the test. 
  • It mandatory for both on/off signers and exit visa will also be given to off signers on passport upon vessel arrival 
  • For on signers crew, please send scan passport copies of joiners and visa will be ready within 24 hours working day, all joining crew should have Covid-19 free certificate, 3 days before departure from home country and result/ certificate should be presented on arrival as well as landing visa. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date and other documents requested by the agent. Vessels will be cleared at alongside (unless vessel loading at anchorage) and checked by port health for temperature control on arrival as well as requested for implementing hand sanitizing measures while alongside. Also PPE will be requested to be used. Hereafter boarding authorities will proceed to board the vessel when port health have given green light to proceed and yellow flag lowered. No quarantine period announced for vessels coming from affected countries. Vessels with suspected crew on board will not be able to lower the yellow flag and will be requested to proceed to anchorage for a period of 14 days. Hereafter vessel will be requested to carry out another check before proceeding with usual inward clearance unless suspected cases found on board

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

No quarantine period announced for vessels coming from affected countries. Vessels with suspected crew on board will not be able to lower the yellow flag and will be requested to proceed to anchorage for a period of 14 days. Hereafter vessel will be requested to carry out another check before proceeding with usual inward clearance unless suspected cases found on board.

Other Information

None.

Related Notices:
06 SIERRA LEONE CIRCULAR


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Seychelles

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions:Yes

Only visitors/crew from approved/permitted countries may enter Seychelles via air. As for entry by sea no restrictions on nationalities apply, however the vessel must have spent 21 days at sea after the departing the last port of call to be able to disembark crew. Crew embarking/disembarking will be allowed in only approved hotels/resorts by Public Health.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
From 1st of August commercial flights will be allowed. Conditions apply... for more info pls email mruops@iss-shipping.com;

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All cruise Ship banned for next two years - up to end of 2021

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No expected delays for now.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Humans Infected:
1. General Public - '420; 2. Office - Nil ; 3. Death - 1 ;  4. Recovered - 229

Travel Advisory:
Only visitors/crew from approved/permitted countries may enter Seychelles via air. As for entry by sea no restrictions on nationalities apply, however the vessel must have spent 21 days at sea after the departing the last port of call to be able to disembark crew. Crew embarking/disembarking will be allowed in only approved hotels/resorts by Public Health.    
    
As from 1st of August commercial flights will be allowed. Conditions apply... for more info pls email mruops@iss-shipping.com;


Related notices:
Public Health Authority issues new travel advisory- 25th Feb
Update on travel advisory about the Novel Coronavirus -3


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Singapore

All Ports
Update: 27/01/2021

Crew Change
Restrictions: Yes

  1. Crew changes inside Singapore waters are allowed under special circumstances. 
    (Passenger ships are allowed to sign-off crew only, until furher notice)
    Ref : https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/port-marine-circulars/detail/ae113422-c5a0-4743-b3de-dcca4960745f
    Ref : https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/port-marine-circulars/detail/777c126d-ef0c-4c8d-96f2-190e51da691a
    Ref : https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/port-marine-circulars/detail/86d895bf-b0ea-4b4b-9cfa-59d75a78b530
    Ref : https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/port-marine-circulars/detail/628c6a74-b0a9-4dc4-9e23-fd1687601825
    Ref : https://www.ssa.org.sg/images/ssa/pdf/SG-Crew-Change-Guidebook.pdf
  2. Seaports, terminals and aiports remain open and fully operational
  3. Border Control Measures for short term visitors 
    Ref : https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/overview
  4. Quarantine is not required if there is no suspected/confirmed case of COVID19 infection onboard

Port Restrictions
Restrictions:Yes

  1. Free pratique/inward health clearance is exempted if ships meet the following requirement 
    A. https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/b1e647d2-a270-4496-a3e1-5aa653f492bd
    B. Assessment of ship's Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) 
  2. Documentation for Health Clearance (In additional to exisiting pre-arrival documentation/declarations)
    A. Submission of Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) 
    Ref : https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/50c47378-e84e-4a70-bbd1-003e91e575da
  3. Port entry and activities are not restricted by last port of call
  4. Passenger ships are allowed to conduct technical call. Passenger operations are suspended until further notice.
  5. Shore leaves are generally not allowed except crew onboard ships at shipyard/pleasure crafts
    Ref : https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/7044c6a5-18fa-437d-8d3d-c6039071169e

Port Closures & Delays:
None 

Rebate and Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: Yes

Passenger Ships (50% Port Dues Concession)

  1. Validity of concession extended to 30th June 2021
  2. Port stay not more than 5 days 
  3. Note - Passenger ship operations are currently not allowed

Offshore vessels in port for offshore support (50% port dues concession for day 91 to day 180)

  1. Validity of concession extended to 30th June 2021

Other concessions currently available : https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/port-marine-circulars/detail/11bc8f3d-16e6-401d-97ca-c69b58fa5f09

  1. 20% concession for passenger ships (at least 6 calls in last 6 months), calling for embarkation/disembarkation of passengers and port stay less than 5 days or 120hrs
  2. 20% concession for container ships, calling for cargo operations and port stay less than 5 days or 120hrs
  3. 20% concession for vehicle carrier, port stay less than 5 days or 120hrs
  4. 25% concession for those qualified for Green Port Programme and port stay less than 5 days or 120hrs

Waiver of Maritime Welfare Fee (Until 31Dec 2022)
100% waiver for all vessels calling Singapore for any purposes with port stay less than 5 days or 120hrs 
https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/port-marine-circulars/detail/6b715045-2975-4e48-8315-860cbc3b0c0a 

 

Other Information

None


Related Notices:
Covid-19 Control Measures Update in Singapore
MPA Circular - NO. 32 OF 2020
MPA Circular - NO. 31 OF 2020
MPA Circular - NO. 14 OF 2020
MPA Circular - No. 26 of 2020 (PMC 26 of 2020
Convid19 - Port Circular - 20-19
MPA Singapore Marine Circular no.11 of 2020.pdf


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Slovenia

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

Crew change is permitted, but case by case depending on nationality of joiners and off-signers.

For your guidance, by visiting following link please note list (available in slovenian language only) of passports (nationality) allowed to enter in Slovenia without restrictions as per current regulation:

https://www.nijz.si/sl/seznam-drzav-za-prehajanje-drzavne-meje-brez-omejitev

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Please note that the Ministry of Infrastucture and Traffic approved the following new temporary tariffs for Light Dues, which are valid till 30.09.2020.
For cargo vessel there are 3 options with following prices:

  1. Light Dues valid for single call at price of EUR 0,18 per NT
  2. Light Dues valid for period of 30 days at price is of EUR 0,35 per NT
  3. Light Dues valid for period of 1 year at price of EUR 0,85 per NT

Due to Covid-19 emergency situation 50% discount is granted on a/m tariffs for the single call and 30 days options. Also, till 30.09.2020 tariffs for Port Dues, assessed on quantity of cargo loaded and/or discharged, are reduced by 50%.

Other Information

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Solomon Islands

All Ports
Update: 04/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes are not permitted in the Solomon Islands. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

New regulations in Solomon Islands that have come into effect from 12th May.

1. Quarantine period – It varies from 5 to 14 days at sea quarantine depending on last port of call (see attached Shipping Protocol document).

2. Exemption from mandatory quarantine – Agent can apply for exemption and it is subject to approval by the Exemptions Committee. It is strongly recommended that application for exemption be made at least 14 days prior to arrival so that there is sufficient time for the committee to review and decide. As a minimum the following is required.

  • For a tier 1 country – apply at least 5 days before entering the Solomon Islands
  •  For a tier 2 country – apply at least 9 days before entering the Solomon Islands
  • For e tier 3 country – apply at least 14 days before entering the Solomon Islands
  • Any other country – apply at least 14 days before entering the Solomon Islands

3. Medical clearance – This is a new requirement in Solomon Island ports and the crew must obtain health clearance certification from last port issued by a competent medical authority.

Cruise vessels are currently banned from entering the Solomon Islands. Cargo and fuel vessels are allowed to berth under strict quarantine regulations. Shore leave is not permitted. 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Ports remain open to approved vessels only. 

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Expect additional charges to apply.

Other Information

Parliament is currently debating the ‘Proclamation by His Excellency the Governor General declaring a State of Public Emergency’ in Solomon Islands on the 25 th of March 2020. This is in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If parliament approves this proclamation, the state of public emergency shall continue in force until the expiration of a four month period.


Related notices:
GAZ 61 & SUP 36 12TH MAY 2020 Regulation_
Shipping Protocol 12may20
Solomon Islands Joint Travel Advice 21MAR20
Solomon Islands 220320


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Somalia

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Greece is under partial lockdown. Restaurants are closed. Greek border is open to all travellers and random COVID tests are carried out at the points of entry/exit. Covid test for all joining / repatriating crew is required (with validity up to 48hrs) and must be submitted regardless of the random COVID checks that the government is carrying out on the spot. For crew transport max. 1 pax are allowed to use the same tax/car. For international travel all pax must register to the below link and follow all steps in order to be allowed to enter / exit Greece. https://travel.gov.gr/#

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Cruise vessel at the moment are not allowed to visit Greece. Negatice PCR test must be available. Health declaration required for vessel's calling Greek ports. Cargo vessel's are allowed to call for cargo ops and/or provisions , during cargo ops all precaution measures as per WHO to be taken. Shore leave not permitted Transportation: 3 person per trip in a car

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Government has imposed countrywide curfew from evening 8 pm to 8 am so may cause delays.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
None
 

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South Africa

All Ports
Update: 01/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Home affairs / immigration sign off / on. Crew change is permitted , with a MAX OF 7x day stay in the hotels

  • Crew sign on and off  is permitted at all nine commercial ports. 
  • The crew must comply with all travel and health protocols at Ports of entry.
  • The sign off/on crew members must be in possession of a valid passport and seamen’s book.
  • A Valid Air Ticket for sign off crew.

Note.Superintendents / family members ETC will not be permitted to be repatriated.

This section applies to Durban

Port Health

  • Quarantine Hotel to be used in the event of a stayover will be the City Lodge Ordinance Road only.
  • In the event of this Hotel being booked out, please contact Mrs. Genga Naidoo on 0733397786 or Dino Maharaj on 0626632174.
  • If a layover is necessary the crew must be quarantined as per port health protocol at the  employers expense and the name specified in the form referred to in paragraph (A).

OPL

  • Sign on and off is permitted at port off port limits in Daylight hours only.
  • The normal form stamped by all departments for OPL vessels must also be completed.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • The following ships are allowed:
    • Cargo working ships;
    • Passenger vessels allowed only for purposes of disembarking SA crew and
      returning SA citizens;
    • Ships calling for refuelling and supplies    
  • The following sea ports are open for purposes of handling cargo, refuelling and ship supplies:
    • Richards Bay;
    • Durban;
    • East London;
    • Coega;
    • Port Elizabeth;
    • Mosselbay;
    • Cape Town;
    • Saldanha Bay.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
As of the 1st of May 2020 , the country lock down will drop to Level 4 which will allow more people to go to work and more movement with in each Province. 


Durban

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Durban Container Terminals (DCT) Pier 2 the operating staff will be reduced to two berths , Durban Point will operate on a single berth for both containers and essential break bulk goods. Every vessel must obtain Port Health Clearance of 72 hours prior to arrival - regardless of whether the vessel called one of SA Port prior to arrival at the Port of durban . Every vessel shall obtain ISPA clearance prior to entering the Port of Durban .


Richards Bay

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Transnet Port Terminal Richards Bay will close its current operations on Thursday , March 26th 2020 at 22h00 and will resume its operations for essentions cargo/ services only as per vessel nominations and Transnet approved terminal operating guidelines .


