Urge for Local Preparations Funding As More Ports Face Coronavirus Restrictions

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  • BPA has released a report to safeguard its borders from coronavirus.
  • Ships are required to notify ports if any such developments occur and ports can see the last 10 calls a ship has made to assess risks.
  • Wilhelmsen launched a live map presenting the port restrictions that have been issued by countries on a global scale.
  • By clicking on each port or country in the map below, one can see an overview of port restrictions and guidelines.
  • To make your work easier, we have compiled the list of restrictions and guidelines for all countries.

According to an article in Safety4sea, British Ports Association is stressing the need for extra funding and to support UK local authority officials to protect the country’s borders from coronavirus.

Serious and imminent threat

The British Health Secretary reported that the Coronavirus represents a serious and imminent threat.

  • The UK is taking precautionary measures to protect citizens from coronavirus.
  • The port health authorities are responsible for developing health controls at seaports and airports.
  • They are tasked with preventing the introduction of dangerous epidemic diseases through shipping activity without creating unnecessary disruptions to world trade.

British Ports Association’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne commented that; As an island nation, the ports sector is committed to maintaining the flow of the supply chain however we must also balance this with protecting our borders, maritime workers and the general public from the Wuhan Coronavirus. The risks are still low but local authorities need additional public support to devise their emergency plans in case the situation escalates.

Contain the spread of disease

  • The port health authorities play a major role in ensuring that the Coronavirus does not further spread to the UK via its ports and airports.
  • The government is planning to produce official guidance for the UK maritime sector, ports are liaising with their relevant public health and port health bodies.
  • For the time being, the port has on display posters that explain the symptoms of the Coronavirus at ports that handle passengers.
  • Asian traffic and some safety and health precautions are being taken for maritime pilots boarding vessels that have traveled from China.
  • Some UK port health authorities launched improved screening measures such as requesting Maritime Declarations of Health from vessels that have called at Chinese ports, interviewing crew and disseminating travel advice.

The UK remains at low-risk

For the time being, the UK remains a low-risk country as it typically takes between 30-40 days to sail from China so any crew who develops the virus should do so at this time.

Mr. Ballantyne highlights that; Ships are required to notify ports if any such developments occur and ports can see the last 10 calls a ship has made to assess risks. However, if the virus spreads to Europe as is predicted local port health authorities will need to manage risks from shorter flights and sailings.

How do ports deal with the outbreak?

To assist shippers, Wilhelmsen launched a live map presenting the port restrictions that have been issued by countries on a global scale. The map includes the port restrictions that have been issued by countries on a global scale. By clicking on each port or country in the map below, one can see an overview of port restrictions and guidelines.

Russia

Due to the 2019-nCoV epidemic, all crew of vessels that have sailed out from Chinese ports or have called any Chinese ports for the last 14 days require a quarantine inspection on arrival before inward clearance commencement. There is no 14 days quarantine imposed on vessels at this moment.

Bulgaria

  • It’s a mandatory requirement to provide information for any crew boarding the vessel from international waters for the past 14 days prior to vessel arrival. The required information is the crew name, date, and port of boarding, etc., which is part of the health declaration.
  • The agent must monitor the local electronic clearance system for comments published and in case the vessel is not approved by the health inspectorate due to potential threat etc., the representative(s) of heath and border police authorities will board the vessel first for health inspection.
  • They should wear protective equipment and perform thermo-scanning of the crew by a contact-free thermometer to avoid any clearance delays
  • For crew arriving via domestic airports, there are thermo-cameras installed which do the necessary screening.
  • During the vessel’s stay, in case any of the crew is showing symptoms corresponding to these of coronavirus, the agent must be immediately informed to alarm and act as per the instructions received from health inspectorate.
  • It’s a mandatory requirement to provide information for any crew boarding the vessel from international waters for the past 14 days prior to vessel arrival. The required information is the crew name, date, and port of boarding, etc., which is part of the health declaration.
  • The agent must monitor the local electronic clearance system for comments published and in case the vessel is not approved by the health inspectorate due to potential threat etc., the representative(s) of heath and border police authorities will board the vessel first for health inspection. They should wear protective equipment and perform thermo-scanning of the crew by a contact-free thermometer to avoid any clearance delays.
  • For crew arriving via domestic airports, there are thermo-cameras installed which do the necessary screening.
  • During the vessel’s stay, in case any of the crew is showing symptoms corresponding to these of coronavirus, the agent must be immediately informed to alarm and act as per the instructions received from health inspectorate.
    Australia

