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: September 8th 02:00 pm (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

MANAUS & ITACOATIARA

BELÉM (VILA DO CONDE / BELÉM / MIRAMAR / BARCARENA):

SANTARÉM: Not allowed disembark unless some illness approved by Anvisa and no embark allowed yet.

MACAPÁ/ FAZENDINHA:

As per local immigration information, foreign crew change is permitted with following prerequisites; On and off signers have to do COVID quickly test.

ITAJAÍ:

SÃO FRANCISCO DO SUL

RIO GRANDE

PARANAGUÁ / ANTONINA

SALVADOR

SUAPE/ RECIFE

SÃO LUÍS /PONTA DA MADEIRA/ ITAQUI

RIO DE JANEIRO

SANTOS

VITÓRIA

Any other additional supporting documents ,may be requested by the local authorities at their discretion and time.

For more information contact: CrewChangeBR@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

There is an approval for crew changes, in order to obtain this special waiver onsigners and offsigners must comply as following:

Onsigners:
– OK to Board (Invitation Letter), as usual, to be issue by the Agent with full details of each crew member and flights too.
– Once we have all the information before mentioned  we will inform our Foreign Ministry in order for them to send a pre-notice to the local Embassy as per Country needed.
– In the case that such Country does not count with a Chilean Embassy, we shall support your team in Chile with local Authorities.
– Once we have approval, the crew member needs to approach the Embassy office in order to obtain Visa Waiver, he will also need to arrive with our OKTB, a colored photo and a fingerprint will be requested once at the local office. 

Suggestions:
– As this is just the beginning we suggest to carry out this process with a good lead time.
– Regarding Port for crew change, we highly suggest using Valparaiso Bay for crewing services, which is only 2 hours away from Santiago International Airport. Note that all domestic flights to other Ports are restricted and highly demanded. 
– Other Ports near Santiago Airport are San Antonio (Anchorage not feasible, only alongside), Quintero Bay & Ventanas Port.
– If service is approved crew members must have with them at all times personal protection such as face masks, gloves and cleaning gel.

Offsigners:
– Off-signer must comply with a 14 day quarantine on board vessel from last foreign departure port. If he does not meet this requirement, he must complete the days on board or at a local Hotel until his fixed flight.

Additional Information:

The current Covid-19 Waiver (Crew Permission) will be granted only for crew members whose nationalities do not require a tourist visa in order to enter Chile. With this stated, the most common countries affected for crewing in Chile are: Philippine / India (read note below) / China (read note below) / Sri Lanka / Myanmar.

Notes:
– India & China have an exception, if they hold a US VISA (B1/B2) for at least 6 month validity we can request a special waiver for their entry as Crew.
– The Nationalities (Crew) that are most common to obtain a prompt Visa for entry to Chile are: USA / Peru / Spain / Russia / Ukraine / Poland / Croatia / Bulgaria / Greece / Indonesia / Turkey / Slovenia / Canada / Thailand.

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

CHINA

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

COLOMBIA

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

CURACAO

Additional info: Its necessary to apply for a special fly inn and fly out permit for signing on and off crew. This will take approx. 7 working days.
At the moment there is only one (1) weekly flight to and from Curacao. This is with KLM form Amsterdam. They fly every Tuesday AMS-Cur and every Wednesday CUR-AMS. There is a mandatory use of special transport regulations for incoming and outgoing crew to and from the ship/airport/ hotel/ immigration office. We need to use a mandatory hotel appointed by the government for quarantine to await the arrival of the ship or departure flight.