Cape Town

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) will all operate on a single berth operation with approximately half of the current staff compliment, Multi-Purpose Terminal (CTMPT) will handle containers on a single berth.


Related notices:
Covid 19. 9-03-2020
completion of Health Questionnaire and Re-Application for Free Pratique
Final VTraveller health questionnaire - 05_03_20 (3)


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South Korea

All Ports
Update: 04/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

1. For the case of sign-on crews;   YES, permitted 

  • All on-signers must get C-3-11 Visa before coming to Korea
  • Must receive PCR test result sheet within 72 hours before the departure flight time. The test result sheet must be hand carried and submitted to the   ICN airport quarantine office 
  • Regardless of the above, It is mandatory for all on-signers to take Covid 19 diagnostic test at the quarantine facility and stay for 14days self-quarantine at their cost(KW120,000/day).  If the test result is positive, they will be moved to a hospital for treatment
  • After 14 days, agent can pick them up at the facility and take them to the vessel by dedicated vehicle. 
  • Considering 14 days self-isolated quarantine period, we recommend on-signers to be arrived in Korea at least 15-16 days before vessel’s ETA. 
  • Even if 14 days self-quarantine is mandatory, we can apply for EARLY RELEASE only if the on-signer is tested 'Negative' and proving that the vessel will sail within 12 hours from the time of early release
  • Any on-signers departing from 6 countries (Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Nepal and Russia) must have PCR test done from the designated PCR test center. More details can be found from the attached "South Korea Quarantine Immigration regulation for crew change" file.

2. For the case of sign-off crews, YES, permitted 

  • Agent have to pre-register for quarantine facility 2 days before vessel ETA due to the limited available rooms in quarantine facilities for off-signers.
  • Agent cannot guarantee whether rooms will be available since facilities are frequently fully booked. If no room, off-signers cannot disembark vessel.
  • If granted with rooms, crews will take PCR test upon vessel arrival and will stay on-board until the result is out (normally 12hours)
  • Will directly transported to quarantine facility upon disembarkation and stay for 14 days and can fly back to home after it .
  • Off-signers must have an available phone number and mobile device for installing “Self-diagnosis” Apps. http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/selfcheck/
  • Off-signer must have 14 days self-quarantine in quarantine facility at their cost(KW120,000/day) same as on-signers.  
  • Once crew is granted with rooms, we can apply for EARLY RELEASE only if earlier flight e-ticket is booked
  • Despite the above principle for off-signers, agent can apply exemption of 14days isolation with application form in case ship prove the following conditions; crew stays on board for over 14days and no history of any crew change during over 14days and no confirmed cases of Covid-19 and no patients
  • For Chinese or foreign seafarer disembark at Korean Port and willing to land or transfer China by airplane shall proceed PCR test after staying at quarantine facility for full 14days. Thus early release for respective seafarers will not be allowed. More details can be found from the attached "South Korea Quarantine Immigration regulation for crew change" file.             

General Crew Change 

  • As of 31st October, any vessel departed and had crew change from Russia or Philippines will not be allowed to do crew change in Korean Ports within 14 days from the date of departure from Russia or PhilippinesAll crews entering Korea by air or sea must get PCR test from departing country within 72 hours from the departure time. Also, al vessels that are entering Korean Port and had on-signer from previous port(regardless of country) shall have PCR test result report for those on-signers within 72 hours from vessel departure at the previous port.
  • All PCR test result report shall have 'Real-time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction' as the test method

3. Immigration regulation for entrants for crew change   

  • Crews from all countries require C-3-11 Visa before arrival in Korea (Visa exempted 21 countries are shown below)
  • After sending EDI first through agent, crews must obtain C-3-11 (Short term Visit) Visa issued by Korean embassy to enter Korea. 
  • Documents for submission to embassy for C-3-11 Visa

Visa application form,  Passport, One standard size photo, Fee approx. 40 USD in cash,  Letter of invitation, Employment contract
Seaman book, Certificate for ship's nationality, General declaration of the ship's arrival/departure, Doctor's note regarding COVID-19(fever, cough, chill, headache, muscle fever, lung infections, etc.) -  (issued within last 48 hours) in English, Health Condition Report Form, Agreement for quarantine
     
The country list exempt from C-3-11 Visa (Total 21 countries)

Asia-Pacific (2) New Caledonia, Palau, Americas (10) United States of America, Guyana, Nicaragua, Commonwealth of Dominica, Mexico, Barbados, Venezuela, Saint Vincent and the   Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Guam, Europe (9) Molta, Ireland, England, Monaco, Vatican City, San Marino, Andorra, Albania, Slovenia
Crews from the above 21 countries are allowed to enter Korea and apply on-arrival visa at ICN airport. 

4. The Korean Gov’t is enforcing a new payment regulation for foreigners who require medical treatment due to COVID-19 ‘Positive’ test result upon arrival in Korea. o Countries are divided into three(3) categories as below and list of countries can be found in ‘reference 4’

  • Category 1 : All medical treatment costs are fully supported by the Gov’t
  • Category 2 : Some medical treatment costs are partially supported by the Gov’t
  • Category 3 : All medical treatment costs shall be paid by him/herself (No support from the Gov’t)
  • In addition, foreigners arriving Korea and violating any kind of quarantine regulation will be subject to pay the entire medical treatment costs by themselves.

ALL PRINCIPALS ARE KINDLY REQUESTED TO CONTACT ISS KOREA TO AVOID ANY POSSIBLE MISTAKE IN ARRANGING CREW CHANGE IN ADVANCE since situation and gov't guidance are kept changing frequently.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

  • Free pratique is granted except for vessels with called china, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran and Italy within 14days
  • All health declaration are required to be sumbitted by 24hours before berthing
  • On board quarantine inspection for COVID-19 high risk countries & quarantine inspection required coutries. 
  • Any vessel departing from 6 countries (Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Nepal and Russia) with on-signers(crew, passenger) and willing to call Korean Port must have PCR test done for the on-signing crews at a designated PCR test center in Foreign Office.. More details can be found from the attached "South Korea On-board quarantine inspection" file.
  • Technical call still allowed but cruise vessel calls not allowed
  • Shore leave is premitted but only special case such as medical treatment
  • Social distancing is strongly advised
  • Medical assistance is available however masks must be warn and and no fever case.

Port Closures and Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No delays or port closures due to COVID-19 

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

At this moment, no rebate & tariff changes to support ship owners. 

Other Information

No restriction to deliver CTM and Spare parts to vessels in Korean Ports.
 


Related notices:
South Korea_ Quarantine Immigration regulation for crew change (Updated at January 29 2021)
South Korea_ On-board quarantine inspection (Updated at January 13, 2021)
South Korea_ Quarantine Immigration regulation for crew change (Updated at January 13, 2021)
South Korea_ Quarantine Immigration regulation for crew change (Updated at December 14, 2020)
South Korea_ Quarantine Immigration regulation for crew change (Updated at November 3 2020)

South Korea_ Quarantine Immigration regulation for crew change (Updated at October 5, 2020)
South Korea_ Quarantine Immigration regulation for crew change (Updated at September 28, 2020)
20200304_ Response Guidance for Business to prevent & control the spread of Covid-19 in South Korea
20200508_ Entry of Crews - South Korea(under Covid 19 pandemic)


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Spain - Algeciras

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

01/03 / Andalucia easing restrictions with catering and movement between regions 18/01/21 Andaluciua restricts movement within municipalities, all passengers coming from a country/area at risk with regard to COVID-19 and who wish to enter Spain must have a PCR for SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result. This test must be performed within the seventy-two hours prior to arrival in Spain. This is in compliance with the provisions of Royal Decree-Law 23/2020, of 23 June, and the Resolution, of 11 November 2020, from the Directorate General of Public Health regarding health checks to be carried out at entry points into Spain by air or sea. On arrival in Spain, when carrying out the documentary health control, passengers arriving from a country or area of risk who do not adequately substantiate the performance of a PCR with a result must undergo the PCR test established by the foreign health services. By way of exception, seafarers arriving in Spain on their return from their campaign on board a ship or in transit to embark or disembark may be permitted not to carry out the PCR test at origin, irrespective of the passenger’s country of origin. They must justify their status as crew member and the reasons why it could not be carried out. By the same token, those passengers who, after temperature, visual or documentary controls have been carried out, are suspected of suffering from COVID-19 must be subjected to the PCR test.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

crew changes permitted Chinese crew returning to China now require PCR and IgM test with negative results- curfew from 2200-0700 nationally, no inter province travel unless for work or valid reason, reviewed on 9th December but could extend until May 2021,crew are able to move without impediments within the curfew times, Warning+++ recent incident recorded where a seaferer travelling via Madrid was arrested and detained for several days due to arrival in Madrid without a PCR certificate which is an offence in Spain, recomended to check PCR requirement on all legs not only destination++++Virus testing recomended for onward travel when offsigning, subject to destination may be mandatory kindly liase with local office for further information, crew permitted to offsign/onsign with no added restrictions, transport measures in place to maintain social distancing, bunkering, spares and CTM being allowed, BQS, designated hotel in Algeciras available for crew no quarentine in place.

* Madrid and Gibraltar should be checked if flights in/out of Malaga are unavailable
* Crew to wear face coverings at all times during transit and stay in Spain.

Port Closures and Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Port remains open.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
None


Related Notices:

FCS inglés_barco_V3


Port Circular 16 of 2020 - Update to Port Circular 14 of 2020 All Maritime Related Entries Through the Land Frontier  Transport and Accommodati

PRACTICOS ALGECIRAS - Recomendaciones para los operadores de buque como respuesta COVID-19 STATEMENT PORT OF ALGECIRAS COVID 19

PRACTICOS ALGECIRAS - Recomendaciones para los operadores de buque como respuesta COVID-19
STATEMENT PORT OF ALGECIRAS COVID 19


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Sri Lanka

All Ports
Update: 17/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew change has been resumed, but only via Galle and through a special procedure. Please see the supporting document for detailed operations. Crew nationalities will not be an issue. 

A ferry can be arranged to transport crew back and forth from Colombo, but a one-way ticket is priced at around USD 2,500. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Required documents and new instruction for on/off signers,

We need 96 hours for approvals

To take prior approvals for vessel
Vessel particulars
Last port/next port
Last 10 port of call list

Documents need for On Signers from Vessel owner/manager as follows and need three days prior to arrival,

  • PP bio page
  • SBK/CDC bio page
  • PCR test report (should do at origin country 72 hours prior to boarding to the flight)
  • Flight ticket (needs to arrive 36 hours prior to the vessel ETA)
  • Health clearance form (as attached).

Documents need for off Signers from Vessel Master/owner/manager as follows and need to send three days prior to disembark

  • PP bio page
  • SBK/CDC bio page
  • Flight ticket (needs to book 24/36 hours from the time they disembark)
  • Health declaration form (as attached).
  • Health clearance need to send within 24 hours of arrival
  • Health status report of the vessel 
  • Maritime declaration 
  • Crew list with place and date of joining crew
  • Lats 10 port of call list

For off signers vessel Master should send health declaration form again (fresh one) and hard copies should hand carry by off signers.

A letter form the Master, confirming last 28 days called high risk ports or not (mention port names) and we didn’t conduct any crew change addressing to Port Health Office, Port of Galle

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Ports are operational 24 x 7 however procedure may delay due to the covid inspections at entry and exit points.

Other Information

Sign on Procedure

  • Once on signers landed in Colombo Airport (BIA) Our representative shall meet them and arrange on arrival visa and immigration/customs clearance.
  • Origin country PCR test should produce to Authorities and another PCR tests will be conducted at the airport by government-approved laboratories
  • Report may take about 12 – 24 hours from landing.
  • common user service provider appointed by the government will arrange transport from Airport to Isolation Center (3 star hotel).
  • Agents will advise common user service provider appointed by the government, vessel arrival time and timely arrange on signers pickup.
  • If the PCR test is negative the agent will clear on signers through Immigration/Customs and board them to vessel

Sign off Procedure

  • Once off signers landed in Seaport, lab representatives will do the sampling and our representative shall arrange on arrival visa and immigration/customs clearance.
  • common user service provider appointed by the government will arrange transport from Seaport to Isolation Center (3 star hotel)
  • If the PCR test is negative the agents will advise common user service provider appointed by the government about flight departure time and arrange off signers to the airport when flight is available

Related Notices:
2020.11.27 - SOP - Crew changes through an offshore transit hub off Sri Lanka
Health SOP for Offshore Transit Hub operation by PPP- AGMS RALL

SOP - EMBARKATION & DISEMBARKATION OF FOREIGN CREW MEMBERS
Sri lanka crew change guide Circular
1. Srilanka- IMO - Maritime Declaration of Health
2.Srilanka-Personal Health Declaration  Form
3. Srilanka-Health Status Report
Sri Lanka - Embarkation of passengers and crew members from Cruise Ships
Srilanka_Crew change condition


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St. Lucia

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

Crew change are allowed. Requirements- Negative Covid-19 test on Arrival, Onsigners go DIRECT to vessel. Off-signers need a Negative Test done to Travel or to be Booked into the Covid-19 Certified Properties /Hotels.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Free PRATIQUE is granted subject to the following documents being provided: Vaccinations, Maritime Health , List of Port Calls, Crew List
  • Cruise vessels are not allowed
  • Shore leave has been suspended
  • Precautionary testing is in place 
  • Social distancing is mandated

Closures & Delays
None

Other Information
None


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St. Marteen

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

CREW CHANGES ARE PERMITTED - Requierements: ship(s) specs, previous ports, crew to off sign and on sign if need be and copy of their passports and seaman’s books. Once received, we will request the crew change and revert with the procedure to complete the process.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Only restriction is that we do not allow crew to stay overnight. Crew are to go from vessel to airport and vice versa. Arriving/on signing crew members need to provide the immigration officer at the airport with a negative COVID test, of which the results were received within 72 hours prior boarding the plane.

Closures & Delays
None

Other Information

None.


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Sweden

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Restrictions for travel to Sweden as per following link: https://polisen.se/en/the-swedish-police/the-coronavirus-and-the-swedish-police/travel-to-and-from-sweden/ Seafarers are now excluded from restrictions so crew change is possible. Immigration now need min 24 hrs notice to be able to coordinate their attendance. Crew members should carry a document issued, signed and stamped by their company to explain their purpose of travel.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All ports are now requesting health declaration from all vessels, if all crew are healthy then vessel will be allowed to berth. Shore leave is restricted. Some medical assistance available, however only for emergency. All "face to face" meeting is avoided by terminals / vessels.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Other Information

None.


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Taiwan

All Ports
Update: 15/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

  1. Crew Changes and shore leave is NOT allowed to conduct in Taiwan ports.
  2. Suspended Visa-Exemption Entry till further notice.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Since 6th February all cruise vessels are not permitted to enter Taiwan ports or anchorage.

Vessel calling Taiwan ports, please record body temperature (twice a day) for all crew members on daily basis prior to arrival for submitting to quarantine office. All crew must wear surgical mask and disposable gloves while stay in port.

All ports and cargo operations are in normal condition.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No


Related notices:
COVID-19 - Immigration Restriction Taiwan


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Tanzania

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes 

The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania has issued updated Travel Advisory of 20th July 2020. There will also be NO mandatory Quarantine for arriving passengers, however, they will go under screening and are required to fill in survelaince forms provided by Health and Immigration Officials on arrival. All arriving passengers should posses a COVID-19 Negative test Certificates with a validity of 72 hrs prior travelling from their country of origin. PCR Test in Tanzania takes 48hrs for the results to be obtained.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Port operations as usual.                                                                                                                                  Port Health requires vessels to send in their Crew list, Port Call list, International Maritime Health declarations and any information for a sick crew onboard 48 hrs prior arrival. Free Practique is issued after Port Health inspections / No restrictions on shore leave after Free practique is issued /social distancing advised / all suspected cases will be handled by special Government Health officials in a designated Government Hospital

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Port not closed so far. Only short time (Max 1 hour) delays are experienced during Port Health Clearance.

Other Information

All persons are strongly advised to use face Masks especially in Public place and also maintan necessary social disctances as necessary as possible.


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Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Strictly not allowed


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Thailand

All Ports
Update: 25/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew change is available three ports in Thailand, however considering on case by case basis. 

  1. Koh Sichang (Most convenient port)
  2. Laemchabang 
  3. Sriracha

Borders remain closed.
Airports are open with condition.
Passenger ship not permited to enter Thailand waters.
Vessel Layup is not allowed until further notice.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

To prohibit passenger ships, ship with passenger, or any ship entering Thai waters,unless
(1) Cargo ships which transport goods as needed. But once the mission is completed, the ships shall depart quickly.
(2) A ship that has a master or crews which must travel according to the mission and have a definite time to travel out of the Kingdom of Thailand.

For the ships under Article 2 (1) and (2) which come from the territories outside the Kingdom of Thailand defined as disease infected zones of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak or announcement of the Ministry of Public Health or Center for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak Management or the World Health Organization found the effected person of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) shall proceed as follows.
(1) Ships agent shall submit documents to the communicable disease control officer
at International communicable disease control checkpoint at least 24 hours in advance include
(a) Information of Conveyance Arriving in Thailand (T 1)
(b) Marine Information of Health (T 2)
(c) Marine Declaration of Health (T 3)
(d) Last 10 ports of call
(e) Questionnaire for Dangerous Communicable diseases screening
(f) Crew list
(g) Body temperature checking of master and all crews at least 7 days before ships entering to Thai Waters
(h) Other documents as required by the communicable disease control officer

(2) Ship operators or ship-owners shall provide knowledge of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak to master, crews, and any persons on board.
(3) Master of the ship shall provide regularly temperature measurement for master, crew and any persons on board. If found to have abnormal symptoms such as body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius and have a cough, runny nose, sore throat or dyspnea, to isolate those with abnormal symptoms, surveillance and if able to do so, bring them to the nearest hospital to check immediately or proceed according to (4).
(4) In the event that a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) suspected or infected person is found on board, shall screen the aseptic person and isolate infected person, and shall inform the communicable disease control officer, Department of Disease Control, to proceed the next step.
(5) If found the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) suspected or infected person on board, the master of the ship shall anchor their ship at the quarantine and screening anchorage area according to the Navigation in Thai Waters Acts B.E 2456 (1913) and as amended or the place which the communicable disease control officer, Department of Disease Control, considered as appropriate for their further action.

4. Ship operators, ship-owners, master shall proceed in accordance with the section 5 of regulations for the prevention of dangers under the Navigation in Thai Waters Acts B.E 2456 (1913) and as amended.

Whoever violates or fails to comply with the provisions the section 5 of regulations for the prevention of dangers under the Navigation in Thai Waters Acts B.E 2456 (1913) and as amended, shall be liable to a fine from one thousand baht to ten thousand baht.

5. Ship operators, ship-owners, master shall strictly proceed in accordance with the regulations issued under Article 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E.2548 (2005) (Issue 1) dated 25 March 2020.

Port Closures & Delays
Expected Closures: No 
Expected Delays: Yes

Vessel need to submit above docs document to agent and quarantine bureau do the risk assessment if all clear vessel can enter Thailand water If look risky quarantine officer can reject vessel from going in Thailand water

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Other Information:

For vessel that callingThailand port still operaate in normal with provide document as above for qurantine process. Shore leave is not permited The Royal Thai Government agreed to lift the curfew nation-wide in effect from 15 June 2020. Thailand under Emergency Decree untill further notice


Related notices:
Questionnaire T8
Questionnaire for nCov 2019 Screening
แบบฟอร์ม ต.1 (T.1)
แบบฟอร์ม ต.2 (T.2) Maritime Information of Health
แบบฟอร์ม ต.3 (T.3) Maritime Declaration Of Health
MD Announchment 25MAR20


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Togo

All Ports
Update: 16/02/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Lomé International Airport is now opened to all flights, visa can be arranged upon crew arrival at Lomé International airport. OKTB will be issued and name insertion into airline system will be done from our side unless airline agency not available in Lomé. On signers will undergo PCR test 72 hours before their departure from their countries With the result on hand, they will board the plane and on arrival at Lomé International Airport, they will undergo a quick TDR test and will be transported directly to the port and sent by boat for their embarkation if the vessel is at anchorage without staying in hotel. On crew can arrive at Lomé International Airport via commercial flight. BP, as agent will do local formalities. Off signers will be disembarked FROM THE VESSEL to the port to do PCR test and be embarked again on the vessel awaiting the test result, 72 hours later. When the result is available, off crew with negative result will be disembarked again and conduct under police escort directly to the airport for their flight. They cannot stay in hotel waiting for their flight. If the test is positive, the sick crew will remain on board of the vessel for treatment. Documents required for administrative formalities before they disembark. - Copy of E-ticket - LOA - Information form (fill by crew, sign and stamp) - Copy passport - Seamen copy In short, Lomé International Airport is now opened to all flights, but Lomé port is not totally opened as hotel is not authorized.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date and maritime health declaration. All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health before inward pilot embark the vessel. Persons will only be quarantined in cabins or nominated hospital if master reports any illness on board which give reason for checking of suspected cases. Period 15 days.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health before inward pilot embark the vessel. Curfew between 2100 – 0500 hrs lt for until end June 2020, however this is yet to be advised if it will affect the port operations. All boarders closed and crew change suspended. 

Other Information
Curfew between 1900 – 0600 hrs lt for a period of 3 months, however this is yet to be advised if it will affect the port operations. All boarders closed and crew change suspended.


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Trinidad & Tobago

All Ports
Update: 01/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No Cew changes permitted. All Ports open for business. Movement of Goods, Ship's Spares, Services Bunkering.  Chandlery continue

On Monday 12th October 2020, the airport was reopened. The following link provides details for passengers - https://guyanatravel.gy/

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Pratigue is granted by Port Health.

Pratigue is granted by Port Health. Attached document is mandatory to be completed and submitted in advance. Vessel to provide List of last 10 Port of Calls. No cruise vessels allowed. No shore leave permitted.

All visitors boarding the vessel must wear surgical mask & gloves.
If they are not available, then vessel to provide mask and gloves.
b) The vessel has the right to restrict access to anyone showing signs of illness.
c) The access to accommodation to be restricted to essential personnel only. Hand sanitization mandated before entering the accommodation.
d) Ship staff will not shake hands with embarking visitors.
e) Each visitor must complete this form other they may not be granted access. Effective 30th March 2020, the Terminal is applying EDP "Early Departure Procedure" and Free Pratigue is granted via VHF.

No Agents or officials are boarding vessels

Closures & Delays
None

Other Information
International Airport & Borders closed effective 23rd March / Movement of Goods, Ship's Spares, Services Bunkering / Chandlery continue


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Tunisia

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Please be advised that after recent updates Tunisia is open for crew changes operations. Awaitng procedeures and restrictions.

COVID-19 PROCEDURES / PROTOCOLS FOR CREW CHANGE

ON-SIGNER 
•    Crew has to show a negative PCR  test upon arriving not older than 72 hours 

OFF-SIGNER 
•    Crew has to do a PCR test on board 2-3 days before his flight and if negative crew could sign off
 
Crew has to ensure that COVID 19 sanitary measures were fully respected like face masks, distancing etc.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Kindly note that according to Harbour Master / Quarantine officer the vsl can be berthed only after careful pre-health/sanitary control in the anchorage area. If any suspicious case of covid 19 , the vsl will be obliged to apply for self-isolation for a period of 14 days at anchorage area .

