Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China
General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China
Announcement on Strengthening COVID-19 Response for Crew Members of Vessels
Engaged in International Voyages
In accordance with laws and regulations including the Frontier Health and
Quarantine Law, Emergency Response Law and Maritime Traffic Safety Law of the
People's Republic of China, for the purpose of protecting the health of the crew
members of vessels engaged in international voyages and preventing the
cross-border spread of COVID-19 through those crew members, it is hereby announced as follows:
1. This announcement shall apply to all those vessels bound for China on international voyages .
2. If the crew change takes place at the previous port or place or within 14
days before the arrival at the port in China, the joining crew members shall
complete COVID-19 nucleic acid test within 3 days prior to boarding, and carry
the document showing negative result of COVID-19 while boarding. The test shall
be conducted in institutions designated or recognized by the overseas Chinese
embassies or consulates.
3. In going through the procedures for entering the first port of entry in
China, the copy of the COVID-19 negative result document of the crew members who
board the ship at the previous port or place or within 14 days before their
arrival at the port in China shall, as required, be submitted through the
vessel, its company or shipping agency.
4. Any violation of this announcement or the provisions of relevant laws and
regulations of the People's Republic of China may hinder the vessel's arrival,
departure or cargo operation in China. Under serious circumstances,
administrative legal liability may be imposed according to law. If the crew
members, who board the vessel at the previous port or place or within 14 days
before their arrival at the port in China, carry no or falsified negative test
result of COVID-19 and cause the spread of COVID-19 or pose such risks within
the territory of the People's Republic of China, they may be subject to
criminal liability according to law.
This announcement shall enter into force as of the date of promulgation.
Ministry of Transport
General Administration of Customs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs