Thailand – Coronavirus Disease Update

Vessels that called Chinese ports before Thailand must report any symptoms of crew / passengers on board, with intensive screening for those who were in China 14 days prior. Symptoms must be reported 24 hours prior arrival. 

Any ships from China, H.K, Macao, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Germany, France, Italy and Iran will be monitored by health control. Master of all ships must report temperature of crew on board every day, 7 days before arrival in Thai waters.  Authorities will attend on board to perform quarantine screening.  All crew must have thermal scans and fever condition checked. If any crew have fever or a suspected symptom, s/he will be placed under 14 days of quarantine and further check by hospital.  If individual is found to be infected with Covid-19 on board, that vessel is prohibited to enter the port until health authorities ensure that vessel is free from infection.

Crew on-signer who are flying from critical infected countries like China (including Hong kong and Macau), Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, H.K, Germany, France, Italy and Iran will be seriously checked by thermal body scanning and fever checked after landing before release to airport immigration. If one is found with fever and suspected symptom, he must be sent to hospital for 14 days quarantine.

Crew on-signer and passenger flying directly from countries declared by the Thai Ministry of Public Health as a dangerous contagious area (COVID-19), China (included Hong Kong and Macau), Republic of Korea, Italian Republic and Islamic Republic of Iran. They must prepare the following documents to show to Thai Quarantine officers at Phuket and Hat Yai airports, otherwise they will be pushed back to their home country on their next flight by their account.

  • Physical examination certificate within 48 hours before departure from their country.
  • Laboratory testimonials show that they are not infected with Covid-19 within 48 hours before departing from their home country.
  • Health insurance certificate regarding infection medical treatment COVID-19 Disease and the amount insured in USD. 100,000.-/head. 
  • There are fourteen (14) days quarantine by their account.

Crew on-signer and passenger that do not fly from the countries declared by the Thai Ministry of Public Health as a dangerous contagious area for more than 14 hours are China (included Hong Kong and Macau), Republic of Korea, Italian Republic and Islamic Republic of Iran. They do not need to carry out or prepare the documents listed above just show their passport to the Quarantine officer which indicated the date of departure from the origin airport, then fill out the FormT.8 with the purchase of a Thai mobile phone SIM card at the Immigration Checkpoint and download application of Thai Ministry of Public Health for the officials to follow up 14 days on the application online or sometimes the staff will randomly meet to check for further health.

Sriracha, Laemchabang, Maptaphut and Rayong

For vessel calling from critical infected countries (Italy, South Korea, Iran, China, Macao, Hongkong and Taiwan)

  • If less than 14 days, crew change is not permitted.
  • If over 14 days, the following docs to be submitted to Health Control via agent in advance before arrival in Thai water for Health Control’s consideration
    • Report of temperature of crews on board daily at least 7 days
    • The 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)
    • Crew list with recording embarked date & place
    • Health certificate
    • Insurance coverage USD100,000 per person

Ranong, Songkhla and Sattahip 

Crew change is prohibited

Phuket and Prachuap

For vessel calling from critical infected countries (Italy, South Korea, Iran, China, Macao, Hongkong and Taiwan) and ongoing local transmission area (Austria, Belgium, Malaysia, Canada, Protugese, Brazil, Israel, Australia, UK, Pakistan, Finland, Turkey, Greece, Chile, Luxembourg, Polish, Ecuador, Switzerland, France, Spain, American, Nowegian, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden and Germany.

  • If less than 14 days, crew change is not permitted.
  • If over 14 days, the following docs to be submitted to Health Control via agent in advance before arrival in Thai water for Health Control’s consideration and approval from governor
    • Report of temperature of crews on board daily at least 7 days
    • The 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)
    • Crew list with recording embarked date & place
    • Health certificate
    • Insurance coverage USD 100,000 per person

Singapore – Coronavirus Disease Update

All short-term visitors, from anywhere in the world, will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore. MPA will apply these additional precautionary measures to all vessels calling at the Port of Singapore.

With the application of the additional precautionary measures, crew and passengers on short-term visits will not be allowed to disembark in Singapore for the time being. Crew change in Singapore is also disallowed for the time being.

The Port of Singapore remains open for cargo operations and marine services, including shipyard repairs.

​Maritime Declaration of Health is required for all vessel into port. Crew changes is not allowed until further notice.

