April 16th, 2021

Philippines on MECQ: Potential Impact on Crewing

Metro Manila and nearby provinces are more in relaxed quarantine until the end of April.

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                                                           EXPECTED IMPACT ON CREWING                                                        


Crew Changes | Deployment of Crew | Document Accreditations | Visa | MARINA Certificates Renewal | Passport Renewal

                                                                POSSIBLE CAUSE OF DELAYS                                                         

On-site Skeleton Workforce for Employees

8 PM to 5 A

All Online Processing

COVID-19 Cases
Increasing number of crew positive in COVID-19

Government Agencies and Embassies
Fully Operational with Skeletal Workforce

Delay of response

Travel / Transportation
Delayed / limited flights for crews living in provinces

Limited public transportation
Crew and Employees find hard to go to the office

                                                              RECOMMENDED ACTIONS                                                                

  1. Start crew preparation actions two (2) weeks
      earlier than originally planned

  2. Quarantine crew before travel
  • Take RT-PCR test before quarantine
  • Quarantine crew for 7-10 days
  • After quarantine, RT-PCR test before departure      

3.  Plan crew change ports carefully 
  • Choose ports with easy visa requirements
  • Choose ports with less strict COVID-19 protocols

 4.  For vessel take over; consider planning double
      crew for replacements in case crew is still found
      Covid-19 Positive


                                                     Summary Omnibus Guidelines On The Implementation Of                                                     
                                                                     Community Quarantine In The Philippines                                                            

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  All persons are mandated to wear full-coverage face shields together with face whenever they go out of their residences.

Outbound travel of Filipinos, regardless of purpose, may be allowed subject to compliance with the following requirements:

I. For those travelling on tourist or short-term/ visitor visas, submission of confirmed round-trip tickets and adequate travel and health insurance to cover travel disruptions and hospitalization in case of COVID-19 infections during their allowable period of stay abroad;
II. Execution of a Bureau of Immigration Declaration acknowledging the risks involved in travelling, including risk of delay in their return trip, to be provided at the check-in counters by the airlines;
III. Whenever required by the country of destination or the airline, a negative COVID-19 test taken in accordance with the health and safety protocols of such destination country or airline; and
IV. Upon return, they shall follow the Guidelines of the National Task Force (NTF) for the Management of Returning Overseas Filipinos;

The foregoing provisions shall not be interpreted to allow outbound travel by Filipinos to countries where travel restrictions are in place; and finally,
this is without prejudice to the exercise of the mandate of the Bureau of Immigration with respect to departure formalities.

Repatriated OFWs or returning OFs who have been issued a DOH/BOQ quarantine certificate shall be granted unhampered passage across zones en route to
their final destination in the Philippines, as well as unimpeded entry to the final LGU of destination, Regardless of mode of transport.