KOREA: CENTRAL QUARANTINE OFFICE HAS DECLARED STRICTER REGULATIONS IN RELATION TO COVID-19

Published: October 2, 2020

Our Correspondents in Korea, P&I Bros, advise that, in accordance with the new COVID-19 regulations, all crew members onboard ships calling at a Korean port after 8 September 2020, are required to have a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test certificate if they have recently joined the ship in or visited any of the following countries: PAKISTAN, BANGLADESH, KAZAKHSTAN, KYRGYZSTAN, PHILIPPINES, UZBEKISTAN and RUSSIA. The PCR test cerficiate must be issued by a medical facility authorised by the Korean government and issued at least 48 hours before the crew member boards the ship.

Failure to submit such a PCR test certificate to the port authority upon the ship’s arrival, will lead to a penalty in the amount of KRW10 million per crew member. The seafarer must also receive a new PCR test in Korea to facilitate the ship’s clearance inwards, the cost of which will be for the shipowners’ account. Any failure will also result in the ship being placed on a blacklist and prohibited from calling at Korean ports for 6 months.
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