EXPECTED OPENINGS FOR YACHTS

last updated 2020-10-17 15:44 UTC

MARITIME AREAS

  • 🇺🇸 USA – OPEN – w temp checks https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-visa-services-and-restrictions.html
    Foreign flagged vessels transiting US Waters
    Called CBP small boat reporting number for nexus/sentri.
    Asked ‘can you enter the USA if in transit to mexico?’
    Answer ‘yes, as long as we believe you are in transit.’ Thus officer discretion on entry.
    They emphasized that individual jurisdictions down the coast may have further restrictions on obtaining fuel, provisions, etc., 

MEXICO OPEN WITH REGIONAL HEALTH CHECKS

  • 🇬🇹 GUATEMALA – OPEN 

     Here is what is required and the alternatives.
    To enter Guatemala by boat you need a PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of the time that you departed your last port. They will assume that you have remained on board since that departure and have therefore not been exposed since the test was taken. Your Zarpe will establish the date of departure so the PCR must be no mre than 72 hours before the date of the Zarpe. In the case of those comeing from the US where Zarpe’s are not reoutinly provided, you should either get some varification from the Coast Guard or other source validating your date and time of departure.
    For those who arrive in Livingston without a PCR test, you have two options. You can take a PCR test in Livingston or you can agree to 15 days quarantine.

     We are making inquiries to clarify that question but for now everyone should proceed with the understanding that only a PCR is acceptable.

    As you approach Livingston you can notify authorities that you are heading for Nana Juana Marina which is a government approved Marina during Covid

     

     

     
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Entry and Exit Requirements:

    Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes.

    The Government of El Salvador reopened the International Airport on September 19 with enhanced health protocols, which may include but not be limited to requiring the wearing of a mask at all times, maintaining social distancing, and temperature checks. For more information regarding the reopening of the airport and the measures that will be implemented, please consult the website of the Comisión Ejecutiva Portuaria Autónoma (CEPA).

    There are no exit restrictions in place.

     Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes. The government of El Salvador is requiring all airlines to obtain an original negative PCR test result issued within 72 hours of departure for all international passengers prior to allowing them to board. It is very important that you consult with your airline for full details prior to attempting to travel.

    U.S. citizens are required to present an original negative PCR test result issued within 72 hours of entering El Salvador at any point of entry.
    If you are a Salvadoran or legal permanent resident of El Salvador different requirements may apply, please visit the Twitter account of the General Directorate of Migration for more information.

The El Salvador health department just released a requirement for all persons arriving by air must have a PCR Covid-19 test (negative) within 72 hours before arrival. 

The airport is open with covid pcr test required before boarding. Passenger should contact the airline for latest requirements.

We (BILL AND JEAN) are still waiting for protocol for visitors arriving by sea.

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  09/21/2020
Country-Specific Information:

The Government of Honduras has reported 71,616 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders and 2,184 COVID-19 related deaths as of September 20, 2020.
The public health system has limited capacity for handling severe/critical cases of COVID-19.
The Honduran government announced the resumption of domestic flights on Monday, August 10, 2020 and international flights on Monday, August 17, 2020. Travelers should communicate directly with individual air carriers to confirm flight options.

The Government of Honduras extended the National Curfew until Sunday, October 4 at 11:00 p.m. The circulation schedule has been expanded to allow for more frequent trips outside the home.

Shopping and essential activities will be allowed daily from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. according to the last digit of an individual’s national identity card or passport number for non-Honduran citizens.

ROATAN requires PCR TEST or 14 day quarantine

🇳🇮 NICARAGUA – OPEN requires health check – limited flights in and out

– see Covid test site below for test for Costa Rica or El Salvador prior to departure

  • COSTA RICA – OPEN requires 14 day quarantine or PCR TEST and insurance ( insurance ~  $3.33 x day pp)

Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at https://salud.go.cr.
Quarantine and Insurance to cover medical expenses  (INS – Instituto Nacional de Seguros)
www.grupoins.com/seguroparaviajeros, or Sagicor www.sagicor.cr/seguro_para_turistas/­
DECLARATION OF BORDER OPENING DOC