CYPRUS

The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works announces that with effect as from 20th June, 2020 all passenger who intent to travel to Cyprus are obliged, for disembarkation purposes, to carry the CyprusFlight Pass. For its acquisition passengers should in advance fill in electronically the documents needed which could be found in the electronic platform: https://www.cyprusflightpass.gov.cy

On-Signers:

1) Copy of passport and seaman’s book.
2) Confirmed flight details.
3) The crew members arriving from countries belonging in category B and C (attached ) must remain in self-isolation for 14 days before entering  Cyprus. Also they must carry with them a certificate from a recognized center of negative coronavirus molecular test upon their arrival at Larnaca airport. The certificate must not be more than 72 hours before their arrival at Cyprus. The crew members arriving from countries belonging in category A no self-isolation for 14 days and coronavirus molecular test are needed.
4) All arriving crew members must fill online the Cyprus flight pass before their flight to Cyprus (attached).
5) For the crew members that arriving from countries belonging in categories B and C special approval from Cyprus shipping deputy ministry is need before their arrival in Cyprus.
6) For all non EU citizens crew members, entering visa can be arranged upon their arrival at airport.

Off-Signers:

1) Copy of passport and seaman’s book.
2) Confirmed flight details.
3) The sign off crew must fill in the attached health self declaration.
4) If the vessel did not dock at any port the last 14 days or docked only at ports of countries belonging to category A (attached ) no any special approval is requested from Cyprus shipping deputy ministry ,otherwise a special approval from the ministry is required.
5) Maximum duration of transit visa for sign off crew is 5 days. 6) The authorities may request the sign off crew to proceed with COVID -19 test (depends always on their decision).

Notes: For a special approval from Cyprus shipping deputy ministry for on signers or off signers we need all above requested informations (flight details, copy of passport/seamans book, etc.) at least 72 hrs (on working days ) before crew arrival or departure.

More Important Information:

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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

EGYPT

As from 1/7 Egyptian airports are open for international flights and crew changes are allow in all ports. Procedures for embarkation and disembarkation:

DOCUMENTS
– Copies of their passports
– Copies of their seaman books
– Flights for on signers – we shall provide ok2b
– Flights for off signers and confirmed e-tickets  

also to be provided by master
– Crew list signed stamped
– Maritime declaration of health
– List of port calls
– Vaccination list

VISA
Visa will be arranged on arrival however for some nationalities visa stands only for 48 hrs.
Due to not limited availability of flights, we will request from immigration for extension of their visa

Declaration form / no corona test
Declaration Form will be handed to crew before departure from the Airport to be submitted to quarantine dept on arrival Egypt. Local authorities / quarantine dept has the right to monitor their temperature at any point of the procedure. No corona virus test is required for the on signers and off signers crew.

Guidance for flights and possible delays:
On signers: to arrive Egypt well prior to the airport in order in order the formalities to be completed successfully and on time .
Off signers: *** It is not allowed to land any off-signers unless they have a negative PCR Test***
the need to be at least 6 hours prior their flight to the airport in order the formalities to be completed successfully and on time .

Quarantine Doctor:
Quarantine doctor will attend vessel in advance before the embarking or the disembarking of any person. we shall arrange same and coordinate with master accordingly.

As of August 15th all foreign travelers (not holding Egyptian citizenship) entering Egypt (whether by land, sea or air) will be require:
– A certificate confirming negative result of coronavirus test (using a PCR test) required.
– Test must be conducted within 72 hours of reaching Egyptian territory.

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

GIBRALTAR

In continuation of Port Circular No 8 of 2020 (dated 5 April 2020), please note that Crew changes will be allowed by Gibraltar Port Authority subject to compliance with the following measures:-

Embarking

Disembarking

IMPORTANT

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GREECE

General instruction for all travelers :
Any travelers, regardless of the mean of their mean of arrival in Greece, they should fill in the online form PLF (Passenger Locator Form) 48 hrs prior to the departure from their home country in order to avoid any penalties from Authorities in Greece (penalties can reach 5000 EUR).The Airlines are obliged to check the above PLF (code QR) before passenger boards airplane and if it is not available then his boarding should be denied.  In case that the visitor arrives in Greece and does not hold the specific form then the Airlines are obliged to arrange his repatriation under their own responsibility covering all relevant expenses.
The link with further instructions and where they will submit all the details is https://travel.gov.gr
Apart from the above, they will have to have a copy of the form and present it to the Sanitary Officers / Police and unless otherwise instructed, sample checks for Covid-19 will be conducted and the passengers will stay in quarantine until the results are out. In case that a case is found positive, then the person will be quarantined for 14 days and further instructions will be provided by Authorities / National Public Health Organization. 
During travelers’ stay in Greece, please note that they should follow all local instructions / protective measures, such as keeping the minimum safe distance as well as wearing masks in closed public areas, etc.

