New crew changes guidelines

01 Feb 2021 / Philippines

With reference to Resolution Nos.96 & 97 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), provided herewith are the guidelines on the conduct of crew changes effective 1 February 2021:

Both Filipino and foreign seafarers are allowed to disembark in any of the established crew changes hubs, notwithstanding the recorded port of calls of their ships, subject to the existing protocols of the One Stop Shop (OSS) for Seafarers.

All disembarking seafarers shall observe the following health and safety protocols:

- Day from arrival: 0 (zero)
- Facility: OSS Triaging Facility

- Day from arrival: 0 (zero) until release of negative test result
- Facility: OSS-designated facility

- Day from arrival: 6 (six)
- Facility: OSS-designated facility
- UPR: PCG & OSS-identified molecular laboratory

In this regard, seafarers and their Licensed Manning Agencies (LMA) must maintain close coordination with the OSS until the end of their quarantine period at the OWWA-designated facility.

After which, seafarers who yield a negative result from their COPVID-19 test shall be endorsed to their local government units of destination. Filipino seafarers returning to their provinces shall be strictly monitored for the remainder of their fourteen-day quarantine through their respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Team.

Other provisions under the Green Lane Program for Seafarers of the national government shall be in effect.

(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in the Philippines, contact GAC Philippines at [email protected])

Source: Philippines Department of Transportation Memorandum dated 30 January 2021

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