Australia – Coronavirus Disease Update

All ports

The Australian Government announced that all travellers entering Australia from 0001 AEDST 16 March 2020 must undertake a precautionary self-isolation period for up to 14 days upon entry to Australia. This applies to any traveller entering Australia, inclusive of Australian citizens and permanent residents. For any travelers who are entering Australia for less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration of their stay.

These measures apply to all travellers entering Australia via aircraft and cruise ships. The travel restrictions for mainland China, Iran, the Republic of Korea and Italy remain in place.

All travellers will be notified of the precautionary self-isolation requirement through an updated health fact sheet. Travellers may be required to complete a form confirming that they understand they are required to complete the self-isolation period for up to 14 days.

Any travellers, who are transiting through Australia to an international destination must remain in the airport, or self-isolate (for up to 14 days) in their accommodation, for the duration of their planned transit.

Precautionary self-isolation requirement for commercial vessels entering Australia 17 March 2020.

On 15 March 2020, the Australian Government announced that all persons entering Australia from 0001 AEDST 16 March 2020 must undertake a precautionary self-isolation period for up to 14 days upon entry to Australia. This applies to any person entering Australia, inclusive of Australian citizens and permanent residents. For persons who are entering Australia for less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration of their stay. These measures apply to all people entering Australia including via aircraft and vessels.

The travel restrictions for mainland China, Iran, the Republic of Korea and Italy remain in place for all travellers including maritime crew. All crew will be notified of the precautionary self-isolation requirement through an updated health fact sheet.

For all Commercial Vessels arriving from any port outside Australia, all vessel masters must answer health screening questions as part of their entry reporting:

  • ABF and Biosecurity officers remain responsible for border clearance processes.
  • Vessels that report ill persons with relevant symptoms will undergo a human health inspection by a Biosecurity Officer on arrival in Australia, and before the vessel is granted pratique.

For crew members on a vessel:

  • All crew must remain on-board while the vessel is berthed in Australia.
  • Crew are only able to disembark to conduct essential vessel functions and crew must wear personal protective equipment while performing these functions.
  • These restrictions apply until 14 days has elapsed since the vessel departed the last port before Australia, unless crew are unwell or there is a suspected case of COVID-19 on-board.
  • The period maritime crew spend at sea prior to their arrival in Australia 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 precautionary self-isolation for its crew members would be the remaining four days.
  • Where a crew member is signing off a vessel (within the 14 day period) and remaining in Australia they must self-isolate at their accommodation for the remainder of the 14 day self-isolation period.
  • Crew members departing Australia may proceed directly to the airport and depart; or they must self isolate at their accommodation until the time they proceed to the airport.
  • International crew members joining a commercial vessel voyage are subject to a 14 day self-isolation period. Crew are permitted to transit through Australia but must remain in the port or airport, or self-isolate in accommodation for the duration of their transit. Crew must self isolate at their final destination for the remainder of the 14 days.

Dalrymple Bay

A vessel must not enter DBCT pilotage area until 14 days have elapsed since the vessel’s departure from mainland China on or after 1 February 2020.

Whilst a Pilot will not be allowed to board a vessel prior to this 14 days elapsing, vessels are allowed to arrive at the Outer Anchorage.  Therefore a vessel can technically arrive and tender NOR when they reach the Outer Anchorage which in most cases will be prior to the 14 days.  To ensure that a vessel is not physically planned to berth prior to this date, a Planning ETA is to be applied under the banner “MSQ Quarantine Rule”.  This Planning ETA will be reflective of the vessels’ departure date from China + 14 days.

The definition of an ATA under the Terminal Regulations is, in respect of a relevant arrival of a vessel, the time when the last of the following occurs:

  • the vessel has reached the “commercial area of the port” or the “normal waiting place” identified by the Hay Point Harbour Master,
  • the vessel is ready in all respects to be towed, berthed, deballasted and loaded without delay; and
  • a copy of the Notice of Readiness (such notice is customarily presented to a shipper or their agent by the Master or the ship’s agent) has been tendered to the Operator by the Master or ship’s agent, confirming the readiness of the arrived Vessel to undertake the operations in the second point above.

Hay Point

All vessels will be treated as high risk effective immediately.

General Controls

  • Vessels must spend a minimum of 14 days at sea prior to entry to QLD Pilotage areas.
  • Biosecurity approval required prior to any ship berthing at Hay Point, approval to be documented.
  • Vessels must complete MSQ Survey. If YES answered to any questions MSQ will consult with relevant departments prior to acceptance of vessel into QLD Pilotage areas.
  • Health Risk Signage installed on Vessel Access Ladders.
  • Car 10 and Car 3 personnel to treat any cold and flu symptoms seriously, following the escalation process if on site or if at home isolate, utilize a face mask and proceed to health care provider, when safe to do so escalate to Production Superintendent.
  • PPE provided at Production Office, Operation Car 3/10 Vehicles (sanitiser, wipes, masks).
  • Vessel radio are to be cleaned using alcohol wipes by Car 3 or Car 10 prior to taking on next vessel.

