Hong Kong reinstates rules for crew change after COVID-19 incident

Hong Kong has reversed itself reinstituting tighter controls governing crew changes scheduled to take place in the port. A month ago, port officials had relaxed the rules as part of the worldwide effort to facilitate crew changes

Hong Kong has reversed itself reinstituting tighter controls governing crew changes scheduled to take place in the port. A month ago, port officials had relaxed the rules as part of the worldwide effort to facilitate crew changes but decided to reinstate the rules after a recent incident linked to a crew change in the city.

Starting July 10, 2020, crew members arriving in Hong Kong to sign on to a vessel are required to have a negative SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test performed by an ISO 15189-accredited laboratory within 48 hours prior to departure from their place of embarkation.

Further, the crew member must present both the test results and a guarantee letter from the shipping company or agent upon arrival in Hong Kong. Once they enter Hong Kong crew members are told they must also take their body temperature twice daily and report the results to the shipping company or agent.

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