New strains of Covid-19 detected
in the UK and South Africa are spooking immigration authorities around the
world. The variants of the virus have been found to be far more contagious than
the original Covid-19, and have quickly spread around the globe over the past
The Philippines decides to ban crew change thru to
The Philippines, the world’s
leading crewing provider and a top destination for crew changes during the
pandemic, has decided to halt crew changes for seafarers who have been in 21
different countries around the world two weeks prior to visiting the Southeast
According to a post on Facebook,
the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has decided to halt crew changes through
to January 15 for any crew who have visited Australia, Canada, Denmark, France,
Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, the
Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
the UK or the US recently.
Additional countries could be
added to the list, the PPA warned.
Changes imposed to contain the possible entry of the
new strain of covid
“The changes are being imposed
by the country as a safety net to contain the possible entry of the new strain
of the SARS-CoV-2 variant in the country through crew change,” the PPA
The temporary ban could be
extended beyond the initial January 15 deadline, the PPA warned.