Port Hedland

  • BHP Terminal have asked that attach BHP Crew Health Form to be submitted 14 days after departure from Mainland China.
  • BHP Terminal has updated the Pilot Pre Arrival Form Ver 10, to be completed and submitted to BHP 1 day before vessel arrival Anchorage. If anyone gets sick after PAR has been done, Master is required to revise and resubmit his Pratique. This is as per Bio Security requirements.
  • The information provided when submitting pre-arrival paperwork should include the following:
    • a. Has your vessel transited mainland China on or after 01st February 2020?
    • b. Have any persons onboard your vessel left or transited through mainland China on or after 01st February 2020?
    • c. Have any persons onboard your vessel become ill or shown signs of illness in the past 14 days?

Darwin

  • Darwin Port Harbour Control Officers (HCO) shall require all foreign trading ships scheduled to arrive at Darwin port to provide the following information (prior to embarking a Pilot) until further notice.
  • Report if any Crew Member has visited the Hubei Province in China past 14 days;
  • Report if any Crew Member is showing any of the Novel Coronavirus symptoms that include fever, flu-like symptoms cough, sore throat, headache or difficulty breathing.
  • If answers to both of the above questions are NO, the HCO shall then inform all parties including; Marine Pilots, Pilot Boat Crew and the ship’s Agent of the clear declaration.
  • If the answer is YES to either question, the HCO shall immediately inform the GMO or DOM for direction on appropriate action.
  • The GMO/DOM will make the appropriate notifications to the Territory and Federal agencies for further advice.
  • Any such ships will either be directed back to sea or proceed to anchor until assessed and cleared by appropriate government qualified personnel.

Queensland (Brisbane, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Hay Point, Mackay, Abbot Point, Townsville, Lucinda, Mourilyan, Cairns, Cape Flattery, Weipa)

  • The ship must not enter a Queensland pilotage area until 14 days have elapsed since the ship’s departure from mainland China.
  • For all vessels are required to report to the Port VTS and REEF VTS for entering Queensland ports and taking on Reef Pilot Information to be provided to VTS.
    • Report whether the vessel has departed mainland China since 1 Feb 2020.
    • Report if any Crew Member or passenger has visited Mainland China since 1 Feb 2020.
    • Report if any Crew Member or Passenger has visited Hubei Provence, China in the past 14 days.
    • Report if any Crew Member or a passenger is showing any of the Novel Coronavirus symptoms that include fever, flu-like symptoms cough, sore throat, headache or difficulty breathing.
  • The ship must not enter a Queensland pilotage area until 14 days have elapsed since the ship’s departure from mainland China.
  • For all vessels are required to report to the Port VTS and REEF VTS for entering Queensland ports and taking on Reef Pilot Information to be provided to VTS.
    • Report if any Crew Member or passenger has visited Hubei Province, China within the past 14 days.
    • Report if any Crew Member of passenger has visited China since 1 February 2020.
    • Report if any Crew Member or a passenger is showing any of the Novel Coronavirus symptoms.

