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).

COVID-19 PCR test to be applied to all foreigners who enter South Korea.

If the vessel departure date is fixed within the quarantine period, people who show negative results in PCR test are allowed to leave quarantine facility earlier than 14 days . Required documents to be prepared by agency.

Effective July 6, the following are guidelines for crew changes in Korea:

  • All off signers must take COVID-19 test at the Port Quarantine Department. Cost of the test will be shouldered by South Korea government.
  • All off signers must do 14 days of quarantine.
  • Quarantine facility cost to be announced – Estimate cost USD130/day
  • Off signer who shows no symptoms can leave the quarantine facility before 14days of full quarantine. Subject to having an e-ticket for their repatriation and only to be transferred by the car arranged by Agency.
  • Vessel is not allowed to depart or leave from the port until all off signers have their COVID-19 test result.
  • Because of the sudden increase of tests among in all area of South Korea, local Port Quarantine department have no choice but to wait for COVID-19 test results that will take at least 2-3days.
  • These restrictions apply to all ports in South Korea. Above restrictions also apply to crew who want to go ashore. Only emergency situation for patients can be considered for going ashore after all above processes.
  • Above updated restrictions apply to all port in South Korea. Above restriction apply to crew who want to go ashore. Only emergency situation for patients can be considered for going ashore after following above guidelines.

Some additional information:

  • Restrictions are getting tougher and stricter as the COVID-19 situation develops.
  • A group of Russian crew came to Busan with an infection, and now all vessels coming from Russia are not allowed to have crew change operations.
  • There are delays with processing of test results because of the increase in people taking COVID-19 tests at the port and low number of health inspectors
  • Government will not let vessel sail until all off signers receive negative on COVID-19 test.

China, Hong Kong and Taiwan – Coronavirus Disease Update

China

The restriction concerning the residents, visitors and crew from Hubei or stayed in Hubei in last 14 days are prohibited to go on board all vessels have been lifted. Incoming visitors, and crew to be temperature screened before entering the city or port.

All passengers / crew should fill the Health Declaration form, both at the time of entry and departure in declaring their health situation. Symptoms of cough, fever or difficulty to breath must be reported to a customs officer then a mask must be used to avoid further spreading the virus. All passenger and crew entering China must provide recent travel history.

As per the recent port guidance, the Original Health Declaration form to be filled by all crew on board must be submitted before vessel’s departure. Due to the block of regular land transportation between cities, river port pilots (from Nanjing to Taicang within Yangtze River) will go onboard by using tug boat with higher charge incurred.

Shippers / receivers must arrange the required customs formalities for their cargo promptly. Due to the irregular working hours of customs, there may be delay in completion of formalities which will result with the delay in berthing. All offices in China were closed until 2400lt / 9th February 2020 as per Chinese Government announcement.

In the meantime, we recommend ship side as below and actual requirements may vary in different ports:

  • Masters are required to send their daily temperature list of all crew on board to agent 7 days before vessel’s arrival.
  • The updated temperature list must be submitted to the customs officer upon vessel arrival and before ship’s departure.
  • Crew will be quarantined and hospitalized if found to have symptoms of fever or cough or difficulty in breathing.
  • The shore pass will not be issued unless identified as necessary.
  • The issuance of boarding pass for shore side people to be onboard will be tightly restricted based on actual requirement.
  • Ship side is required to measure body temperature of all visitors and port officials on board and reserve the right to reject any individual with symptoms of fever or cough.
  • Crew change will be prohibited in most Chinese ports and you may check with shg.ops@benline.com.cn prior vessel’s arrival.

China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits still valid at the time of this announcement effective 0am, 28 March 2020.

South China Ports

Crew change formalities are suspended.

Beihai, Qinzhou

Crew change not suggested in these 2 ports as joiners arriving from other cities or countries may need to be segregated for 14 days and presently there are many flight / train cancellations.

Chiwan, Dongguan, Fangcheng, Guangzhou, Shekou, Xiamen, Yantian

Crew change allowed but Xiamen and Yantian have strict & complicated requirements. Guangzhou, Dongguan, Fangcheng are allowed but not suggested.

Fuzhou

Crew change formalities have already been suspended by local customs due to coronavirus pneumonia till further notice.

Hong Kong

Restriction from Entering Hong Kong
The Hong Kong SAR Government restricts non-Hong Kong residents who have visited the Hubei Province in the past 14 days upon arrival from entering Hong Kong since January 27, 2020.

With effect from March 25, 2020 0001Hrs LT, and until further notice:

  • All non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas country and other regions by plane will be denied entry to Hong Kong
  • Non-Hong Kong residents coming from the Mainland, Macau and Taiwan will be denied entry to Hong Kong if they have been to any overseas countries and regions in the past 14 days.
  • With effect from June 01, 2020 0001Hrs LT, all transit services (i.e. flight transfers at airside only) at Hong Kong International Airport will be resumed. To minimize any unforeseeable confusion/complications it is advised that through-tickets to be issued and baggage should be checked-in all the way from origin airport through to destination airport without re-check-in at Hong Kong International Airport.

Compulsory Quarantine
Starting from February 8, 2020, the Department of Health (DH) will issue quarantine orders to all people entering Hong Kong from the Mainland, including Hong Kong residents, Mainland residents and visitors from other places. People concerned must stay at designated places (quarantine centre, home or other accommodation) for a 14-day compulsory quarantine. Apart from the exempted persons under the “Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation”, people who have been to the Mainland in the past 14 days upon arrival at Hong Kong, even if they enter Hong Kong via other places, are also covered. They should not have any symptoms and should have passed temperature checks upon entry. Those with symptoms will be referred to the DH for further handling. Arrivals holding a visa with validity of less than 14 days will be denied entry.

With effect from March 25, 2020 0001Hrs LT, and until further notice: All travellers coming from Macau and Taiwan, including Hong Kong and non-Hong Kong residents, will be subject to a 14-day compulsory quarantine, which is the same as the arrangements for people entering Hong Kong from the Mainland.

