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COVID-19 UPDATES

Get the latest travel measures for CREW TRAVEL in a snapshot.

Designed by Kyvernitis Group for its valued clients in the Maritime industry.

Updated on December 8th

PORT RESTRICTIONS ON VESSLES & CREW

PORT RESTRICTIONS ON VESSLES & CREW

We wish to share with you the most accurate online sources below:

  • On this worldwide map click on each port or country to view port restrictions on vessels and crew. Map will be updated up to 3 times per day. 
  • Get the latest COVID-19 Global Port Restrictions at this link here. 
  • Visit the WORLD PORTS INFORMATION PORTAL and get information from Q&A’s and latest updates on Crew Changes
  • Read at this link here useful COVID-19 updates by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) with advice and guidance for IMO Member States, seafarers and shipping.
  • New web platform by the European Commission with essential information for traveling across Europe.
CREW CHANGES UPDATE
  1. COVID-19 Crew Testing Map at this link here
  2. COVID-19 Crew Change Requirements at this link here
  3. Traveling to China or to Manila important information at this link here
  4. Travel Requirements For Crew Change In Singapore at this link here
Flight Updates & Restrictions
  1. TRAVELLING TO CHINA | effective from November 8th: All Chinese and foreign passengers who plan to fly from Greece to China (starting from November 8th, 2020), will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body blood tests within 48 hours prior to their departure and only those who test negative will be allowed to board the plane. Passengers must take the tests at a medical institution designated by Chinese Embassy in Greece and then apply for a green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with certificates of negative results of both tests. Please read Frequent Asked Questions about the Airline Boarding Requirement for Certificate of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests for Covid-19 at this link here
  2. Indian Seafarers latest update: All Indian seafarers holding an Indian CDC (Continuous Discharge Certificate) travelling from India to the UK and beyond are required to possess a clearance from the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India irrespective of the ticket issued in India or abroad. This clearance mentioned above are 2 forms called FORM I and EMIGRATE FORM.
  3. Passengers arriving at Manila airport are required to register online at least three (3) Days prior to their date of departure to arrange for the mandated COVID-19 swab test (RT-PCR) to be administered upon arrival.: For OFWs - https://e-cif.redcross.org.ph/  - For non-OFWs (Returning Overseas Filipinos, etc.) - https://bit.ly/3ffoAIK. Passengers arriving at Cebu, are required to register online not earlier than five (5) days prior to their flight departure via the Passenger Arrival Registration Form. Click on this link - Read full details at this link here.
  4. Singapore airlines offers 5 weekly flights to Manila: Singapore airlines gradually opens more flights to destination Manila (5/week) to Melbourne (every day) and to Sydney (9/week). Read full article here
  5. New PCR rules for DUBAI: PCR tests are no longer required for all passengers. It is only mandatory for those arriving from a specific list of countries or/and when the destination country requires it: Check full details here
  6. Travelers arriving to Saudi Arabia updates: Please find here the latest update from the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of Saudi Arabia, regarding preventive measures for travelers arriving to Saudi Arabia during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Travel to Greece updates until JANUARY 7th

Travel Measures for Entering Greece 
COUNTRIES THAT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VISIT GREECE UNTIL DECEMBER 14th:
  • Flights from Turkey are suspended until 14.12.2020.
  • The flight ban from/to Barcelona is up until 14.12.2020
  • Passengers arriving from Albania and North Macedonia (Rep.) must arrive only at Athens airport (ATH).
  • Greece will ΝΟΤ open its borders for non-EU Citizens except for citizens from 9 countries. The countries that are excluded from the ban are with nationality from Australia, Israel, Japan, Korea (Rep.), New Zealand, Russian Fed, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay, and United Arab Emirates

Important Notes: 

Greek borders are not closing as a result of the second lockdown the country entered on Saturday, Nov. 7th. Greece’s airports will remain open to domestic & international travel but restrictions will be in force. Please take into consideration the following aspects:

  • PLF FORM IS NECESSARY FOR ARRIVAL 
    The submission of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) by all passengers of international flights to Greece remains mandatory. The Form can be found here
  • NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULT TO ENTER GREECE
    Those traveling to Greece on flights from abroad as of Wednesday, November 11, will be allowed admission in the country only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test result. The test must be taken at least 72 hours before arrival.
  • RAPID COVID-19 TEST UPON ENTRY TO GREECE
  • ENTER A 10-DAY PREVENTIVE QUARANTINE All travelers arriving to Greece from abroad between Friday, December 18 and Thursday, January 7, 2021, will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.
  • NO RESTRICTIONS FOR TRANSITING through Athens airport:
    There are no restrictions for transiting through Athens Airport to any operating destination. Certain restrictions apply for non-European countries’ citizens, whilst flights are restricted to/from selected countries with high epidemiological profile (Turkey, U.S.A, Spain, Russia, etc).
  • Those who test positive for Covid-19 at Greece’s land borders will be denied entrance to the country as of December 7th
  • TRAVELING OUT OF HOME PREFECTURES IS BANNED: traveling between Greek prefectures (domestic travel) will not be allowed until 6am on January 7, 21
  • MOVEMENT IN THE COUNTRY Greece’s night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am will remain in place and outside movement in Greece will continue to be allowed only for specific reasons and by sending an SMS to the five-digit mobile phone service 13033. The government’s spokesperson noted that one month after Greece entered its second nationwide lockdown, the pressure on the country’s health system remains high, despite the fewer Covid-19 cases in recent days and that the improvement of epidemiological data is proceeding slower than expected.

