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: November 30th 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

BANGLADESH

ON SIGNER need to bring COVID-19 free antibody certificate, on arrival at the airport within 72 hours after issuing from the home country’s authority.

OFF SIGNER must need COVID-19 free antibody certificate before leaving the airport. Once the report is negative, he could fly to his home town. Also, body temperature needs to be below 98 degree Fahrenheit.

For more information contact: India@waypointports.com / +91 7304407453

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:

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 6164 or +357 9972 3130 or +357 9765 5130

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 6164 or +357 9972 3130 or +357 9765 5130

GIBRALTAR

***Flights****
Due to recent changes in Covid restrictions in the UK, British Airways will only be working Fridays and Tuesdays (only twice weekly basis) to and from Gibraltar till early next month when it will be once again reviewed.  The new agreement is subject to changes.
*************

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

Following the publication of Port Circular the following guidance notes have been published:
Hotel stays are not conditioned to a minimum of 5 days, nor is there a maximum stay period.
Crew members are considered suspect cases which could be incubating. In which case they are required to stay isolated to their rooms.
On day 5 if tested negative the crew member can move around Gibraltar with an FFP2 or N95 mask (or better quality if available). They are confined to their rooms until then.
Stays under 5 days– in the case that a crew member is staying at an hotel for less than 5 days, a test will be conducted on day 1. There will be a requirement to conduct a second test between day 3 to 5, preferably nearest to the day of travel / embarkation (or unless directed otherwise by DPH). They are confined to their rooms until the day of travel / embarkation.
Short day stay – crew members who are accommodated temporarily at an hotel awaiting embarkation (no overnight stay) will be required to be isolated in a designated hotel area. Use of FFP2 / N95 masks and use of hand gel at all times is required. Crew members are not to mix with crew from different ships.
PCR test : Results will be available within 24 hours dependent on local lab workload.

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 6164 or +357 9972 3130 or +357 9765 5130

GREECE

Country will be in lockdown from today (Nov 7th) until December 15th, however for the time being, entry to Greece is allowed, subject to national restrictions and restrictions imposed by other Countries.

> General instruction for all travelers :

Any travelers, regardless of their mean of arrival in Greece or departure from Greece, should fill in the online form PLF (Passenger Locator Form) latest one day prior their arrival or departure 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 any 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. 

***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.***

– All passengers 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.

– Furthermore all travelers should wear a protective mask in the airport areas for arrival and departure and during the flight, while the should also follow the instructions by the airport personnel.

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 all places, etc.

In view of the above, please be in contact with your travel agent / airline for relevant arrangements and make sure to carry all the appropriate documentation upon arrival.

> Non EU Nationals:

– 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, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Uruguay, UAE.

> Special requirements :

– Any kind of visitor arriving in Greece via flights from Bulgaria, Romania, Malta, UAE, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain, 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.

Lastly, Authorities will carry out random Covid – 19 tests upon their arrival.

> 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: 10000 passengers per week allowed to land in Greek International airports.

> 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 November 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)

Lastly, Authorities at the designated entry points can conduct Covid-19 checks to any traveller.  Therefore, please make sure to have all the appropriate documents upon arrival in Greece.

Off-signers:

Currently, a negative Covid-19 test is requested by Port / Immigration Authorities so that crewmembers can sign off, unless a different instruction will be provided by Port Authorities.  Please make sure that off-signers will fill in the online PLF form latest one day prior their departure, as per above, and carry a copy of same with them.

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 6164 or +357 9972 3130 or +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: India@waypointports.com / +91 7304407453

INDONESIA

SIGN ON CREW

FOREIGN CREW

INDONESIAN CREW

SIGN OFF CREW

FOREIGN CREW :

INDONESIAN CREW

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 6164 or +357 9972 3130 or +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:

***With recent increase of COVID cases in Malaysia the Authorities have informed that Crew Change is not allowed in Lumut now until further notice*****

