Myanmar – Coronavirus Disease Update

All ports

Effective March 25

  • All incoming Myanmar nationals are subject to 14 day home quarantine.
  • All foreign nationals, including diplomats and United Nations officials, must present laboratory evidence that they are clear of COVID19 before boarding the flight to Myanmar. This must be issued no more than 72 hours prior date of the flight.

Master must send Maritime Health Declaration to SAD (Shipping Agency Department ) 5 days ahead of vessel arrival. All crew body temperature Monitoring List needs to be updated on a daily basis. Quarantine form is to completed by each crew before Quarantine team proceed to go on board. Master must send confirmation that all crew are not having fever and are in good health one day ahead of vessel berthing. Port Health team will board either at anchorage or after alongside according to team availability. They will conduct fever screening for each crew and if all are in order, they will allow for Free Pratique Granted.

All crew change are suspended until further notice .

All International flight landing are suspended till 30th April .

Terminals are operating normally however night curfew was imposed at Yangon area from 10 pm to 4 am.

All international flights are suspended until 15th May 2020.

Long Tau Channel Officially Reopens

Long Tau channel, the main access channel for HCMC ports, has officially been re-opened by the HCM Harbour Master.

The operation of the channel had been restricted after the Vietsun Integrity capsized and sank in the channel on the 19th April 2019. Salvage operations have now been completed, and the HCMC Harbour Master has issued Circular No.286/TH-CVHHTPHCM which effectively lifts the channel restrictions.

As such, the general restrictions of Ho Chi Minh City port can be updated as follows:

  • Max DWT: 45,000MTS
  • Max Vessel Actual Displacement: 49,000MTS
  • Depth of Passing Channel: 8.5M to chart datum
  • Max Draft: 10.50m (FW)
  • Max Airdraft: 43.00m
  • Max LOA: 200.00m
  • No night time navigation for vessel with LOA over 195M and/or draft exceeding 9.50m

Ben Line Agencies Vietnam will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as required.

Brunei – Coronavirus Disease Update

Effective March 19, crew change formalities is not allowed but no restriction for crews to get medical assistance.

Effective 7th April

Ships registered under Brunei Darulssalam are allowed to enter Brunei after traveling from other countries, on the condition that during their voyage :

  • There were no crew changes outside of Brunei .
  • There were no shore leave outside Brunei.
  • Using surgical mask and mask when dealing with ports personnel abroad and practice physical distancing of at least 2 meters.
  • Monitoring crews temperature at least twice a day.
  • Always stay on the ship except for critical and important tasks outside the ship.

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

For ships registered outside Brunei or ships who have crew from international port needs to undergo self-isolation on their ships for 14 days before being allowed to enter Brunei. If the 14 days were not fulfilled from the last day of departure from international ports, the ship shall be required to dock at the designated quarantine anchorage.

Documents as per below must be submitted within 48 hrs before vessel arrival:

  • Latest Declaration of health
  • Valid Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate
  • Crew List
  • List port of call within the last 14 days

South Korea – Coronavirus Disease Update

Quarantine officer must board and conduct an inspection if the vessel falls into either of these categories.:

  • All arriving vessels that have called at ports in China and Japan.
  • All arriving vessels with crew/passengers who have travelled to mainland China and Japan.

Below is the inspection procedure:

  • No one can come on board and no loading activity can be conducted before arrival inspection by quarantine officer is completed. Free Pratique will only be granted if crew are not suspected of coronavirus and all crew are in good condition / after inspection is completed.
  • Arrival inspection conducted by quarantine officer will take about 2-3 hours at outer anchorage.
  • If any crew members are suspected of coronavirus, all activity will be suspended, vessel will be quarantined and will not be allowed to proceed alongside jetty / loading at anchorage. She must wait for quarantine officer’s decision with indefinite waiting time.

Immigration office prohibits disembarking of all crew/passenger who have travelled to Wuhan, China in the past 14 days.

All master of the ship are recommended to implement the following additional precautionary measures:

  • Carry out daily check for crew/passengers on board at least twice a day looking out for fever / runny nose / cough / shortness of breath / high temperature.
  • Isolate unwell crew/passengers when his/her temperature is above 38 degree Celsius and should also wear a protective mask.
  • Disinfect common area and rooms on the vessel before arrival in South Korean port.

With effect on February 10, the Central Disaster Management Headquarters of the Republic of Korea has decided to temporarily ban entry of cruise ships at ports in South Korea in an effort to prevent further spread and infections of the novel coronavirus. Port entries will only be allowed for fueling and provision of ship supplies WITHOUT disembarkation of personnel aboard. Crew members can go to shore if a vessel’s last port of call is NOT Hubei, China but a Travel Record Declaration and valid mobile number must be submitted to the quarantine office via agent.

Effective February 25, vessels calling Taiwanese ports with marine crew sailing from South Korea will be prohibited from entering Taiwan within 14 days of departure from South Korea. Issuance of shore pass to Korean crew is suspended. Vessels in port must record body temperature of all crew on board during vessel’s stay in port and submit this to PHO daily. Japanese will not be allowed entry without a visa.

As of today, only travelers arriving from Europe or the United States are ordered to self-quarantine. Effective 0:00H of 1 April, all Koreans and foreigners with residence in Korea arriving from all countries will be subject to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry.

As of today, short-term travelers without domestic residence are subject to active monitoring rather than self-quarantine. Starting 1 April, all short-term travelers will also be ordered to self-quarantine with exceptions* allowed only for limited cases:

  • A-1 (diplomat), A-2 (official duty), or A-3 (agreement) visa types; or
  • A self-quarantine exemption issued in advance by a Korean Embassy prior to entry for one of the following reasons:
    – Important business purpose (contract, investment, etc.)
    – Academic purpose (international convention)
    – Other public or humanitarian purpose recognized as valid reason for exemption

Short-term travelers who do not have a place of residence or a place to self-quarantine will be allowed to use a quarantine facility provided by national or local government. In this case, the person (regardless of whether Korean or of foreign nationality) will be required to pay for the use of such facility.

The cost of testing and treatment for travelers arriving in from overseas is supported by the state. This is done for the sake of public interest, in order to protect Korean citizens and residents by preventing further spread of infection in Korea. However, since the decision to enter Korea at this state is the individual’s voluntary choice, and in order to prevent incentivizing more people to enter into the country adding more burden on the system, living expenses support will not be provided for those traveling in from overseas.

Persons traveling in from overseas who fail to comply with self-quarantine regulations are subject to imprisonment up to 1 year or fine up to 10 million won (effective 5 April) for violation of Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act (Paragraph 1 of Article 49 and Article 79-3). Persons of foreign nationality who fail to comply may be subject to measures including deportation and entry ban in accordance with Immigration Act (Articles 11 and 46).