Boarding Vessels

  • Supervisors will NOT be boarding vessels. Agents are strongly recommended not to attend. Draft surveyor will be the only one attending the vessel.
  • Paperwork (Crew Working in Holds, Ships Access Gangway Procedure, Ship to Shore Safety Checklist, Loading Sequence) to be signed by the Master and emailed back to Hay Point Terminal office prior to berthing
  • Essential ships personnel only to interact with terminal personnel (e.g. ship security station officer, C/O and master), all other ships personnel are to be directed to maintain at least 1m distance.
  • Accept no food or drink on vessel.
  • Observe proper hygiene practices at all times – wash hands regularly and thoroughly, keep hands and fingers away from eyes, nose and mouth.
  • If any crew members are observed to be ill or report illness whilst alongside, immediately remove all terminal personnel from the vessel, barricade the SAL and escalate to Production Superintendent.
  • Shipping paperwork is to be completed outside of the accommodation. Ship file to be provided in ring bound folder. This will be best achieved utilizing the security station outside the accommodation unit.
  • Security station is to be appropriately cleaned and sanitized prior to berthing.
  • Minimum PPE requirements are to be observed by both terminal and ship personnel (face mask, gloves, glasses) at all times. Additionally PPE will be made available for ship’s crew if they have failed to provide their own or PPE looks in poor condition.
  • Maintain >1m distance from ship’s crew if possible.
  • Hand sanitiser made available for use must be minimum 60% alcohol based.
  • No terminal loading spotters allowed on vessels – if in doubt, underload hatch.
  • Gloves are to be sprayed with disinfectant and disposed of immediately upon disembarkment.
  • Hands to be washed thoroughly on disembarkment after glove disposal.

Mackay

As per the normal process, all cruise and commercial vessels entering Australian territory are legally required to report ill passengers and crew presenting on the pre-arrival report via the Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS). A biosecurity officer will then meet the vessel to screen for coronavirus and other serious infectious diseases. Biosecurity officers do this by administering the Traveller with Illness Checklist (TIC) to the ill passenger or crew member, or by discussing case diagnoses with the ship’s doctor. A biosecurity officer or human biosecurity officer may then issue directions for the management of a suspected case of coronavirus which are legally required to be followed.

All vessels entering Australian territory may be asked additional questions about:

  • whether the vessel left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 and less than 14 days ago.
  • whether any crew or passengers left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 and less than 14 days ago.
  • whether any crew or passengers have been in contact with confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in the previous 14 days.

Vessels that meet any of the following will be subject to additional coronavirus requirements:

  • Vessels that have left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 and less than 14 days ago.
  • Vessels with crew or passengers who have left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 and less than 14 days ago.
  • Vessels that have had ill crew or passengers on board in the past 14 days.
  • Vessels that have crew or passengers who have been in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus disease in the past 14 days.

New South Wales

Agents must advise the Vessel Traffic Information Centre (VTIC) 48 hours prior to the vessel entry

  • The date the vessel departed China
  • If the vessel berthed at any ports during its transit to Newcastle

The VTIC will request the following information from the Master of the vessel prior to arrival and pilot pickup:

  • Declaration to Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) from the vessel master that they have no sick people on-board
  • Declaration of previous 5 ports of call for the vessel.

Queensland

Effective immediately, Queensland’s Reef Vessel Traffic Services (REEFVTS) will require all foreign trading ships that are inbound to the Torres Strait, Hydrographers Passage, Whitsundays Pilotage areas are to provide the following information until further notice:

  1. Report whether the vessel has visited mainland China or South Korea in the past 14 days.
  2. Report if any Crew Member or passenger has visited Mainland China or South Korea in the past 14 days.
  3. Report if any Crew Member or passenger is showing any of the Novel Coronavirus symptoms that include fever, flu-like symptoms cough, sore throat, headache or difficulty breathing.

If answers to all the above questions is NO, the Vessel will be free to proceed under pilotage. There is no need to advise the pilotage company, however confirmation can be given if requested to the pilot launch or helicopter prior to pilot boarding.