  • All owners/vessels/masters must provide on board a special & sterilized zone enable port authority, agents & stevedores to proceed safely with the exchanges of documents & inward formalities with
  • Obligation to avoid unuseful vessels boarding.
  • It is not allowed for servicing providers of oil, garbage disposal & provisions suppliers to get in touch directly with vessel/crew/master and this will be coordinated directly with ship’s agents.
  • All ship’s agents must proceed through a specialized disinfecting company to sterilize & disinfect prior cargo operations all vessel’s extern surfaces such as (vessel’s hatch covers, decks, ramps, etc… for safety reasons.
  • All dealers with the unique desk must wear the protective flap.
  • All dealers inside the port must wear the protective flap.
  • It is prohibited for trucks drivers to leave their trucks during all their period in the port.

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Kindly note that according to Harbour Master / Quarantine officer the vsl can be berthed only after careful pre-health/sanitary control in the anchorage area . if any suspicious case of covid 19 , the vsl will be obliged to apply for self-isolation for a period of 14 days at anchorage area.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Vessels coming from Italy might be detained at anchorage for 14 days prior to berthing.


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Turkey

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Change:
Restrictions: Conditional

  • Turkey has started opening all the borders for passengers but with limited flights and countries. 
  • Flights from UK - Denmark - South Africa Rep. - Brazil suspended due to new variant of the virus reported.
  • Passengers who stayed any of above 4 countries in last 10 days will be quarantined for 14 days.
  • Negative PCR test result taken in last 72 hrs to be presented while entering country for passengers, crew members are exempted from this requirement but it might still be requested for the crew members by airline companies before travelling to Turkey thus suggest to check it locally before flight.
  • Crew change is allowed but subject to final confirmations from the authorities thus case by case check is suggested and disembarking crew must hold a valid flight and present it before leaving the vessel.
  • Any disembarking crew and passengers to be checked before allowing them to enter the country and persons showing any of the symptoms to be sent to hospital for treatment etc.

Port Restrictions:
Restrictions: Yes

For Turkish Straits;

  • Ships intending to have any kind of supply are required to provide a body temperature list for all the crew members on board for the last 3 days before allowing anyone to board the vessel and it is subject to sanitary office approval.
  • Ships are allowed to receive provisions, technician attendance and crew change but subject to sanitary office approval.
  • All ships are passing sanitary inspections before their Turkish Straits passages and required to send MDOH & last 10 ports of call list & crew temperature list to the agents not earlier than 24 hrs before arrival. 
  • No shore leave allowed.
  • Officers meeting the pilots at the gangway and persons on bridge must wear proper masks until pilot leaves the vessel and keep the social distance at all times.

Closures & Delays:
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

  • Minor delays are applicable in granting free pratique as all the vessels are boarded by the sanitary officers during arrival clearances in order to check the situation on the spot and upon their confirmation other clearances are allowed.
  • Vessels might be required to be disinfected by the Ministry of Health approved companies depending the port of arrival.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No
                    
Other Information:

  • Citizens older than 65 years are only allowed to go outside everyday between 10:00lt & 13:00lt. and can use public transportations only during these times.
  • Citizens younger than 20 years are only allowed to go outside everyday between 13:00lt & 16:00lt. and can use public transportations only during these times.
  • Goverment ordered curfew between 21:00lt & 05:00lt for weekdays and from saturday 00:01lt. till monday 05:00lt. for weekends. Some vital sector workers are exempted from this.
  • Restaurans, cafes etc are only allowed to make deliveries and take away.

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Ukraine

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

  • Crew changes are available for all nationalities, visa nationalities: Filipinos, Chinese, Indians require vise before arrival (could be arranged at place)
  • Borders are open
  • All airports are open for regular traffic, which is still rather limited
  • "Adaptive" qurantine till 30/04/2021
  • Sanitary service should check the crew before government inward formalities

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Free pratique granted in case medical screening successfully passed
  • Additional medical questionnaire for crew members. Temperature crew list
  • No specific call restrictions based on previous ports called
  • Yes, technical calls allowed
  • No limitations for cruise
  • Shore leave not permitted
  • No precautionary testing in place, but COVID-19 test required
  • Yes, social distancing mandated
  • Medical assistance - by request

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Other Information

None


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United Arab Emirates

All Ports
Update: 02/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

We are extremely pleased to share with you the official circular No. (12) 2020 – Adopting the Protocol of resuming UAE Maritime activities with safety measures and the crew changes in UAE ports and Waters & the UAE Maritime Return to Work Safety Protocol (which please read carefully)

This effectively means that the entire UAE is now open for crew changes.

Please contact our Crew Support Desk for any support you may need towards ensuring smooth crew changes in UAE: Supportservice.Crewdesk@iss-shipping.com

Please find attached official notification as received from the harbour Master of Port of Fujairah.
We are standing by to support you in crew changes in Fujairah.

We are also advised that Sharjah ports are also now open for crew changes (this includes Khor Fakkan).

Please find attached official NTM no. 22 or 2020 pertaining to RAK ports opening up for crew changes.
We are standing by to support you in crew changes in Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Dubai & Fujairah.

Abu Dhabi has now opened up to crew changes.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All ports must ensure any ship visited a Chinese Ports in the last thirty days must provide, and at least 3 days before her to the first port of call in the UAE, a statement by the Master that crew members onboard are free from any symptoms that include  high fever, sore throat, persistent coughing and breathing difficulties and other symptoms that may indicate infection with the new Coronavirus.                                                                           
We have received notification from Authorities that vessels arriving from Iran will not be permitted to enter any UAE ports
If the new Coronavirus is suspected on the crew onboard, the port should inform the FTA before allowing the ship to enter  the port and wait further instructions.  The circular is valid for 2 months from the date of issue.   

  • Master to make an ISPS declaration prior to arrival;
  • Master to provide 72 hour health notification as per NTM’s 6 of 2020;
  • Agents to ensure medical checks have been arranged for crew on arrival at port
  • Cruise ship operations are suspended until further notice in UAE Ports

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Important Note (USD CTM): Due to current circumstances, we may have difficulty in providing CTM for your vessel and thus each request will be taken on an ad-hoc basis, subject to availability. Exchange houses are imposing an additional charge of AED 0.01 per US$ 1.00. The rate being imposed by the exchange houses for US$ is 3.685 (and not 3.675). Our CTM delivery rate remains the same. Basic tests involve walking past thermal scanners, which allow medical officials to spot raised body temperature, potentially caused by fever. Some airports use handheld temperature scanners placed on a passenger's forehead, which works in the same way and takes moments. Those found with high temperatures may be subject to a nasal swab, which is then placed into a solution. Passengers may be held back until the results are ready. Any travellers who test positive would be taken to a medical facility and monitored. All schools and colleges in the UAE have been asked to be closed for four weeks starting 08 March. Most of the organisatons including Inchcape shipping instructing emplolyees self-isolate and to work from home until further notice. The UAE has urged people in the country to stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary to get essential supplies, such as food and medicine, or to perform “essential jobs”. The country has also decided to close all malls in the country from 25th March as it seeks to combat the spread of Covid-19. The UAE law on communicable diseases, which includes fines and jail terms, will be enforced against all violators.


Related notices:
NTM 284 - VESSEL CREW CHANGE REQUIREMENT - DURING COVID 19 PERIOD
CHM Direction  03 2020 -  Vessels Crew Changes and Disembarking Mechanism - Requirements At Abu Dhabi Ports
UAE Maritime Activities Return to Work Safely Protocol
FTA Circular 12-20 UAE Maritime Protocol
CREW CHANGES - Shipping Agent Commitment (Undertaken Letter)


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United Kingdom

All Ports
Update: 03/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

  1. For travel into the UK from countries NOT on the UK travel ban list, the existing measures remain in place: seafarers are exempt from needing to arrive with a negative Covid test and do not need to self-isolate for 10 days. Travellers WILL need to complete a Passenger Health Locator Form. 
  2. There are no restrictions for off-signing crew members, other than that commercial flights are reduced and travel agents should frequently check if there are changes to border entry rules in countries where flights are routed.
  3. From 15th February, travel to the UK is not permitted if you’ve visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK is banned in the last 10 days. The only exceptions are British nationals, Irish nationals or anyone with residence rights in the UK. If you meet these criteria then entry to the UK is permitted, but traveller must quarantine for 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel and take two Covid tests. There are no exceptions. All costs at traveller’s own expense. 
  4. The list of countries with a travel ban to the UK can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/transport-measures-to-protect-the-uk-from-variant-strains-of-covid-19

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • If any crew on a vessel have visited a country on the UK travel ban list within the last 10 days, then no member of the crew is allowed to leave the ship whilst it is in port. 
  • Declarations of Health are mandatory, along with details of prior crew changes. Ports are open and trade is flowing. Selected terminals are restricting visitors and shore leave. Cruise vessels are permitted, many are using the UK to lay-up. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 is required to self-isolate.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

No port closures. We are seeing some delays due to the reduced availability of shore labour in the container and RoRo sectors.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Maritime and Coastguard Agency guidance and information on Coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.gov.uk/government/news/seafarer-coronavirus-information


Braefoot Bay

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew changes are permitted but must be carried out via launch prior to cargo arm connection. Terminal imposes a 50m safety zone when arms are connected.


Hound Point

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew changes permitted on a case by case basis with limited numbers, preferably to be carried out at anchorage.


Stanlow, Tranmere

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew Changes can take place, there are terminal restrictions for entry on and off site to be followed. Off signers to be taken to waiting taxi to be taken to pre booked flight/hotel. Max two people per ISPS minibus with social distancing.(more than one trip may be required)

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Stores deliveries can take place via the jetty side as per store request form. All vehicles to be escorted by ISPS minibus to jetty, ship’s crew to assist with stores Jetty man to socially distance form stores and ship’s crew. All approved visitors to ships need to Terminals Health Declaration.


Valero Terminal, Pembroke

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

The following activities and visitor groups are permitted restricted access:

• Shore leave and Crew changes;
• Shipping Company representatives;
• SIRE Inspections, surveyors and inspectors (Non cargo), Class and P&I representatives* (see also below);
• Service engineers; For the above groups all boarding and disembarkation will be by launch only, before or after cargo operations.

Cargo Operations will not be stopped/suspended to facilitate visitors joining or leaving the vessel and any subsequent delays are for the owners account. These visitors are not granted access onto the jetty at any time and are not permitted to be in the CCR when the jetty operator is on board the ship.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Stores deliveries can now be delivered by road.


Dragon LNG Terminal, Milford Haven

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes are now permitted. Joining crew will only be allowed to join the vessel 12 hrs after POB. They will have from 12 hrs after POB to 2 hours before discharge completed to join the vessel. Off signing crew may leave within the time frame. If joining crew need a handover period (mainly for officers) then they will only be able to disembark after completion of arms disconnection and when terminal staff are clear of manifold and gangway.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Ships agents to only board vessels if they need to have an important face to face conversation with the Master. Cash to Master delivered by Agent or delivery service will not be allowed via the terminal. Transitting via the terminal is now restricted. The following personnel will not be allowed to transit the terminal or board the vessel a. Company staff from shipping company b. Surveyors, Class, P and I etc. c. Service engineers attending non-critical ships equipment d. Sire Inspectors and Auditors Service engineers who need to attend for repair of critical ship systems will require a risk assessment to be carried out in conjunction with marine manager at Dragon LNG and the shipping company Shore leave will not be allowed. The ship welfare organisations have now stopped all ship welfare visits.


