Mockery of the Green Lane Agreement: CHINA IMPOSES ENTRY RESTRICTIONS
A joint announcement was made by the Chinese Ministry of Transport, General Administration of Customs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs “on strengthening the prevention and control of spread of COVID-19 pandemic for seafarers on international sea-going vessels.”
The protocols shall be in accordance with the Frontier Health and Quarantine Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), its Emergency Response Law, Maritime Traffic Safety Law and relevant PRC regulations.
These shall apply to the vessels which the change of seafarers has been conducted at the previous port or place, or the change of seafarers has been conducted within 14 days before the vessels come to China. The signing-on seafarers shall conduct nucleic acid amplification technique (NAT) tests for COVID-19 showing negative results within 3 days before boarding.
The NAT test should be conducted in an institution designated or approved by the Chinese embassies or consulates overseas.
These shall apply to vessels which are entering the first visiting port in China for arranging the entry formalities. Copies of the NAT test certificates showing negative results shall be presented, through the vessels or owners or ship agencies, if the change of seafarers has been conducted at the previous port or place, or the change of seafarers has been conducted within 14 days before entry to China.
A violation may cause the vessel from being banned from departing or operating at PRC ports. Entry into China without or with false NAT COVID-19 negative certification is considered severe violation and may be criminally liable.
For the original Chinese announcement, visit http://xxgk.mot.gov.cn/2020/jigou/gjhzs/202009/t20200924_3470186.html.