Cargo Ships calling to Hong Kong
Hong Kong port is normal at this moment. All port formalities for vessel arrival and departure are normal. The ports of call and rotation of the vessel will not be affected.

Vessels calling for cargo operations, bunker supply, replenishment, fresh water supply, spare parts/cargoes import and export services are all normal.

The Department of Health requires all crew members on board cargo vessel entering Hong Kong to arrange “medical surveillance” during their stay in Hong Kong (except crew individuals who visited Hubei Province, China in the past 14 days). “Medical surveillance” refer to the following:

  • Wear a surgical mask during work and if need to go out
  • Pay attention to your health condition, and take body temperature daily. If you feel unwell, please inform your agent or call Department of Health at 852-2125 1999 or 2125 1122.
  • Agree to be interviewed by Department of health regarding your health condition.

Crew Changes for Non Passenger Vessels
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for passenger + cargo arrival and departure also in normal. HKIA now undergo additional body temperature checking for all passengers and passengers are advised to allow sufficient time for relevant procedure.

With effect from March 8, 2020, all inbound travelers via Hong Kong International Airport are required to submit health declaration form. To be environmentally friendly, travelers are encouraged to submit the form online (www.chp.gov.hk/hdf) or continue to submit the paper form which can be obtained on board their flight.

With effect from June 01, 2020 0001Hrs LT, all transit services (i.e. flight transfers at airside only) at Hong Kong International Airport will resume. To minimize any unforeseeable confusion/complications it is advised that through-tickets to be issued and baggage should be checked-in all the way from origin departure airport through to destination airport without re-check-in at Hong Kong International Airport.

With effect from June 8, 2020, crew change for non-passenger vessels is allowed, under different criteria:

1. For onsigners (i.e. those holding both valid seaman books and passports), joining vessel is arrangeable WITHOUT compulsory quarantine, subject to the following:

  • Hong Kong immigration normal visa control requirement
  • Onsigner(s) in possession of valid passport and seaman book
  • Onsigner(s) holding copy of our OKTB letter
  • NOT born/residing in Hubei or Hubei related.
  • Agree to self “medical surveillance” for 14 days
  • Onsigner(s) should not have any symptoms of being affected and passed temperature checks upon entry
  • COVID-19 Test Report is NOT compulsory
  • Onsigner(s) arriving should try their best to arrive Hong Kong when their vessels arrived and should get on board immediately upon arrival. If there is a need for them to stay at Hong Kong for a short period while awaiting to board vessel, they should be in self isolation at hotel accommodation until going onboard.
  • Subject to change without prior notice and eventual grant for entry purely on Immigration/Port Health discretion

2. For offsigner(s) under seaman status (i.e. those holding both valid seaman books and passports), only with vessels purpose of call for cargo operations, signing off is possible and arrangeable WITHOUT compulsory quarantine, subject to the following:

  • Offsigner(s) in possession of valid passport and seaman book.
  • Offsigner(s) holding return home country ticket. Immigration still requires offsigners to leave Hong Kong as early as possible or within a reasonably short period. For specific pro-longed stay with supporting reason, permission is on case by case consideration only, without guarantee.
  • The arrival vessel purpose of call is for “Cargo Operations”.
  • Offsigner(s) should NOT have been born/residing in Hubei or Hubei related or individuals who visited Hubei Province in past 14 days.
  • Offsigner(s) should take the most direct way between the vessel and HK airport, and avoid stop over at any other public locations.
  • Subject to change without prior notice and eventual grant for entry purely on Immigration/Marine Department/Port Health discretion.

3. For offsigner(s) under seaman status (i.e. those holding both valid seaman books and passports), with vessels purpose of call other than cargo operations and/or crew changes, signing off is possible and arrangeable WITHOUT compulsory Quarantine, subject to the following:

  • Vessel’s purpose of call solely for “Crew Change only” will be rejected.
  • Offsigner(s) in possession of valid passport and seaman book.
  • Offsigner(s) must hold IMMEDIATE return home country ticket. Tickets with long forward travelling dates may not be accepted.
  • NOT born/residing in Hubei or Hubei related.
  • Offsigner(s) are required to stay onboard the vessel during vessel’s stay in Hong Kong, and agree to travel directly to the airport for repatriation to their home country. No hotel accommodation is allowed nor staying at other location except the Hong Kong International airport. Bearing in mind that the current Airport security regulation is that only passengers with a valid air ticket or boarding pass for a flight in the next 24 hours and a valid travel document will be allowed to enter the airport terminal buildings.
  • Subject to change without prior notice and eventual grant for entry purely on Immigration/Marine Department/Port Health discretion

Please also bear in mind that there are occasions/issues that some airlines reject onsigning crew’s boarding (even with OKTB) on commercial discretion which is beyond our control and assistance.

Also, for some local services (e.g. transportation, hotel, medical, etc) will have consideration of acceptance of people travel from overseas (especially crew from Europe and US) and may have limited choice for our arrangements.

For Supernumerary arriving with vessels (except those born/resided in Hubei or Hubei related or had been to Hubei Province in past 14 days) to be subject to ‘medical surveillance’ on board during vessel stay in Hong Kong. Their signing off at Hong Kong will not be granted and require to sail with the vessel.

Passengers arriving with vessels (except those born/resided in Hubei or Hubei related or had been to Hubei Province in past 14 days, will be rejected) will require compulsory quarantine for 14 days on board and vessel will not be allowed to sail until 14 days compulsory quarantine period is completed.

As the situation changes from time to time, pls contact us at ops@benline.com.hk for updates in case of any enquiries or requirements.

Taiwan

According to Article 9 of the “Regulations Governing Quarantine at Ports”, the master should report all information. Article 9 states that inbound ships entering international port from other countries (boundaries) shall within 4 to 72 hours, report the following by their shipmaster to the quarantine authorities:

  1. Name of ship, call sign and voyage number;
  2. The last port of departure, date and time;
  3. Name of port anchored during the 30 days prior to arrival and the date of departure;
  4. Expected date and time of arrival;
  5. Types of Sanitary Control Certificate for ship, issued date and place;
  6. Number of crew and passengers;
  7. Any deaths or patients with communicable diseases on board within 30 days prior to arrival and their relevant information;
  8. Any deaths from unknown causes within 30 days prior to arrival;
  9. Any breeding of rats or vectors;
  10. Other relevant matters.