ConocoPhillips Terminal, Teesport

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Terminal will assess crew changes on a case by case basis.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Access to non-essential visitors will not be permitted, this means the likes of family visits, seafarers missions, etc. For any technicians wishing to visit a vessel, terminal will require a scope of work before access is granted to ensure the visit is essential. This will be dealt with on a case by case basis. All shore leave for ships crews has been suspended with immediate effect unless for medical emergencies. Terminal would prefer if stores were not delivered whilst alongside, barge should be used werever possible. Temperature checks in place for all visitors/crew entering site. Anyone with a high temperature will not be permitted on to the terminal.


Fawley

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Crew changes permitted and no longer need to take place by launch. Crew will need use the site minibus but must wear face mask and gloves and there is a maximum 3 crew on the bus at one time (so extra time may be needed for handovers etc).

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Terminal specific questionnaire has been developed specifically to facilitate screening in accordance with the Fawley Marine Terminal's Pandemic Flu Response & Readiness Plan. Questionnaire is to be completed in addition to the Declaration of Health required by Southampton VTS and Port Health Department. If the terminal has not received a completed copy of the attached declaration from a vessel then it may not be permitted to berth at the terminal until the situation is rectified.


Belfast

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

With limited flights and all hotels closed as per government legislation (UK) we recommend against crew changes at this time.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Maritime Declaration of Health required minimum 24 hours before arrival, will be risk assessed and no vessel to enter port unless approved by the port health authority.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


RLPG berth, Grangemouth

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes are now permitted.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


Loch Striven

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew changes are not permitted as use of a ferry is required from the mainland.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


Sullom Voe

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No crew changes permitted and no crew changes carried out within 10 days prior to vessels Laycan.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


Tata Steel, Port Talbot

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew change permitted but by launch only.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

'No visitors to attend vessel including but not limited to surveyors/technician etc (unless their attendance is critical for the safe operation of the vessel)
 


Puma Energy Milford Haven Terminal

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew changes are now permitted via jetty with added precautions and advanced reporting. Shore leave restrictions remain in force.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Engineers or Contractors – would need to be essential work and decisions made on a case by case basis communicated to Puma well in advance. Misison to Seafarers and other visitors not permitted. Anyone who does attend a Ship will have to supply a Health Declaration Form Prior to Access being permitted. The Agent will need to ensure Puma receive a copy of this form well in advance of the arrival. Ship's stores to be delivered by barge only. Very small deliveries will be considered at Jetty Gate by prior arrangement.


Related notices:
Fawley FMT SCREENING QUESTIONAIRE
Maritime-Declaration-of-Health 1.0
Public Health Wales - Ports Country List Poster (1)
UK Covid-19_NORTH-EAST COAST OF ENGLAND RIVER TEES AND HARTLEPOOL
UK SOUTH WALES - ABP N2M 24 of 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vessel Notification Requirements Update


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Uruguay

All Ports
Update: 01/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

President announced that from December 21st upto January 10th there will be Total closure of borders. It is not allowed for foreigners to enter the country within this period. However, authorities might  evaluate on a case by case with the following pre-conditions:
 
1) ON-SIGNERS
 A negative COVID-19 PCR test is required Max. 3 days prior sailing fm Origin – Express TESTS are not allowed/valid for local Sanitary authorities.
 A full and complete flight ticket is compulsory  and the vessel MUST be already in Uruguayan waters ( at pier or anchored) prior to the on-signers arrival.
The on-signers MUST be transported DIRECTLY fm the Airport to the vessel or to the launch boat that will connect the vsl.
They must wear MASKS and avoid near contact with other persons at the airports and also during the land transports.
 
As per local decree Nº  93/020, is  established , that any ON-*SIGNER arriving to Uruguay must remain in quarantine/isolation for 14 days.
This quarantine is recommended to be carried out onboard the vessel. For that purpose the vessel must Supply the correct isolation conditions, therefore it’s a MUST to stay in an individual cabin, preferably with private bathroom included , in order to maintain the requested isolation conditions.
After this 14 days of isolation and if no any sanitary problem faced  , the crew can leave the cabin and start working in normal conditions.
 
The vessel will be able to sail/depart any time, NOT need to stay 14 days in uruguayan waters.
 
As an alternative if the vessel will stay in Port or anchor (always in Uruguayan waters) for many days, the on signers could be tested for CoViD PCR analysis on arrival to our country, then the crew must be kept in quarantine onboard the vessel  , ONLY for 7 days (isolated conditions as detailed previously), and after those 7 days , a 2nd COVID PCR  test MUST be performed and if both tests results Negative , the crew can leave the cabin and start working in normal conditions.-
 
Hotel Lodging is NOT authorized.  Also note that there are very limited flight options.
 
1) OFF-SIGNERS
 
A daily body temperature control is needed as fm 14 days prior arrival to Montevideo signed and stamped by Master 
48 hs prior arrival to Montevideo,  the body temperatura control MUST be donde each 8 hours.
A Master declaration of health stating the crew sanitary conditions duly signed and stamped.
A Master letter stating that all crew are free of COVID-10 sympthoms ( if that is the case) duly signed and stamped
Therefore, unless any symptoms appear that make the sanitary authority suspects that they are in the presence of an infectious respiratory disease, they will not need to be tested for COVID-19 and will able/authorized to disembark
 
A full and complete flight ticket is compulsory  fm mvd up to final destination.
The off-signers MUST be transported “ DIRECTLY “ fm the vessel or launch coming fm the vessel to the Airport and must be disembarked MAX  4 hours prior flight departure time.
They must wear MASKS and avoid near contact with other persons at the airports and also during the land transports.
 
Hotel Lodging is NOT authorized. Also note that there are very limited flight options.  

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

The following measures apply to nationals of the affected countries:
a. If in the last 30 days the ship has arrived in ports at any of those countries, the crew and passengers that embarked in those ports must be identified.
b. If it is verified that they have arrived in ports of countries or areas mentioned above, not before 8 hours of arrival in Uruguayan port, the Maritime Declaration of Health signed by the Captain must include a report of body temperature of each traveler during the previous 48 hours, taken every 8 hours.
c. In the event that the health status of one or more travelers is suspicious of acute respiratory illness(**):
i. embarkation of personnel for port service will be allowed only if the personnel wears personal protective equipment (goggles, face mask, gloves).
ii. When the ship arrives in port, only Health Authorities personnel will go on board, who, depending on the traveler's state of health, may be accompanied by a doctor.
d. If the epidemiological clinical evaluation of the traveler carried out on board:
i. rules out suspected infectious disease, the ship may start operation in port 
ii. maintains the suspicion of SARS CoV-2, a sample will be taken for diagnosis.
iii. as long as there are no laboratory diagnostic results, the vessel will not be able to operate.
iv. If the diagnosis is positive, the ship will not be able to operate in the Uruguayan port.
1. If the sick crew member does not have symptoms that require hospitalization, they will continue on the ship, with recommendations to reduce the likelihood of virus spread.
2. Otherwise, their disembarkation will be organized with the recommended biological protection measures.
The pre-shipment medical review requirements are suspended when there are crew changes from the aforementioned places or affected areas

Port Closures & Delays
None

Other Information

None


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Guam

All Ports
Update: 18/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew members must quarantine for 14 days at their person residence or rental lodging location. Crew members must sign a Voluntary Quarantine Acknowledgement. Crew Member must provide quarantine location address and a working phone number. They must remain in quarantine for 14 days from the date or arrival in guam. They must adhere to symptom monitoring by the DPHSS. They are not allowed visitors at their quaranting locations. They may leave for medical emergencies or to seek medical care. They may leave to get takeout food, however they are not able to leave to shop for groceries, conduct banking transactions, seel personal hygiene services, go to the beach or visit any public places. They may leave the quarantine location to transit out of Guam even if it is prior to the completion of the 14-day quarantine period.        

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All vessels that has been to affected countries are required to have 14 days quarantine before allowing entry into Guam. All crew must wear masks and gloves for arrival boarding by Guam Customs.  All MSC affiliated ships have been subjected to MSCHQ "gangway up" order and are restricted to ship.  Crews can access wharf only when clear of non-ship personnel. Non-ship personnel can access wharf only when ship personnel are aboard ship.  No personal interaction between ship and shore personnel is permitted.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Government officials may or may not board upon arrival.  Communications involving ship and shore personnel will be done over email.  All USCG COC inspections will be done through video and submitted on a USB flash drive.  Possible port congestion and flight cancellations.

Other Information

To date, there are a total of 151 cases have been confirmed through COVID-19 testing provided with 126 released from isolation and 5 deaths


Related Notices:
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DPHSS Guidance Memorandum 2020-19 Additional Businesses and Organization...
JIC Release No. 177 - DPHSS Issues Guidance Memos 2020-19, 2020-20;  Expanded COVID-19 Testing Continues.docx
JIC Release No. 176 - End of Day Results_ Zero Test Positive for COVID-19 by DPHSS; One Confirmed COVID-19 Case from USNH.docx
JIC Release No. 175 - End of Day Results_ Two Test Positive for COVID-19 by DPHSS
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JIC Release No. 107 - End of Day Results_ Two Test Positive for COVID-19 by DPHSS.docx
JIC Release No. 100 - Zero Tests Positive for COVID-19 by DPHSS; JRM Updates .docx
JIC Release No. 98 - End of Day Results_ One Tests Positive for COVID-19 by DPHSS.docx


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Micronesia Islands (Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Koror)

All Ports
Update: 18/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Yap

Crew changes are not allowed

Palau

Only essential government approved flights/ charters are allowed. That means crew change activity is not possible at this time.

Majuro

All container vessels and fuel tankers are strictly required to spend 14 days outside of the RMI after departure and prior to arrival at the RMI Pilot Station. All container vessels and fuel tankers that have a history of entering RMI ports that have the same crew members on board as verified by MoHHS and Immigration are exempt from the 14-day quarantine. For vessels that have changed crews, new crewmembers must show 21 days of consistent health checks prior to arrival and those new crewmembers with valid negative test results must have consistent health checks along with other existing crew prior to arrival into the Marshall Islands. Vessels with newer crewmembers, with fewer days on board will be required to complete the 14 days at sea prior to entry and cargo operations. All container vessels and fuel tankers must adhere to the National Disaster Committee approved Standard Operating Procedures-Maritime (SOP).

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Majuro

Human-to-human contact is strictly prohibited. Total suspension of international travelers coming into the RMI via air travel.

Palau

No vessels are allowed other than common carriers and government approved military vessels to conduct exercises and with special projects in the island.All MSC affiliated ships are subjected to gangway up order and crew members will remain on board & are not allowed to access the wharf.Crew members are required to wear mask at all times.In some cases, the DEH personnel will board the ship first to conduct government protocols on COVID-19.Non-ship personnel boarding the ship are required to wear PPE and should strictly observed socail distancing.Military personnel are required to a 14 day quarantine prior to arrival and upon arrival they are required to a swab testing procedure. Once test negative, that's the only time they can access the wharf and proceed of whatever project they have in the island while observing social distancing.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


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United States of America

All Ports
Update: 19/02/2021

UNITED STATES

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Both the US and Canada are allowing crew changes as they are demmed necessary to commerce in both countries. Crew must have in US a valid C1/D1 for commercial crew or a valid B1/B2 for private air and see crew. In Canada required crew visas are also required.

Effective 26th Jan, 2021 ALL international flights coming into the United States must have a negative pre-departure test at least 3 days preceeding the flight's departure from a foreign country. This includes U.S. citizens and non-citizens.

A copy, and details of the order can be found HERE.