Full documentation from the Ports: Johor PortNorthport

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MALDIVES

COVID-19 HEALTH SCREENING AND CLEARANCE  

ON-SIGNERS: Allcrew members arriving by air in to the Maldives for sign-on to a vessel are required to Present COVID-19 Negative PCR and Test the result issued not more than 72hrs prior to departure, counting from the first port of embarkation en-route to the Maldives. Note that On-signers will not have to complete any quarantine period or they will not be isolated. They can stay in a hotels or to the vessel directly from the airport. There is no restriction for any nationalities. Please remind to send the following document to us in advance (at least 48 hours prior to arrival time) to arrange a crew visa and sponsorship:
1. Arrival Ticket copy
2. Seaman book copy
3. Passport copy
4- Crew Health Declaration form
5-  Sign-On Crew Passenger Details 

OFF-SIGNERS: Off-signers will not have to complete any quarantine period or they will not be isolated after sign-off from the vessel. They can travel to hotels or to the airport directly from the vessel. Off- Signers will get 7 days’ time to leave from the country after sign-off from the vessel. But this period can be extended if there is no flight available or flight postponed/Cancelled. The agent will need following documents to arrange sign-off:
1. Departure ticket copy
2. Passport copy
3. Sign Off Crew Passenger Details 

For more information contact: India@waypointports.com / +91 7304407453

MALTA

  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 travelers in line:
    • Standard Operating Procedure for Public Health Travel Declaration Forms
    • Standard Operating Procedure for Passenger Locator Forms
  3. Crew changes from other countries are permitted subject to compliance with following:
    • Submission of forms as applicable in para 2.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Masks/Visors are to be worn by the passenger during the flight, at the Malta International Airport and during transport.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • PPEs and other precautionary measures as required by Health Authorities to be complied with throughout the whole passage.

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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.

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MOROCCO

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OMAN

Crew Change at Sohar port // MUSCAT port:

The Directorate of Maritime Affairs has now issued “Guidance on the crew change activities and Control of (COVID-19) at the ports. Owner/Crew members/ Vessel Captain has to follow the below orders for crew changes which will be facilitated at SOHAR Port.

The (COVID-19) test and quarantine compliance has to be arranged by shipping agents for all crew change services. The shipping agent has to liaise directly with hereunder mentioned authorities with prior notice. All expenses incurred in (COVID-19) test and associated travel, quarantine facility etc. to be settled by the Owners.

For Seamen crew departing from the ship to the Muscat Airport:

  1. The shipping agency/ Vessel Master should send a request with a list of crew departing from ship to the airport along with copies of their documents to the Port Health Department. The Port Health Department will write a letter to the Security Coordination at the ROP, with no objection in case requested by ROP.
  2. “24 hours” before the travel date, the captain of the ship should send a letter to the Port Health Department stating that the departing crews are free of Covid-19 and that the Airport name and date of travel are specified in the letter to allow their disembarkation from the ship.
  3. When disembarking from the ship to the airport, departing crew should pass through the Port Health Department for the Temperature measures and symptoms check and they will be provided with a message “to whom it may concern” from the Port Health Department.
  4. Crew has to fly to their home country within 7 days, Stay is subject to the approval from Health department.

For Seamen crew coming from their countries to the Sultanate via Muscat Airport:

  1. The shipping agency/ Owners should send a request to the Port Health Department with a list of crew arrivals and copies of their no objection documents. The Port Health Department will write a letter to the Security Coordination at the ROP with no objection in case requested by ROP.
  2. The shipping agency should send a letter to the ROP immigration and health department at the Airport stating that the crew will stay for less than 7 days in the Sultanate. The shipping agent should also clarify whether the ship that the crew are signing on is an international ship or a local ship, this is to avoid wearing the bracelet for the international ship crew. This letter should be send before the crew arrives in the Sultanate to present it to the proper authorities at the Airport. However it totally depends on the immigration authority and they might ask some of the crew to wear the bracelet which shall be removed at the disembarkation port if the test result is negative. If the bracelet has been destroyed, there will be a fine of up to 200 Omani Riyals.
  3. After the crew arrives to the Sultanate, The Shipping Agent will arrange the stay of the crew at the hotel until the result of the Covid-19 test appears. All expenses will be settled by the Owners.
  4. If the COVID-19 test comes “negative”, the crew will be allowed to leave the hotel and sign on to the ship and the port health department should be informed. The crew should be in quarantine at the ship for a period of 14 days and they should measure their temperature twice a day and the symptoms check has to be always Monitored. This will be the responsibility of the captain of the vessel.        
  5. If the COVID-19 test comes “positive”, the crew will be in quarantine at the hotel for 14 days, and the shipping agency should arrange for the patient/s to be treated. Once the result is negative, crew member has to be send back to his country/Vessel. All expenses will be settled by the Owners.
  6. In case of the ship is an international ship and the result of the Covid-19 test is “negative”, the crew will not be asked to wear a bracelet. However, the responsibility of the quarantining and symptoms check will be under the captain of the ship who will be also responsible to measure the temperature of the crew twice a day and follow up on symptoms for a period of 14 days.
  7. Crew member should carry USD 90 (OMR 35) for PCR test per head at Muscat airport