When sailing time of this voyage is less than 4 hours, upon approval of the quarantine authority, it may complete reporting prior to voyage. If death occurs or patients with communicable disease detected after reporting, it should immediately be reported to the relevant information to the quarantine authority such as the number of infections or deaths, their names, symptoms or causes of deaths. Upon reviewing of reports mentioned in the preceding first three paragraphs, if the quarantine authority decides that the ship in question is in no danger of transmitting communicable diseases, entry permit will be granted.

Before the pilot boards the ship, both the passage and bridge that the pilot may pass through should be Complete disinfection, maintain ventilation and strictly control the number of people on the bridge, all Crew members who may be in contact with pilots should wear masks and crew are unwell should be isolated to avoid contact with pilots.

Master should fill in the self-management form as a verification certificate for inspection (form attached).

Failure to implement the epidemic prevention actions in accordance with the above matters, Pilot may follow the Article 30 of Pilotage Law, refused to lead the vessel to avoid causing a breach of epidemic prevention in ports.

If the pilot has embarked on the vessel and found that the vessel has not implemented anti-epidemic actions in accordance with the mentioned regulations, the pilot will immediately leave. All cost such as, pilotage fee, pilot boat fee, tugs fee and etc., will be borne by shipowner.

Crew Changes

  • Crew Changes are NOT allowed, except Taiwan flagged vessels, foreign vessels belonging to Taiwan shipping Corporation, ship delivery conducted (excluding China flagged vessels) and in emergency situations or if special permit is issued.
  • Crew shore leave is NOT allowed. Crew are strictly not permitted to go to quayside and MUST remain onboard vessel at all times.
  • Visa-Exemption Entry have been suspended until further notice.
  • All persons entering Taiwan must undergo 14 days home quarantine. Subject to additional extension. Fine for breaking quarantine up to NTD1’000’000.
  • All personnel, including crew, must have their temperatures taken two times per day prior to arriving in Taiwan. All body temperature must be submitted to Quarantine prior arrival to Taiwan and whilst alongside in Taiwan port.

Port Restrictions

  • From 6th February 2020, cruise vessels are not permitted to enter Taiwan ports or anchorage until further notice.
  • Foreign flagged vessels under a work permit – All foreign flagged vessels entering to Taiwan from overseas are permitted to call a Taiwan port. Requirement for vessels to be quarantine for 30 days is lifted. But all crews must be quarantine on shore for 14 days before allowing the vessels and crews to proceed to jobsite (offshore)
  • All other port and cargo operations as per normal condition.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Effective July 4:

Only offshore windfarm vessel shall be applied by developer with authority Bureau of Energy (BOE) for the final approval for crew changes. Only when vessels alongside, then signing on/off can be performed, all sign on/ off crewmember must undergo 14 days quarantine.

Crew Changes for Offshore Wind Farm Only

Taiwan authorities allow for crew change for personnel signing on / off a foreign flagged vessel as crew in Taiwan. Wind Farm Developers must submit the necessary documentation to Bureau of Energy (BOE). BOE will then review and accept/reject submission. If submission is accepted then BOE will issue a Certificate of business contract performance. This document is required for all crew changes. Our operations team can support clients with a quarantine plan (as required for issue of certificate). Please contact directly with wind-tw.ops@benlineagencies.com for complete and detailed process.    

Travelers who have received permission to enter Taiwan, when checking in with the airline for the flight to Taiwan, must present an English-language certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within three days of boarding and they must also undergo a 14-day home quarantine upon entry into the country.

Xiamen

According to the XIAMEN NOTICE NO.8, every person entering Xiamen should register and declare their health conditions in advance using the “i XIAMEN” WeChat Subscription. All crew signing on at Xiamen port should implement the same and keep contact with the terminal as well as to cooperate the terminal with basic body and mask wearing checks.

Philippines – Coronavirus Disease Update

All ports

Entry restrictions
All passengers who meet the following criteria are not permitted to enter the Philippines:

  • Travelling from China (including Hong Kong and Macau)
  • Visited China (including Hong Kong and Macau) in the past 14 days

Entry restriction exemptions

  • Philippine citizens and their foreign spouse/children (including permanent residents, holders of a Recognition certificate and RA9225 Identification certificate) are permitted to enter but must undergo a 14-day home quarantine on arrival
  • Passengers travelling on a diplomatic passport may travel but will be subject to a 14-day quarantine on arrival

Exit restrictions

  • Non-Philippine citizens may continue to travel from the Philippines as normal.
  • Under a temporary travel restriction, with some limited exemptions, Philippine citizens are not permitted to travel to or transit through Mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau.

Exit restriction exemptions

  • Filipinos leaving to study abroad are permitted to travel

Department of Transportation (DOTr) – released guidelines on arriving passengers in the Philippines. All passengers arriving the Philippines are required to undergo RT-PCR tests as well as quarantine procedures while waiting for the results.

Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) – released a Memorandum Circular No. 19-2020: Cruise and Passenger ships being used as a quarantine facility or allowed to berth for the disembarkation of Filipino crew shall be allowed, subject to compliance with PPA.

Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) – outlined the procedures on ship crew changes and on the repatriation of seafarers in foreign-registered or Philippine-registered vessels docked in international ports or seaports under the jurisdiction of the Philippines amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crew Change Guidelines

Crew change for Filipino crew:

  • Sign on/off is allowed but need to undergo COVID-19 testing.
  • Filipino crew on signer – Crew required to take swab test within 48 hours before joining the vessel.
  • Embarkation of Filipino will NOT be allowed by Immigration if vessel next port of call are:
    • Hubei Province, China
    • South Korea (Daegu or Cheongdo)
    • Iran
    • Italy
  • Filipino crew off signer – disembarking crew must have confirmed booking of quarantine facility and clinic or hospital for RT-PCR test / swabbing. Crew will stay in quarantine while waiting for the result. If the result is negative, crew is allowed to go home. Normally this procedure is handled by local manning agent.

Crew change for International/Foreign crew:

  • Sign on – will need exemption to apply for 9c visa.
  • Sign off – is allowed. He must disembark 4 hours prior to departure of outbound flight. COVID-19 testing is not required.
  • Foreign crew on signer – Issuance/Processing of 9c visa from Bureau of Immigration still suspended, however we can apply exemption through Department of Foreign Affairs which is subject for approval. Once approved foreign on signer will be allowed to enter the country and board to vessel but need to comply the following health check procedure.
    1. To undergo RT-PCT test at accredited clinic/hospital upon arrival at the airport.
    2. Required to stay at accredited quarantine facility (hotel) while waiting for the negative test result.
    3. Process clearance from following government offices – Bureau of Immigration/Bureau of Quarantine/Philippine Coast Guard / Philippine Port Authorities.

NCR is still under GCQ while CEBU remains to be ECQ.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) – opened the first “green lane” for seafarers in Asia to allow the free movement of seafarers and personnel across borders. This is to ensure that seafarers are accorded speedy and safe travel, subject to health protocols mandated by the Philippine government, including safe and swift disembarkation and crew change during the COVID-19 pandemic. Foreign seafarer must secure a 9c visa and a medical certificate stating that he is negative of COVID-19 within the last 72 hours.

Iloilo

Issued Executive Order No. 128-E imposing travel restrictions into Iloilo through the provincial borders with the provinces of Antique, Capiz and Negros Occidental.

Manila

The Bureau of Immigration will continue to implement international flight travel restrictions at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) despite lifting of the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and its being placed under general community quarantine (GCQ).

NAIA 3 will resume its international flight operations on July 8. Flights of All Nippon Airways, Air Asia Berhad, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines will arrive and depart from Terminal 3 starting July 8. Some foreign carriers operating in Manila will also service repatriation flights.

Malaysia – Coronavirus Disease Update

All ports

Effective February 17, all respective companies must provide face masks , hand gloves and sanitizer to all personnel.

Effective February 18, all foreigners from affected countries are required to fill declaration form provided by Immigration Department.

Effective February 28, Not to Land (NTL) for all crews provinces from Daegu , Cheongdon , Zhejiang , Hubei, Wuhan and Jiangsu, Lombardy, Veneto region. Crews that arrives at KUL Airport will be given a Health Alert Card which MUST be kept for the next 14 days. Health Alert Card (HAC) issued by the MOH for passengers to declare their current state of health.

Effective March 2, documents (maritime declaration of health, voyage memo & crew list) must be submitted to Port Health officer within 48 to 72 hrs before vessel arrival.

Effective March 18, all Customs service at seaports, airports and autogates will continue to operate with minimal personnel. However, operations in other parts of customs will continue to operate through online platforms.

Effective 20th March ( Review update from 19th March, Guideline from 19th March is no longer in effect and should be removed.

  • All seafarers regardless of nationality are PROHIBITED from carrying out any crew change activities (sign-on/off) in any Malaysia port, EXCEPT:
    – The seafarer on board needs medical evacuation.
    – The seafarer on board have developed explicit COVID-19 symptoms.
    – Approved sign-off port only upon confirmation from Marine Department.
  • For any crew-change activities due to the circumstances stated in paragraph (1), the replacement crew is ONLY ALLOWED if:
    – The affected vessel is operating not in compliance with the Safe Manning Document requirement.
    – Only Malaysian crew is allowed to sign-on.
  • Seafarer Employment Agreement (SEA) which expires during this period may apply for an extension of additional one (1) month.

Effective April 1 Denmark has been added to Malaysia’s list of affected countries.

Effective April 3

Instructions For All Shipping Companies And Seafarers regarding crew change activities by Marine Department Malaysia as below:

FOR SIGN-OFF

  1. All seafarers are ALLOWED to carry out crew change activities (sign-off) in any Malaysia port, subject that the seafarer:
    a) is in need of a medical evacuation.
    b) medically unfit to continue his service due to his physical condition, health (including mental health) or other criteria as determined by the Director of Marine.
    c) has developed explicit COVID-19 symptoms.
  2. A seafarer who is signing-off due to the circumstances stated in paragraph 1(b) or 1(c) SHALL undergo a health screening and be subjected to any further instructions from the PHO.

FOR SIGN-ON

For any crew-change activities due to the circumstances stated in paragraph (1), the replacement crew (sign-on) is ONLY PERMITTED for undergoing a health screening at port and cleared by the PHO prior to signing-on.

Master SHALL perform a daily COVID-19 symptoms monitoring and temperature checking to all newly-joined crew for at least 14 consecutive days after joining. Master is also encouraged to continuously monitor and keep the health record of the crew.

In order to maintain social distancing protocol, the maximum allowable industrial personnel on board at any time for a crew boat shall be limited to 70% of the maximum permissible number.

Regardless of any type of ships, strict social distancing protocol according to the MOH guidelines SHALL be practised by ALL newly-joined crew at least for 14 consecutive days after joining. These shall include, but not limited to, providing the newly-joined crew an individual and separate accommodation.

TRAVEL PERMIT

For the purpose of a supporting letter to apply for a Travel Permit to the Port of Embarkation, seafarers shall provide the following documents:

  • Letter of Employment
  • Company confirmation stating the name of ship, port of registry, and port of embarkation of the seafarer
  • Particulars of home address
  • Expected traveling and sign-on date
  • Valid seafarer documentation
  • Health Declaration

(Documents shall be submitted via email to the dedicated Port Office )

SEAFARER DOCUMENTATION

SEA which expires during the period of MCO may apply for an extension of one (1) month, as long as the total period of the SEA including the extension is not more than 13 months.

For seafarer who is currently on board Malaysia flagged-ship, and the Malaysian seafarer serving on board any ship, and his/her seafarer documentation such as Seafarer’s Identity Document, Certificate of Competency, or Certificate of Proficiency has expires during the period of MCO, may apply for an extension until 30th of June 2020.

For foreign seafarer who is currently on board Malaysia flagged-ship and his/her Certificate of Recognition (COR) has expires during the period of MCO, the extension of his/her Certificate of Competency or Certificate of Proficiency validity must first be approved by the Flag State of Issuance. The application for an extension period of his/her COR until 30th of June 2020 or any date determined by the Flag State of Issuance is recommended to be made through online system and using the exemption form provided in MSN 09/2019.

Any port of embarkation/disembarkation activity shall be determined by Marine Department Malaysia after consultation with MOH.

Final clearance of the crew change is subjected to the approval of the Port Health Officer/Ministry Of Health.

Effective by 4th April 2020

Ministry of Transport agreed to allow Freight Forwarders and hauliers another 4 days to expedite the movement of cargo from congested ports nationwide starting Saturday, 4 April 2020.

Client’s cargo/goods stored at Port Klang, ports in Johor, Penang, Kuantan, Melaka, Bintulu, Sarawak, Padang Besar bordering Thailand are advised to move goods out of those ports from Saturday, 4 April to Tuesday, 7 April 2020.

This is to reduce congestions to major ports worldwide to ensure smooth and continued flow of much needed daily essentials for households in regards to second phase of Movement Control Order which is in effect from 1 April to 14 April 2020.

This latest port clearing exercise is in line with the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 which takes effect during the EMCO from 1 to 14 April 2020.

Pursuant to the amendments made to Regulations No. 2, port, dock and airport services and undertakings, and transportation by land, water, or air constitute essential services. This means that any activity and process in the supply chain of port, dock and airport services and undertaking and transportation by land, water or air are also deemed as essential services.

Movement due to special and particular reason

Crew movement from one place to another place within infected local area or from one infected local area to another infected local area must obtain prior written permission from police office in charge of the police station nearest at Crew’s initial location.

Requirement to undergo health examination upon arrival in Malaysia.

All crew whether citizen or expatriate returning form oversea are required to undergo health examination upon arrival in Malaysia before proceed to immigration clearance at any point of entry and must comply with any direction of an authorized officer.

Effective 14th April
Crew Change Procedures for Malaysian Nationalities

For Sign Off

  1. Owner/Agent must surrender Maritime Declaration of Health to Port Health officer.
  2. Vessel that visited / transited from any country that affected from covid-19 in 14 days listed by World Health Organization must proceed to quarantine zone and report to port health officer.
  3. Test for Covid-19 can be done at any lab / health center that approved by Ministry of Health to require test results swiftly.
  4. In case the Covid-19 test results came negative, home assessment tools will be given by port health officer to all the crews and crews will be given permission to return to their home and do their own self surveillance.
  5. If crew shows the Covid-19 symptoms, crew must report immediately to nearest health center. All the arrangements and test expenses shall bear by shipping company. Furthermore, any shipping company that doesn’t bear the costs , crews must be quarantined by port health officer for 14 days.

For Sign On

  1. Crew must complete Declaration of Health form from Marine Department and get endorsed by any recognized medical officer.
  2. Crew must undergo Covid-19 test in any labs / private health centers that recognized by Ministry of Health. All the arrangements for those tests to bear by shipping company.
  3. Crew with negative test results will be given home assessment tools to monitor while the crew onboard. Crews body temperature must be taken and recorded for 14 days continuously.

Sign on/off for foreign nationals, the procedures remains the same and all application must be directed to Chief Immigration Director for consideration.

As of July 3, a circular from the HQs of Immigration / Marine was released that crew change with foreign crew is now permissible. However, this has not been implemented at local level due to several reasons including but not limited to the following:

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  • Authorities at state level still not completely on board with this and / or reviewing the situation
  • Local authorities still working out an SOP for potential crew change
  • Borders are still closed / the ‘Join ship crew visa counter’ at Kuala Lumpur international airport is still closed

The crew change with foreign crew is regrettably still not possible due to the above.

Bintulu

Refer to flow chart guideline below.

Effective 16th March

  • All visitors  (foreign and domestic) coming into Sarawak and returning  Sarawakians will be issued a 14 Day Stay Home Notice (SHN). 
  • Exemptions shall only be given by the  State Health  Department  to those required to travel  under special circumstances (official  and business duties).

Effective 27th April, list of infected country based on Ministry of Health is updated as below:

  • China (including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau)
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Italy
  • Iran
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines

Johor (Pasir Gudang, Pengerang, Tanjung Pelepas, Tanjung Langsat)

Screening will be conducted at berth. Temporary stop for SIRE inspection on board vessel. If it is urgent and compulsory, it must be done at anchorage (SIRE inspector embark/disembark at anchorage).

Kuantan

Screening process will conducted at berth by the Port Health. Agent shall advise Medical Officer at least 48 hrs before arrival if vessel has a record visiting affected country within 14 days prior.

The vessel will undergo screening process at the anchorage or berth.

The ship crews including those who been screened will not be allowed to disembark without permission from the medical officer and authorities when vessel at berth. No ships crews sign on/off or shore leave through port entrance except with the permission of Medical Officer, Marine Department and other related authorities. Offshore personnel shall undergo temperature screening before being permitted to pass through port entrance.

Labuan

Refer to flow chart guideline for Bintulu. Vessel with less than 14 days departure from affected country will be put on Status B (quarantine at berth) or status C (quarantine at anchorage). Ship shore leave will be suspended for vessels with status B & C.

Lumut

Screening will be conducted at berth. No shore leave will be given until further notice by Port Health.

Melaka

Screening will be conducted at anchorage.

Penang

All vessels that have called affected country in last 14 days will be quarantined on their arrival at alongside.

Port Dickson

Screening will be conducted at anchorage.

Port Klang

Screening will be conducted at berth. If any crew with fever over 38 degree celsius Port Health shall arrange to transport the crew for medical attention. For Northport, all personnel are required to go through body temperature screening before being allowed to enter Northport premises.

