Coronavirus (COVID-19), restrictions at Ports / Countries

Coronavirus (COVID-19), restrictions at Ports / Countries

Latest COVID-19 status regarding restrictions in Ports/Countries where Waypoint Port Services provide services.

– Latest Update: May 31st 10:00 am (UTC +01:00)

ARGENTINA

General National regulation in force (DECNU-2020-274-APN-PTE) issued by the Argentine President:

National regulation in force specific to shipping (NO2020-17205422-APN-ESCO#PNA) issued by the Argentine Coast Guard following the President’s order above:

Additional information:

Countries classified as risk areas: China, South Korea, Singapore, Iran, United States, Europe Brazil and Chile.

For more information contact: tah@waypointports.com / +507 6397-2539

BELGIUM

  • Crew Changes are allowed.
  • Off-signers: plane has to leave the country while the vessel is at the port. And crew has to fly in/out Belgium.
  • Spare parts/stores/supplies available.
  • CTM can be delivered.

For more information contact: Ara.Ops@waypointports.com / +31 10 313 0400

BRAZIL

Measures taken by government:

PARANAGUA, RIO GRANDE, SFDS
-No rumors of stevedores activities stoppage;
-Port activities (load/discharge) are normal until this  moment;
-Petrobras Bunker Supply schedule was not affected;

VITORIA, TUBARAO
-No rumors of stevedores activities stoppage;
-Port activities (load/discharge) are normal until this  moment.

ITAQUI
-No rumors of stevedores activities stoppage;
-Port activities (load/discharge) are normal so far;
-Petrobras Bunker Supply schedule was not affected; (ex pipe at VLI TERMINAL) no bunker barge available.

SANTOS – ALL PRIVATE AND PUBLIC PORTS
-Operation is running normally with no stoppages at the moment.
-Petrobras Bunker Supply schedule was not affected.

BARCARENA and VILA DO CONDE – ALL PRIVATE AND PUBLIC PORTS
-No rumors of Stevedores activities stoppage.
-Port activities (load/discharge) are normal until this moment.
-The Petrobras Bunker Supply schedule was not affected at VDC roads and/or Belem.

SANTAREM and ITACOATIARA.
-No rumors of Stevedores activities stoppage.
-Port activities (load/discharge) are normal until this moment.
-No bunkering at these ports.

SALVADOR-ARATU.
-No rumors of Stevedores activities stoppage.
-Port activities (load/discharge) are normal until this moment.
-The Petrobras Bunker Supply schedule was not affected.

RIO DE JANEIRO
-Port activities (load/discharge) are normal until this moment.
-Petrobras Bunker Supply schedule was not affected.

For more information contact: Santos.Ops@waypointports.com / +55 41 99604-8325

CANADA

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON CREW MEMBERS AND OTHER WORKERS

Transport Canada has issued a new Ship Safety Bulletin attached highlighting the essential nature of marine transportation services and clarifying the documentation requirements for seafarers who are travelling to Canada to join a ship’s crew.  More specifically, there are no travel restrictions on such individuals provided they are in possession of a seafarer’s identity document supplemented by a passport; or other seafarer documentation, including proof of employment on a vessel at a Canadian port, and a visa if required.
TC has sent this guidance to airlines, with a view to alleviating further confusion at international airports due to the imposition of inappropriate travel restrictions on seafarers travelling to join crews in Canada.  For our part, we have also shared this guidance with CBSA in order to ensure their officers have a full understanding of marine mode requirements.
Additional guidance on the ability of non-crew individuals such as technicians, surveyors, etc. to travel in order to do work on board ships is expected to be issued by Transport Canada within the coming days. 