Crew should provide their valid medical insurance details in order to enter into the country.

Crew members have to take Covid 19 test from their country (within 72 hours before departure) and Oman Government shall conduct their own test at airport and that result will be considered.

All applications for covid 19 test at the Muscat airport has to be applied through online application named TARASSUD+.

Crew change at Duqm

The Directorate of Maritime Affairs has now issued “Guidance on the crew change activities and Control of (COVID-19) at the ports. Owner/Crew members/ Vessel Captain has to follow the below orders for crew changes which will be facilitated at Duqm Port.

The (COVID-19) test and quarantine compliance has to be arranged by shipping agents for all crew change services. The shipping agent has to liaise directly with hereunder mentioned authorities with prior notice. All expenses incurred in (COVID-19) test and associated travel, quarantine facility etc. to be settled by the Owners.

For Seamen crew departing from the ship to the Muscat / DUQM Airport:

  1. The shipping agency/ Vessel Master should send a request with a list of crew departing from ship to the airport along with copies of their documents to the Port Health Department. The Port Health Department will write a letter to the Security Coordination at the ROP, with no objection in case requested by ROP.
  2. PCR test at port or nearest approved clinic at least 2 x days prior departure
  3. When disembarking from the ship to the airport, departing crew should pass through the Port Health Department for the Temperature measures and symptoms check and they will be provided with a message “to whom it may concern” from the Port Health Department.
  4. Crew has to fly to their home country, Stay is subject to the approval from Health department.

For Seamen crew coming from their countries to the Sultanate via Muscat/Duqm Airport:

  1. The shipping agency/ Owners should send a request to the Port Health Department with a list of crew arrivals and copies of their no objection documents. The Port Health Department will write a letter to the Security Coordination at the ROP with no objection in case requested by ROP.
  2. The shipping agency should send a letter to the ROP immigration and health department at the Airport stating that the crew will stay for less than 7 days in the Sultanate. The shipping agent should also clarify whether the ship that the crew are signing on is an international ship or a local ship, this is to avoid wearing the bracelet for the international ship crew. This letter should be send before the crew arrives in the Sultanate to present it to the proper authorities at the Airport. However it totally depends on the immigration authority and they might ask some of the crew to wear the bracelet which shall be removed at the disembarkation port if the test result is negative. If the bracelet has been destroyed, there will be a fine of up to 200 Omani Riyals.
  3. After the crew arrives to the Sultanate, The Shipping Agent will arrange the stay of the crew at the hotel until the result of the Covid-19 test appears. All expenses will be settled by the Owners.
  4. If the COVID-19 test comes “negative”, the crew will be allowed to leave the hotel and sign on to the ship and the port health department should be informed. The crew should be in quarantine at the ship for a period of 14 days and they should measure their temperature twice a day and the symptoms check has to be always Monitored. This will be the responsibility of the captain of the vessel.
  5. If the COVID-19 test comes “positive”, the crew will be in quarantine at the hotel for 14 days, and the shipping agency should arrange for the patient/s to be treated. Once the result is negative, crew member has to be send back to his country/Vessel. All expenses will be settled by the Owners.
  6. In case of the ship is an international ship and the result of the Covid-19 test is “negative”, the crew will not be asked to wear a bracelet. However, the responsibility of the quarantining and symptoms check will be under the captain of the ship who will be also responsible to measure the temperature of the crew twice a day and follow up on symptoms for a period of 14 days.

Crew should provide their valid medical insurance details in order to enter into the country. We require passport, seaman book, photograph copy and also mother name in order to issue Seaman Visa.
It takes 3-4 days to issue Seaman Visa subject to the approval from the Immigration and Health Department.
We suggest that the crew members to take COVID-19 test from their country, in order to avoid quarantine at Oman. Oman Government shall conduct their own test at airport and that result will be considered.

