The Ministry of Transport, Communication and Works has today (7 May) advised that crew changes may be carried out in Cyprus for crew members of commercial ships, platforms conducting exploratory drilling within Exclusive Economic Zones of States with which the Republic of Cyprus has diplomatic relations, cruise ships in decommissioning state, and yachts.
The below protocol should be followed:
Crew must undergo days self-quarantine for 14 days before arriving in Cyprus, and confirm the same by completing the self-declaration form.
They will be subject to a molecular test for COVID-19 prior to their arrival (or upon arrival, if not possible beforehand), and the result of the test must be negative.
The company for which they work and/or the agent responsible for the crew change will undertake to transport the crew directly from the ship to the airport, and to transport crew arriving by air direct from the airport to the port of departure, under strict protective measures.
If it is not possible to synchronise the arrival of the ship and the arrival of the flight, the company and/or agent must make arrangements with the authorities for the crew to stay in designated accommodation under quarantine status until the flight or vessel arrives.
If the results of the molecular tests are pending, the company and/or the agent must make arrangements with the authorities for the crew to stay in designated enclosures, in isolation, until the results of the molecular tests have been obtained.
Where possible, disembarking crew shall remain on board until the date of the flight.
For crew members of vessels already berthed in Cypriot ports who will disembark to depart Cyprus, if synchronisation between the departure of the ship and the departure of the flight, the company and/or the agent must make arrangements with the authorities for the crew to stay in designated accommodation, in isolation, until the flight arrives.
Procedure at airport:
Procedure at port:
Process of transfer:
Company and/or agent should make the necessary arrangements to transport crew directly to a laboratory to carry out molecular examination, prior to transport to accommodation.
Where the use of designated accommodation is required, the company and/or the agent should make arrangements for appropriate accommodation for crew to remain in isolation for the required time.
The cost of crew members’ ticket, transport, protective measures, molecular examination and accommodation shall be covered by the company and/or the agent.
For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Cyprus, contact GAC Cyprus at [email protected]
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