Travel from Greece updates until JANUARY 7th

COUNTRIES THAT IMPOSE QUARANTINE OR COVID TEST FOR ARRIVALS FROM GREECE:

As of Tuesday, November 10th, those traveling abroad from Greece (outbound travelers) will also be obliged to fill out the PLF form at least 24hrs before departure. The Form can be found here. Travelers out of Greece will be required to self-isolate for a given period after several European countries revised their travel restrictions due to a surge in Covid-19 infections this month. Please find at this link the list of designated clinics in Greece that offer Covid-19 RNA test service.

  • Cyprus: Greeks traveling to Cyprus as of August 6 will be required to have undergone COVID-19 testing 72 hours prior to departure and produce a negative PCR result on arrival.
  • Belgium: Quarantine and test are recommended on return from Greece.
  • Denmark: As of 31st of October, Greece is on the list of high-risk countries within the EU and the Schengen area. The below purposes are mandatory in order to entry Denmark: 1) A negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before entry and 2) A worthy purpose of entrance.
  • Egypt: Εffective from September 1st 2020, passengers of all nationalities, including Egyptians, are required to provide negative PCR Test Certificate for COVID-19 , (in English language) issued not more than 72 hours prior to arrival to any of the Egyptian Airports.
  • Ireland: Passengers traveling from Greece are expected to self-isolate for 14 days on entry into the state.
  • Scotland places Greece on Covid-19 Quarantine ListStarting at 4am on Thursday, September 3, travelers into Scotland from Greece will be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
Traveling restrictions within EUROPE & THE BALKANS

Please note that many of the countries within Europe and require to fill in and electronically submit a compulsory Form (PLF ) 24 hours before departure. Please find below the travel restrictions and the relevant forms. For more details about each destination please use this IATA link here to get the latest travel restrictions / updates from IATA (Regulations Map*) or this link from the European Union.

TAKE A FLIGHT with SAFETY
  • Face masks are mandatory for all airline passengers and flight attendants
  • The use of mobile apps is encouraged
  • Passengers must maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from one another in the waiting areas
  • A special boarding process has been set up with passengers boarding in smaller groups, to avoid overcrowding
  • Access to the airport building is strictly for passengers, airline crew & airport staff. All transfer escorts will be waiting outside the building.
  • Immediately upon arrival at the airport, the aircraft cabin must undergo cleaning in accordance with an enhanced antiseptic program, before being allowed to continue flying.
  • Arrival at the airport in due time (3 hours ago)
  • Prepare for a thermal check at the airport
  • Passengers sign electronically a health statement before the boarding pass is issued
  • Reduce in-flight services to a minimum / Reduced food and beverage service
Air tickets cancellation policy update
AIR TICKETS CANCELLATION POLICY

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Regarding ticket cancellations, we would like to inform you that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines have changed their policy and have "paused" all refunds. Specifically, the cancellation process - refund - is now done via a written request to the airline and not automatically through the reservation system. Given the increased volume of requests, the processing of applications takes place within three (3) months. In summary, our company issues the invoices for all the requested air tickets and expects to be paid in full based on our agreement. As soon as our company is credited with the corresponding amount for each "ticket cancellation", the corresponding credit invoices will be forwarded to you.

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Why choose us

With the COVID-19 outbreak, ports and airlines are imposing various restrictions that make crew changes a difficult process. We are proud to inform you that we have repatriated from all over the world more than 700 seamen during the crisis of Covid-19. Since May (when the travel restriction for travelling to the Philippines took place) we have repatriated over 240 Philippene seamen. Kyvernitis Crew Travel department was the first one to have successfully managed crew changes in collaboration with many shipping companies.

Please take a look at the map below to see our success stories:
Repatriated Seamen
  • Philippines: 240
  • USA (Portland, Miami, NYC etc): 110
  • Tokyo: 45
  • Seoul: 78
  • Los Angeles: 53
  • Reunion: 78
  • San Francisco: 10
  • Copenhagen: 65
  • Las Palmas: 37
  • Marseille: 27
  • Houston: 34
  • Mexico: 22

* Please note: Restrictions, testing requirements, and mandatory quarantine measures are subject to change depending on how successful Covid-19 management/infection rates reported at airports of origin and according to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE that every two (2) weeks the news will be reviewed and the information updated. Please contact us at crewtravel@kyvernitis.gr if you have any further questions