All applications for COVID-19 test at the Muscat airport has to be applied through online application named TARASSUD+.

Crew change at SALALAH Port:

The Procedures for the On-signers:

-PCR test prior to travel from Origin.
-They should be booked on Oman Air.
-Once arrive they have to take PCR test at the airport of arrival (Muscat or Salalah).
-Crew member should have USD 90 (OMR 35) the cost of PCR test per head.
-Crew members should register themselves on Tarassud+ and HMushrif from google play or app store prior departure.

The Procedures for the Off-signers:

-Ticket copy.
-PCR test at port at least 2 days prior departure.
-The cost of PCR test at Port USD 200 per head.

Remarks:
-Stay at hotel for on singers and off singers is not allowed. 
-The on singing crew will depart airport as soon as they make the PCR test heading to port, the vessel should be alongside for immediate embarkation.
-The ship should be alongside when doctor come to make the PCR test for the off singers, after obtaining the report the off singers should depart from port directly to airport i.e. 3 hrs prior flight.
-PCR report takes 24 hrs to be ready and valid for 3 days.

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PANAMA

Based on the advisory from authorities, Ban on international flights will end on October 12th. Until then, crew changes can continue with humanitarian based flights for crew with airlines like KLM, Iberia and Air France.

  • Established protocols shall be followed to secure the crew changes, let us know intentions in order to send them accordingly.
  • Below, you may find September – October schedule for incoming flights and to be booked through your travel agent.
    • KLM > Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport. AMS-PTY
      – September 28, 2020 – Departing: 12:55
      – October 1, 2020 – Departing: 12:55
      – October 8, 2020 – Departing: 12:55
    • AIR FRANCE > Paris-Charles de Gaulle. CDG-PTY
      – September 30, 2020 – Departing: 11:10
      – October 7, 2020 – Departing: 11:10
    • IBERIA > Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport
      – September 28, 2020 – Departing: 16:20
      – September 30, 2020 – Departing: 16:20
      – October 7, 2020 – Departing: 16:20
    • UNITED AIRLINES > Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) – PTY
      – October 1, 2020 – Departing: 10:00
      – October 8, 2020 – Departing: 10:00

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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 24th)
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Maritime Port Authority of Singapore

1) ENHANCEMENTS TO CREW CHANGE FOR CARGO SHIPS IN THE PORT OF
SINGAPORE. (PMC N°38)
**Updated**

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

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SOUTH AFRICA

Government Notices N°846 > 31-Jul-2020

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SOUTH KOREA

Restrictions of crew change due to COVID-19
Foreign COVID-19 patients in South Korea have to bear their costs of hospitalization and treatment at least in part or the total amount of costs based on the principle of diplomatic reciprocity from 0001LT 24th/Aug.
If a person who violates COVID19 prevention measures is confirmed to be COVID19, he/she shall pay the full amount of hospital treatment expenses (KCDC conference) from 0001LT 17th/Aug.


On Signers:
Please be advised that all seafarers regardless of nationality departing from their country (except Korean Passport Holders) travelling to and transiting in South Korea will be required to submit the certificate issued from accredited hospitals designated by Korean embassy within 48 hours before departure indicating that they have been tested negative for COVID-19 on a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.

Recently, there have been many cases in which COVID-19 has been confirmed among seafarers who entered Korea.

From July 24, 2020 (Friday), Seafarers who plan to enter Korea through airplane or vessel for the purpose of joining a vessel which is anchored or to be anchored in Korea must secure a visa prior to entry.

❖ Exempted countries: USA, Guyana, Malta, Ireland, UK, Nicaragua, Dominican Federation, Mexico, Barbados, Venezuela, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Guam, New Caledonia, Palau, Monaco, Vatican, San Marino, Andorra, Albania, Slovenia

Processing period: It takes 14 working days to get a Korean visa at the embassy because the regulation has been strengthened caused by COVID-19.