UK Airline Testing Order

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

In US all arriving crew from a foreign country must fly into one of the 13 COVID-19 testing airports listed here -

  • Atlanta: Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL),
  • Boston: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS),
  • Chicago: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD),
  • Dallas/Fort Worth: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW),
  • Detroit: Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW),
  • Honolulu: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL),
  • Los Angeles: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX),
  • Miami: Miami International Airport (MIA),
  • New York City: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK),
  • Newark, N.J.: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR),
  • San Francisco: San Francisco International Airport (SFO),
  • Seattle: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA),
  • Washington, D.C.: Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Crew Changes are permitted in US however there may be additional restrictions as per each port as mandated by local Port Director/District Field Office.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

In US and Canada commerce is moving and ship calls are being worked without delays. No essential businesses which includes maritime work has been stopped as of today. / Some labor shortages are being noticed in the larger more heavy hit ports of the US. / Tank Capacity in NE and Florida is starting to happen. / Expect Product Tanker delays in dscharge due to Tank Capacity.

Tariffs

PORT OF LOS ANGELES TARIFF
PASSENGER VESSEL LAYUP RATE

Other Information

Have attached the National CBP and USCG directives. https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-certain-additional-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-2019-novel-coronavirus// USCG to be a little more lenient when it comes to Drydock/COC Inspections (see attached MSIB 09-2020) / Have attached MSIB 10 20 and 11 20. / White House has extended social distancing until April 30, 2020 MSIB 12-20 and 13-20 added on 4/6/20. / MSIB 14-20 added on 4/13/20. MSIB08-20 extended. / MSIB1502 issued 4/22/20 attached. / MSIB 04/20 (UPDATE 4) issued 4/23/20 attached.

HEALTH SCREENING DOCUMENT


BAR HARBOR, MAINE

Crew Changes:

For cargo ships arriving from COVID-19 travel suspended countries, CBP is delaying the inspection of the crew until 14-days after foreign departure. The crew will be detained onboard until inspected. All vessels will be required to submit a security plan to include the hiring of additional guards for all vessels arriving from suspended countries. Once the 14-day mark is passed, CBP will inspect the crew and may issue landing permits (if there are no other concerns). In some cases the ship may depart the port before 14-days and in those cases the crew is remaining on board for the duration.

Port Restrictions
The Bar Harbor Town Council has implemented an emergency ordinance which includes suspension of cruise ship operations through April 30, 2020 at least.

Delays & Closures
Cruise Calls are cancelled thru April 30th at this point

Other Information
For the complete cruise vessel ordinance visit: www.barharbormaine.gov.


BALTMORE

Crew Changes:
Crew Changes can still occur on a case by case basis. Vessel's last port can not be within 14 days of the last port if the last port is one of the countries where the travel ban is currently in place. On Signers must arrive via one of the 13 pre-approved screening Airports. Off Signer requests need to be submiited 48 hours in advance.

Port Restrictions
The below pre-arriva must be received at least 48 hrs in advance. Vesses must aswer the below Pre arrival for CBP:

  •  Provide the condition of health for all crew:
  •  Please submit a list of countries each crewmember visited in the last 14 days prior to arrival in Baltimore:
    •  If provided, Please sign the attached CBP I259 (Detain onboard):
  •  If a offsigner/D2 is listed on a I259 notify us immediately of the identity of those crewmembers. Once a crewmember is detained onboard we cannot allow an off signer short of a medical emergency:
  •  Attach approved 3171
  •  Provide last 14 days of travel:
  •  Estimated time in port(ETB-ETC/D):
  •  Next destination:

Delays & Closures
Seafares service (Seaman's Church is closed)

Other Information
Social Distance in order.


BEAUMONT/SABINE PASS

Crew Changes:
PIN: 20-005: Crew sign-offs (D-2) will still be reviewed and granted if the crewmember has direct and continuous travel out of the United States, the crewmember is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crewmember has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction to the crewmember's travel. Additionally, CBP Fusion desk must be notified of any crew repatriations planned and will be provided with instructions on any additional requirements in place at that time. Due to evolving travel restrictions worldwide, this activity is subject to change on short notice. A trade notice will be sent if CBP Houston/Galveston Area Port implements any major changes.

Port Restrictions
All maritime crew will be remanded ot their vessel until further notice. CBP will work with carriers on a case-by-case basis on temporary shore leave requests for such resopns as but not limited to humanitarian, shore side business critical to the safe operation of the vessel, legal, medical, etc.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Social Distance in order.


BOSTON, MA

Crew Changes:
Restricting crew movement if anyone on board is ill or if the vessel, or any crew members on board the vessel, has been in Italy, China, or Iran. In those cases our AT/CET (Enforcement) managers are issuing detailed security plans that are vessel specific. Procedures could change quickly depending on circumstances, When you have vessels for Boston, continue to email the CBP 3171, let us know if the vessel or any crew have been in restricted countries within the past 14 days, or if anyone on board is sick. As far as crew with expired visas, there have been no changes in procedures for detaining on board.

Port Restrictions
Requested by Boston Harbor Pilots, instructions on navigation bridges santization, personnel distancing and other precautions must be upheld. Effective immediately, pilots may not board any vessel unless the precautions in memo forwared to the vessel by the local port agent are followed. All ships, both arriving and departing, are required to electronically send their pilot cards to both the Boston Pilots and Boston Docking Pilots. Ship to confirm the bridge is disinfected in the same email with the pilot card. / At this time, if CBP is going to detain or hold all crew on board due to the current pandemic, you will be notified and given a plan to put in place. Otherwise, CBP is not detaining crew, or requiring crew to stay on the vessel, if they would otherwise be eligible for D1 status.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Social Distance in order.


CORPUS CHRISTI

Crew Changes:
PIN: 20-002: Crew sign-offs (D-2) will still be reviewed and granted if the crewmember has direct and continuous travel out of the United States, the crewmember is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crewmember has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction to the crewmember's travel. Additionally, CBP Fusion desk must be notified of any crew repatriations planned and will be provided with instructions on any additional requirements in place at that time. Due to evolving travel restrictions worldwide, this activity is subject to change on short notice. A trade notice will be sent if CBP Houston/Galveston Area Port implements any major changes.

Port Restrictions
All maritime crew will be remanded ot their vessel until further notice. CBP will work with carriers on a case-by-case basis on temporary shore leave requests for such reasons as but not limited to humanitarian, shore side business critical to the safe operation of the vessel, legal, medical, etc.

Delays & Closures
No closures or expected closures due to the coronavirius.
04/15 There are steel pipes submerged in the channel around Ingleside. To be removed on the 16th (AGW)

Other Information
Social Distance in order.


SOUTH FLORIDA PORTS

Crew Changes
Orlando - Crew changes are permitted, but flight must be directly out of US from MCO and must be within 4 hours of being cleared by CBP as well as must be safeguarded from vessel to CBP to Airport. Port Everglades - all crew changes are permitted at present. Recommend all flights foreign from MIA, FLL or WPB airports. Miami - all crew changes are permitted at present. recommend all flighst foreign form MIA, FLL or WPB airports. Port Canaveral, West Palm Beach/Port Everglades & Miami - ALl crew are being detained onboard on arrival from foreign however if approved crew changes can still take place.

Port Restrictions
All crew changes should be approved before arranging and local ports are confirming with CBP before confirming with client.

Delays & Closures
Port Canaveral, Port of Palm Beach, Port Everglades and Miami are all open and working as normal for now with no restrictions. / starting to see tank capacity in Florida. / Expect Product Tanker delays in discharge due to tank capacity.

Other Information
Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


HAWAII

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

All persons arriving in Hawaii, both visitors and residents, must be quarantined for 14 days. Crew can join but would be held for 14 day quarantine so suggest not sending crew to Hawaii for crew changes.

Port Restrictions
All crew is detained on board all arriving vessels.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


HOUSTON

Crew Changes:
PIN: 20-005:Crew sign-offs (D-2) will still be reviewed and granted if the crewmember has direct and continuous travel out of the United States, the crewmember is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crewmember has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction to the crewmember's travel.  Additionally, CBP Fusion desk must be notified of any crew repatriations planned and will be provided with instructions on any additional requirements in place at that time. Due to evolving travel restrictions worldwide, this activity is subject to change on short notice.  A trade notice will be sent if CBP Houston/Galveston Area Port implements any major changes.   / 06/25 TEMPRARY RESTRICTIONS ON CRE WCHANGE RESCINDED. - SEE ATTACHED.

Port Restrictions

All maritime crew will be remanded ot their vessel until further notice.  CBP will work with carriers on a case-by-case basis on temporary shore leave requests for such resopns as but not limited to humanitarian, shore side business critical to the safe operation of the vessel, legal, medical, etc. Today, Sector Houston-Galveston issued the attached MSIB 15-20.  The MSIB should be posted to Homeport NLT tomorrow, but I wanted to send an advanced, approved copy.  

Until further notice, vessels submitting an NOA for arrival to the Houston-Galveston COTP zone will be required to submit the attached attestation.  The vessel will remain on the Not Cleared To Enter List until the attestation form is received and reviewed.  Please take note that we have requested the attestation to be sent to multiple email inboxes.  Our review process will normally only occur during business hours, so please be proactive by sending the attestation at the time of NOA submission or as soon as possible thereafter to avoid unnecessary delays.  

When we begin screening vessels tomorrow morning, new NOA's submitted will be screened as described above.  If our office and MSU Texas City has not received the completed attestation, the vessel will be put on the NCTEL awaiting a response. We will not notify the agents or contacts for this attestation, but rather await submission.  For the next few days only, it is highly recommended that you submit an attestation if you have to submit an amendment/update to your NOA just to avoid possible confusion.  After a few days, this will not normally be necessary.

This email is being sent blind copied to most of the agents and vessel representatives we work with regularly in Houston for broadest dissemination.  If you have questions, please contact our office below.  Thank you for your continued cooperation.            Effective April 8th, POHA will require non-contact temperature screening prior to entry into Bayport and Barbours Cut Terminals restricted areas. / 06/25 TEMPRARY RESTRICTIONS ON CRE WCHANGE RESCINDED. - SEE ATTACHED / CBP requiring guard to travel with offsigner from ship to airport of exit. - 08/110/20

Delays & Closures
No closures or expected closures due to the coronavirius. 

Other Information
Texas State Govenor has issued an exectutive order that limits social gatherings to 10 people.  Schools are temporarily closed.  

Temporary Restrictions on Crew Changes
MSIB Houston-Galveston Sector


JACKSONVILLE

Crew Changes
Crew changes still permitted.

Port Restrictions
Nothing above what CBP Washington has advised.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


LAKE CHARLES

Crew Changes
Crew sign-offs (D-2) will still be reviewed and granted if the crewmember has direct and continuous travel out of the United States, the crewmember is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crewmember has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction to the crewmember's travel. Additionally, CBP Fusion desk must be notified of any crew repatriations planned and will be provided with instructions on any additional requirements in place at that time. Due to evolving travel restrictions worldwide, this activity is subject to change on short notice. A trade notice will be sent if CBP Houston/Galveston Area Port implements any major changes. / 06/25 - Recission of Temporary Restrictions on Crew Shore Leave / Requests for crew sign-offs (D-2) which include an overnight stay will now be considered if, the crewmember is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crewmember has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction on the crewmember’s travel. - See Attached.

