The Philippines list of countries from which it temporarily banned international crew change has grown from the initial 20 to 33 countries.
According to the Philippine Port Authority (PPA) Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Oman, and the People’s Republic of China are the most recent countries to be added to the list which bars foreign seafarers from disembarking the Philippines.
The temporary ban was put in place to combat the spread of the new variant of Covid-19 found in the UK and South Africa.
“All vessels coming from the mentioned countries within 14 days from January 1 to 15 shall be disallowed to conduct any kind of crew change activity in any of the 6 crew change facilities in the country, namely: PPA’s Manila South Harbor, Port Capinpin in Bataan, Batangas Port, and Sasa Wharf in Davao as well as CPA’s Port of Cebu and SBMA’s Port of Subic,” PPA said in a Facebook post.
For Filipino national seafarers arriving from the 33 listed countries in the last 14 days disembarking is not prohibited, however, is only allowed in the Port of Manila with transfer by shipping agents to dedicated facilities for a strict 14-day quarantine.
The Philippines, the world’s largest supplier of seafarers to the international fleet, has reported 491,258 coronavirus cases and 9,554 deaths.