1) In case of on signers, they must stay at the isolation facility for 14 days mandatory assigned randomly by government office due to COVID-19 after they have arrived at Incheon airport as per government guidance.
2) All crew will be transferred from Airport to Government facility under Government control, do not handle by the agent.
3) COVID19 test will be carried out within 1 or 2 days after arrival at the facility – Cost under Korean Government.
4) They or Agent must pay KRW 120,000 (approx. USD 101.69) for isolation facility per day per person when they arrived at the isolation facility.as 100% prepayment.
– Isolation facility charge KRW 120,000 (approx. USD 101.69) shall be paid as 100% prepayment.
– Isolation facility will be assigned randomly by government office (we can never know in advance)
– Meal/food will be provided
– Smoking is prohibited
– Internet WIFI is available
– Proceed with a diagnostic test for COVID-19 and it takes about 1 or 2 days to receive the result.
5) After isolation, on signing crews can only come on board vessel after off signing crews have received “negative result” of COVID-19 during ship’s staying at the port.
6) According to latest quarantine regulation, on signers (seaman’s book holder) can leave from the isolation facility (excluding some facilities) earlier than 14 days subject to following requirements are met.

Requirements

a) On signers can leave only from the isolation facility on the same day when vessel arrived at the port after completing COVID test and receiving “negative result for”COVID-19but it depends on the isolation facility respectively whether they allowed to leave earlier or not.
b) In this case, on signers must transfer/move only via the agent car from the facility to the vessel at the port directly without any stop-over on the same day within 12 hours before ship’s departure from the port.
*If on signers will visit some other place not the port/vessel, there will be a penalty to agent by the authorities.
c) In this case, there will be a penalty to cancel for 10% of 14 days isolation charge per person.
d) Following required documents must be submitted to isolation facility& the authorities in advance.

Required docs

1) Ship’s departure schedule& application form provided by the isolation facility
2) Ship’s departure crew list signed & stamped by Master
3) Copy of passport & semen’s book for on signers
4) Evidence of EDI transmission for ship’s inward & outward
5) Port clearance
6) Letter of guarantee made by shipping agency

<In case of crew/on signer joined in the Special countries appointed by Korean government>

Special countries: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan.

If the ship come to Korea with crews who joined at above special country within 14 days,  that crews need PCR test certification issued by appointed from Korea Government within 48hours  before ship’s departure from the special country.

Q : Does this apply to crew travelling from the ‘special country’ or crew that joined in special country?
A : It will be applied to crew that joined in the special country and in this case, crews need PCR test certification which is issued by appointed from Korea Government in Special country.

Q : Does this apply to crew who will be on board when the vessel calls at Korea and are not disembar king / going ashore?
A :  In case crews have PCR test certification issued in Special country, they can disembark from the vess el after completion of special quarantine inspection & receiving the result of COVID-19.

< Exceptions provision regarding submission of PCR negative certificate for Vessel >

* Announced by quarantine office on 20th/Oct and it will be in effect from 20th/Oct

Quarantine office announced that had crew change or shore leave of crew from 6 enhanced qurantine measure countries and Russia.

  1. Vessel exempted from submission of PCR negative certificate
  2. In following cases, it would be difficult to determine whether voyage plan to South Korea is planned.
  3. Departure date of vessel more than 28 days and went to two or more ports before arriving in South Korea.
  4. Calculated twice the monitoring period of Corona 19 (14 days) by referring to the WHO standard.

EX )

ENHANCED QUARANTINE MEASURE COUNTRIES(09.03 DEPARTURE) ->

COUNTRY A -> COUNTRY  B -> SOUTH KOREA(10/03  ARRIVED)
COUNTRY A -> ENHANCED QUARANTINE MEASURE COUNTRIES (09.03 DEPARTURE) ->
COUNTRY B -> COUNTRY C -> SOUTH KOREA (10/03   ARRIVED)

– Departure but departure was delayed and document was delayed and document became standard.

PRESENTREVISED
Vessels arriving in South Korea without valid PCR negative Certificate will be obliged to take PCR test for ALL CREW MEMBERS.Vessels arriving in South Korea without valid PCR negative Certificate will be obliged to take PCR test for CERTAIN CREW MEMBER.
for case 1) above, since vessel is excluded from submission of pcr negative certificate the case is excluded for mandatory submission of pcr negative certificate.

DEFINITION OF VALID PERIOD OF PCR NEGATIVE CERTIFICATE

– if the period of certificate is over than 48hours based on departure time of vessel, will be regarded as substandard.

