Countries are changing how they tackle the virus regularly with regards to quarantine requirements, wearing of face masks and travel restrictions. As UK lockdown restrictions are eased there are new requirements that you must be aware of before you travel to your next assignment.
IF YOU ARE SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19
- Self Isolate immediately – Please do not travel
- Book a test – this must be done within the first 5 days of showing symptoms
- Call your local CMR office to let us know
- Follow the guidance from the NHS
UK BORDER RULES AND EXEMPTIONS
Border Rules have been implemented in the UK which require travellers from specific countries entering the UK to complete a 14 day quarantine upon entry. There are some exemptions for our industry which include;
- Workers required for the continued safe and secure operation, maintenance and essential support services for offshore oil and gas infrastructure in the UK are exempt from the 14 day quarantine.
Seamen and masters as defined in section 313(1) Merchant Shipping Act 1995, maritime pilots as defined in para 22(1) of schedule 3A of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, and inspectors and surveyors of ships appointed under section 256 of the Merchant Shipping Act 199
Seafarers do not need to complete the Public Health passenger locator form if they have travelled in a part of the vessel that is not accessible to passengers or they have travelled on a vessel which does not carry passengers.
You will still need to complete the Public Health passenger locator form before you travel to the UK if you have travelled in a part of the vessel that is accessible to any passenger for any part of the journey, unless the passengers remain in their vehicles in that area (for example on a RoRo ferry)., This can completed up to 48 hour in advance.
You will not need to self-isolate for 14 days, but will still need to show documentation identifying you as a seafarer which includes;
- If you work on a ship, including fishermen, you should show a Seafarers Identification Document (SID).
- If you don’t have a SID, you can show joining papers, seafarers employment agreement or a seafarers discharge book (Continuous Certificate of Discharge) instead.
- Alternatively, you could show a basic training certificate or declaration from the registered owners of the vessel that you are a crew member
- You may be required to show a letter from your company at the border which includes:
- Your personal details, such as name and address
- Contact details for your employer
- What work you will be doing
MANDATORY FACE COVERINGS
The wearing of face coverings on public transport and in shops across the UK has been made mandatory and you could be fined if you do not comply. If you are travelling outside the UK please check what the latest restrictions are in the country you are travelling to though our advice in these ever- changing times is…
Please make sure you have at least two face-coverings with you for travel. It is expected that PPE will be supplied on board however you should always be prepared with your own. Please remember that a face-covering does not replace regular hand washing, or the use of hand sanitiser – these measures remain to be the best way to protect yourself, and your colleagues, from the virus.