    All people entering Costa Rica must complete the digital epidemiological form. This is known as the “Health Pass” or “Pase de Salud.” Click here for a link to the form.
    Tourists must obtain a negative PCR coronavirus test. The sample for this test must have been taken at most 72 hours before the first flight in your itinerary.
    Tourists must purchase travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19. This policy can be international or purchased from Costa Rican insurers.Two Costa Rican companies sell pre-approved travel insurance plans: The National Insurance Institute (INS) and Sagicor. This means their policies are guaranteed to be accepted when you enter Costa Rica.Tourists opting for a foreign policy must demonstrate proof (in English or Spanish) that their policy:    Is valid throughout the planned visit to Costa Rica.
    Covers medical expenses in cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000 (fifty thousand United States dollars).
    Includes a minimum coverage of $2,000 for expenses of extended lodging due to the pandemic.
Entry and Exit Requirements:    Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
        As of October 1, 2020, U.S. citizen tourists who are residents of New York, New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Colorado, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan, Rhode Island, California, and Ohio can enter Costa Rica on flights departing from the United States.  As of October 15, U.S. citizen tourist who are residents of Florida, Georgia, and Texas can enter Costa Rica on flight departing from the United States.  As of November 1, U.S. citizen tourists for all 50 states and Washington D.C. may enter Costa Rica on flights departing from the United States.  U.S. citizen tourists from these states wishing to enter Costa Rica must complete a digital epidemiological health pass, obtain a negative PCR-RT coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of their departure from the United States, and purchase travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19.  U.S. tourist must also demonstrate, via a valid driver’s license or State ID card, that they live in one of the authorized states.  No forms of documentation establishing residency in these authorized states other than a valid driver’s license or State ID card will be accepted at this time.  Accompanying minors are not required to have a driver’s license or State ID card. The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) has an English-language website detailing these entry requirements: https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/planning-your-trip/entry-requirements
        U.S. tourists from the list of authorized states can enter Costa Rica via a flight from an authorized state with a layover in a non-authorized state or country.  (For example, a Colorado resident can fly from Denver to Houston to Costa Rica, as long as they do not exit the airport in Houston.). However, the layover in the non-authorized state cannot last longer than 18 hours and the U.S. tourist must not exit the airport during the layover.
        U.S. Citizens from any state who meet Ministry of Health criteria are able to enter Costa Rica on commercial flights from designated international flight departure points.  However, they must demonstrate they have remained at that designated departure point for 14 days prior to their flight.
        U.S. citizens with permanent or temporary Costa Rican residency may enter Costa Rica via air regardless of where they are coming from and must present the following documentation: 1) passport, 2) Valid DIMEX, 3) evidence Caja payments are up to date for each person entering, and 4) a completed Health Pass (Pase de Salud).  U.S. citizens with residency in Costa Rica who are not up to date with Caja payments will still be allowed to enter, but will be required to become up to date with all payments within 22 days.  Persons in this category must also purchase health insurance to cover the cost of any COVID-19 treatment or lodging for the 22 day grace period.  U.S. citizens with permanent or temporary Costa Rican residency must complete a 14-day quarantine.  However, the quarantine is waived if 1) arriving from one of the designated departure points, 2) have proof of stay for the past 14 days at that departure point, and 3) carry a negative COVID-19 test (PCR-RT) taken no more than 72 hours prior to their flight to Costa Rica.TO GET COviD INSURANCE VISIT https://www.ins-cr.com/WE just bought through the website. It’s buggy but if you are persistent it works.
OUR  cost was $600 for two people for 90 days.
🇵🇦 PANAMA – OPEN   with 14 day Quarantine IF you arrive with a negative PCR test your travel time and NEGATIVE test tare taken into account and they can reduce your wait time

Panama-Specific Information:

    On October 1, the Panamanian Ministry of Health confirmed 113,342 cases of COVID-19 in Panama.

    Panama has coivd test capabilities at the airport for $50 or 125 on board when you arrive by boats.
    Coivd tests are the norm here now
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Panama due to COVID-19.  The State Department has also issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Panama. Read the Health Notice and Travel Advisory.
    On September 23, the Government of Panama extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flights for an additional 19 days through October 11.  The previous exceptions for cargo, humanitarian, medical supplies, medical evacuation, and vaccines remain in place. Tocumen International Airport continues to operate as a Humanitarian Mini-Hub. Please scroll down on this page to the section Transportation Options for detailed flight information.
    On August 25, the Government of Panama announced plans to reduce movement restrictions and open up additional economic sectors, starting on September 7.  The plan is conditional upon meeting certain criteria regarding the control of the COVID-19 pandemic in Panama.  For additional details about the plan, visit the website of the Ministry of the Presidency. All businesses that are permitted to reopen must meet health and safety requirements.  Contact MINSA for more details about requirements (see Local Resources below).
    In reference to the above plan, on September 25, MINSA announced that they will delay the planned opening of beaches, originally scheduled for September 28.  Continue to follow MINSA’s daily announcements at http://www.minsa.gob.pa/noticias-breves for updates to the Government of Panama’s plan to combat COVID-19.

 Opening  maritime humanitarian exceptions now – Sea border to open NOV 1

Country-Specific Information: delayed end of october

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Colombia due to COVID-19. The State Department has also issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Colombia. Read the Health Notice and Travel Advisory. Limited international flights have resumed to and from Cali, Medellin, Bogota, and Cartagena.
    COVID-19-related restrictions vary widely by department and often by city. You must comply with the restrictions where you reside, regardless of your status in Colombia.  To avoid congestion in supermarkets and shops, for example, many areas have instituted ‘pico y cedula’, or restrictions on entry to stores and banks based on the last digit of your identification. Consult the local, regional, and national regulations to ensure you are compliant. Visit the Resource Page for additional information by department and city. Entry and Exit Requirements:

    Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
        Limited international flights have resumed to Colombia’s four busiest airports – f Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin (Rionegro), and Cali– with international flights to four other airports beginning October 1.
    Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? As of October 1, all arriving passengers should obtain a negative PCR test result no more than 96 hours before arriving in Colombia, as well as complete Migracion Colombia’s Check-Mig immigration form.  Those who do not take a test prior to traveling to Colombia run the risk of being denied entry by Colombian Customs.  Travelers arriving before October 1 will be required to quarantine for 14 days and may be required to take a local PCR test.
    Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
    The U.S. Embassy is in contact with the Colombian authorities regarding the issue of U.S. citizens with expiring status in Colombia. We understand that Migración Colombia is temporarily extending visa validity for those in Colombia until thirty calendar days after the conclusion of the national health emergency established by the Colombian government. However, immigration restrictions can change quickly and without notice. Please visit the Colombian Immigration authority webpage (Migracion Colombia) for the latest information.

 All residents of the United States of America (USA), Brazil, Dominican Republic or Mexico who are 12 years of age or over, are required to obtain and upload a COVID-19 PCR test result for travel authorization approval.
    Tests must be done by a medical laboratory that has College of American Pathologists (CAP) accreditation, a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) registration, or ISO 15189 certification.
    The date of the sample collection must be less than 10 days from the travel date to Jamaica. Example: For a travel date of August 20, the earliest the test sample may be collected is August 11. Use the Test Date Calculator.
    Samples collected using home test kits (ex. Pixel by LabCorp), along with antibody and antigen tests will not be accepted.
    Applications will be accepted up to 5 days, but NO LESS than 2 days before the date of intended travel to JamaicaThe items listed above apply only to residents of USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic and MexicoEntry and Exit Requirements:    Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
        U.S. Citizens must request a travel authorization and upload proof of a negative PCR test.  Read more and request the authorization at https://www.visitjamaica.com/.
    Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Yes
    Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes
    Visitors requesting to extend their stay in Jamaica may do so through PICA: http://www.PICA.gov.jm Movement Restrictions:    Is a curfew in place?   Yes
    Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  Yes
https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/
YOU CAN TAKE ON FUEL AND PROVISIONS BUT NOT ALLOWED TO LAND

https://www.exploregov.ky/coronavirus-returning-from-overseas

From 1st October 2020, the Cayman Islands borders will begin opening in phases. The Government will be implementing a pilot programme which includes a new arrivals process combined with the use of monitoring technology. See Quarantine at residence programme and Monitoring Technology

    The Cayman Islands government provides daily updates regarding COVID-19 on their COVID-19 website.
    Currently, several restrictions on travel and large gatherings are in place. Some have recently been eased.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

    Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No.
        All airports in the Cayman Islands remain closed to international travel until at least October 1, 2020.
        Read more about travel to the Cayman Islands on the Cayman Islands COVID-19 website.
        Travelers interested in traveling to the Cayman Islands should fill out a TravelTime application form.
    Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  No. Airports are closed.
    Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes
        Travelers returning from overseas must isolate for 14 days at one of Government’s mandatory isolation facilities.
        At the end of the 14-day period all persons will be tested for COVID-19 and must receive a negative test result before they will be allowed to leave the facility.
    Visitors who wish to extend their status should follow guidance from the Cayman Islands Government to do so.

 

 

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  09/21/2020
Country-Specific Information:

The Government of Honduras has reported 71,616 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders and 2,184 COVID-19 related deaths as of September 20, 2020.
The public health system has limited capacity for handling severe/critical cases of COVID-19.
The Honduran government announced the resumption of domestic flights on Monday, August 10, 2020 and international flights on Monday, August 17, 2020. Travelers should communicate directly with individual air carriers to confirm flight options.

The Government of Honduras extended the National Curfew until Sunday, October 4 at 11:00 p.m. The circulation schedule has been expanded to allow for more frequent trips outside the home.

Shopping and essential activities will be allowed daily from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. according to the last digit of an individual’s national identity card or passport number for non-Honduran citizens.

ROATAN requires PCR TEST or 14 day quarantine

 Here is what is required and the alternatives.
To enter Guatemala by boat you need a PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of the time that you departed your last port. They will assume that you have remained on board since that departure and have therefore not been exposed since the test was taken. Your Zarpe will establish the date of departure so the PCR must be no mre than 72 hours before the date of the Zarpe. In the case of those comeing from the US where Zarpe’s are not reoutinly provided, you should either get some varification from the Coast Guard or other source validating your date and time of departure.
For those who arrive in Livingston without a PCR test, you have two options. You can take a PCR test in Livingston or you can agree to 15 days quarantine.

 We are making inquiries to clarify that question but for now everyone should proceed with the understanding that only a PCR is acceptable.

As you approach Livingston you can notify authorities that you are heading for Nana Juana Marina which is a government approved Marina during Covid

 

EXPECTED OPEN OCT 1

Country-Specific Information:

FIRST -> Fill out the Travel entry form
https://prescreentravel.covid19.bz/Home/Landing

    Belize is currently under a State of Emergency with limited internal travel allowed and certain communities with high COVID-19 infection rates on complete lockdown. The international airport, land borders and seaports remain closed. Grocery stores and other stores are currently open with limits on the number of shoppers allowed. Restaurants are only open for delivery services with no inside dining allowed. Churches, social events, and private parties that would include guests outside of the immediate family who are living together are not allowed.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

    Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No, U.S. citizen tourists are currently not allowed to enter Belize. The government is planning to re-open the airport and land borders on October 1, 2020 with restrictions. See details at Government of Belize links below
        Belize Ministry of Foreign Affairs website
        Government of Belize COVID-19 website
    Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? S. citizen tourists are currently not allowed to enter Belize. The government is planning to re-open the airport and land borders on October 1, 2020 and may require COVID-19 testing for all travelers.
    Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes, plans for opening the airport and borders will include mandatory Health screening and COVID-19 testing.
    All Department of Immigration offices are currently open throughout the country and all U.S. citizens are required to maintain their immigration status in Belize at all times. Please see the Belize Ministry of Immigration website for additional details
        Belize Ministry of Immigration

Homepage

 

 

2020-10-16

Just announced on Mesa Rendondo by the Minister of Tourism Cuban marinas will open to international arrivals on October 19. What is not clear is the status of Marina Hemingway in Havana but we will dig out the facts ASAP. It is a surprising reversal but welcomed nevertheless.we can get our Cuba on once again!

Yay!

 

 

Entry and Exit Requirements:

    Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes
    Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Yes
    Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes

w mandatory health checks

Sections are opening to European tourism

While Oct. 15 is still set for the reopening of the tourism sector in the Bahamas, visitors who enter in October must still quarantine 14 days. Beginning Nov. 1, the quarantine will be lifted, the government announced yesterday.

The new protocols will require visitors, and returning citizens and residents to obtain a RT-PCR (swab) test no more than seven days prior to arrival, submit to a rapid antigen test upon arrival, and again four days after arrival.

Once the RT-PCR test comes back negative, all travelers are required to apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at travel.gov.bs (click on the International Tab) where the required test must be uploaded. 

Ports of entry can make test arrangements for yacht crew and guests, the government said.

All islands in the Bahamas require the wearing of masks and appropriate social distancing in public places.

For Immediate Release
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE BAHAMAS INTRODUCES NEW TRAVEL AND TESTING PROTOCOLS DESIGNED TO ELIMINATE THE NEED TO QUARANTINE
NASSAU, Bahamas, 1st October 2020 – The Islands of The Bahamas remains committed to welcoming visitors to its shores and providing an exceptional tropical vacation coupled with our world famous warm and friendly hospitality, while, responsibly enforcing public health and safety measures to protect residents and visitors alike.
While 15th October is still set for the reopening of the tourism sector, until 31th October all incoming visitors must “Vacation in Place” for 14 days or the duration of stay, whichever is shorter, which means limiting the vacation experience to the grounds and amenities of a traveler’s hotel or accommodations. Beginning 1st November, The Bahamas will remove the mandatory “Vacation in Place” requirement for all visitors, returning citizens and residents thereby, enabling everyone to move about and explore the destination beyond the confines of their hotel or other accommodations.
The new protocols will require visitors, and returning citizens and residents to obtain a RT-PCR (swab) test no more than seven (7) days prior to their travel to The Bahamas.
In addition, and to ensure that travelers remain COVID free, a rapid antigen test will be conducted upon arrival, and then again four days (96 hours) after arrival in The Bahamas.
Specifics are as follows:
Prior to Travel:
• COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: All persons traveling to The Bahamas must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test taken no more than seven (7) days prior to the date of arrival. The name and address of the lab, where the test was performed, must be clearly displayed on the test result.
• Children under the age of ten (10) and pilots and crew of commercial airlines, who remain overnight in The Bahamas, are exempt from obtaining the RT-PCR test.
• Bahamas Health Travel Visa: Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, all travelers will then be required to apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at travel.gov.bs (click on the International Tab) where the required test must be uploaded.
The cost of the visa will depend on the length of stay.
Upon Arrival
Day of Arrival: Rapid Test – All persons entering The Bahamas, at an approved Port of
Entry, will receive a Rapid COVID-19 antigen test.
If arriving by air, an approved Port of Entry will be: Nassau, Freeport, Marsh Harbour,
North Eleuthera, Georgetown (Exuma), Bimini (and Cat Cay) and San Andros (Andros).
If arriving by sea, an approved Port of Entry will be: Nassau (Atlantis, Bay Street Marina,
Lyford Cay, and Albany); Grand Bahama (West End – Old Bahama Bay and Freeport –
Lucaya); Abaco (Marsh Harbour Government Dock); Eleuthera (Spanish Wells Marina);
Berry Islands (Chubb Cay Club); Bimini (Big Game Club and Cat Cay Club); Exuma
(Georgetown Government Dock).
American Airlines has indicated that, beginning in late October, they wish to provide
each passenger traveling to The Bahamas from Miami with a Rapid COVID-19 antigen
test before boarding the plane. These passengers, along with the passengers of any
other airlines wishing to provide a similar service, will not be required to complete the
Rapid Test upon arrival in The Bahamas.
After Arrival
• Day Five (96 hours after arrival): Rapid Test – All persons who entered The Bahamas,
and who are staying longer than four nights and five days, will be required to take a
second Rapid COVID-19 antigen test. To be clear, all visitors departing on Day Five will
not be required to obtain this test.
The cost of the rapid tests on and after arrival will be included in the cost of the visa.
The rapid tests are easy, quick and will yield results in 20 minutes or less with results being
provided electronically.
Many hotel properties will provide relevant information on testing arrangements, while others
will facilitate the required rapid test for their guests.
All persons on yachts and other pleasure craft will be able to make arrangements for their
required rapid tests at the port of entry or via the relevant website.
All other visitors, returning residents and citizens will be able to make arrangements for their
required rapid tests at the port of entry or via the relevant website.
The On Island Experience:
All islands in The Bahamas require the wearing of masks and appropriate social distancing in
public places.
The Bahamas has remained diligent in its efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19
throughout the islands, and these measures are imperative to ensure that remains the case.
The health and wellbeing of both residents and visitors remain the number one priority of our
public health officials. It is important to note, however, that due to fluidity of the COVID-19
situation, both in The Bahamas and worldwide, protocols are subject to change.
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PRESS INQUIRIES
Anita Johnson-Patty
General Manager, Global Communications
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation
ajohnson@bahamas.com
Weber Shandwick
Public Relations
Bahamas@webershandwick.com

  • REQUIREMENTS FOR BOATERS AND BAHAMAS MARINAS FOR 2020
    Effective Tuesday 1 September, all incoming visitors must present a COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative (Swab) Test upon arrival. The RTPCR COVID-19 test must have been taken no later than five (5) days from the date of arrival in The Bahamas.
    On GRAND BAHAMA: International and domestic flights or sea vessels are allowed in and out of the island, as of August 25, 2020. Evening curfew and nationwide requirements still hold.
    While not closing the country’s borders to air or sea traffic, the government of The Bahamas now requires visitors arriving at any island in the archipelago to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
    Visitors cruising by private boat are permitted to spend their two-week quarantine aboard their vessel. Fishing is permitted daily from 5 am to 6 pm with boats of no more than 2 people, unless on a larger vessel and from same household.
    The emergency orders do require a 14-day quarantine even for inter-island travel if you plan to come ashore. During the quarantine period, or if staying for less than 2 weeks, boaters are not allowed beyond the marina premises for any reason while on land. Cruising is permitted, along with visits to uninhabited islands (defined as population of 25 people or less). This is being referred to as “Vacation in Place”.
    After the 14 days, all persons intending to remain in the country may be required to complete another COVID-19 test, at their own expense.
    Departing in less than 14 days is allowed but must be done without contact with any community except for refueling and provisioning stops at marinas or traveling to and from private air flights.
    Effective Tuesday 25 August, boaters must notify the BMA at sheltering@bahamasmaritime.com prior to entering the country and if your intention is to relocate to another island.
    Select individuals will be exempt from testing,
    • Children under the age of ten (10). Parent or guardian must provide proof of testing restriction upon arrival.
    • Private pilots who do not deplane
    Domestic / Inter-island Travel
    • There are no restrictions for inter-island travel within The Bahamas. Domestic travel needs to be logged in at https://travel.gov.bs/.
    • As of 4th of September 2020 RT-PCR Tests are only required for passengers departing New Providence and Grand Bahama. This means if you are coming to Nassau or Freeport from any family island you do not need a test.
    • RT-PCR Tests are required for travel between New Providence and Grand Bahama. This applies for travel in both directions, tests must be taken in Freeport for travel to Nassau and in Nassau for travel to Freeport.

      UPDATE

      APPROVED COVID TESTING SITES FOR BAHAMAS ENTRY
      After some research, I have found the following;
      This is for the Health Visa Application.
      Click on ‘International’
      Scroll down to Health Information
      Click on ‘Name of Lab’
      This gives you the List of Companies that Bahamas will accept a Covid Test from.
      Then you need to do your own research to find a facility for one of those companies close to your Jump off Point to Bahamas, to meet the entry deadline (5 days prior to 11/1, and 7 days after 11/1), this apparently includes the day of testing, and the day of arrival in Bahamas to clear-in.
      Suggest you also read all the Tabs on the Health Visa Application to ensure you get the correct test done, and have all the relevant information at hand.
       
       

🇺🇸 USA – OPEN – w temp checks https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-visa-services-and-restrictions.html
Foreign flagged vessels transiting US Waters
Called CBP small boat reporting number for nexus/sentri.
Asked ‘can you enter the USA if in transit to mexico?’
Answer ‘yes, as long as we believe you are in transit.’ Thus officer discretion on entry.
They emphasized that individual jurisdictions down the coast may have further restrictions on obtaining fuel, provisions, etc., 

COVID TESTING PLACES AND RATES

SAMPLE LIST OF LABS APPROVED BY BAHAMAS AUTHORITIES

 Access Medical Labs
 Bakotic Pathology Associates
 BioCollections Worldwide, Inc.
 BioReference Laboratories
 CareSpot Express Healthcare
 Diatherix Laboratories
 GENETWORx
 Health Network Labs (HNL)
 Ipsum Diagnostics
 John Hopkins Laboratories
 Lab24 Inc.
 Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp)/ViroMed Laboratories
 LabTech Diagnostics
 Mayo Clinic Laboratories
 Medical Diagnostic Laboratories (MDL)
 Microgen Diagnostics
 Novant Health
 PathGroup Laboratories
 Quest Diagnostics
 Synergy Labs
 Testing Matters
 University of Florida
 University of Miami Hospital and Clinics
 Vanderbilt Health and Williamson Medical Center
 Almonte General Hospital
 Calder Health Centre
 Cambridge Memorial Hospital
 Central Zone, Nova Scotia Health Authority
 Clinical Research Laboratory and Biobank (CRLB)
 Collingwood General and Marine Hospital
 Cornwall Community Hospital
 Deep River and District Hospital
 Dynacare-Brampton
 G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital
 Glengarry Memorial Hospital
 Hamilton Health Sciences
 Homewood Health Centre
 Joseph Brant Hospital
 Lakeridge Health Bowmanville
 LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services
 North Shore Health Network
 Ontario Agency for Health
 Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
 Scarborough Health Network
 St. Francis Memorial Hospital
 St. Joseph’s General Hospital Protection and Promotion
 Stevenson Memorial Hospital
 Western Memorial Regional Hospital
 William Osler Health System

COVID TESTING CENTERS - BY COUNTRY ↓

2-3 days – may take up to 10 days
129 USD + 20 collection
100 USD molecular test

COVID TESTS IN ENSENADA

  • Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE)CONTACT CONCHITA MENDOZA at TEL+52 646 151 0531Address: Carr Tijuana-Ensenada 3918, Zona Playitas, 22860 Ensenada, B.C., Mexico

 

COVID-19 Testing COSTA RICA :
PLAYAS DEL COCO

Call +506 2670-1940
DR Beatriz
Fees 95,000 COL

schedule info@navarroyalpizarlab.com
can meet and visit you for extra $

 

SAN JOSE

Testing is available at
Hospital La Católica,

Hospital Cima

Hospital Metropolitano


Hospital Clinica Biblica

as well as the following laboratories located around Costa Rica:

LABIN, Echandi, Laboratorio Páez, Laboratorios San José.
The cost is around $100 and results are typically ready within 24 to 48 hours.
Testing is paid for by the individual.

This is off cr us embassy website. However, I am going to reach out and get any additional details.

EL SALVADOR COVID-19 Testing:

  • The Government of El Salvador offers free testing in different locations every day. The locations are announced on the Twitter account of the Salvadoran Interdisciplinary Epidemiological Containment Team (EICE).  Testing at national hospitals and health units is at the discretion of the Ministry of Health.
  • A private laboratory, Analiza, is performing COVID-19 tests. The cost is $160, and you need to schedule an appointment by calling 503-2263-0892 or sending a WhatsApp message to 503-7025-6433. For more information please visit their website.

HONDURAS COVID TESTING

  • See below information about where and how U.S. citizens can obtain a COVID-19 test in Tegucigalpa. Individuals are responsible for paying out of pocket for testing and seeking reimbursement from their insurance. refers to the cost in Honduran lempiras.
  • RAPID TEST:

Honduran Medical Center: (2280-1217) (6am – 7pm)

Lps. 830 / $33.20

Laboratorios Bueso Arias (7am – 12m)

Blvd. Suyapa – (504) 2263-1950

Lps. 860 / $34.40

Laboratorios Medicos (7am -12m)

Col. Tepeyac: (504) 2239-1950

Lps. 650 / $26

Laboratorios Centro Medico (7am – 2pm)

Col. Kennedy : (504) 9464-4559

Lps. 550 / $22

Cruz Roja (7am – 2pm)

7ma calle, Comayaguela

Lps. 450 / $18

  • RT-PCR (nose swab):

Laboratorios Medicos

(504) 2239-1950

Lps. 3600 / $144

Must call the lab to make an appointment and need an order for the test sign by a Doctor. Results will be ready in 2-3 days.

Laboratorio Centro Medico (LMC) Performs home visits.

Lps. 3500 / $140

(504) 9464-4559

Must call the lab to make an appointment and need an order for the test sign by a Doctor. Results will be ready in 2-3 days.

Honduras Medical Center (HMC):

Lps. 5500 / $220 – processed at LCM

(504) 2280-1593, 2280-1217

Must call the lab to make an appointment and need an order for the test sign by a Doctor. Results will be ready in 24 hours.

Microlab (Col Palmira):

Lps. 4000 / $160 (PCR – Roche). Performs home visits.

(504) 2231-0121

NO need to make an appointment, first come first serve, and NO need of a medical order for the test. Results will be ready in 24 hours.

  • See below information about where and how U.S. citizens can obtain a COVID-19 test in San Pedro Sula. Individuals are responsible for paying out of pocket for testing and seeking reimbursement from their insurance.

Lab Fiallos

(504) 2253-0965, (504) 9625-0796

Lab CDC

2552-8961

  • See below information about where and how U.S. citizens can obtain a COVID-19 test in La Ceiba. Individuals are responsible for paying out of pocket for testing and seeking reimbursement from their insurance.

D’Antoni

(504) 9494-9967, (504) 2443-2264

Medicentro

(504) 2440-3737, (504) 2440-3591, (504) 2440-3592

Nicaraguan government COVID-19 Testing

For information regarding COVID-19 testing in Nicaragua, please contact the Nicaragua Ministry of Health: http://www.minsa.gob.ni/ Email: dirprensa@minsa.gob.ni

Centro Nacional de Diagnóstico y Referencia (CNDR)
National Center for Diagnosis and Reference (CNDR), the only laboratory that is currently allowed to perform PCR tests.
These tests will be done at 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The results would be delivered the same day at the end of the afternoon, between 4:00 p.m. at 5:00 p.m.

Centro Nacional de Diagnósticos y Referencia is inside of the  Completo Concepción Palacios del Ministerio de Salud, in Managua.
Address: Costado Oeste de la Colonia Primero de Mayo. Tel: 2264-7630  Ext: 16

 

 

PANAMA COVID-19 Testing:

 

Testing is available at the following locations:

  • Hospital Nacional, cost: $157.50. Contact at 306-3300, Whatsapp 6949-6124.
  • Hospital Punta Pacifica, cost: $95.00 If you want this done inside your car, without having to leave the car, you can get it in Punta Pacifica drive through. Appointments are done in the following link: https://www.pacificasalud.com/expresscovid. This takes from 24-48 hours.
  • Lab Center is offering home services. Appointments are done through WhatsApp at 6285-7181 and they have 3 modalities of testing, costs: $375 for a result in 1 to 2 hours, $250 for a result in 6 to 8 hours, $150 for results in 24 to 48 hours.
  • Panama Clinic $99.00. Contact at 310-1111.

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COLOMBIA COVID-19 Testing:

  • Colombia is able to test for COVID-19 in country . Authorities have identified isolation spaces compliant with WHO protocols in healthcare facilities to be used in suspected cases of COVID-19. Colombia’s Ministry of Health maintains an information page for further questions at https://go.gov.co/Covid-19.
  • Travelers can check the COVID incidence rate of Colombian municipalities by following these steps:
    • Visit the website of Colombia’s National Institute of Health (works best in Google Chrome)
    • Click on the “Municipio” tab or scroll down to the section on “Tasas de Incidencia y Mortalidad por Municipio”
    • Choose any Department from the map on the left side and the right-side map will display the municipalities in that Department. 

JAMAICA COVID-19 Testing:

  • All COVID-19 tests are administered at the discretion of the Jamaica Ministry of Health and Wellness. Visitors to Jamaica may be tested on arrival and/or if they seek medical care.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • At this time COVID-19 testing is only being done people who have been identified through Ministry of Health contact mapping or present themselves with COVID-19 symptoms. Any American citizen in Belize who believes they may have symptoms of COVID-19 should contact the Ministry of health at the contact numbers listed on the following website:
APPROVED COVID TESTING SITES FOR BAHAMAS ENTRY
After some research, I have found the following;
This is for the Health Visa Application.
Click on ‘International’
Scroll down to Health Information
Click on ‘Name of Lab’
This gives you the List of Companies that Bahamas will accept a Covid Test from.
Then you need to do your own research to find a facility for one of those companies close to your Jump off Point to Bahamas, to meet the entry deadline (5 days prior to 11/1, and 7 days after 11/1), this apparently includes the day of testing, and the day of arrival in Bahamas to clear-in.

Suggest you also read all the Tabs on the Health Visa Application to ensure you get the correct test done, and have all the relevant information at hand.

 Access Medical Labs
 Bakotic Pathology Associates
 BioCollections Worldwide, Inc.
 BioReference Laboratories
 CareSpot Express Healthcare
 Diatherix Laboratories
 GENETWORx
 Health Network Labs (HNL)
 Ipsum Diagnostics
 John Hopkins Laboratories
 Lab24 Inc.
 Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp)/ViroMed Laboratories
 LabTech Diagnostics
 Mayo Clinic Laboratories
 Medical Diagnostic Laboratories (MDL)
 Microgen Diagnostics
 Novant Health
 PathGroup Laboratories
 Quest Diagnostics
 Synergy Labs
 Testing Matters
 University of Florida
 University of Miami Hospital and Clinics
 Vanderbilt Health and Williamson Medical Center
 Almonte General Hospital
 Calder Health Centre
 Cambridge Memorial Hospital
 Central Zone, Nova Scotia Health Authority
 Clinical Research Laboratory and Biobank (CRLB)
 Collingwood General and Marine Hospital
 Cornwall Community Hospital
 Deep River and District Hospital
 Dynacare-Brampton
 G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital
 Glengarry Memorial Hospital
 Hamilton Health Sciences
 Homewood Health Centre
 Joseph Brant Hospital
 Lakeridge Health Bowmanville
 LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services
 North Shore Health Network
 Ontario Agency for Health
 Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
 Scarborough Health Network
 St. Francis Memorial Hospital
 St. Joseph’s General Hospital Protection and Promotion
 Stevenson Memorial Hospital
 Western Memorial Regional Hospital
 William Osler Health System
 
