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PCR Test Requirement
Sunday, December 27, 2020, Turkey

New regulations have been announced by the Turkish authorities to control the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Travellers arriving by air from 28 December 2020, or by land and sea from 30 December 2020, must have a negative PCR test result taken 72 hours prior to arrival in Turkey. Those who do not have a negative PCR test result will not be allowed to board the plane.

Any person arriving without a negative PCR test result will have to stay in quarantine for 7 days at designated facilities (home, hotel etc.) and will be required to take a PCR test upon completion of quarantine.

This regulation will be in force until 01 March 2021.

For information about operations in Turkey, contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

Mandatory Precautionary Measures for Shipyard Repair Calls
Sunday, December 27, 2020, Singapore

Government agencies had observed more incidences of confirmed COVID-19 infections who are inbound vessels’ crew calling at the shipyards for repairs.

For the yard’s business continuity purposes, the set of best practices which was previously shared, is now updated and will now be mandatory effective from 21 December 2020.

Passenger ships e.g. cruise ships, crew boats, yachts, ferries, etc)

Ships must have been at sea for minimally 14 days prior to entering the Port of Singapore, unless it had previously departed from Singapore without any embarkation; or arriving from a declared lay-up location or repatriation port where there has been no crew signed on or physical crew interaction with onshore personnel for minimally 14 days.
Non-Passenger Ships (e.g. tankers, bulk carriers, container and cargo vessels, oil rigs, semi-submersibles, FPSOs, offshore construction and offshore support vessels such as DSVs, AHTS, PSVs, pipelay vessels, etc.)

Ship must not have had any sign-ons within the last 14 days prior to entering the Port of Singapore.
All crew must not have had shore leave within the last 14 days prior to entering the Port of Singapore.
An on-arrival swab test for all crew is done onboard the ship in the yard or berthed next to shore. No worker boards the ship for repair works until all crew swab test results are cleared. All workers who board the ship must adhere to the prevailing MPA Port Maritime Circular on Safe Management Measures (SMM) onboard ship and Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) requirements prior boarding ship.
For entry into shipyards, the total number of crew onboard is less than 100 persons (until further notice).
Crew change is allowed based on the prevailing limits for sign-ons and sign-offs.
Shore leave for crew is subject to MPA’s prevailing shore leave framework.
For the full list mandatory precautionary measures for shipyard repair calls, or information about operations in Singapore, contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

Source: Association of Singapore Marine Industries-Economic Development Board (ASMI-EDB) Circular

New crew change regulations (24 December)
Sunday, December 27, 2020, Japan

New regulations for crew change have been announced by the immigration office. With effect from 24 December 2020, any passenger arriving in Japan who has visited the UK in the 14 days prior to arrival and holding visa which indicates “EX-R” in the remarks will not be allowed to enter Japan. This also applies to seaman’s book holding crew.

All other crew change regulations announced earlier remain in effect.

For information about operations in Japan, contact GAC Japan at tokyo@gac.com

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