If the answer is YES to Question 1 and/or 2, VTS is to advise the pilotage company immediately.

If the answer is YES Question 3 VTS is to advise the RHM who will make the appropriate notifications to State and Federal agencies for further advice. Any such vessels may be directed to remain outside of the Compulsory Pilotage Area until assessed and cleared by appropriate government qualified personnel.

In the case of vessels entering the reporting area via Swain and Sandy Cape, Reef VTS may either communicate with the ship via Inmarsat C or wait until VHF comms are satisfactory. If there is no response from a vessel entering IVO Swain, this will form part of the vessel handover / takeover procedure with Gladstone VTS.

If in the event of a ship being non-compliant by:

  • not providing a pre-entry report, or
  • not providing answers to the questions

The vessel is to be directed to remain outside the pilotage area until such time as the above questions have been answered.

If the situation arises where Reef VTS are unable to contact the vessel prior to pilot boarding, Reef VTS will notify the pilotage company advising that Reef VTS has attempted to contact the vessel but were unsuccessful and requesting the pilot company to communicate directly with the vessel.

This direction applies to the masters of all ships in Queensland waters intending to enter a Queensland pilotage area if:

  • the ship left, or transited through a port in mainland China or South Korea (both of which are a relevant country) in the last 14 days, or
  • any crew or other person on board the ship (a relevant person) has travelled to or transited through a relevant country in the last 14 days.

The ship must navigate or otherwise operate the ship in relation to the pilotage area as follows:

  • The ship must not enter a Queensland pilotage area until 14 days have elapsed since the ship or any relevant person on board the ship left a relevant country, whichever is later.
    • Country-specific’ exemptions to the General Manager’s Direction has been granted for vessels arriving from the following countries:
      – New Zealand
      – Papua New Guinea
      – South West Pacific Nations (to be defined by specific island states)
      – Singapore

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.

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 March 25, the Government of Malaysia decided to extend the movement control order (MCO) until April 14 amid growing concern over the COVID 19 pandemic. This instruction should be implemented by all ship managers, ship operators, ship owners, seafarers on-board Malaysia flagged vessels and foreign ships in Malaysia water.

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).

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

Screening will be conducted at anchorage.

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)

Petronas LNG Terminal will implement virtual loading for all vessels from affected countries (China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran). No personnel is allowed to board the vessel.

All required documents should be submitted prior to vessel berthing.

Vessel from affected country will be given status B. Vessel less 14 days from affected country will be put on Status B (quarantine at berth) or status C (quarantine at anchorage).

Travel restriction for those who visited  Japan, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia & Europe within past 14 days and must declare this to the Health Department.

Effective March 12, in addition to the above travel restriction countries, United States of America & Brunei has been included as per latest update.

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: Adani Hazira, Dhamra, Gangavaram, Gopalpur, Karaikal, Krishnapatnam, Mundra

The Government of India has declared lock down till 15th April 2020 except for essential services. Port Operations has been designated as an “essential service” so no port closure despite declaring Force Majeure.

China, Hong Kong and Taiwan – Coronavirus Disease Update

China

All ports have announced that both residents, visitors and crews from Hubei or stayed in Hubei in last 14 days are prohibited to go on board all vessels. 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.

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, tentatively for 14 days:

  • 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.
  • All transit services (flight transfers at airside) at Hong Kong International Airport will be suspended;

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, tentatively for 14 days: 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. Vessels arriving from China or South Korea ports are not affected.

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

Local supply of facemask still quite tight.

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 cargo vessel
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 March 25, 2020 0001Hrs LT, tentatively for 14 days, all transit services (flight transfers at airside) at Hong Kong International Airport will be suspended.

For onsigners (i.e. those holding both valid seaman books and passports, except those from China or those who have been to China in past 14 days), with effect from March 25, 2020 0001Hrs LT, signing on is arrangeable WITHOUT compulsory quarantine, subject to the following :

  • Hong Kong Immigration normal Visa Control requirement
  • Onsigner(s) has valid Passport and Seaman Book
  • Onsigner(s) holding copy of OKTB letter
  • Onsigner(s) not coming from China and/or has not been to China in the last 14 days
  • Onsigner(s) should not have any symptoms of being affected and passed temperature checks upon entry

Subject to change without prior notice and eventual grant for entry purely on Immigration/Port Health discretion

For offsigner(s), according to latest information from Immigration Department (subject to change without prior notice and purely on their discretion), those under seaman status (i.e. those holding both valid seaman books and passports) are NOT affected and may still apply for signing off (except those born/resided in Hubei or Hubei related or those Individuals who visited Hubei Province in the past 14 days, will be rejected)

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.

