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Prevention and spread of 2019-nCoV

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    3 February 2020

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The World Health Organization declared the 2019-nCoV as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern as of January 30, 2020. All airports and seaports of the Philippines are on heightened alert for the entry and spread of the novel coronavirus in our country.

The Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) will be implementing the following guidelines at all seaports for all arriving maritime vessels:

  1. All vessels for or had port calls in China in the past two (2) months must be boarded at designated Quarantine Anchorage. Direct-berthing privileges for these vessels are temporarily suspended.
  2. Vessels cleared at first port of entry but calling another local port within two-week period from China are required to submit another Maritime Declaration of Health to the Quarantine Medicial Officer upon entry to the next local ports.
  3. Disembarkation of crew in Philippine ports will be allowed if attested through a list to be submitted by ship master that they did not disembark in the past two weeks at any ports in China.
  4. Garbage disposal of food products, especially form animal products, are not allowed in Philippines ports.
  5. All cruise ships with passengers from Hubei, China and areas directly affected by Chinese authority are not allowed to dock at any Philippine port.
  6. All cruise ships allowed to dock must declare all travel itineraries/excursions in the Philippines.

(For information about operations in the Philippines contact GAC Philippines at philippines@gac.com)

Source:  Republic of the Philippines Department of Health Bureau of Quarantine Memorandum Circular No.2020-02 dated 31 January 2020