 

FLAG PROTOCOL

Usually one Q (YELLOW) flag when requesting clearance(‘My vessel is “healthy” and I request free pratique’ – flown until free pratique granted)or two Q flags or Q+repeat when in quarantine(‘I require health clearance’ – again flown until health clearance/pratique granted).

On a sailing vessel the Q FLAG is flown on the starboard spreader under visiting countries ensign which shall always be flown higher out of respect .The courtesy Ensign has the superior position on the Starboard Crosstrees.

Certain jurisdictions may require/request additional/alternate flags be flown, so it is handy to have a full set of flags aboard. It is suggested that captains obtain extra or heavy duty Q flags as it may be required to fly them for an extended period if in quarantine: the typical off the shelf Q flags are not designed for extended use.(The international code of signals can be downloaded from https://msi.nga.mil/Publications/ICOS to learn other flags signals and uses.)


PLANNING AHEAD DURING EPIDEMICS

As countries lift – reinstate – ease or tighten quarantine and travel restrictions for private yachts,  associated marinas, marine service businesses will also be affected and need to establish a common protocol.

Difficult times for clearing in and out of maritime areas

 

 

1) EXITING A COUNTRY ON A PRIVATE VESSEL

If you are able get a viable test for you and the crew and enter this test into your vessel’s log book as a official ships record -Record each crew member’s temperature date and time and location and take a picture of the crew member with the thermometer and publish it into the LINE group for and additional witnesses and digital log and  time stamp !

Save your test results into a physical and a digital folder ( google / dropbox a.m.o. will allow you to share those docks with others so it’s a good choice )

Get you Zarpes or exits papers if availMinimize your interaction with Marina Staff and Government Officials

 

 

 

 

Sample Zarpe
Sample ZARPE

2) ENTERING A COUNTRY FROM THE HIGH SEAS

Notify Country of intentions via email ahead of time or logged phone call and write it in your ships log

 

If you have been at seas for over 14 days and can prove it ( GPS track and logbook ) upon arrival in a new country you must comply with the clearing in procedures

During a epidemic countries will designate your entry to a Quarantine area such as a Q dock or Q anchorage or Q dock within a marina.

It is your responsibility to comply with these rules and be sensitive to changes to these rule sets on a moments notice.

 

Panama Canal Anchorage Area Caribbean Side with Quarantine Areas
Panama Canal Anchorage Area Caribbean Side with Quarantine Areas

 

3) ENTERING A COUNTRY FROM ANOTHER COASTAL COUNTRY or ADJACENT NEARBY MARITIME AREA 

Please check with official government website for the country you are visiting, to ensure:

  1. If a health screening is needed prior to your departure (or be aware that a screening is to be expected at your arrival).
  2. If a negative covid test is needed prior to your arrival AND if it needs to be within a certain time frame. i.e.  A person must get and receive a negative Covid test within 10 days of arrival to new destination. (Currently, the Bahamas requires a negative test with 10 days of arrival)
  3. Make sure your country of origin/passport is accepted for entry. Countries are imposing ongoing regulations and restrictions on visitors and your country of origin may not be allowed for clearing in. Please contact ports ahead of time for possible exceptions if persons/crew on a boat are of differing origin; if one origin is “banned” and another is “not banned”.

 

4) MOVING AROUND A COUNTRY WITHIN THE SAME MARITIME AREAS AS A FOREIGN FLAGGED VESSEL 

Please adhere to local guidelines and follow best practices – if clearing in and out with port captains is required establish an electronic methodology

Reduce your interaction in with individuals, wear masks, practice social distancing and adhere to local guidelines whenever possible.Upon returning to your vessel wash your hands and clean any documents.

5) APPROACHING A MARINA, YACHT CLUB or FUEL DOCK

Enhanced cleaning practices – expected at MarinasMake contact with facility via VHF email or Phone callsProvide documentation, id’s and payment electronically ahead of time

VesselPut on face-masks and post  maneuvers wash your hands

Gloves are not needed, just after you touch a foreign/outside object be sure to use alcohol Gel disinfectant and/or wash your hands. 

 

6) MARINA STAFF ASSISTING VESSELS AT THE DOCK

As a best practice, employees assisting at the dock should maintain social distancing while in phase one of reopeningguidance.

• Instruct your dock hand to maintain a 6ft distance when possible• Require your dock hand to have a face-covering available (bandana, cloth mask, N95 mask, or other)• Instruct dock hands to wash their hands often and not to touch their face. They should be following standardhygienic practices regarding coughing and sneezing, utilizing the elbow.• Provide dock hands with hand sanitizer and other means to clean and disinfect their hands.• Have dock hands radio incoming vessels and ask if they need assistance approaching the dock (as opposed toautomatically jumping in to help)• Encourage dock hands to use mooring hooks, when applicable, rather than handing lines from the customersto the dock hand. This will help maintain social distancing.