SEAFARER HEALTH & WELL-BEING
Shipping Federation of Canda have developed a communique on the heath and well-being of seafarers, which is designed to address public misperceptions about the role of seafarers as vectors of COVID-19 transmission, with a view to discouraging the imposition of measures that significantly limit the ability of healthy seafarers to access shore leave.  The communique also highlights the essential role that seafarers play in delivering indispensable goods and supplies that will be crucial in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and on the consequent need to ensure their ongoing ability to perform these key activities.  We will be distributing this message to the Association of Canadian Port Authorities and other service providers over the coming days

Marine Crew Deemed Essential

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CHILE

For more information contact: tah@waypointports.com / +507 6397-2539

CHINA

For more information contact: china@waypointports.com / +86 138 1755-9780

COLOMBIA

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CYPRUS

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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EGYPT

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GIBRALTAR

Embarking

Disembarking

Important – Crew cannot depart to any flight in Spain due to Spanish border Covid 19 restrictions (they can only go into Spain if they have residency there).

All arriving / departing crew must follow protocol and cannot leave hotel / airport at any time and undergo social distancing and adhere to locally precautionary measures.

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

GREECE

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

GUATEMALA / COSTA RICA / HONDURAS / EL SALVADOR / TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

For more information contact: tah@waypointports.com / +507 6397-2539

HONG KONG

Full Government Press Release:
– March 18th: Compulsory Quarantine of Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation
– March 31st: Update Summary Table from Department of Health

For more information contact: hk@waypointports.com / +852 9728 3001

INDIA

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

INDONESIA

For more information contact: Indonesia@waypointports.com / +62 8 1865 3310

JAPAN

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

MALAYSIA

Effective 20th March 2020, there is a not to land Order on all crew members on the ships calling Malaysian seaports. In cases of serious illnesses requiring hospital admission, the Agent can request the Port Health and / or Immigration for relevant approval to disembark. The approval is being given on a case by case basis by the Government Officials. In order to request this approval, the Agent will need to make a formal request with below documents at a minimum,

Foreing Seafarers:

Seafarers of Malaysian nationality:

Full documentation from the Ports: Johor PortNorthport

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MALTA

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MARTINIQUE & GUADELOUPE

For more information contact: tah@waypointports.com / +507 6397-2539

MEXICO

For more information contact: tah@waypointports.com / +507 6397-2539

MOROCCO

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OMAN

  • Supreme Commity has stopped the entry of Non-Omanis to the Sultanate of Oman through all land and sea border posts and via air except GCC citizens, as from March 17th.
  • All ships and their agents are obliged to submit the IMO Declaration of Health to the Harbour Master, along with a completed ‘Corona virus questionnaire’.
  • Both documents should be signed and stamped by the Vessel Master. Both documents need to be uploaded in the Port management system by the ship’s agent for approval of the vessel call by the Harbour Master.
  • Technicians/Surveyors can board vessel if they have a valid Oman ID, subject to the approval of the port authorities and terminal  Immigration has suspended issuance of Express Visa for Technicians/Surveyors visiting Oman from international destinations
  • Provisions can be delivered subject to approval from local customs authorities.
  • Cash cannot be paid to Master.
  • Underwater Diving is allowed, subject to the approval from port authorities.
  • Hull inspections are allowed, however repair work are not allowed (Sohar).
  • Hull inspections and repair work are both not allowed (Duqm)

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

PANAMA

  • International Flight ban has been extended until May 22nd. Only cargo, humanitarian and domestic flights allowed. Complete Announcement.
  • Currently there is a prohibition of performing crew changes in Panama.
  • Cruises forbidden to berth, embark or disembark paxs.
  • Strengthen measures for vessels attendance and control in Ports in effect.  
  • Only Panama Nationals and Residents are allowed to enter the country. Any foreigner arriving shall remain in quarantine for 14 days.

For more information contact: Panama.Ops@waypointports.com / +507 264-6532

PERU

For more information contact: tah@waypointports.com / +507 6397-2539

PORTUGAL

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

SINGAPORE

Crew Change

Latest circular from Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore dated 22 May 2020.

