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Countries that have implemented extra precautions or screening for recreational yachts due to the Coronavirus include:
Any boat/ship arriving in an Italian port from abroad must contact prior to arrival (6-12 hrs) the relevant USMAF (Border Maritime Health Office) to get health clearance.
You will be asked to fill in a Maritime Declaration of Health and send it to USMAF with a crew list. Ideally contact USMAF by phone
or e-mail and complete all forms before leaving your last port.
A list of USMAF offices can be found here.
Ministry of Health Announcement (in Italian).
For ships entering Irish ports
. Masters are required to:
1. Complete and submit a “Maritime Declaration of Health”, via the SafeSeasIreland portal, where:
A ship has called to China
within the past 30 days, or
Crew members or passengers have joined the ship having been in China within the past 14 days, or
There is suspected contact with the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), or
There is a suspected Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) case on-board,
2. Submit an updated Crew List via SafeSeasIreland.
This information, at points 1 and 2 above, is required to be submitted whether or not there is a suspected case on-board.
Queries regarding this Marine
Notice can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional guidance from the HSE is available here.
Note: SafeSeasIreland currently has a glitch, so for the time being use the e-mail email@example.com
to obtain the Maritime Declaration of Health.
Information from Marine
Notice #6 of 2020 by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Dublin, Ireland
NORTH INDIAN OCEAN
entering Cochin that has been in Thailand
in the last 28 days will be subject to Quarantine and not allowed ashore for 14 days. Passage
time will be counted in the 14 days.
Boats coming from Malaysia
and Sri Lanka are not affected.
Information from the Red Sea Facebook group.
The port authorities currently require medical
documents confirming the health of passengers on board prior to permitting admittance to port, including immunization records. It is recommended to ask the agent to send the documents ahead of time and set up a system to be able to get internet
in Sri Lanka while just offshore
so you can fill out the document and email
to the agents as you approach.
Documents you are required to complete include a “General Health Report,” “Health Status Report,” and “Maritime Declaration of Health”. Authorities will also ask if any passenger or crew fell ill or died while on passage
Quarantine will board the boat
for an inspection
and to have a face to face interview prior to check-in.
Sri Lanka Formalities
Information from the Indian Ocean Crossing
SOUTH EAST & EAST ASIA
Due to Coronavirus all arriving yachts must call the Harbor Master on approach to the harbor and he will organize Quarantine to be ready to receive you. You must not leave your boat until you are notified on VHF
channel 14 that quarantine are ready for you to come ashore. Quarantine will scan all crew for temperature and if all good process you as normal.
Information from the Sail SE Asia
As it is currently winter in Japan
, there has been no notifications of any new procedures for arriving recreational boats. If the Coronavirus scare continues to the spring, contacts in Japan estimate there might be new procedures, certainly for any boats that would come from China (which are few at the best of times). The cruise ship
under quarantine in Yokohama and over a hundred cases of Coronavirus on board is most likely making Japanese quarantine officers nervous.
Information from Kirk Patterson of Konpira Consulting
Chinese passport holders are not being given visas or trip permits for the Mergui Archipelago at this time.
Information from Agency MTT Kawthoung
Papua New Guinea
Noonsite has received reports that due to the Coronavirus, PNG officials are not processing any visas on arrival. All yachts wanting to enter PNG must apply online for a Visa, well in advance of their intended arrival.
All travel between PNG and the Torres Strait Islands has also been banned.
Online Visa Application for Yachtpersons – PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority
Travel Ban between PNG and the Torrest Strait Islands – Information from The Guardian article
have announced a 20 day exclusion period for persons wishing to enter the Bahamas after they have been to China. It is not a problem for most cruisers, but it could be relevant to cruisers who are already in the Bahamas and are expecting family
and friends to join them.
Information from Addison Chan
Update on COVID-19 February 28th:
Visitors who have been in China in the preceding fourteen days will be denied entry. Border control measures to screen
passengers on all flights and vessels from mainland China and for people who have been in, or transited through, mainland China in the past 14 days will be on-going.
Persons who arrive in the Caymans from an area where there is a risk of COVID-19, within the last 14 days, should advise Public Health immediately if they have a cough, or fever or shortness of breath. Public health officials are reminding visitors, if they have symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, to seek medical
attention and share their travel history
with their healthcare provider, even if arriving from countries where fewer cases have occurred.
Information from the Ministry of Health, Environment
, Culture & Housing, Cayman Islands Facebook Page.
The DR Ministry of Health have restrictions in place for visitors from Italy it appears, however exact details are not clear at this time. We have contacted the Ministry for more information. See this press release for some details.
Information from the Ministry of Health, DR
Persons who have visited Italy, South Korea
, Iran and Singapore
in the last 14 days and who do not have permanent residency or marriage exemption in Jamaica
will not be granted landing privileges at any of the country’s ports of entry. See further details at https://www.moh.gov.jm/expanded-travel-restrictions/
Information from the Jamaica Ministry of Health and Wellness
In Colon and Balboa
, currently merchant vessels coming from infected ports are inspected by the sanitary control department. Nothing has been implemented for yachts yet, but officials do check previous ports of call.
It is understood however that in Puerto Armuelles, close to Costa Rica
on the border, sanitary inspectors are inspecting all boats that arrive.
Information from Erick Galvez of Centenario Consulting
In Providencia yachts are now required to go alongside for a medical check before anyone leaves the boat or starts check-in.