Port Restrictions
All maritime crew will be remanded ot their vessel until further notice. CBP will work with carriers on a case-by-case basis on temporary shore leave requests for such resopns as but not limited to humanitarian, shore side business critical to the safe operation of the vessel, legal, medical, etc.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Louisiana Governor has issued a stay-at-home order for the entire state, effective March 23rd. / CBP electronically entering/clearing vessels in Lake Charles


LONG BEACH & LOS ANGELES

Crew Changes
Crew Changes allowed. 
No crew change restrictions at this time. / 06/25 Due to constant cancellations of Philippine airlines flights our local CBP is now requiring parole and safeguard for any Filipino departing on a Philippine air flight. Also see attached email, Filipino government requiring that crew have at least two day hotel reservation at one of the approved hotels in Manila or Cebu prior to taking off from the US. - see attached. / 07-20 US CBP is going to back to regular boarding’s for customs and immigration inspection on vessels starting today.

Port Restrictions
No port restrictions at this time. / CBP new office hours: Monday-Saturday – 0800-1400 | Sunday and Federal holidays closed / 07-20 US CBP is going to back to regular boarding’s for customs and immigration inspection on vessels starting today

Delays & Closures
ILWU Strike, refusal to board car ships. TBD / New gate hours to allow for time to clean stevedoring equipment. 1st shift: 0800-1700 2nd Shift: 1900-0400 (see attached email) more so effecting container terminals

Other Information
14/04 - • Washington, Oregon and California Announce Western States Pact / • Inslee issues protection for high-risk workers

Approved Hotels in Manila & Cebu


MOBILE, AL

Crew Changes
Crew changes are allowed with the below listed restrictions… **NOTE: Agent must notify CBP Operations Desk and the boarding officer before inspection begins of any crew repatriations planned in New Orleans. You will be provided with instructions on any additional requirements in place at that time. Please note, due to evolving travel restrictions worldwide, this activity is subject to change on short notice. A trade notice will be sent if CBP New Orleans implements any further changes. At this time, crew sign offs (D-2) will still be reviewed and granted if the crewmember has direct and continuous travel out of the United States, the crew member is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crew member has valid travel documents and there is no other restriction on the crew member's tracel. / 06/25 - Recission of Temporary Restrictions on Crew Shore Leave - See Attached.

Port Restrictions
CBP and other Government Officials are still boarding vessels at this time. CBP will work with carriers on a case-by-case basis on temporary shore leave requests for such reasons as but not limited to humanitarian, shore side business critical to the safe operation of the vessel, legal, medical, etc. / 06/25 - Recission of Temporary Restrictions on Crew Shore Leave - See Attached.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.

Rescission of Temporary Restrictions 


MOREHEAD CITY & WILMINGTON

Crew Changes
Joining crew must arrive at 1 of 13 COVID-19 screening airports, but Crew changes are still permitted.

Port Restrictions
Nothing above what CBP Washington has in place currently.

Delays & Closures
Work is happening as normal. Some processes and procedures at terminals/port are being changed due to COVID-19 but commerce is continuing as normal.

Other Information
Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


NEW ORLEANS & BATON ROUGE

Crew Changes
Crew changes are allowed with the below listed restrictions.

**NOTE: Agent must notify CBP Operations Desk and the boarding officer before inspection begins of any crew repatriations planned in New Orleans. You will be provided with instructions on any additional requirements in place at that time. 

Please note, due to evolving travel restrictions worldwide, this activity is subject to change on short notice. A trade notice will be sent if CBP New Orleans implements any further changes. 

At this time, crew sign offs (D-2) will still be reviewed and granted if the crewmember has direct and continuous travel out of the United States, the crew member is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crew member has valid travel documents and there is no other restriction on the crew member's tracel.

Port Restrictions
CBP and other Government Officials are still boarding vessels at this time. CBP will work with carriers on a case-by-case basis on temporary shore leave requests for such reasons as but not limited to humanitarian, shore side business critical to the safe operation of the vessel, legal, medical, etc. Daylight transit only for Mississippi River mm167.5-mm234. pls see attached NOBRA pilots restriction – any vessel with a draft over 35ft – will require a NOBRA pilot to be onboard when anchored in NOBRA’s district – from pilot change – New Orleans up to Baton Rouge. / 04/15 daylight transit only mm167.5-mm234 / 5/15 - SWPass MAX DRAFT INCREASED TO 44FT(FW) max draft – governing factor for loading / discharging calls to Miss. R. (SEE ATTACHED FROM BAR AND CRESCENT PILOTS) (Federal pilots also acknowledging 44FT(FW) as well. / 06/04 - CRESCENT PILOTS P-TOWN TO NEW ORLEANS INCREASE DRAFT TO 46FT(FW) / 6/11 - daylight transit only mm167.5-mm234 / BAR & FEDERAL pilots increase Transit draft from SW Pass to PILOTTOWN to 45FT(FW) CRESCENT PILOTS P-TOWN TO NEW ORLEANS INCREASE DRAFT TO 46FT(FW) / 06/25 - Recission of Temporary Restrictions on Crew Shore Leave - See Attached.

Delays & Closures
No closures.

No closures anticipated at this time 6/11 - SWPass Bar pilots resumed pilotage 1300/08th June –

Other Information

The pilots have issued instructions to all vessels regarding sanitizing all areas and avoiding contact prior to pilot boarding and a number of other requirements to ensure the safety of all concerned. 

Government agencies have issued a number of notices regarding safety precations. 

The Governor of the State of Louisiana has issued stay at home orders for the entire state. Attached is a copy of the proclamation with all relevant details. 

Also attached is the latest report from LAMA (Louisiana Maritime Association) who provides daily updates of any/all changes as they pertain to our industry. In their report are also links to the notices/orders issued by any Government Officials.  / CBP electronically entering/clearing vessels in NOLA, Baton Rouge & Gramercy   /  Bonnet Carre Spillway opening Friday/3rd Apr. due to very high water condition’s/levels. / 04/14/20 - Corp of EngineersCLOSED 10 of the 90 BAYS Bonnet 
Carre Spillway (slow closing) as river level allows. / 5/14 Army Corps has totally closed the Bonnett Carre Spillway. 

Southwest Pass Transit Draft
Recission of Temporary Restrictions on Crew Shore Leave
Bar Pilots SWP 44FT
CRPPA Draft to 44FT
MSIB 07-20 CHANGE
High Water Restrictions
LMR Navigation Conditions


NEW YORK

Crew Changes
Crew Changes are not permitted for vessels that are arriving from a restricted Country within 14 days. After 14 days has elapsed, it will be at the strict discretion of Local CBP. If a vessel arrives with an infected crew member the vessel will not be denied entry. They will be sent to anchor like any vessel with inoperable equipment or another marine casualty situation. Then the situaiton will be turned over to the CDC and will be handled on a case by case basis.

Port Restrictions
USCG has required that all Terminals submit an additional security plans for approval to ensure crew of detained vessels (Vessels less than 14 days from last visit to Restricted Countries) do not desert and a deterrent from absconding. USCG/CBP/Local Terminals are doing all possible to mitigate Human to Human Contact, i.e., PPE, gloves, N-95 Face masks, boardings and meetings are exclusively with the capt at the bottom of the gangway on the dock, USCG/CBP/Terminals are only boarding unless it is absolutely necessary, if boarding is necessary they will reduce number of people in each area. Vessels must report any sick individuals on their ENOA, which will in turn induce follow up by USCG, if someone is infected with COVID-19, USCG will turn situation over to the CDC. Every incident will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

Delays & Closures
None at this time, due COVID-19 business as usual. Starting to see labor shortages as less and less ILA workers are showing up to work. Also seeing tank capacity for Wet Product. Expect delays in discharge for product tankers.

Other Information
State of Emergency currently in effect, all non-essential business's are closed. Non-Essential Personnel are to Stay Home. Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


NORFOLK

Crew Changes
In addition to federal guidelines. USCG COTP is detaining all crew having departed last foreign port less than 15 days ago. Crew Changes can still occur on a case by case basis. Vessel's last port can not be within 14 days of the last port if the last port is one of the countries where the travel ban is currently in place. On Signers must arrive via one of the 13 pre-approved screening Airports. Off Signer requests need to be submiited 48 hours in advance.

Port Restrictions
In addition to federal guidelines and above restrictions. Cruise Callas have been canceled for 30 days. Shore leave is permitted on a case by case basis but all Non-Essential Businesses have been closed and only essential personnel are allowed out in public. Social Distancing is mandated. Medical Assitance is available for urgent cases only. Elective procedures are postponned indefinitely.

Delays & Closures
None at this time, due COVID-19 business as usual.

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


PORTLAND, MAINE

Crew Changes
For cargo ships arriving from COVID-19 travel suspended countries, CBP is delaying the inspection of the crew until 14-days after foreign departure. The crew will be detained onboard until inspected. All vessels will be required to submit a security plan to include the hiring of additional guards for all vessels arriving from suspended countries. Once the 14-day mark is passed, CBP will inspect the crew and may issue landing permits (if there are no other concerns). In some cases the ship may depart the port before 14-days and in those cases the crew is remaining on board for the duration.

Port Restrictions
Due to the recent health concerns surrounding cruise ships and their passengers, the City of Portland has made the decision to not allow cruise ships to berth in Portland in the month of April.

Delays & Closures
Cruise Calls canceled thru the month of April

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.
 


PORTLAND, OR

Crew Changes
No crew allowed to transit portland Intl airport, as per US Gov. If crew changes need to take place, crew must fly to Seattle 3 hours from Portland. All crew detained on board.

Port Restrictions
Labor shortage has been an issue as our labor pools are restricting workers to jobs only in the counties that they live in. This is causing pot congestion. / APS Stevedoring Portland advised that labor is only allowed to have a maximum of 25 people per shift. This includes drivers, which would definitely delay cargo operations. Customers were already informed of this change.

****Confirmed yesterday with APS that this is only being enforced at the Port of Portland due to State Governor instructions. Astoria Customs and Border Protection Officers advised they are only riding with vessel agents on the launch service and no one else.

Delays & Closures
Labor shortage has been an issue as our labor pools are restricting workers to jobs only in the counties that they live in. TBD / APS Stevedoring Portland advised that labor is only allowed to have a maximum of 25 people per shift. This includes drivers, which would definitely delay cargo operations. Customers were already informed of this change. 

This is only being enforced at the Port of Portland due to State Governor instructions. Astoria Customs and Border Protection Officers advised they are only riding with vessel agents on the launch service and no one else.

Other Information

Portland USCBP officer advised all crew on vessels will be detained upon arrival to port regardless of their status. This instruction was advised internally as Portland USCBP’s port policy.
04/14 - • Washington, Oregon and California Announce Western States Pact • Inslee issues protection for high-risk
04/15 - Oregon Governor Introduces Framework for Reopening Oregon workers

Framework to Reopen Oregon


PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND

Crew Changes
CBP is delaying the inspection of the crew until 14-days after foreign departure. At this time, if CBP is going to detain or hold all crew on board due to the current pandemic, you will be notified and given a plan to put in place. Otherwise, CBP is not detaining crew, or requiring crew to stay on the vessel, if they would otherwise be eligible for D1 status.

Port Restrictions
Local port agents are to pass on instructions pertiaining to navigation bridges santization, personnel distancing and other precautions to all vessels prior to arrival. These instructions must be met for pilots to board. Procedures may change as we get updates.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


PHILADELPHIA

Crew Changes
It is no longer a requirement for joining crew to arrive via one of the 15 screening Airports.  They are permitted to arrive directly into Philadelphia International Airport. Joiners are permitte to stay in hotels prior boarding their vessel.  Oon and Offsigners require valid US visas.  CBP is carrying out D2s for offsigners. Flights to be submitted in advance for approval.  Phila International Airport now has direct flight availabliities; however CBBP is currently allowing direct flights from other US Airports (IAD; JFK. EWR, BWI). Crew will be allowed to be driven to theses airports for their flights.  No connecting flights are permitted (ie. Phila - NY, etc) Flights must also depart prior vessel departure from the port.  If needed, COVID testing is available for joiners and offsigners - typically 2-3 day timeframe required for results. If an arriving vessel crewmemer appears to be ill, CBP and  Coast Guard will follow protocols designed by local public health auathorities.  Decisions on whether entire crew will be detained or other measures is on a case by case basis.       Note:  Face Shields required for Filipino crew to Manila.