ENHANCEMENT TO CREW CHANGE FOR CARGO SHIPS UNDER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES IN THE PORT OF SINGAPORE, TO MINIMISE RISK OF COMMUNITY SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) IN SINGAPORE

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) recognises the critical role that seafarers play in global seaborne trade, as well as the importance of crew change to safeguard the health and safety of seafarers sailing on board ships. Following the tightening of entry of short-term visitors to Singapore, MPA continued to facilitate crew change under the following special circumstances:

In addition to the special circumstances mentioned above the following circumstances will also be considered in allowing crew change for cargo ships in Singapore:

The requirements for crew change are revised as follow:

Signing-off

Signing-on

Transfer Arrangements

Ship owners/managers/agents should apply for crew change in Singapore by writing to shipping@mpa.gov.sg and pms@mpa.gov.sg at least 14 days in advance of the planned crew change.

Air Travel

For visitors seeking entry into Singapore

For long-term pass holders seeking entry into Singapore

For more information please visit : https://www.ica.gov.sg/covid-19

(*) Source: Ministry of Health / Immigration & Checkpoint Authority / MPA Singapore

For more information contact: Singapore@waypointports.com / +65 9645 6819

SOUTH AFRICA

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

SOUTH KOREA

Compliance details:

  1. Self-diagnosis application must be installed in mobile phone
  2. “TRAVEL RECORD DECLARATION”
  3. HEALTH DECLARATION FORM

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

SPAIN

Requirements in order to perform a Crew Change at Spanish Ports:

Please note the following regarding visa applications

  1. Full confirmed flights details with PTA ticket number / Amadeus reference along with copies of valid passports, seaman books and visas are required in order to proceed visa application formalities.
  2. All non-EU on-signers must travel with valid Schengen visas issued by the Spanish Embassy of their country of origin. It is the responsibility of each on-signer’s representative to liaise directly with the embassy in question to apply for travelling visa, as agents we can only provide Letter of Invitations (LOI) if required. We will not be held liable for any individuals travelling without valid documentation.
  3. All non-EU off signers will require a valid Schengen visa for transit. As agents we can arrange all the necessary immigration formalities.

Note 1: Off signers requiring Schengen visa arrangements will not be able to travel on the same date of vessel’s arrival.

Note 2:  Visa application forms must be presented at immigration police 72 hrs prior to time of departure flight. During this time an appointment will be arranged for off-signer(s) must attend in person in order to arrange formalities.

Note 3: Failure to make aforementioned appointment will result in cancellation of visa and process must be restarted with a new application (see Note 1).

Note 4: Working hours for Visa application register are Mon-Fri between 09:00-14:00.

Note 5: Once Visa application has been issued to immigration office, any change in flight details or itinerary will invalidate process and whole process must be restarted with a new application (see Note 1).

Note 6: Off signer cannot remain at Schengen Area Airports longer than 4 hours

Due to COVID 19 crisis taxi can transport per person per trip.

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

SRI LANKA

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

THE NETHERLANDS

  • Crew Changes are allowed (crew has to prove that they will be able to travel & leave EU).
  • Port Authority is demanding all vessels to send Health Declaration.
  • Some flights are banned to land in The Netherlands.
  • All EU borders are closed for next 30 days to non-EU citizens / residents as per latest decision from EU 18/03/2020.
  • Spare Parts / Stores / Supplies available.
  • CTM can be delivered.

For more information contact: Ara.Ops@waypointports.com / +31 10 313 0400

TURKEY

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

U.A.E.

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

UNITED STATES

For New Orleans, Houston and Freeport:

Full U.S. Coast Guard statement: Marine Safety Information Bulletin

For more information contact: tah@waypointports.com / +507 6397-2539

UNITED KINGDOM

With effect from 8th June 2020 the UK will impose a mandatory 14 day self quarantine for any travelers arriving into the UK.  This rule applies to all incoming travelers including British citizens.   There is however, a long list of exemptions to this rule.

UK Government website.

List of people exempt from the mandatory quarantine (including ships crews).

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

URUGUAY

National regulation in force:

Pilots procedure:

Additional Information:

Countries classified as risk areas: China, South Korea, Singapore, Iran, United States and Europe.

For more information contact: tah@waypointports.com / +507 6397-2539