New South Wales and Tasmania

  • Port Authority will delay pilotage services to ships that have transited directly from China, which have been at sea for less than the 14-day quarantine period.
  • Masters of all ships due to arrive at our ports are required to declare their last 5 ports of call and confirm that they have no crew members showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus on-board.
  • Where novel coronavirus is evident, our employees will not be required to board the vessel.
  • All ships departing China must have passed a 14 day period before they can berth at Tasmanian Port.
  • 24hours prior to the scheduled arrival time, Shipping Agents will be requested to provide info to TasPorts VTS.
  • All crew of vessels originating from China or any vessels where the crew have come from or transited through China will be required to remain onboard the vessel when in port.
  • Where a crew member is required to get off the ship as part of their duties they need to wear protective gear and limit their contact with port staff.
  • At minimum protective gear should include a P2 mask, glasses, and gloves.

Kenya – Mombasa

  • All vessels arriving from China must fill the Maritime Declaration of health form stating the health status of the crew.
  • All vessels should send in advance the crew list and voyage memo for the purpose of getting details of the crew and movement of the vessel for the last 14 days respectively and a valid ship control/exemption certificate.
  • Any vessel with a crew showing signs and symptoms including Respiratory symptoms, Fever, Cough, Short of breath (difficulty breathing) should be reported in advance by the master of the vessel so as to make prior arrangement to board the vessel for screening at high seas before the vessel is allowed into the port.

Namibia – Port of Walvis and Port of Luderitz

  • Captain of the vessel to confirm in writing stowaway sweep was done when departing last port Stowaway search may be requested to be done alongside at vessel cost using stowaway sweeper companies whose members have undergone training and/or awareness on Corona Virus disease.
  • All masters of vessels must report stowaways on his vessel if calling from affected area – a vessel to remain at anchor until stowaways are examined and cleared by port health or otherwise advised.
  • All galley waste of vessels from affected areas is to be incinerated and should not be accepted ashore.
  • If possible contaminated vessels should be allocated an isolated berth away from other vessels.

Sudan

  • As per new regulations from the port health department, any vessel arriving from any Chinese port must be inspected by port health team upon arrival @ outer anchorage via port tug, for health green light to berth.
  • Restrictions on crew changes etc for Chinese seafarers or those who embarked in China.
  • As per new regulations from the port health department, crew change for Chinese nationality is not allowed to perform crew change until further notice.
    • Tug boat charges are to be under owner account Euro 2804.
    • A letter from the Master confirming all crew members are healthy and no one affected with the virus.
    • Daily temperature report about each crew member temperature.
    • Crew List
    • Vaccination list
    • 10 last port of call must be submitted to the port health team before vessel arrival indicating any Chinese ports. (if found any Chinese port within 14 days, the vessel is subject to health inspection upon arrival at anchorage area.)
    • Port Sudan north terminal, Port Sudan green terminal, Port Sudan South terminal, Alkheir CPP terminal, Bashayer 1 crude oil terminal, Bahayer 2 crude oil terminal, Sawakin Port

Seychelles

  • Any person arriving in Seychelles by sea (except returning Seychellois nationals and residents) will not be allowed to disembark if he/she has been to China, including the SAR in the last 14 days.
  • All returning residents who have been to China, including the SAR of China and any other countries where there has been significant local transmission will be put under obligatory quarantine at the Military Academy in Perseverance for 14 days upon the arrival.

Cameroon

  • Ships from countries at risk must wait at the base of the buoy for a minimum of 14 days before being allowed to proceed into the channel;
  • The boarding of said vessels at the end of 14 days will be done at the base buoy by the port health service, whose favorable opinion is compulsory before scheduling their entry to the port.
  • The port health service is the first administration to board ships as they berth at the port; other administrations and services must wait for the issue of Free Pratique before boarding;
  • Deliveries onboard vessels at anchor at the base buoy are prohibited till further notice;
  • Crew changes must be done under the supervision of the Port Health Service.

Algeria

Coast guard issued an instruction that all vessels must be inspected first by sanitary authorities at port & we send the Maritime health declaration before vessel berthing as this shall be received from the master with prearrival docs.