Port Restrictions
Vessels destined for a US port are required to report to CDC any sick or deceased crew/pax during 15 days prior to arrival in U.S.  / Local USCG are also doing their own screening and will reach out to a vessel where needed  /    MAC Advisory Committee sent oot notice for protective measuares to ensure safery of members of Pilots Assoc for Bay and river Delaware as well as agents ,  crew and regional port Community and requesting via agents that bridge and  related equipment be cleaned and santized / Shipboard personnel to to a 2 meter min distance from pilot plus/ only essential personnel be allowed on bridge.   CBP are carry out business as usual however for those ships arriving from Europe within 14 day period - CBP will NOT board and will allow entrance/clearance by copies only.  Crew would be detained on board.  CBP would not require agents to board to obtain Originals.  At least One shipping line into philadelphia is subject to this arrangement.  CBP will do their own screening as well.    USCG is still continuing PSC Exams on a case-by-case basis - but has downgraded the boarding requirements esp due to lack of personnel.  So far no indication that any ships in Phila have been held out

Delays & Closures
The terminals in the Ports of Philadelphia are open and operating.  Some terminal operators are requesting additional information in advance  / Declarations of Security to determinel health of crew onboard / previous port of call, etc.  Some terminals may not use their own transport vehicles to pick up crew to/fm gate - they will allow them to walk to get if necessary.   Per MSIB 07-20 The facility compliance regulations outlined throughout 33 CFR remains in force and facility operators are expected to continue to comply with thee regulations. Some terminal operators are requesting additional information/

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


PORTLAND, OREGON

Crew Changes
No crew allowed to transit portland Intl airport, as per US Gov. If crew changes need to take place, crew must fly to Seattle 3 hours from Portland. All crew detained on board.

Port Restrictions
Labor shortage has been an issue as our labor pools are restricting workers to jobs only in the counties that they live in. This is causing pot congestion. / APS Stevedoring Portland advised that labor is only allowed to have a maximum of 25 people per shift. This includes drivers, which would definitely delay cargo operations. Customers were already informed of this change.
****Confirmed yesterday with APS that this is only being enforced at the Port of Portland due to State Governor instructions. / Astoria Customs and Border Protection Officers advised they are only riding with vessel agents on the launch service and no one else.

Delays & Closures
Labor shortage has been an issue as our labor pools are restricting workers to jobs only in the counties that they live in. 

Other Information
Portland USCBP officer advised all crew on vessels will be detained upon arrival to port regardless of their status. This instruction was advised internally as Portland USCBP’s port policy. / 04/14 - • Washington, Oregon and California Announce Western States Pact / • Inslee issues protection for high-risk workers


SAN FRANCISCO

Crew Changes
All Crew are now detained onboard whether foreigna arrival or coastwise arrival. If D1 status was given in previous US port then SFO will revoke the D1 status and detain all cre wonboard for SFO and subsequent US calls in order to help with California Statewide shelter in place ruling.

Port Restrictions
No port restrictions for vessels currently. Crew are all detained on board for all vessels. San Francisco Bar Pilots will not take any vessel mail or non-essential packages including bunker samples, cell phone, etc. Sphere MD advised they can evaluate, diagnosis treatment, and prescribe medications for crew members via telemedical consult.

Delays & Closures
Delays - Yes

San Francisco Stevedore Labor for loading cars on RoRo’s is 1 Van driver + 3 car drivers - New
Richmond Stevedore Labor for discharging cars on RoRo’s is 1 Van Driver + 4 car drivers - New

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.

14/04 - • Washington, Oregon and California Announce Western States Pact / • Inslee issues protection for high-risk workers


SAVANNAH & BRUNSWICK

Crew Changes
Joining crew must arrive at 1 of 13 COVID-19 screening airports, but Crew changes are still permitted.

Port Restrictions
Would recommend contacting Inchcape Savannah to get approval from CBP for each crew change.

Delays & Closures
No closures or delays.

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


SEATTLE

Crew Changes
Crew changes are still taking place, crew is all detained on board.

Port Restrictions
Longshoremen/stevedores are starting to ask specifics on vessel voyage length in advance as they have advised if it’s under 14days they will not board. / ”One of the local adjusted working rule mandates for COVID19 is, L23 is not allowing unit coffee breaks in the morning or afternoon in an effort to limit social gathering during breaks. What this means is that if a discharge operation goes past 1630 on 1st shift, it is now extended time to account for skipping of afternoon unit breaks.

Delays & Closures
Longshoremen/Stevedores are starting to ask specifics on vessel voyage length in advance as they have advised if it’s under 14 days they will not board.

One of the local adjusted working rule mandates for COVID-19 is, L23 is not allowing unit coffee breaks in the morning or afternoon in an effort to limit social gathering during breaks. What this means is that if a discharge operation goes past 1630 on 1st shift, it is now extended time to account for skipping of afternoon unit breaks.

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


SOUTH CAROLINA

Crew Changes
Joining crew must arrive at 1 of 13 COVID-19 screening airports, but Crew changes are still permitted.

Port Restrictions
CBP is not detaining crew onboard right now, but most ships are coming form other ports where they have been detained onboard.

Delays & Closures
Work is happening as normal. Some processes and procedures at terminals/port are being changed due to COVID-19 but commerce is continuing as normal.

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


ST. CROIX

Crew Changes:

Crew Changes are not permitted per CBP.

Effective 06/01/2020, hotels are booking new reservations 

Port Restrictions:
All crew detained on board as per CBP. CBP not boarding the vessel, but do all paperwork on the dock. Crew often required to lineup on deck for face control. USVI Government requires all visitors to the island to test no more than 5 days prior and register on travel portal https://usvitravelportal.com/. Limetree requires 3 days on island quarantine and new test taken prior to granting access. All employees, vendors and other on-island personnel including agents, entering terminal are required to test as per Limetree Bay Terminal testing requirements. No delay to cargo operations.

Closures & Delays
None

Other Information
https://usvitravelportal.com/ (register travel) https://doh.vi.gov/ (Current cases, total cases, total deaths)

 


TAMPA & MANATEE

Crew Changes
Joining crew must arrive at 1 of 13 COVID-19 screening airports, but Crew changes are still permitted.

Port Restrictions
Only restrictions are those Federally and USCG mandated.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


Related notices:
MSIB 08-20-CH2
MSIB 16-20 GAO Report
MSIB 17-20 Water Mass Gatherings
MSIB-02 20_Change 5
MSIB 07-20 Change 4
DUKW Passenger Canopy Removal
MSIB 14-20 Ballast Water
Mariner Credentials
Certain Scarce or Threatened Health & Medical Resources for Domestic Use
Vessel Response Plan
MSIB 11-20 Maintaing Maritime Commerce
MSIB 09-20 Vessel Inspections

MSIB 02-20_Change 3_Novel Coronavirus USA
MSIB-06-20_Reporting-Requirements
CISA Insights - Risk Management for Novel Coronavirus
WHO-2019-nCov-IHR_Ship_outbreak-2020.1-eng


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Country

Vietnam

All Ports
Update: 18/02/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

  • entry visa for all foreigners are suspended,
  • all Vietnamese incoming passengers are isolated either at home or medical centers.
  • all foreign crew changes are impossible at this stage.

Disembarkation can be arranged for Vietnamese crews provided the followings:

  1. Disembarkation applications must be submitted to local authorities 8 – 10 days prior to the vessel arrival to obtain the approvals. ISS Vietnam will work with local authorities to convince for the approval.
  2. The involved crews must take the medical isolation in 14 days in light of local regulations. Isolation cost will be absorbed by the crews (not be free as before).
  3. The vessel will have to drop anchor at anchorage area nominated by local port authorities for the disembarkation. Owners will have to pay all related costs for the inward/outward vessel clearance.

We have smoothly handled some cases in Vung Tau (South Vietnam).

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • All cruise ships are not accepted.
  • All bulk carriers/tankers can proceed with the loading/ discharging after obtaining the approvals from local quarantine authorities.
  • Offshore call handling:
    • It's required at least 14 days of isolation for boarding pass.
    • Boarding agent must obtain Health certificate "negative with CoVID-19" & declare Medical Form of Offshore terminals.
    • Our ISS can provide OPA service for Offshore calls as usual.

Port Closures and Delays

Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Other Information

Vietnam confirmed 18 new Covid-19 cases Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021, all in the northern province of Hai Duong, taking the total number of community transmissions in the latest outbreaks to 737. 

The patients, 2312 to 2329, are in quarantine.

Since January 28, Vietnam has recorded 737 new Covid-19 community transmissions in 13 localities. Hai Duong leads the tally with 557, followed by Quang Ninh (60), Ho Chi Minh City (36) and Hanoi (35).

The entry visa issuance is still suspended – as a result, international crew changes are still not permitted while Vietnamese crew changes can be considered by local authorities on case-by-case basis. 


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Country

Yemen

All Ports
Update: 01/03/2021

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Because of the security reasons ALL ship’s crews and/or armed guards must stay onboard. Crew replacement strictly prohibited at Hodeidah and Saleef Ports.We confirm the mentioned restrictions to be valid. Besides, the Port Health Authority now examines ship's crew at the anchorage area for corona virus before allowing her to enter. We recommend that crew change to be safer done at Djibouti where they have many airlines that connect the world.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

14 Days compulsory quarantine for all vessels are applicable basis arrival in Yemen Port . The Port Health Authority now examines ship's crew at the anchorage area for corona virus before allowing her to enter. Shore leave is not permitted

Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Yemen is badly affected with civil war conitinued for last 5 Years and the instrastructure to prevent the mass spread of corona virus is limited. Currently the Ports in Hodeidah and Saleef are funcitonals for Tankers and human consumption.

Other Information

None


Hodeidah

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

14 Days compulsory quarantine for vessels are applicable basis arrival at Yemani Port except for Container and essential food products. Enclosed the instructions received from the council management dated July 13th 2020 declaring the exemptions of vessels from the 14 days quarantine the vessels that carries essential needs products like food , containers. And this is according to the last meeting done on 27th June 2020 , Copy of this addressed to the concerned departments and to take effect from July 13 2020. The Port Health Authority now examines ship's crew at the anchorage area for corona virus before allowing her to enter. Shore leave is not permitted As per generalization decision from Ministry of Health, please be informed tt, port health representative will attend any vessel call Aden for Corona Virus checkup at the pilot station. Port health representative will attend the first person on board for medical checkup for all crew after that will give the clearance to port control that vessel/crews clean from the virus & vsl will proceed to cargo operation berth. Moreover, Ships will keep at anchorage area about 14 days and after complete the 14 day the port health representative will attend the vessel for medical inspection as mention. Regarding coalition force, As usual any vessel calling Aden must have the coalition permit to inter Yemen water and this issue through ship owner or ship agent to provide them with required document.


Saleef

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

14 Days compulsory quarantine for all vessels are applicable basis arrived in Yemeni Port. The Port Health Authority now examines ship's crew at the anchorage area for corona virus before allowing her to enter. Shore leave is not permitted


Aden

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

14 Days compulsory quarantine for all vessels are applicable basis sailed from the Last Port . The Port Health Authority now examines ship's crew at the anchorage area for corona virus before allowing her to enter. Shore leave is not permitted


Related notices
Yemen - Quarantine Period_ مستند جديد 2020-07-15 14.10.45
Yemen _Exemption of Commercial ships


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