Mobility of asymptomatic workers

07 Apr 2020 / Canada

Transport Canada has issued a Ship Safety Bulletin giving guidance on the mobility of asymptomatic workers in the marine sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exemption is granted allowing Marine Sector Workers who have to travel to Canada to perform their duties, to board an international flight destined to Canada. No traveller can board a flight/enter Canada if they have a fever and cough or a fever and breathing difficulties. Asymptomatic crew are also permitted to transit to the nearest airport for the purpose of crew change-over.

Domestic crew should follow the advice of their employer and local health officials. Anyone who has close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19 must self-isolate for 14 days. Operators should arrange local transport for crew members that avoids large groups, crowded areas, and public transit.

For shore leave for seafarers onboard foreign vessels, at Canadian ports, terminals and marine facilities, until 30 June 2020, symptomatic and asymptomatic foreign nationals (except those exempted) may not enter Canada if shore leave is considered discretionary. Essential shore leave may be granted to an asymptomatic seafarer and is not to exceed four hours in duration.

Crew onboard Canadian domestic vessels should follow the advice of their employer and local health officials.

A complete ban on shore leave in the Canadian Arctic is in effect until December 31, 2020. Crews that are residents of Arctic and northern communities could be exempt.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Canada, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at [email protected]

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