***A valid PLF form with valid QR code is compulsory for entering country. Therefore, please be in contact with your travel agents / airline company in order to avoid any unnecessary costs / actions.***

> Until September 30th, 2020:

– Temporary refusal of entry in the country for NON EU nationals but seamen are exempted from this measure as well as the citizens of the following countries: Australia, Georgia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, UAE.

> Until September 15th, 2020:

– Any kind of visitor arriving in Greece via flights from Bulgaria, Romania, Malta, UAE, Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Albania, N. Macedonia , will be allowed to enter country only if they present a negative PCR test for Covid-19 (via an oral-pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal sample) which must be conducted 72 hrs prior their arrival in Greece and by designated laboratories of the Countries of origin or transit, or by public labs or Certified labs by National Authority of that Country.
Furthermore, apart from the result, they should carry with them a certification of the test’s result by a certified diagnostic center, in English language, which will include person’s name, passport No or ID No.
The Airlines are obliged to check the above certifications / test before passenger boards airplane and if it is not available then his boarding should be denied.  In case that the visitor arrives in Greece and does not hold the specific certification then the Airlines are obliged to arrange his repatriation under their own responsibility covering all relevant expenses.

For travelers from Israel:

They will be allowed to enter country only if they present a negative PCR test for Covid-19 which must be conducted 72 hrs prior their arrival in Greece and by designated laboratories from the Countries of origin or transit, or by public labs or Certified labs by National Authority of that country, while Israeli permanent residents will undergo a Covid-19 test again upon their arrival in Greece. 
Furthermore, they should carry with them a copy of hotel reservation or any other document that indicates their temporary place of stay.  Until the results are out they will be in quarantine at their temporary place of stay.
Max number of travellers from Israel allowed: 1200 passengers per week allowed to land only in Athens “El. Venizelos”, Thessaloniki “Macedonia”, Heraclion Crete “N.Kazantzakis” , Corfu “I. Kapodistrias”  and Kos International airports.

> Until September 21st, 2020: 

For travelers from Russia: They will be allowed to enter country only if they present a negative PCR test for Covid-19 which must be conducted 72 hrs prior their arrival in Greece and by designated laboratories from the Countries of origin or transit, or by public labs or Certified labs by National Authority of that country, while Russian permanent residents will undergo a Covid-19 test again upon their arrival in Greece. 
Furthermore, they should carry with them a copy of hotel reservation or any other document that indicates their temporary place of stay.  Until the results are out they will be in quarantine at their temporary place of stay. Max number of travellers from Russia allowed: 500 passengers per week allowed to land only in Athens “El. Venizelos”, Thessaloniki “Macedonia”, Heraclion Crete “N.Kazantzakis”, International airports.

Until September 30th, 2020:
– Temporary restriction on any aircraft landing from Turkey, as well as any flights and sea connections (cargo vessels are exempted).
– All flight connections with  Albania / North Macedonia are postponed (Athens International Airport is exempted) as well as any sea connections with Albania (cargo vessels are exempted).
– All flights from / to Catalonia (Spain) are postponed.
– Any rail and roads connections (some designated entry / exit points are exempted subject to Covid-19 test result prior departure / instructions by local authorities)

Off-signers:
– Currently, a negative Covid-19 test is requested by Port / Immigration Authorities for NON EU nationals so that they can sign off. However there are case where a Covid test is also required for EU nationals.  Each case will be examined separately and shall inform concerned parties basis instructions by Authorities.