Canada

  • To reduce and/or eliminate the risk or spreading illness, we ask that the vessel Master or agent reports to APA Dispatch the potential hazard of a symptomatic crew member(s) or passenger(s) at the time of Ordering a Pilot for arrival or departure.
  • By reporting, this as a potential hazard in a timely manner, our Pilots and pilot boat crew can ensure the appropriate precautions are taken.
  • Until Health Canada declares this matter to no longer be an imminent concern, this protocol will remain in place and we ask our stakeholders for your cooperation to ensure the health and safety of our personnel and the greater community. A notice will be posted when the temporary protocol is no longer required.
  • To reduce and/or eliminate the risk or spreading illness, we ask that the vessel Master or agent reports to APA Dispatch the potential hazard of a symptomatic crew member(s) or passenger(s) at the time of Ordering a Pilot for arrival or departure. By reporting, this as a potential hazard in a timely manner, our Pilots and pilot boat crew can ensure the appropriate precautions are taken.
  • Foreign flagged ships are to pay particular attention to ensuring that all required components of the 96 and 24 Hour Pre-arrival inspection report are completed in accordance with section 221 of the Marine Transportation Security Regulations (MTSR).
  • Vessel masters with crew members and passengers symptomatic of the Coronavirus are to advise Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security following transmission of the 96-hour PAIR and Transport Canada Marine Security Inspectors will advise Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) officials who will follow up directly with the vessel.

USA

  • Passenger vessels or any vessel carrying passengers that have been to China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) or embarked passengers who have been in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the last 14 days will be denied entry into the United States.
  • If all passengers exceed 14 days since being in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) and are symptom-free, the vessel will be permitted to enter the United States to conduct normal operations.
  • Non-passenger commercial vessels that have been to China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) or embarked crew members who have been in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the last 14 days, with no sick crew members, will be permitted to enter the U.S. and conduct normal operations, with restrictions.
  • Crew members on these vessels will be required under COTP authority to remain aboard the vessel except to conduct specific activities directly related to vessel cargo or provisioning operations.
  • The Coast Guard considers it a hazardous condition under 33 CFR 160.216 if a crew member who was in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the past 14 days is brought onboard the vessel during transit. This requires immediate notification to the nearest Coast Guard Captain of the Port.
  • Per 42 CFR 71.21, vessels destined for a U.S. port are required to report to the CDC any sick or deceased crew/passengers during the 15 days prior to arrival at a U.S. port.

Panama

It is imperative that vessels arriving at Panama Canal waters, for port calls or transit, after having called at ports located in any of these countries (China, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Germany, Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, United States of America, France, and Australia.), or any other country with confirmed cases of the virus, and having identified any suspected case on board demonstrating any of the above-mentioned symptoms, report this condition through the Panama Maritime Single Window (VUMPA), within 30 days prior to their arrival.

Colombia

  • Precautions will be taken for vessels calling direct from China pending on master reports.
  • Colombian port authorities do require to report all crew changes in advance, If they are Chinese, they must have the crew carry a medical report (resent) with them and preferably in English.
  • State health dept. will be informed by agents to all international airports and seafarer will be observed during their transfer.
  • All crew while at the port, must wear a mask, gloves inside forecastle and on deck.

Brazil

  • For vessels that called China within the last 30 days, Medical Logbook is being required before issuing Radio Free Pratique.
  • Further to that, MDH – Maritime Health Declaration – must be marked with “YES” in the item: Has ship/vessel visited an affected area identified by the World Health Organization?
  • All port workers accessing vessels must use PPE (mask/gloves/etc), which cannot be re-used.
  • As China is not a signatory of ILO 185 and 108, a large quantity of ports in Brazil does not accept any sign on or off – It basically depends on local authority discretion. Even local port authority allowing the crew change or transit crew, this remains subject to clearance from the health authorities at the airport as well.
  • Please find below recommendation from ANVISA for all travelers coming to Brazil: If you feel sick and present fever, cough, or difficulty of breathing, and have traveled to China in the last 14 days, you should seek medical care and tell health professionals about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • If you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty of breathing, adopt the following measures to avoid the spread of diseases: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, avoid being in crowded or closed places.
  • Do not share personal belongings such as cutlery, plates, glasses or bottles. Seek medical care if you had any symptoms and tell about your trip.

