New measures for travelers

25 Apr 2020 / Canada

Transport Canada is now requiring all air passengers to have a non-medical mask to cover their mouth and nose during air travel (including at airports). Travelers will be required to demonstrate that they have the necessary non-medical mask during the boarding process; otherwise they will not be allowed to continue on their journey (applicable to all flights to, from and within Canada).

This directive should be communicated to any crew member or other marine worker travelling to Canada to join a ship, as well as to essential marine workers travelling by air within Canada.

Although Transport Canada is also encouraging the use of non-medical masks for those travelling via the marine mode, it is our understanding that this recommendation applies only to travelers on board ferries and other essential passenger vessels.

In this respect, protocols for the use of personal protective equipment (PPEs) on board commercial cargo vessels remains under the authority of shipowners/ship operators, unless a vessel is subject to health directives from the Public Health Agency of Canada (in the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID 19 case on board).

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

Source: Robert Reford Shipping Agency – GAC agent

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