10/04/2020

COVID-19: Medical Evacuations Possible in China

 



On 26 March 2020, China suspended the entry of foreign nationals due to the rapid spread of Covid-19 across the world.

However, people with emergency humanitarian needs or those working in certain fields can apply for an exceptional authorisation to enter China.

Recently, there have been several cases in the ports of Yangshan and Waigaoqiao in Shanghai where the Border Control delivered “Emergency temporary entry permits” to the sick foreign seafarers.

Prior to disembarkation, all sick crew members must undergo a complete health examination including a Covid-19 test.  If the results of Covid-19 test are negative, the sick seafarer can be disembarked and evacuated to the designated hospital for treatment.

As a precautionary measure against Covid-19, the sick seafarer would have to remain in confinement for at least 14 days in China before repatriation to his home country.

In many cases this may result in higher medical evacuation costs for vessels and their P&I Clubs.

Should you have any queries on medical assistance in Chinese ports, please feel free to contact Budd China at budd.china@budd-pni.com for advice or assistance.


Information provided by Budd China


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