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

(*) As from July 28th 23:59hs no crew changes allow for Vessel calling HK without cargo operations.

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

SIGN ON

A) FOREIGN CREW

As of now due to Covid-19 pandemic, the Indonesian government does not issue any entry visa to foreigners such as Pre-Arrival Visa Approval (PAVA), Visa on Arrival (VOA) until further notice.

However, our Waypoint Port Services Indonesia office we can get an exemption from the Indonesian Immigration to issue entry-visa for foreign crews who need to join vessels in Indonesian Ports but the entry-visa must be applied for at the nearest Indonesian Embassy and this application process will take time (maximum 2-weeks depending on each embassy) as opposed to previously which for entry-visa, our office can apply at the Immigration Head Office in Jakarta within 2-hours. Besides for entry-visa requirement, we must also ensure to check that crew-change is allowed at port of call of the vessel.

Therefore, for any crew-change palling to be done during this Covid-10 situation, please observe the followings:
1) Crew change notification must be informed to our office, 14-days prior to planning.
2) Vessel’ name and tentative port of vessel call.
3) Full details of on-signer crew and their country of origin.
4) Once planning can be done, we will apply for an exemption from the Indonesian Immigration Head Office who will notify the Indonesian Embassy to process the entry-visa for the said crew (which without it, the embassy will not accept entry-visa application).
5) Once entry-visa is received, on-signer crew can depart to join vessel and must carry with them a certificate of health (free from Covid-19 with PCR/ Swab Test).

B) INDONESIAN CREW

1) On-signer must undergo PCR / Swab test before being allowed to join vessel and sign a statement letter for willing to be quarantined if found to be positive Covid-19.

SIGN OFF

A) FOREIGN CREW

1) Off-signer from vessels that have previously called to any ports in China, Iran, northern Italy or the Republic of Korea in the last 14days are not allowed to be signed-off in any Indonesian ports.
2) Off-signer must have ticket with at least 1 (working) day before disembarkation for arranging exit permit formalities (EPO).
3) Off-signer must undergo PCR / Swab test once disembark from vessel to show Covid-19 free.
4) Off-signer must sign a statement letter for completion of their employment contract as supporting document required by immigration and airlines.

B) INDONESIAN CREW
1) Off Signer must undergo PCR / Swab test once disembark from vessel

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

JAPAN

As of Sep 1st, it would be mandatory required for crews (who travel from target areas) to have a PCR test result (taken 72 hours prior their plane boarding), when they arrives JP airports. Sample as attached.
Also, among one crew batch, even in case one crew being detected with positive result, as long as the others have negative result (upon their arrival JP airport), then other crews can still join vessel.
> Download Certificate of Testing for COVID-19 (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

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MEXICO

Altamira/Tampico (Nearest airport TAM)

Joiners:
They have to arrive to Altamira / Tampico and stay isolated by 7 days in a hotel, after that  time they have to take COVID19 test and await for results (may take 3 days) after received results and if all OK, a written authorization will be issued. Finally and before go onboard (maximum 12 hours) joiners must visit a doctor for a general revision.

Leavers:
It is only required to get authorization a 7 day temperature log for off signers, show maritime health declaration and passport copy.

Veracruz (Nearest airport VER)

Leavers:
– Accredit the free practique
– To present the Maritime Declaration of Health, signed and stamped by the captain.
– Deliver a document indicating that the crew has completed 3 days on board, not visiting the port, the minimum of contact has been maintained by personnel external to the ship,  signed and stamped by the captain.
– Deliver a request (document) of  change / disembark directed to the International  Health Department.
– Crew list (and passengers if there are) that disembark, copy of valid ID.
– Record of crew temperatures during the 3 days before to disembark, 2 times daily, with a 12-hour lapse, signed and stamped by the captain.
– Deliver program travel, itinerary including dates and times of trave.