If throwing lines to marina staff or other help full boaters please wash your hands after throwing or accepting lines to reduce the chance of infectionMinimize yelling – when mending the lines and connecting water and shore power wear face-masks

Assisting vessels at the dock. Good to VHF radio whether or not you want help with handling lines before you get there and ask marina staff they wear a mask and wash hands right before helping…

Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water right after handling lines. If you want to be extra precautionary you can wash the lines/cleat (anyplace someone else touched your boat) with soapy water or a bleach solution and remember the virus can only live on outside surfaces for so long:

    • 72 hours on plastics
    • 48 hours on stainless steel
    • 24 hours on cardboard
    • 4 hours on copper

THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL CDC has issued guidance relatedto cleaning and disinfecting community facilities i.e. Marinas. Additionally, the CDC has provided a list of products that are bestsuited for killing the virus. 

It is important to note that Marinas deploy enhanced cleaning procedures and adhere to worker protection and provide training to the staff.Marina Staff Training must include a review of when Personal ProtectiveEquipment (PPE) is required, what PPE is necessary, and how to put on, take off, and properly dispose of PPE

 • Office areas: OSHA’s Blood Borne Pathogen Standard— desktops, phones, computers, chairs, door handles• Ship store: door handles, countertops, phones, computers• Docks: gates, PIN pads, card readers, handles• Fuel dock: fuel pump nozzle, PIN pads

As a best practice, while under stay-at-home orders, yards at marinas and yacht clubs should remain secure so thatadmittance can be monitored by the owners/operators. In the event a vessel owner or other persons wish to accesstheir vessel, they should be cautioned about social distancing and monitored to ensure no groups form.This is important to protect your employees as well. Follow any local stay-at-home orders.As different states lift stay-at-home orders and relieve restrictions on businesses, these guidelines will change. It isbest to think about how Marina operations will change as restrictions lift.

SHARED SHOWERS and BATHROOMS: things to consider

    •  Ventilation: are there windows that are/can be opened during for increased airflow.
    • Identify How often it’s being cleaned and when the last tiem was
    • Quantity of toilets/showers in an enclosed space and high/low traffic of people using such facilities 

BATHROOMS

    • Quantity of toilets/showers in an enclosed space and high/low traffic of people using such facilities 

 

POOLS

    • Generally safe so long as pools are properly maintained with chlorine.
    • Chlorine kills bacteria and viruses.
    • Keep at least 6 feet away from others in a pool.
    • Extra precautionary: don’t submerge head underwater if you are unsure about proper chlorine maintenance and take a shower after visiting pool. 

ICE

    • Not recommended if you have to scoop your own ice from an icebox.
    • If push button ice machine available, use disinfectant after touching button, clean base of bucket, and wash hands once home. 

 

LAUNDRY ROOM

    • Wear a mask when going indoors, wash/disinfect hands after handling money/coins, public facilities,
    • Get fresh air during laundry washing/drying.
    • If you paid for laundry services: place laundry bag with clean clothes on a towel or designated area in your boat that can be disinfected and wait (up to 3 days) to put laundry away or until we know exactly how long the virus survives on clothing. 

 

CRUISERS LOUNGES

    • Wear a mask, social distance, airflow?, and try to limit quantity of time spent in an enclosed area of its being shared with others. 

 

7) FUEL DOCK OPERATIONS

  • Fuel docks   should maintain social distancing while in phase one of the reopening guidance.
  • Fuel dock operations will require a payment process that limits interaction.
  • Some marinas have implemented a pay-by-phone policy to limit close interaction.
  • Some marinas have implemented self-serve fueling with supervision from the ship store or fuel dock office.
  • In full serve operations, employees should remain socially distant from customers, use appropriate PPE, and wash hands or use hand sanitizer at the end of each transaction.
  • A similar procedure may be implemented for pump out operations

 

 

8) BOAT SERVICES

  • These are some guidelines to follow when performing boat service.
  • Technicians can work solo on a unit without the customer or others nearby.
  • If a technician needs physical help completing a task, other dealership team members can wear disposable gloves and N95 face masks to protect both employees.
  • All work spaces should be cleaned and disinfected before and after an employee performs service.
  • Technicians should use their own bins or carts to move parts and tools to and from the boat.
  • If an employee is finished using a cart, then it and any tools used should be disinfected.
  • Communicate with the customer using technology rather than in-person conversations—i.e.,
    • Emails
    • SMS, TXT, MMS messages
    • Phone calls
    • VHF Working Channel
    • Video voice or messaging apps such as
      • Whataspp
      • LINE
      • Skype
      • Zoom
      • Messenger
      • FaceTime

9) DELIVERIES OF PROVISIONS /  PROPANE / PARTS / PACKAGES

  • Have delivery placed outside your boat or in a designated area of your boat. 
  • If someone is assisting you with placing something inside your boat like batteries, be sure they take off their shoes, wear a mask, and offer disinfectant hand gel before entering. 
  • Leave packaging such as cardboard boxes outside your boat
  • Wash hands with soap/water immediately after handling outside packages, parts, propane.

Extra precautionary measures: use disinfectant wipes to clean outside surfaces before bringing them back onto your boat; i.e. plastic food packages, parts, tools. Wash fruits and veggies before storing them on your boat. 

10) FRIENDLY FELLOW PANAMA POSSE OR OTHER BOATERS ON THE DOCKS OR ON THEIR VESSELS

Assisting vessels at the dock. Good to VHF radio whether or not you want help  on the Marina VHF or local net channel

Wear a mask when approaching the dock or helping a vessel dock

Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water right after handling lines. If you want to be extra precautionary you can wash the lines/cleat (anyplace someone else touched your boat) with soapy water or a bleach solution and remember the virus can only live on outside surfaces for so long:

  • 72 hours on plastics
  • 48 hours on stainless steel
  • 24 hours on cardboard
  • 4 hours on copper.

Have a sip or rum once the vessel is made fast to celebrate life

Sources “Nicole” on SV Maison de Sante, “Rob” on SV AVANT & Marina Association, Trade only

 

 

Additional Resources

CDC – Center for Disease Control

OSHA – Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

List of cleaners and disinfectants

 

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