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.

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

With effect on February 16, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that a community monitoring program will be strengthened with specific target in the following link https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/m24IYCRA0lQIU_PnOTLyw?typeid=158

Those who have a history of travel (including transit) to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand and show symptoms through infared scanning or health declaration will be sent to the hospital for tests. Individual will be isolated while waiting for release of test results. Asymptomatic individuals will be allowed to enter.

Effective February 25, CECC foreign nationals entering Taiwan from South Korea (excluding passengers who transit through South Korea) must undergo a 14-day period of home quarantine. From February 25 until the end of February 26, Taiwanese nationals entering from South Korea must undergo a 14-day period of self-health management. Beginning February 27, Taiwanese nationals entering Taiwan from South Korea must undergo a 14-day period of home quarantine. Details are available here https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/VzLSCIamdWaXhm0–MLOA?typeid=158

Effective 0000H February 28, all passengers entering Taiwan (except for transit) from Italy need to undergo 14-day home quarantine. Details are available here https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/ZAMRoH02YNNzJusp0p_Wmw?typeid=158

Effective March 2, individuals who have traveled to Iran must comply with 14 day home quarantine before entering Taiwan. https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/gB6lvgqTw_xAKK8GRTVgOA?typeid=158

In Taichung, visitors who want to attend vessel, especially the vessel has been berthed in infected area, to meet their families on board need to offer the purpose of entry and all documents concerned for their approval on applying for temporary entry permit.

Starting 2 pm of March 14, travelers from 27 European countries or Dubai are required to practice a 14-day home quarantine after entering Taiwan. Pls link to https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/6q57qJkOZt2iLorwqGI5Zw?typeid=158  for details.

CECC raises travel notice for Egypt to Level 2: Alert; travelers advised to take enhanced precautions. https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/jWpW_RG8EaA1wc63l13yBg?typeid=158

CECC raises travel notice for 42 countries and one territory in Eastern Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, and Northern Africa to Level 3: Warning; CECC advises against all nonessential travel. Details are available here.  https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/_0k3v2eL5Urb3-mK0MnLqQ?typeid=158

Travelers arriving from Europe through March 5-14 advised to notify local district offices of their travel history; restrictions on entry of foreign nationals to be implemented; arriving travelers to be subject to home quarantine upon entry. https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/a-nPqAsZWtTb7FJ_pgRsEw?typeid=158

CECC raises travel notice for the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, including transit flights, to Level 3: Warning; advises against all nonessential travel to these countries. https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/Jvawf8acgNZDD1AdaEo0Yw?typeid=158

As per The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), latest regulation duo to COVID-19 outbreak condition worsen with immediate effect all shore passes become invalid (issued before 00:00, 19/Mar/2020) and port police will enhance patrol to ensure no crew at shore. Furthermore, unless deemed as emergency medical treatment situation by the Immigration, shore passes will no longer be issued from this point on, 19/Mar/2020 (except Taiwanese crews).

CECC raises travel notice for all countries to Level 3: Warning; advises against all nonessential travel. https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/qaBvfAzLOukWMMGyNubKWw?typeid=158

Automatic 30-day extension for foreigners entering Taiwan on or before March 21 with visa waiver, visitor visa, or landing visa (no application is required) (overstayers excepted). https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-220-5436-37c0d-2.html for details. For offshore wind farm working vessels to enter Taiwan port for the first time from abroad, Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) must verify whether the vessel has called an epidemic warning level 3 country or region within 14 days. If she has visited, the crew members must be quarantined for 14 days, if they are in normal condition they can go to wind farm after quarantine period.

Taiwan to ban airline passenger transits through the country starting March 24 until April 7. https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/_4X1IrBQkPHiaVGm2T2A5g?typeid=158

All wind-farm vessels are to be quarantined for 14 days before proceeding to offshore field for work if last port call from red code (level 3: warning) country/port.

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.

Indonesia – Coronavirus Disease Update

Bali

All vessels, quarantine will do inspection at anchorage, other authorities will then complete inspection at berth, vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration, port of call prior arrival.

Balikpapan/Adang Bay

Vessels with last port from any foreign country, quarantine will do inspection at outer anchorage if declare clear & clean will proceed to berth, others authorities complete inspection at berth, vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival.

