LAST UPDATED NOVEMBER 15, 2020
Below is a compendium of measures for international vessels operating in Canadian waters that have been implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please scroll down this webpage to access the following information:
1. Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) guidance
2. Federal border restrictions
3. Federal quarantine order
4. Documentation for crew and marine transportation workers
5. Crew change processes
6. Shore leave measures
7. Cruise ship restrictions
Due to space constraints, the following measures are outlined in separate webpages, which can be accessed by selecting the highlighted links:
8. Provincial border restrictions - click HERE
9. Ship reporting requirements and guidance (TC, Seaway, USCG) - click HERE
CLOSURE OF CANADIAN BORDER TO INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS:
CLOSURE OF CANADA - U.S. BORDER:
14-DAY SELF-ISOLATION REQUIREMENT WHEN ENTERING CANADA:
TRAVELING TO CANADA TO JOIN A SHIP (CREW MEMBERS & OTHER ESSENTIAL WORKERS):
VISA PROCEDURES FOR CREW MEMBERS JOINING A SHIP:
72-HOUR EXIT REQUIREMENT FOR DISCHARGED CREW MEMBERS
SHORE LEAVE RESTRICTIONS:
GUIDANCE ON FACE COVERINGS FOR MARINE TRANSPORTATION WORKERS
CANADIAN WATERS SOUTH OF 60th PARALLEL:
NEW Rule: Vessels with overnight accommodations allowed to carry more than 100 persons (passengers and crew) prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until February 28, 2021.
CANADIAN WATERS NORTH OF 60th PARALLEL:
NEW Rule: Vessels that are certified to carry more than 12 passengers prohibited from entering Canadian Arctic waters (waters north of the 60th parallel and the territorial sea in the vicinity of Nunatsiavut, Nunavik and the Labrador coast) until February 28, 2021.
Rule: Other vessels (e.g. small cruise ships under 100 person capacity and tour boats) are permitted to operate subject to restrictions from their provincial, territorial, or local health authority.
Rule: Essential passenger vessels and ferry vessels can continue to operate, provided they have mitigation measures in place to reduce to the spread of COVID-19.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please see the following for additional information:
NEW US Centre for Disease Control's "No Sail Order" for cruise ships expired on October 31 and has been replaced with a "Framework for Conditional Sailing Order for Cruise Ships," which introduces a phased approach for resuming cruise ship activity. Key elements of the framework,which remains in effect until November 1, 2021, are as per below:
The Shipping Federation of Canada is working diligently to provide marine stakeholders with information specific to their sector in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. We are liaising with key authorities to ensure the delivery of streamlined information and timely updates on protocols and practices.
We urge members to take the appropriate steps to contain the spread of COVID-19, preserve the health of their teams and take practical protective measures against the virus.
DISCLAIMER: Although we will endeavour to update this webpage as often as possible, information issued directly by Canadian authorities and other entities interacting with vessels remains the official source to ensure compliance.