Sabah (Kota Kinabalu, Sipitang, Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Tawau)

Health screening by Port Health is required for any vessel calling from a foreign country. Screening will be conducted at anchorage. Action Taken On Arrival will be issued by immigration to master via local agent before arrival of vessel. NTL for all crews if vessel had called affected country regardless of number of days.

Sarawak (Bintulu & Tanjung Manis)

Effective March 27, all agents must key in the crew details for non-Sarawakian and other pre-arrival documents of the upcoming ships into the SDMC (State Disaster Management Committee) system for their approval. While waiting for approval from SDMC, vessel need to anchor at anchorage area. Port Health Officer will not board the vessel until SDMC approval granted.

The crew details should be keyed in 7 days before ship’s arrival and applied for Bintulu, Samalaju, Miri, Tanjung Manis and Sibu port.

For Kuching, master must provide documents (ship particular, crew list, voyage memo, arrival notice, temperature list of crews and captain passport copy) 2 working days before arrival (not 7 days as per other Sarawak ports).

Effective April 6, all non-citizens that entering via air, sea and land are not allowed to transit in Sarawak.

India – Novel Coronavirus Update

Vessels arriving from ports of infected countries identified for mandatory quarantine and travel ban by MoHFW, Govt. of India before 14 days of departure from the infected port, or having seafarers embarked on the vessel who have been in infected regions within 14 days of arrival at any Indian port shall need to comply with additional measures as given in the Annex 1.

The updated list of infected countries may be obtained from the website of MoHFW, Govt. of India. (www.mohfw.gov.in) or at this link.

Vessels arriving from any port in China to have the necessary quarantine period of 14 days.

Stoppages of a vessel at any port of infected countries only for bunkering purposes shall not be counted for the calculation of 14 days from port of departure.

Vessels that have arrived at Indian port after 14 days of departure from an infected port need not comply with the additional requirements specified.

Ports which are not able not comply with the additional requirements specified in Annex 1 shall not allow the vessels to berth for vessels which have arrived within 14 days from the infected countries.

Annex 1 may be obtained from india.pas@benlineagencies.in

The following ports have declared Force Majeure till now: Gangavaram, Dhamra, Mundra, Krishnapatnam, Karaikal, Gopalpur, Adani Hazira, Gujarat Maritime Board, Adani Petronet Dahej, Muldwarka, Jaigarh, Chettinad Coal Terminal New Mangalore, Chettinad International Coal Terminal (Ennore), Goa – South West Port Ltd., Dighi Port, Karwar, Kakinada Anchorage Port, Sanghi Port, Visakhapatnam (applicable to PPP projects only), Haldia, Kandla, Angre Port, Kolkata, Chennai Port.

The Government of India has extended the lock down till 30th June 2020. Port Operations has been notified as an “essential service.” Despite declaring Force Majeure, all ports are operational except Karwar Port and Dighi Port. However, ports are facing issues due to shortage of labour.

Crew accommodated in quarantine facility / hotel prior joining / after signing off from the vessel, should stay within the designated room as per protocol and strictly follow the quarantine guidelines. As per the authorities any violation will be seriously viewed, and they may impose huge penalties on the defaulting crew members.

Ports where we can undertake assignments for crew change of Indian Nationals are: Chennai, Tuticorin, Gangavaram, Vizag, Haldia, Kolkata, Kochi, Krishnapatnam, Kakinada, Pipavav, Mundra, Kandla, Tuna, Dahej, Hazira, Mumbai, Sikka and Vadinar.

Crew change can also be done at Paradip, New Mangalore, Goa and Muldwarka but takes longer to obtain the clearances. 

Crew change at Paradip and Dhamra has been temporarily suspended until further notice. SOP at other ports are still being finalized.

Japan – Coronavirus Disease Update

All ports

All vessels arriving Japan ports will be required to submit a health questionnaire. This report should be accomplished by the vessel captain and submitted to the relevant quarantine officer before arriving at any Japanese port.

This needs to be submitted to immigration during their working hours, prior ship arrival. To ensure prompt checking and feedback from the Authorities, Master needs to provide this at least 36 hours in advance. In case vessel is due to arrive during a weekend or Monday, the health questionnaire must be submitted latest by Friday AM JPLT.

Quarantine measures

All nationals arriving from the following countries are called upon to wait 14 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief and to refrain from using public transportation.

Asia – China, Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam and Malaysia

Europe – Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Monaco, Romania, San Marino, the United Kingdom, and Vatican

Middle East – Iran, Israel, Qatar and Bahrain

Africa – Egypt and Democratic Republic of the Congo

North America – The United States of America

Effective April 3, entry ban for all foreigners travelling from countries/areas as below. Visas issued by Japanese Embassies or Consulates located in all countries other than those listed will cease to be in effect and visa-free entry, which had been granted to citizens of the same countries, will be suspended as well.

Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Equador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Isreal, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morrocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, PRC (including HKG and Macau), Qatar, Republic of Djibouti, Romania, Russia, Sao Tome Principe ,South Korea, San Marino, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USA, Vatican, Vietnam.

Quarantine Measures
Intensified quarantine (14 days) required for all travelers entering Japan regardless of nationalities.

Effective April 29, entry ban on travelers is updated as below. Visas issued by Japanese Embassy or Consulates located in all countries other than those listed will cease to be in effect and visa-free entry, which had been granted to citizens of the same countries, will be suspended as well.

  • Foreigners who have Chinese passports issued by Hubei or Zhejiang Province in China.
  • Foreigners who have embarked from passenger vessel “Westerdam”
  • Foreigners who have been to the following countries for the past 14 days: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, PRC (including Hong Kong and Macau), Qatar, Republic of Djibouti, Romania, Russia, South Korea, San Marino, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA, Vatican, Vietnam.