EX) DEPARTURE TIME 00:00HRS APPLIED

REMARK: incase he/she did not intend to refuse, obstruct, or evade the request for submission or presentation of documents requested by the quarantine director.

Ex)

Off Signers:

**NOTICE** > Off signing crews must carry out a diagnostic test for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and receive “negative result” for COVID-19 via quarantine office before disembarkation (It will be in effect from 06th/July).
*COVID-19 test charges will be covered by Korean government.
*14 days isolation after disembarkation mandatory (It will be in effect from 13th/July).
*The list of off signing crews must be submitted to Busan Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries 48 hours prior to ship’s arrival at the port.

1) First of all, off signing crew needs to receive a special quarantine inspection for COVID-19 with following requirements by quarantine officer upon ship’s berthing:
a) Self-diagnosis application must be installed in their mobile phone in advance.
b) Off signing crew must fill out “TRAVEL RECORD DECLARATION” & “HEALTH DECLARATION FORM” to submit it to quarantine officer.
c) Record for all ship’s arrival crew’s temperature.
d) Off signing crew must have original passport and seamen’s book.

2) After completion of a special quarantine inspection, quarantine officer will issue a quarantine certificate (RED COLOR) and we/agent can arrange crew shore passes by submitting a quarantine certificate (RED COLOR) to immigration office.(The shore passes can be used only for a diagnostic test at quarantine office).
3) After completion of sample collection from off signing crew, quarantine officer will issue a quarantine certificate (YELLOW COLOR) and we/agent needs to collect it from quarantine office.
4) off signing crew must receive a diagnostic test for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) by quarantine officer or off signing crew needs to go to the nearest hospital (a Screening Clinic) or designated place/quarantine office via an agent car.

Required docs

a) Flight ticket (the leaving date from facility).
b) Seaman’s book & passport.
c) Letter of Guarantee for departure made by agent.
– Requirements In this case, off signer can only leave from the isolation facility within 12 hours before their departure flight schedule.
– If off signers will visit some other places not the port/vessel/airport, there will be a penalty to agent by the authorities.

Exemption of 14 days isolation for off signing crew:
If following conditions are met, we/agent can apply for exemption of 14 days isolation for off signing crew to authorities 48 hours before ship’s arrival.
Finally, it will be decided by authority’s judgement whether the mandatory 14 days isolation requirement will be exempted or not.

Requirements
• all crew stayed onboard without disembarking,
• there was no crew change, and
• there was no development of COVID-19 suspected symptoms or no confirmed case of COVID-19 onboard the ship.
• After ship’s departure from last port, the regulation describes that the vessel needs to have a 14 days interval from last port without calling at other ports before the port of South Korea.

<Submission for negative result of PCR>

* Please be advised that effective from 03rd Aug, 2020 following nationality seafarers departing from below countries and Russia travelling to and transiting at the port of South Korea will be required to submit the certificate issued from accredited hospitals designated by Korean embassy within 48 hours before departure indicating that they have been tested negative for COVID-19 on a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.

Before quarantine officer’s boarding and commencing quarantine inspection upon ship’s arrival or berthing at the port, the certificate for negative result of PCR for above seafarers must be submitted to quarantine office by shipping company or agent in advance.

If the seafarers do not meet the standard of PCR (exceed of 48 hours or issued by unaccredited hospital or organization) or they do not have any result of PCR, all crews on board have been prohibited to disembark from the vessel and after receiving “negative result”, they can only do the work on board the vessel.

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SPAIN

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CEUTA
As from October 28th:
– TRANSIT RESTRICTIONS: No transit of passengers in or out of the city for the next 2 weekends.
> From Friday 30/10 at 00:00hrs –  Monday 02/11 at 24:00hrs
> From Friday 06/11 at 00:00hrs – Sunday 08/11 at 24:00hrs
– CURFEW: Everyday starting at 23:00hrs til 06:00hrs of next day.
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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.

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SRI LANKA

**NOTICE**
Kindly note government of Sri Lanka has allowed to perform Sri Lankan seafarer change from 25th November 2020 onwards.

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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.

procedures related Vessel crew change operation arrangements at Fujairah port/anchorage.

