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Directions to Combat Covid-19 at Sea Ports Amended

October 25, 2021

Department of Transport

Directions to combat Covid-19 at sea ports have been amended.

The transport department published the amended Directions in Government Gazette 45375 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

A new paragraph (b) to Direction 3 stipulates that the Directions aim to provide for commercial sea ports, foreign crew changes and passenger vessels on international voyages calling at any of the sea ports.

Paragraph (c) on the prohibition of passenger vessels visiting South African sea ports is deleted.

A new Direction 6 on commercial sea ports, foreign crew changes, passenger vessels on international voyages calling at sea ports is inserted.

It stipulates that international cruise liners are restricted to the ports of Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

A new Direction 7 on passenger vessels visiting South African sea ports stipulates that passenger vessels can call at designated South African sea ports for, inter alia, international cruising, coastal cruising and tourism activities, crew changes and repairs and maintenance.

Cruise companies are expected to assess all identified risks to their crew, travellers and other persons in relation to Covid-19 and establish appropriate measures via a company and ship management plan.

All passengers boarding cruise liners must have an antigen test and screening prior to departure.

No visitors are allowed to board passenger vessels whilst docked.

The amended Direction for Adjusted Alert Level 1 came into effect on the date of publication.