China, Hong Kong and Taiwan – Coronavirus Disease Update


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 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.


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.
  • 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, 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.

Vessels calling for the purpose of “ Crew Change Only “ will be rejected.

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 ( 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.

For onsigners (i.e. those holding both valid seaman books and passports), with effect from April 12, 2020, signing on is possible only for vessels calling for cargo operations. Vessels calling for other purposes (such as but not limited to bunkering, supplies, S+P delivery, repairs, docking, surveys etc) will not be allowed. 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
  • The joining vessel purpose of call is for cargo operations
  • Agreed to self “medical surveillance” for 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) under seaman status (i.e. those holding both valid seaman books and passports), with effect from April 12, 2020, signing off is possible only for vessels calling for cargo operations. Vessels calling for other purposes (such as but not limited to bunkering, supplies, S+P delivery, repairs, docking, surveys, etc.) will not be allowed. Signing off is 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 may accept ticket max. up to 7 days after ship arrival but immigration still require offsigners to leave Hong Kong as early as possible unless sufficient reason is given.
  • The arrival vessel’s purpose of call is for “Cargo Operations“
  • Offsigner(s) should NOT born/resided in Hubei or Hubei related or those Individuals been visited to Hubei Province in past 14 days
  • Offsigner(s) should take the most direct way between HK airport and vessel and try best to avoid stop over any other public locations

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.

For health/risk consideration and the Port Health Authorities recommendation, crew should find the most direct way between HK airport and vessel and try best to avoid stop over any other public locations. Any kind of public transportation should NOT be considered.

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.

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 for updates in case of any enquiries or requirements.


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


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.