Uruguay

  • To ships that have been in China ports, it’s important that it be specified when it was in China for the last time and request medical reports of crew members on board.
  • When ship transports Chinese crew/passengers or they have embarked in China, it is important that it is specified when it was in China for the last time and request a medical report of the crew members.

Argentina

  • No restrictions, however, Argentinian Sanitary authorities announced that whenever a vessel comes from China or even if the vessel has called China during the last call, then sanitary authorities request previous 48 hrs of medical logbook report, as well as last temperature report of each crew member 24 hours prior to vessel arrival at loading /discharging port.
  • In order to grant vessel free pratique, vessels coming from China or even called China during previous calls must submit the previous 48 hrs of medical logbook report, as well as last temperature report of each crew member 24 hours prior to vessel arrival at loading /discharging port.

Norway

Master shall notify relevant authorities of cases of illness indicative of an infectious disease or evidence of a public health risk on board.

UK

  • Currently no restriction on Chinese vessels entering ports, however, the local Port Health Authority must receive crew list, crew change information and a Maritime Declaration of Health in advance of arrival.
  • Cornwall Port: Restrictions on vessels whose previous port call was China; All vessels submit an MDH to regulatory authorities so clearly this will be under more scrutiny in terms of health on board vessel, equally declarations of previous ports of call will all be considered; Tees VTS are asking that the Health poster be sent to arriving vessels.

France

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

Spain

  • In this sense, in the event that it is known that there is a person in a ship from the affected area who has a clinic that might suspect the disease, the External Health Service should be contacted to assess the situation and apply the corresponding measures in each case.
  • Maritime health declaration to be issued by the master upon arrival and to be uploaded by Port web application who will inform Sanitary authority.

Italy

  • All vessels calling at Italian ports irrespective of the previous port of call must apply to Port Sanitary Office and ask for Sanitary Freepratique.
  • The said request for Sanitary Freepratique must include Maritime declaration of health; a copy of SSECC; passenger list and crew list; list of the port of calls during the previous 14 days.
  • Request for Sanitary Freepratique must be sent to Port Sanitary office not before 6 hrs prior arrival in the port. Master will have to advise about any change of the sanitary situation on board after the release of sanitary free pratique, and also during the port stay and until the vessel will leave the port.
  • After receipt of the mentioned document Port Sanitary Office will advise whether additional documents will be necessary.
  • If necessary Harbor Master will grant the necessary support. After the evaluation of the request for Sanitary Freepratique, on the base of the vessel’s characteristics/details, total number of persons on board, passenger and crew embarked and disembarked, previous ports of call, and any other aspects might reflect the risk for the health of the public health, Port Sanitary office will evaluate whether to grant the Sanitary Freepratique by radio or upon vessel’s boarding.
  • From the said rules are excluded the port services craft, only in case during the navigation the craft has not embarked anybody or attended any search&rescue operation.

Greece

In case that a crew member shows symptoms of pneumonia or any kind of respiratory infection, it should be mentioned to Maritime declaration of health and then after to be reported to local Hygiene authorities at least 48 hrs prior vessel’s arrival.

Cyprus

  • Every vessel before arrival at Limassol anchorage must inform authorities if anyone from the crew/pax visited China or had contact with anyone from China.
  • The Master must interview all crew members/persons on board and find out if anyone arrived from China or had contact with anyone from China.
  • In such a case, the Master must complete and sign/ stamp the traveler’s questionnaire and send it to the agent in order to enter it in the PCS system. The medical authorities will then give us instructions on how to handle this case.