Joiners:
– Deliver a request (document) of change / embark directed to the International Health Department.
– Crew list (and passengers if there are) that embark, copy of valid ID.
– Deliver program travel, itinerary including dates and times of travel with calls.
– Stay in a hotel for 3 days before on arrival, complete a document with the crew temperatures during the 3 days before to embark, 2 times daily, with a 12-hour lapse, signed and stamped by authorized personnel.
– Implement all personal health and safety measures recommended by the secretary of health during the travel, to avoid contact with personnel outside the embark.
– Present covid test 24 hours prior to embark, by a certified laboratory.
If the covid test is positive, the crew member must be confined in a hotel for 15 days, and re-test the covid until the result is negative.

Topolobampo (Nearest airport LMM)

  1. First, all On signers need to pass thru a medical examination at local Airport, performed by the Sanitary authority., If they are OK and pass the physical examination, they are allowed to follow with immigration formalities and then to the vessel. In additional, the Authority is requesting the following:
    • Medical certificate duly signed and stamped by the Company informing the good healthy condition the crew-member.
    • COVID19 Test report with at least 5 days prior arriving to Mexico city Airport.
    • Letter to the Local Authorities informing regarding crew change, signed by the Company informing all crew-member are in good health conditions.
    • Letter of the crewmember informing that he is in good health conditions and if he has been in contact with any person with COVID19 symptoms recently.
    • All transportations must be done from Airport – Immigration to Hotel or to Vessel directly, but never to Agent´s offices between it, due to COVID 19 countermeasures.

2. A medical check will be required when they land in Mexico, at least in Los Mochis Airport (LMM), a medical team will waiting for them, prior advising of the Agent, in order to perform them a physical check to all of them.

3. All crew-members that try to entry to Mexico, needs a Mexican visa or at least a US Visa and seaman books in order the immigration authority allow the entry to our country.

4. The vessel can sail without a clear departure flight of the off-signers. But please note that due to covid-19 measures, all the Hotels are at 30% of the capacity working only, so, enough rooms or Hotel accommodation are not warranty in this point.

5. Medical & Immigration requirements for the off-signers:Medical certificate duly signed and stamped by the Company (Or Master) informing the good healthy condition the crew-member:

D) A Medical team will perform a physical test before to allow them the disembark.

E) All transportation must be done from vessel to Immigration to Airport or Hotel to Airport, but never to Agent´s offices between it, due to COVID19 countermeasures.

Lázaro Cárdenas (Nearest airport LZC)

On signers to be received, 

Off signers:

Salina Cruz (Nearest Airport HUX)

Onsigners; US valid visa, passport and seaman’s book

Offsigners: Passport and seaman’s book.

Guaymas (Nearest Airport HMO)

Onsigners: US valid visa, passport and seaman’s book

Offsigners: Passport and seaman’s book.

Mazatlán  (Nearest Airport MZT)

On-signers: US valid visa, passport and seaman’s book

Off-signers: Passport and seaman’s book.

Information from the MX Health Authority on Crew Changes.

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

MOROCCO

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OMAN

22-June > Latest news

  • 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

  • Ban on international flights has been extended until September 22nd.
  • Crew changes are possible through charter flights or humanitarian flights.
  • KLM and AF are operating weekly flights to Panama that can be used for crew changes.
  • Strict protocols shall be followed to secure the crew changes, let us know intentions in order to send them accordingly.

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

PERU

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PORTUGAL

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SINGAPORE

Crew Change

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***COVID-19 PROTOCOL ON CREW CHANGE AND REPATRIATION OF SEAFARERS*** (New Version – Sept 4th)
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Maritime Port Authority of Singapore

1) ENHANCEMENTS TO CREW CHANGE FOR CARGO SHIPS IN THE PORT OF
SINGAPORE. (PMC N°36)


2) BEST PRACTICES FOR SINGAPORE-REGISTERED SHIPS TO MINIMISE RISK OF CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) ON BOARD.

3) REVISIONS 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 (SUPPLEMENTARY TO PMC NO.s 26 AND 27 OF 2020).