All major ports with practical access to JP major international airports: NRT, KIX and HN-

For on signers:

If crew have a valid Seaman’s book (to identify their crew status), they might be allowed to enter Japan with following procedure:

  • In general, crew members from countries on this list (https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html) have to undergo PCR test at airport, quarantine and undergo an interview (with crew agent’s assistance) at airport immigration.
  • For onsigners who are not required to take PCR test, they can join vessel directly without 14 days quarantine as long as they don’t use public transportation (such as Domestic airplane, Bullet train, Bus, etc.). They need to be escorted to join vessel by agent’s car.
  • For onsigners who are required to take PCR test by airport Quarantine, results usually available after 1-2days (at NRT airport), 4-5hours (at HND airport) and 4-5hours to 1 day (at KIX airport), during this time, they need to stay at a Government-assigned hotel (chartered bus from airport to the hotel, hotel charge, meal charge are expected to be paid by Japanese Government, but it also subjects to the Government-contracted hotel’s vacancy). If the tests turn out to be negative, they can join vessel without 14 days isolation as long as they don’t use public transportation (such as Domestic airplane, Bullet train, Bus, etc.). They need to be escorted to join vessel by agent’s car
  • The shore pass for onsigners shall be issued by Immigration officer at the airport after the interview (with crew agent’s assistance). However there’s still possibility that the PCR test show positive result. In case one of the onsigners’ PCR test shows result as positive, he will be escorted to a designated hospital, probably by Quarantine office and all other onsigners will have to return to origins immediately, not being able to join vessel too.
  • Whether PCR test for the onsigners is requested or not completely depends on Quarantine’s decision upon their arrival at the airport. PCR test in Japan is an assigned test (conducted by Government Quarantine), not optional or commercialized check-up, hence cannot be ordered.
  • Whether onsigners can enter Japan or not still depends on airport Quarantine’s final judgement upon their arrival. However pls be ensured our team and our attending escort agent will try our very best to persuade the Immigration & Quarantine bureau’s permission, given that onsigner’s travel history has been reflected correctly and crews’ heath condition are stable.

For off signers:

  • For vessels which were at sea for 14 days after leaving previous foreign port before entering Japanese port, shore passes (landing permits) might be able to issued at first port, but only for offsigners (who possess valid Seaman’s book). In case vessel calls a foreign port, which is not target area as mentioned here (https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html), within 14 days, it might be possible to negotiate with local Immigration for offsigners’ disembarkation too. However same need to be confirmed on case by case basis.
  • They need to be escorted by agent’s car too, no public transportation (such as Domestic airplane, Bullet train, Bus, etc.) is allowed.

Regrettably at this stage, there’s still no official instruction from Japan Immigration about the fixed/confirmed procedure for crew change procedure at all Japan ports. Therefore the situation might varied among Japan areas/ports and we have no other choice than to check with the Immigration on case by case basis. Hence, in case you have any plan for a crew change at Japanese ports, please advise us flwg info as precise as possible for our efficient negotiation with the Immigration office:

  • Vessel’s name
  • Japanese port name that the crew change should take place, ETA at port
  • Charterer’s port agent contact details
  • Vessel’s port of call list for 1 month prior arrival at Japan 1st port
  • Onsigner’s nationalities, whether they have valid Seaman’s book or not

Currently, most airports in Japan is not available for international flights except Narita Airport, Haneda Airport (with very limited international flight option) & Kansai airport (KIX). Hence, it will be most convenient to arrange crew change (if permitted by Immigration) at the major Japan ports located near these 3 international airports due to the fact that all transportation should be made easier.

For the other ports that are far away from above airports, the possibility to arrange same subject to escort agent’s availability and need to be checked carefully on case by case basis.
 
Public transportation is still allowed in case they have completed 14 days self-quarantine in Japan as per Quarantine bureau’s request. But considerate the nature of crew change operation, this option seems not recommendable.

Australia – Coronavirus Disease Update

All ports

On 1 May 2020, the CHO issued the Public Health Direction – Border Restrictions which applies to people travelling interstate and coming to Queensland from another State or Territory. This will be relevant to crew members having to take a domestic leg as part of their travel to join a ship, departing from a Queensland port.

The Chief Health Officer’s Border Restrictions (No.5), Schedule 1, contains provisions that incorporate the National Cabinet agreement and applies ‘to Australian and international crew working on commercial ships (not cruise ships).

Vessels may berth in Australia at any time, however if the vessel arrives within 14-days from their last international port of call or from the last time crew (not including cruise ship crew) joined the vessel within Australia and all occupants aboard the vessel have declared that they are healthy, the following restrictions apply:

  • Maritime crew are not subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine however, they will be required to comply with self-isolation requirements.
  • Crew travelling to Australia (by aircraft) to join a vessel must adhere to the following arrangements:
    • On arrival at an Australian airport, crew must declare to an ABF officer they are joining a vessel or offshore installation. They will then be directed to a biosecurity officer.
    • Crew may take a domestic flight/s to their final destination to meet their vessel but must self-isolate at their accommodation if they have a layover at any time.
  • All crew must remain on-board while the vessel is berthed in a port or any other place where cargo is loaded or unloaded.
  • Crew are able to disembark to conduct essential vessel functions and crew must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while performing these functions.
  • Crew must also use PPE in public spaces on board the vessel while non-crew members are on-board.
  • These restrictions apply until 14 days has elapsed since the vessel departed the last foreign port before Australia or the last time crew joined the vessel within Australia, unless crew are unwell or there is a suspected case of COVID-19 on-board. If a person is unwell, there will be a human biosecurity assessment, and if indicated, a subsequent referral to state and territory human biosecurity officer (public health doctor) for direction as per current process.

The period maritime crew spend at sea prior to their arrival in Australia and during operations in Australia since the last time crew joined the vessel (emphasis added) counts towards the 14-day period of self-isolation. In practice, if a vessel has travelled for ten days since last being in a foreign port, the period of self-isolation for its crew members would be the remaining four days.

New South Wales

All crew regardless of visa status, self-isolation status or time at sea are ‘RESTRICTED ON BOARD’ of their respective vessels in all NSW ports, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Crew will not be allowed to leave their vessels without explicit approval from the Commissioner of Police NSW.