Turkey

  • Restrictions on vessels whose previous port call was China.
  • Turkish Sanitary authority just made an announcement that all vessels who come from a Chinese port on their last 10 port of call should add a line into crew list and obliged to declare the temperature of the crew onboard and declare any disease on board on their Maritime Health declaration.
  • If the vessels called a Chinese port, the sanitary officer will board the vessels in free pratique and check the temperature of the crew and other authorities can board the vessels after having Free pratique. That may slightly delay the vessels on berthing ops.
  • If the found any risk on board the free pratique will not be performed and vessels will be quarantined. There are regional dedicated hospitals to check the coronavirus symptoms and perform treatment that risked found patients can only be transferred with high precautions.

Sri Lanka

  • If the vessel has called a Chinese port within 14 days of arrival to take on any services from the ports of Sri Lanka more documentation has to be produced including:
    • Last 10 port call list.
    • Maritime health declaration form completed for disembarking/embarking crew.
    • Masters declaration of vessel status letter & Health status report.
    • Chinese port details/Stayed days/and confirmation if the crew made any connection with the shore.

India

  • All vessels calling from China are subject to compulsorily PHO boarding and clearance prior berthing in Indian Ports.
  • Master has to record and report the temperatures of the seamen on a regular basis which needs to be informed to authorities.
  • Existing visas (including eVisa already issued) are no longer valid for any foreign national traveling from China.
  • People have already been advised to refrain from travel to China through an earlier advisory.
  • People traveling to China henceforth will be quarantined on return.

Thailand

Signed on the crew will be thermo-scanned at the airport and may be quarantined if they have a fever.

Malaysia

  • If the ship is from China or there is a suspected case, the ship will be given quarantine status and to be anchored at the wharf.
  • Medical Officer / AEHO will go onboard and verify the health status of passengers or crew from China from the Captain / Medical Officer onboard.
  • The team must also request a report of measures taken onboard, maritime declaration of health and other relevant documents.
  • Temperature screening of passengers and crew who disembark is carried out by the Medical Team. Passengers and crew with PUI of 2019 – nCoV Infection will be referred to the nearest health facility for management and investigations.
  • Free Pratique and Port Health Clearance will be issued to the Captain or Shipping Agent if the ship has a good sanitary condition and as a Ship Sanitation Control Certificate (SSCC) and Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate (SSCEC) still valid.
  • Order of Ship Sanitation (OSS) will be issued to the Captain or Shipping Agent should there be an unsatisfactory sanitary condition.
  • A re-inspection will be done by AEHO and Free Pratique and Port Health Clearance will be issued to the Captain or Shipping Agent if the Order of Ship Sanitation complies.
  • If there any Chinese crew on board vessels, then Screening Procedure must be performed for all crew.

Singapore

  • The National Environment Agency’s (NEA) Port Health requires all arriving vessels with crew and passengers that have called at ports in mainland China in the past 14 days to submit the Maritime Declaration of Health Form.
  • All new visitors with recent travel history to China within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or to transit through Singapore.
  • The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will suspend the issuance of all forms of new visas to those with PRC passports. We will also suspend Singapore’s status as a visa-free facility for those with PRC passports.
  • Previously issued short-term and multiple-visit areas for those with PRC passports will also be suspended. During this period of suspension, they will not be allowed entry into Singapore.

Indonesia

  • Immigration will reject all applications for VOA, Visiting visa and Joinship visa and VOA for All of the People’s Republic of China citizen.
  • Immigration will reject all applications for VOA, Visiting visa and Joinship visa to Foreigners who have lived and/or visited the territory of the People’s Republic of China within 14 (fourteen) days before the application is submitted.
  • Foreigners are not permitted to enter the Indonesian Territory if they have lived and / or visited the territory of the People’s Republic of China within 14 (fourteen) days before entering the Indonesian Territory by checking the last departure date of the People’s Republic of China.