4) ADVISORY FOR SHORE PERSONNEL AND SHIP CREW VISITING OR WORKING ONBOARD VESSELS ALONGSIDE WHARVES, IN SHIPYARDS AND AT ANCHORAGES.

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

Government Notices N°846 > 31-Jul-2020

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SOUTH KOREA

> Latest Sign-On & Sign-Off restrictions and requirements.

Visa-free entry for crew change is temporarily suspended in Korea.
All crew arriving Korea by flight for crew change should issue visa and submit PCR negative test results.
The test results should be issued within 48 hours prior to departure from their home country or from the country prior to arrival in Korea.
The recent series of changes are due to the recent COVID 19 cases that a number of crew, arriving Korea by flight for crew change, found to be positive in PCR test.
On 12th of Jul., for instance, it was reported that 37 % of COVID 19 overseas inflow was from crew change.

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

Due to a disembarked Sri Lankan Sea marshal who was released for at home isolation after undergoing the mandated quarantine period at Isolation center being detected positive for Covid – 19 foreign crew disembarkation will be temporarily banned from the 5th of July 2020 until further notice.
Moving forward only bulk crew changes (Disembarking / embarking directly between vessel and chartered flight) and repatriation of Sri Lankan Seafarers will be allowed

**NOTICE**
Since the commencement of foreign crew change operations in Sri Lanka in August 2020, Government encountered a large number of C19 positive cases among Indian Seafarers. Therefore Government have implemented a new SOP effective from today onwards for Indian seafarers coming to sign on via Sri Lankan ports. All the Indian seafarers should undergo a 14 days quarantine period before traveling to Sri Lanka.

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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.

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TURKEY

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U.A.E.

Crew Changes are not allow in U.A.E. as of August 2nd (Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah, Khor Fakkan)

The Protocol takes into prospective the following overarching principles:

1) Adhere to public health requirements and precautionary measures in the UAE for maritime workers and those involved in marine activities.
2) Pre-registration of crew members’ itinerary to join ships or return home.
3) Crew members’ self-monitoring of traveler’s health, in addition to knowledge of precautionary instructions and procedures, starting and during travel.
4) A Maritime Declaration of Health (according to the model of the WHO) and a pledge by the captain of the ship regarding the absence of any contagious diseases.
5) Any other mandatory requirements issued that require adherence, before departure or when ships come to ports or dry docks within UAE, or when conducting marine activities.
6) A designated person in every port and dry dock facility to follow up on all issues related to the prevention of COVID-19 pandemic and submit an internal daily report in order to review the procedures and to continuously improve them.

Crew change is permitted in the UAE ports and waters, taking into considerations the following:

Signing-on:
– Obtain a seafarer entry visa (96 hours’ visa).
– The compulsory laboratory test for all seafarers wishing to enter the country without any exemption. The shipping agent should bear the responsibility to return the seafarer to his ship or provide a safe medical shelter if the COVID test was positive in accordance with the required instructions imposed by the health authorities in UAE.

Signing-off:
– Provide the port authority with the Maritime Declaration of Health confirming the crew are free from any symptoms or epidemics, subject to penalties in force in the UAE in the event of presenting an incorrect health declaration report.
– Provide the immigration office in the port with a copy of the same above mentioned declaration.
– Obtain confirmed flight booking (Departure Ticket) on the nearest available flight.
– Obtain a seafarer entry visa (96 hours’ visa).
– The seafarer should go through the required COVID 19 test as specified by the UAE health authorities.
– In case of Positive result of the test, the shipping agent should follow the required instructions applied by the competent authorities.

Official Document Release:
UAE Maritime Activities Return to Work Safely Protocol
FTA Circular No. (12) 2020 – UAE Maritime Protocol

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UNITED STATES

For New Orleans, Houston and Freeport:

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

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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).

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URUGUAY

Crew changes are now allowed with a more flexible methodology. A new communication from the Government will be release soon.

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