Masters of all ships due to arrive at our ports are required to answer the following questions:

  1. What were the last 5 ports of call?
  2. Are there any ill passengers or crew on board?
  3. Are any crew members or passengers showing symptoms of Covid-19 on board?
  4. Has the vessel been in mainland China, Iran, Republic of Korea or Italy in the last 14 days? What date did the vessel depart these countries?
  5. Has any person on the vessel been in contact with a proven case of novel coronavirus infection in the last 14 days.
  6. Are there any crew or passengers who have left, or transited through, mainland China or Iran, Republic of Korea or Italy less than 14 days ago?
  7. For the purpose of this instruction, 14 days will mean 14 calendar days (e.g. if the vessel has sailed out of a Chinese port at 1000 hours local time on 1 March, she will only be allowed to enter into the port at 0001 hours local time on 16 March).
  8. Where Covid-19 is suspected or confirmed Port Authority will risk assess the situation and obtain further advice from the respective government agencies prior to boarding the vessel;
  9. If any person joins the vessel after her departure from the previous port, and if that person has left or transited through mainland China, Iran, Republic of Korea or Italy less than 14 days ago, the 14 calendar day count will recommence from the date of the last person joining the vessel.
  10. Port Authority will delay pilotage services to ships that have transited from mainland China, Iran, Republic of Korea or Italy which have been at sea for less than the 14 calendar day quarantine period, or 14 calendar days from the date of the last person joining the vessel.

Queensland

There is no requirement for vessels to have been underway for 14 days or more from an overseas port prior to arrival for Port of Brisbane, Townsville, Port Alma, Bundaberg and Gladstone. 

VTS will continue to query vessel’s prior to pilot boarding to confirm the vessel’s last port, departure time and presences of any COVID-19 symptoms.

All other Queensland Ports, vessel entry requires 14 days since departure from last overseas port. Vessels can apply for an exemption to the respective Regional Harbour Master if they are arriving within 14 days from Singapore, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and the Southwest Pacific. This also includes specific trades such as livestock carriers.

Vessels planning to arrive within 14 days of departure from Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia will be required to:

  1. Detail crew changes undertaken whilst in the that previous port/country.
  2. Detail specific measures taken to minimise the potential expose of infection to existing crew.
  3. Detail of any other mitigation strategies were employed at the previous port if cargo was handled.

The process to be followed is:

  1. No less than 48hrs prior to vessel arrival the Agent is to send an electronic question form to the vessel Master.
  2. Completed form to be returned to the VTS centre for processing 24hrs prior to arrival of the vessel (pilot onboard time).
  3. VTS to send the form to the Duty Harbour Master for their assessment.
  4. Duty Harbour Master to advise VTS that the vessel is approved for entry.
  5. If the vessel is clear to berth, VTS to advise vessels Agent.
  6. If further assessment deemed necessary, General Manager to be informed and vessel advised.

Cambodia – Coronavirus Disease Update

All ports

No restriction for cargo ship calling Cambodia but all crew onboard of cargo ship must go through scanning of body temperature as well as ship agent, customs, police, quarantine official and harbour master.

Temporary closure of inland, waterway, airway for Cambodia travel to Vietnam and from Vietnam to Cambodia, effective March 20 23:59 onward.

Crew changes (sign on and sign off) is temporary not allowed by Ministry of Public Work and Transportation, and prohibited by Cambodian Immigration.

Foreign visitors from Iran, Italy, Germany, Spain, France and USA are allowed to enter Cambodia. All travelers both Cambodian and foreign nationals are required to have a valid Covid-19 Health Certificate issued by the health authority of their country. Foreign travelers must have health insurance able to pay out a minimum of US$50,000 during their stay in Cambodia.

All travelers both Cambodian and foreign nationals are required to undergo covid-19 test upon arrival and wait for result before entry.

  1. If found positive, the person must be quarantined 14 days for check up and health care by ministry of health.
  2. If found negative, the person must self isolate / quarantine for 14 days at their home / accommodation. The person will take a second covid-19 test on the 13th day of quarantine.

WEF June 1, visa upon arrival is not available until further notice. Passengers need to apply for a visa before entering Cambodia.

The following costs will be for the account of any foreigner that arrives in Cambodia.

  • Testing upon arrival at the airport = US$165/ pax
  • If any passengers test “positive”, the accompanying passenger’s quarantine stage= US$1276/pax
  • Medication stage for infected cases = US$3550/pax
  • Cremation service in case passenger passes away = US$1500/pax
  • Testing certificate= US$30/each

Foreign passengers will be required to deposit money upon arrival to cover all charges related to Covid-19 testing, quarantine, medication. Details of this guideline are still being finalized.

Cambodians who hold a foreign passport and enter Cambodia by K Class Visa no longer need to deposit US$3,000 and Health Insurance that cover minimum US$50,000. Instead they need to obtain “Health Certificate which Negative Covid-19” issued by their residence country and not over than 72 hours from issued date.

Thailand – Coronavirus Disease Update

No crew change can be done at Thai ports and only cargo vessels are allowed to enter Thai ports. Foreigners are still not permitted to enter Thailand by plane, ships and cars. Thai crew are allowed to sign off at Thai ports but they have to contact the their embassy for supporting documents and to arrange COVID-19 test (with results) before their vessels arrival in Thailand. They will be in the state’s quarantine facility for 14 days after signing off before they proceed to their home town.

Restriction of Heath Control during COVID-19 transmission.   

The following documents must be submitted to Health Control via agent before vessel’s arrival in Thai waters for Health Control’s consideration.

  • Report of daily temperature of crews on board for at least 7 days (preferably 14 days)
  • Voyage memo (last ten ports)
  • Maritime information of Health (Tor 2)
  • Maritime Declaration of Health (Tor 3)
  • Information of Conveyance Arriving in Thailand (Tor 1)
  • IMO Crew list
  • Timelines of on-signers and negative result of COVID-19 (for Phuket & Songkhla)
  • Fit to travel (for Phuket and Songkhla)
  • Insurance coverage documentation of USD100,000 per person (for Phuket & Songkhla)