Philippines

  • Shore pass/ Family visitation is temporary not allowed for those vessels which came from China/affected countries (those below 14 days from their departure to an affected port) in all ports as reflected in their port of call and to limit unnecessary contact with port operators.
  • All cruise ships with passengers, regardless of nationality, who, within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, have been to China and its SARs are not allowed to dock at any Philippine Port.
  • Temporarily banning the entry of any person, regardless of nationality, except Filipino citizens and holders of Permanent Resident Visa issued by the Philippine government, directly coming from China and its Special administrative regions.
  • Temporarily banning the entry of any person, regardless of nationality, except Filipino citizens and holders of Permanent Resident Visa issued by the Philippine government, who within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, has been to China and its Special Administrative Regions.
  • A temporary ban on Filipinos from travel to China and its Special Administrative Regions.
  • No shore passes and disembarkation clearance shall be granted to any crew or passenger onboard a vessel, regardless of nationality, who within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines has been to China and its SARs.

Hong Kong

  • In case the crew onboard the vessel has got a fever or any symptoms associated with Pneumonia, the ship’s master has to inform quarantine officials via agent before vessel arrival.
  • Requiring all people entering Hong Kong from the Mainland to be placed under mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
  • Cannot arrange Chinese crew change in Hong Kong. Chinese technician, superintendent, surveyor, etc could not attend a vessel in Hong Kong. Any person who will join the ship in Hong Kong from China will not be allowed.

South Korea

  • All vessels sailed out from Chinese port or have called any Chinese port for the past 14 days requires onboard quarantine inspection. Free pratique will only be granted after passing the inspection.
  • The following crew/passenger is restricted to enter Korea:
    • All Chinese seafarers with a passport issued in Hubei province are prohibited to enter Korea.
    • All valid Korean visa issued in Hubei province has temporarily lost its effect until further notice.
    • All foreigners that have visited Hubei province in the past 14 days are prohibited to enter Korea.
    • All foreigners transit without a visa to Jeju Island in Korea has temporarily lost its effect.

Japan

  • From 1st February 2020, the following people are not permitted to enter Japan for the time being unless there are exceptional circumstances:
    • Foreigners who have traveled to Hubei Province in the People’s Republic of China within 14 days before arriving Japan.
    • Foreigners who have Chinese passports issued by Hubei Province in the People’s Republic of China.

Australia

  • For Commercial Vessels that departed mainland China prior to 1 February 2020:
    • Standard Biosecurity requirements and restrictions will apply. You must still identify any ill traveler or member of the crew as part of your pre-arrival report
    • For Commercial Vessels that departed mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 and arrive within 14 days of last port being in mainland China.
    • All crew will be restricted on-board while the vessel is berthed in Australia.
    • The crew are only able to disembark to conduct essential vessel functions and crew must wear personal protective equipment while performing these functions.

The restrictions above apply until 14 days have elapsed since the vessel or any person on board left mainland China.

  • For Commercial Vessels with crew joining from mainland China:
    • Where a commercial vessel has crew joining the vessel and that crew have traveled to or transited through mainland China on or since 1 February 2020, all crew is to remain on board the vessel.
    • The crew are only able to disembark to conduct essential vessel functions and crew must wear personal protective equipment while performing these functions.
    • The restrictions above apply until 14 days have elapsed since the vessel or any person on board left mainland China.

New Zealand

  • Cruise vessels with passengers who have joined within 14 days of being in mainland China asked for passengers to begin self-isolation while on board.
  • Passengers from mainland China within 14 days will be managed as for airline passengers.
  • Implementing additional border measures to deny entry into New Zealand to people who have left or transited through mainland China from 2 February 2020, with the exception of New Zealand citizens (including those from the three Countries of the Realm: Tokelau, Niue, and the Cook Islands), permanent residents and their immediate family.

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