CREW CHANGE AT FUJAIRAH PORT / ANCHORAGE:
Vessel need to register with PORT OF FUJAIRAH authority and anchor within port limit

  1. Crew require 96Hrs Seaman visa for embarkation or Dis-embarkation 2. Valid PCR ‘Negative’ test report mandatory for embarkation or Dis-embarkation
  2. Immigration has started accepting visa application from 04.08.2020 PM and we are receiving visas. Visa approval is subject to Immigration/CID final discretion
  3. Attached Port of Fujairah NTM 284 for your ref.
  4. Acknowledgement from each crew members for adhering precautionary measures in UAE.
  5. Health declaration from Master (For off-signers)
  6. FPMC COVID 19 Questionnaire (For off-signers)
  7. Master & Agent declaration (For off-signers and on-signers).

PCR TEST @ SHORE:
1. We need to send service boat to vessel at anchorage with Port Clinic Rep to collect the COVID-19 SWAB TEST for those off-signing.
2. Dubai airport and Fujairah port immigration officials reserve the full right to conduct random PCR tests at their discretion upon crew’s arrival at the Dubai airport/Fujairah sea port. In case if the crew need to undergo the test at airport even the crew holds valid negative result, crew need to wait in hotel until the result release. Normally this will take 2-3 working days.
3. On-signers can stay in hotel while waiting for PCR test result or vessel arrival.
4. Off-signer must go straight to the airport once cleared from port immigration.

ANCHORAGE
Vessels calling at Fujairah Offshore Anchorage Area regardless their nature of call will be allowed to stay a maximum of 10 days only (calculated as per calendar days).
Anchorage charges if the vessel stays more than 10 days at FOAA upon request.
We will try our best to complete crew change in 3 days on below circumstances and subject to all approval :

Arrange on-signer at least days TWO DAYS prior of vessel arrival, we will accommodate him/her in hotel in Dubai. On signers can show their valid covid test report done at hometown at dubai airport, apart from the 30 countries in attached travel protocol who require to be retested.

  1. We will send 1st Boat upon vessel arrival with On-signers and Port Clinic Rep to collect COVID-19 SWAB TEST of the Off-signers.
  2. We have to wait for PCR test report for off-signer which we expect within 24 to 48 hrs as per our on-going experience
  3. After getting his/her negative covid test result We will send 2nd Boat to bring off-signer for immigration formalities, and drop him to the airport once all formalities are completed.
  4. Vessel is allowed to sail after immigration formalities of Sign-off crew is completed which takes usually 2-3Hrs (including boat transportation) after des-embarkation.

Also note crew change will be possible only with Normal passport and crew change will not be possible for the persons who are holding Alien passport, Temporary Passport, Travel Document.

All nationalities crew change will be carried out via 96 hrs Seaman Visas only. Crew change will not be permitted using ‘’On arrival Visas ‘’ with effect from June – 2018.

Regarding 96hrs Seaman Visa – Please note following regulations for visa processing for crew change:

  1. Please note for crew sign on / sign off 96 hrs visa issued (single entry visa)
  2. Above is valid for 30 days from the date of issue and 4 days from the date of arrival (counted on the basis of calendar days).
  3. Please note following documents required to apply for visa
    a) Color copy of passport (minimum validity 180 days required to apply for visa).
    b) Color copy of sea man book required.
    c) Color photograph in white background.
    d) Visa application form (Attached).
  4. Please note require 1-2 working days for visa to be approved from immigration for on / off signers.
  5. Please note Sri Lankan and Indonesian crew change – medical report is must require for visa processing.

The attached Master Declaration is required from Captain duly sign and stamped without date (separate for each s/on or off crew, no hand written) required to obtain crew change permission from Port of Fujairah.
We will not 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.
Confirm safe receipt and please feel free to contact us for any additional information or clarification required & would be pleased to assist.

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.

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With effect from Today, if a vessel has called to Denmark within the last 14 days, crew will be unable to OFF sign / repatriate whilst in the UK.

Full Details:
The ship can arrive into UK ports if that ship has come from Denmark within the last 14 days.

The following regulations are with effect from Nov 11th.

With regard to crew, all EEA and non-EEA nationals who are not resident in the UK and who have been in Denmark in the last 14 days will be refused leave to enter.

Arrivals granted leave to enter from Denmark will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and therefore with regard to crew we would expect them to remain on the vessel and not disembark.
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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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