The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications stated (3/20) that seafarer epidemic protection must follow the guidelines of the Central Epidemic Command Center. Starting from midnight on the 19th of March, all foreign seafarers will be banned from entering Taiwan. All domestic seafarers must undergo home quarantine for 14 days after entering the country.
The MPB has announced their active partnerships with the National Immigration Agency of the Ministry of the Interior, every Harbor Police Department, and the Taiwan International Ports Corporation. All domestic seafarers must report to the National Immigration Agency upon entry into the country. To assist seafarers under quarantine return home, information regarding epidemic prevention vehicle rentals and other related matters have been provided to the National Association of Chinese Shipowners, Taipei Shipping Agencies Association, and National Chinese Seamen’s Union. The information will help companies transport the seafarers and strengthen epidemic prevention measures.
Meanwhile, the MPB is recording the number of seafarers entering each commercial port on a daily basis to strengthen the seafarer epidemic control in the ports. If the shipping company or MPB find personnel with health problems during onboard inspections, it shall be reported to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control immediately and the related organizations shall continue raising awareness for wearing masks and gloves and other personal hygiene protection measures to prevent the further spread of the epidemic together.
Contact person: Crew Management Division, Section Chief Tseng-Cheng Li
Contact number: 02-89786288, 0930-995777