China relaxes COVID-19 quarantine for crews transferring to domestic vessels

China relaxes COVID-19 quarantine for crews transferring to domestic vessels


China is shortening COVID-19 quarantine period for seafarers transferring from international-going vessels to domestic-deployed vessels when arriving at domestic ports.

China’s Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Health Commission, General Administration of Customs and National Immigration Administration have jointly issued the notice for optimising quarantine policies for crew onboard foreign-going vessels which will be deployed on domestic routes later.

At the port of entry, all crew members on board the vessel serving for international trading routes will need to be quarantined for five days before berthing at domestic ports plus three more days quarantine after moving to domestic vessel, instead of seven days quarantine before entering the nation plus three days health monitoring.

The COVID-19 test times that the seafarers needed to do have also been adjusted from five tests in seven days to four times in five days after the vessel arrived at the port of entry.

When the vessel completed route adjustment from abroad to domestic, ship owner should arrange two COVID-19 tests for the crew member at the first and the third day during the three-day health monitoring period.

In Mid-November, China announced updates on some prevention and control measures of COVID-19, shortening quarantine time for inbound travellers and optimising management rules for COVID-19 pandemic area domestically.

China continues to maintain a strict COVID-19 zero policy unlike most other countries that have dropped most or all COVID-19 related restrictions.

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