Banjarmasin/Taboneo/Kotabaru

Vessels with last port overseas, quarantine will do inspection at anchorage. Nobody can come on board, no loading activity can be conducted before arrival inspection by quarantine officer completed and Free Pratique will only be granted if crew are not suspected with corona virus & all crew good condition / after inspection completed. If any crew members suspected with Corona Virus, all activity will be suspended, vessel will be quarantined and not allow to proceed alongside jetty / Loading at anchorage,  and shall be waiting for quarantine officer decision with indefinite waiting time before vessel arrive master must be to provide Maritime Health Declaration, not allowed  foreign crew conducted  on/off at Taboneo until further notice.

Batam

“Vessels with last port China have to drop anchor within 14 days since departure date from China Port in Batam anchorage Area. There is no person allowed to go onboard, even a pilot officer. On 15th day after sailing date, a quarantine officer will do an inspection. Once the result is clear, the vessel can proceed to berth. Vessels with last port from Iran, South Korea, and Italy, there is no final instruction from local quarantine whether the procedure is the same as from china port. According to them, the procedure will apply based on the result of the inspection at anchorage. Note – all vessels from any origin are all subject to inspection at anchorage before permission to proceed is given

Additional info from Singapore authorities, every foreigner will visit or transit to Singapore, have to isolate until 14 days in Singapore. For the time being, crew change process may be via Jakarta.“

Belawan

All vessels will have quarantine inspection at anchorage as per HM announcement, other authorities will then complete inspection at berth, vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration, port of call and crew temperature list prior arrival.

Benete

All vessels with last port overseas quarantine will do inspection at anchorage , vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration & Crews Body Temp prior arrival.

Bengkulu

Vessels with last port infected countries, quarantine will do inspection at anchorage, others authorities complete inspection at berth, vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival.

Bontang

Quarantine will do inspection at anchorage for all vessels. Vessel is required to provide real Maritime Health Declaration and crew temperature prior arrival. For vessel which will be alongside at all jetty PT. Pupuk Kalimantan Timur and PT. Indo Minco Mandiri (BOCT) all crew – domestic and foreign vessel crew – are not allowed to go ashore / left from the vessel.

Bunati/Muara Satui/Tg.Pemancingan

Vessels with last port overseas, quarantine will do inspection at anchorage, other authorities complete inspection at berth, vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival

Dumai

Vessels with last port from China Quarantine office will inspect at Morong Pilot Station before Pilot boarding and all other last countires Quarantine will do inspection at Dumai Inner anchorage, others authorities complete inspection at berth , vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration and Port Of Call prior arrival.

Jakarta

Vessels with last port overseas, vessel drop anchor on arrival for quarantine inspection, vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration, Port of Call and temperature body list prior arrival. No crew change of any nationality permitted in Jakarta.

Kaliorang/Sangkulirang

All vessels with last port overseas quarantine will do inspection at anchorage, vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival

Komodo

All vessels with last port overseas Quarantine will do inspection at anchorage , vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival

Lembar (Lombok)

All vessels with last port overseas Quarantine will do inspection at anchorage, vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival

Merak/Cigading/Ciwandan/Anyer

Vessels with last port from any foreign country, quarantine will do inspection at outer anchorage if declare clear & clean will proceed to berth, others authorities complete inspection at berth,vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival. Vessel with last port domestic or other indonesian port, vessel should provide Maritime Declaration of Health, crew thermal list update prior arrival and quarantine will check on board after vessel berth.

Padang

Vessels with last port infected countries, Quarantine will do inspection at anchorage, if any crew Chinese on board must declare on crew list, vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival

Palembang

Vessels with last port mainland China, quarantine will inspect after 14 days departure from last port, others last port (overseas) quarantine will do inspection at anchorage on arrival, others authorities will on board after finish quarantine inspection at anchorage or berthing, vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival.

Panjang

Vessels with last port infected countires, Quarantine will do inspection first at anchorage, others inspection at berth, provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival.

Pontianak

Vessels with last port mainland China, Quarantine will inspect after 14 days departure from last port, others last port (Oversea) Quarantine will do inspection at anchorage on arrival, others authorities will onboard after finish Quarantine inspection at anchorage or berthing, vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival.

Probolinggo

Vessels with last port overseas, quarantine will do inspection at anchorage, other authorities complete inspection at berth, vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival.

