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June 8th, 2020 COVID-19 General Travel Restrictions by Country

As the fight against the pandemic continues globally, most countries are unceasingly trying to address and adapt to general travel, logistics and border restrictions of other regions as well as of their own. This is a major consideration which shipping companies are watching out for as the maritime industry struggles to continue its supposedly unimpeded service.

As of June 6, 2020, there are 137 countries that have completely restricted entry to non-citizens, while additional 66 countries have at least partial entry restrictions. With this in mind, Crossworld has consolidated top 10 regions where most crew changes are done and their general travel restrictions to provide as guidance for the gradual reopening of regional economies.

May 27th, 2020 COVID-19 Crew Repatriation and Departure Process Flows, Guidelines and Costs

The Philippine Government through the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), and Philippine Overseas and Employment Agency (POEA) have released crew repatriation and departure general process flows for all shipping and local manning agencies' (LMAs) guidance.

May 20th, 2020 Crossworld Successfully Sends Stranded Seafarers Home

Being a seafarer is never easy, most especially during these difficult times when the COVID-19 pandemic affected the entire world. What’s usually a smooth transition to prepare for voyage has become troublesome to the maritime industry. Restrictions on crew change activities have been limited with suspension on most international and connecting flights, keeping crew stranded in quarantine facilities both local and international. This holds true even for repatriated seafarers who only wish to be back home with their families.

May 13th, 2020 COVID-19 Updates on Modified ECQ Areas and Quarantine Procedures Travel Advisory

A ‘modified’ Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) will be implemented in the National Capital Region, Laguna, and Cebu City starting May 16 until May 31 as the Philippines’ fight against COVID-19 continues.

April 29th, 2020 One-Stop-Shop Process for Repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)

The Government’s ‘Back to the Province’ (Balik-Probinsya) initiative is gaining steam after it was suggested by a Philippine senator as Metro Manila faces congestion problem amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 22nd, 2020 COVID-19 Latest Guidelines of International Labour Organization and Philippines Maritime Industry Authority

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and Philippines Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) issued latest guidelines for the ongoing COVID-19 response affecting the industry. Below herewith are significant advisories to note.

April 16th, 2020 COVID-19 Latest POEA Guidelines on Deployment, Repatriation and Extension of Seafarer Contracts

The suspension of work and business transactions due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon has affected thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). However, most government agencies, banks, and other essential businesses remain functional. To date, here are the guidelines summary from the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) through their Memorandum Circulars, which directly affects local sea-based manning and maritime agencies.

April 8th, 2020 Philippines Extends Luzon Lockdown until April 30

President Rodrigo Duterte extends the Luzon lockdown for two more weeks. The ‘Enhanced Community Quarantine’ (ECQ) was supposed to end next week, April 13, but the chief executive decided to extend it until April 30.