In Santa Marta all new arrivals will be asked by the Port Authority on Channel 16 prior to docking
if they have any crew member
on board with flu-like symptoms. If affirmative, the yacht will not be allowed to enter the port until the local authority have been on board for a medical assessment.
Other ports in Colombia
will make health checks on boats as they arrive, based on crew nationalities and last ports of call.
Information from cruiser Brian Simm and agency Agenport
The first thing to note is that the Australian Government does not have a quarantine period of 14 days. There are, however, travel restrictions in place for people who have been in mainland China within the last 14 days. As these are travel restrictions, the Australian Border Force is managing the response to these travelers.
All international yachts arriving in Australia
are required to be inspected by a bio-security officer at their first port of entry. As part of this inspection
, the vessel master will be asked questions about the human bio-security risks on board. These questions are designed to identify any people who might have symptoms of a Listed Human Disease and/or Coronavirus.
Australian Government Department of Health – COVID-19 Information for the Marine Industry
Fiji’s borders are closed to all foreign nationals who have been in mainland China within 14 days of their intended travel to Fiji
. These same policies have been introduced in Singapore
The French Polynesian authorities have implemented new entry measures in response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). These include temperature checks on arrival, and presenting before boarding a medical certificate issued within the previous five days certifying your health condition if you are arriving from China, Cambodia
, Hong Kong
, India, Japan, Macau, Malaysia
, Nepal, Philippines
, Singapore, South Korea
, Sri Lanka, Taiwan
, whatever your port of embarkation.
A health control questionnaire is also being given to all passengers arriving in Polynesia either by air or sea, in which they must give their address for the following 14 days and their contact details.
Information from www.tahiti-infos.com
Quarantine agents are doing medical checks on all passengers arriving at the airport
and quarantining anyone with a fever and they are checking people on cruise
ships, too. There are no yachts arriving now as it is the middle of the cyclone season – so the current
policy for yachts is uncertain.
Information from Richard Chesher of the Rocket Guide to New Caledonia
On February 29, 2020 the country recorded it’s first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 is being handled by the Ministry of Health. All travellers arriving in New Zealand
out of mainland China, or any travellers who have had exposure to a confirmed case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will be expected to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time they leave mainland China or were exposed to novel coronavirus.
New Zealand Formalities
Information from the New Zealand Ministry of Health.
ships have been denied entry into Tonga
and a fourth vessel, a super-yacht, was to call into Vava’u having sailed from Rarotonga. At this stage, no restrictions have been placed on recreational vessels arriving in Tonga, but it is early in the season for yacht arrivals.
Information provided by Greg Just in Tonga and Radio
Strict new quarantine procedures have been implemented by Samoa
for COVID-19 Coronavirus following the recent measles epidemic that affected the nation.
Although Samoa has not recorded a case, travellers are required to get a medical clearance at least three days before their arrival in Apia to confirm they are free of any infectious diseases.
All sea-port entries will be screened at the quarantine buoy before anyone is allowed to go ashore.
All Travelers entering Samoa FROM or TRANSITING through all ports (New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, American Samoa
and Tonga) will be required to undergo medical checks. See the Health Advisory Notice below for more information.
Government of Samoa Special Health Advisory – Effective March 2, 2020
Government of Samoa Health Travel Advisory
A good summary of South Pacific
Nations and procedures they are putting in place to protect their borders can be found here.
Federated States of Micronesia:
Persons travelling into the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) from countries, states or territory with confirmed cases of Coronavirus (other than mainland China) are not allowed to enter into FSM unless they have stayed in a country, state or territory with no confirmed cases of Coronavirus for a period not less than 30 days prior to their entry into FSM.
A government official told Noonsite ” We still welcome all yachts and are working with our government leaders to ease up the protocol our yacht community is facing.”
Information from Public Health Emergency Declaration – Office of the President.
The republic of the Marshall Islands
Ministry of Health and Human Services require copies of all voyage itineraries of all vessels scheduled to arrive at any RMI port 2 weeks in advance of arrival. Voyage itineraries should be sent to the following people for verification:
Deputy Secretary for Public Health – Mailynn Konelios Langinlur: firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Health Director – Dr Tom Jack: email@example.com
Surveillance and Epidemiology – Francyne Wase-Jacklick: firstname.lastname@example.org
This requirement will stay in place as long as the Travel Advisory for the prevention of the spread of the 2019-nCoV (coronavirus) and for the measles restrictions in the RMI that are currently in effect.
CORONAVIRUS (2019-nCoV) RESTRICTIONS:
There is a Suspension of all persons, travelling via air or sea, from affected countries listed below for a period of 30 days:
People’s Republic of China (PRC), Hong Kong
, Macau, Japan, South Korea, Iran and Italy.
This means any and all sea vessels/travelers that have originated from –or that have traveled through– any of these above countries after December 31, 2019, are prohibited from docking
, and the crew from disembarking, in the RMI.
These are interim travel restrictions, which have been introduced by the Government of the RMI as part of current
health emergency preparedness measures for COVID-19. These restrictions will be reviewed and updated as needed and communicated to the public.
Marshall Islands Formalities
Information from Republic of Marshall Islands Proclamation Declaring State of Health Emergency (passed on by cruiser Jo Birch).
The following documents should be kept on board should they be needed:
Past itinerary and previous ports of call (up to 14)
Recent crew member
and passenger travel history
of signs of symptoms on passage for all crew
Health clearance from the last port
Crew medical records
Crew immunization cards