Samarinda

Vessels with last port overseas, quarantine will do inspection at anchorage, other authorities complete inspection at berth, vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival

Semarang

Vessels with last port from any foreign countries, quarantine will do inspection at outer anchorage if declare clear & clean will proceed to berth, others authorities complete inspection at berth, vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration(MDH), crew list with last body temperature, port of call/voyage memo  before arrival

Sorong

Vessels with last port overseas, quarantine will do inspection at anchorage, other authorities complete inspection at berth,vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival.

Surabaya/Gresik

Vessels with last port from any foreign countries, quarantine will do inspection at outer anchorage if declare clear & clean will proceed to berth, others authorities complete inspection at berth, vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival while vessel’s last port from domestic (Indonesian port such Jakarta or others port ) quarantine will check at berth and Master must be provide MDH and thermal list crew before vessel arrival then checking on board by quarantine after vessel berth. Agent not allowed on board before vessel declare clean & clear from quarantine. For Indonesia flag domestic route Master also must be provide MDH and crew thermal list but not check physically just in case if any inquiry then they will check on board.

Tanjung Redeb/Berau/Muara Pantai

All vessels with last port overseas quarantine will do inspection at anchorage, vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival

Tarakan/Bunyu

Vessels with last port overseas, quarantine will do inspection first at anchorage position, and the other authorities complete inspection after finished check by quarantine at anchorage position.

Tg.Sabau

Vessels with last port overseas, quarantine will do inspection at anchorage, other authorities complete inspection at berth, vessel to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival.

Crew Change Operations

All crew changes of foreign nationals on/off suspended until further notice as per instruction from Immigration dept. Situation is changing regularly, please always contact Ben Line Indonesia before proceeding any ops. Above details are subj to change without notice.

Philippines – Coronavirus Disease Update

All ports

The following guidelines will be implemented for cruise vessels:

  • Vessels with passengers who were in Mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau, regardless of nationality, will not be allowed to dock.
  • Vessels who did not call Mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau must undergo a health screening, submit a Maritime Declaration of Health and other pertinent documents related to COVID.
  • If allowed to dock, all travel excursions in the Philippines must be submitted. The master of the vessel must immediately report to a Quarantine Medical Officer any occurrence of flu like symptoms.

The following guidelines will be implemented for cargo vessels.

  • Vessels that called Mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau 14 days prior will be boarded at anchorage. A yellow flag must be hoisted at the foremast upon arrival at anchorage then quarantine boarding formalities will begin.
  • This procedure will be repeated at any local port called after.
  • Ship agents of vessel with PUI at a non-competent port must arrange the immediate diversion of the vessel to either Manila or Cebu (whichever is nearer).

Temporary ban on entry into the Philippines of any person regardless of nationality, except Filipino citizens and holders of permanent resident visas, directly coming or within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines has been to China, Hong Kong, Macau.

Effective February 14, 2020, Taiwan was removed from the Philippines’ temporary travel ban list.

Effective February 28, Filipinos and Permanent Resident Visa Holders from North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea including Daegu City and Cheongdo County are free to enter the Philippines provided they will be under strict fourteen (14) day home quarantine. All foreigners from South Korea will be screened by the Bureau of Immigration to determine that they are not from areas or have traveled from areas with travel restriction.

All disembarkation of foreign passengers and crew from cargo and cruise vessels are temporarily deferred until further notice. Only foreign on-signer crew will be allowed for crew change. Filipino crew who are joining/off-signing will still be allowed for crew changes.

Province of Luzon is under enhanced community quarantine, as announced on March 16.

  1. Outbound passengers intending to depart the Philippines from any of the international airports in Luzon shall be allowed to travel for a period of seventy-two (72) hours from effectivity of the Enhanced Community Quarantine.
  2. Inbound international passengers, in transit upon effectivity, shall be allowed entry, subject to applicable quarantine procedures if coming from countries with existing travel restrictions imposed by the IATF.
  3. All inbound Filipino citizens including their foreign spouse and children, if any, holders of Permanent Resident Visa, and holders of 9(e) Diplomat Visas issued by the Philippine Government shall be allowed entry, subject to applicable quarantine procedures if coming from countries with existing travel restrictions imposed by the IATF.
  4. The movement of cargoes within, to and from the entire Luzon shall be unhampered. Guidelines for the accompanying crew or personnel of transiting cargoes shall be formulated by the Department of Transportation.
  5. Land, air and sea travel of uniformed personnel for official business, especially those transporting medical supplies, laboratory specimens related to the COVID-19, and other humanitarian assistance, shall be allowed.

Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) – released an advisory in view of the declaration of the “Enhanced Community Quarantine” in Luzon. These guidelines are as below:

  • Passenger shipping operations in all ports in the whole Luzon shall be suspended during the period of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
  • Cargo transport via sea shall continue to facilitate the movement of basic goods and commodities.
  • Sea travel in areas outside of Luzon shall be subject to quarantine measures and/or travel restrictions issued by Local Government Unit (LGUs).
  • All applications pertaining to the Shipyards Regulation Service (SRS), Domestic Shipping Service (DSS), and Maritime Safety Service (MSS) shall be filed with the nearest available MARINA Regional Office (MRO) or processed through electronic mail.
  • All applications filed with the Overseas Shipping Service (OSS) shall be processed through electronic mail.
  • All applications for issuance and amendment of Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) or issuance of Special Permit (SP) or Provisional Authority (PA), petition for approval and confirmation of the sale and transfer of ships shall be filed by the applicants/petitioners with the MRO where the ship is homeported. However, for ships homeported in MARINA Central Office (MCO), applications may be filed with the nearest MRO where the shipping company/operator is having a branch office.

Effective March 24, suspension of the 7-day period to lodge goods declaration during the “enhanced community quarantine” (ECQ). Lodgment and filing of goods declaration may be made within fifteen (15) days from the date of discharge of last package. The period to file goods declaration may be extended for another fifteen days on valid grounds upon request. The order shall cover shipments with date of discharge of last package starting March 10, 2020.

Basilan, Cotabato City

Effective March 22, the island province is under a “state of public health emergency” and not a lockdown.

Batangas

Transport and Security: Public transport (land and sea) within the Batangas Province is still operational and shall serve passengers going to and from neighboring provinces for work, provided that:

  • For Sea, public transport: passengers are cleared from triage by Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).
  • For Sea, private transport: passengers are cleared from triage by Philippine Port Authority.
  • For Sea and Land public transport, passengers shall provide proper identification and work ID as pre-requisite for issuance of ticket.
  • Bureau of Immigration shall submit the list of incoming individuals from other countries daily to the Provincial Health Office.
  • Transport of basic and lifeline commodities such as, but not limited to food, medicines, medical supplies, gas, fuel and like shall be hampered.

Iligan City

City is under the enhanced community quarantine. Vehicles carrying cargoes such as maritime and agricultural products, grocery, supplies, medicines and medical supplies, LPG, hardware materials, and those similarly situated, may be allowed to enter

Metro Manila

Effective March 15, 2020 (12 midnight) to April 14, 2020 domestic air, sea and land transport are suspended.

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will be allowed to travel to mainland China, except to Hubei Province, upon execution of a declaration signifying their knowledge and understanding of the risks involved.

Travel restrictions will be imposed on those traveling from countries with localized Covid-19 transmissions, except for Filipino citizens including their foreign spouse and children, holders of Permanent Resident Visa, and holders of 9(e) Diplomat Visas issued by the government.

Land, domestic air and domestic sea travel to and from the NCR shall be restricted. All workers, whether employed or self-employed, will be provisionally allowed to travel to and from the NCR, subject to review by the IATF if public health considerations warrants.

  • All departing passengers shall be allowed transit through the NCR. Provided, that proof of confirmed international travel itinerary scheduled withing 12 hours from entry.
  • The movement of cargoes to and from the NCR, or in such other places which may be the subject of a community quarantine, shall be unhampered.
  • Inbound travelers from Iran and Italy are required to present a medical certificate issued by competent medical authorities within 48 hours, signifying that the traveler has tested negative to COVID-19.

Siquijor

Foreign vessels are banned from docking at any port in the Province of Siquijor until further notice.

Surigao Del Norte

  • Travel ban to all incoming and outgoing domestic vessels.
  • All incoming foreign vessels (regardless of nationality and the country of origin) will be banned to enter the province.

Oriental Mindoro

  • An executive order no. 22 series of 2020, restricting the movement of people and goods in order to prevent the entry and spread of the COVID-19 in the province.
  • All persons, regardless of their origin and mode of travel, are prohibited from entering the province of Oriental Mindoro.
  • Delivery trucks, their drivers and helpers, shall only be allowed inside the port of Calapan City or Roxas while unloading the cargo.
  • Fuel haulers can travel to their point of destination provided that drivers and helpers shall remain inside their vehicles.

Coronavirus Disease – Port Implications on Ben Line Network

Guidelines and regulations at ports are constantly changing due to the virus’ developments. Through our extensive network coverage, Ben Line Agencies provides daily updates for ports across the region.

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There are no restrictions for Brunei.