New Zealand makes crew change concessions

New Zealand, one of the countries with the best records in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, is making changes to its border restrictions for key personnel including seafarers.

Effective by the end of next week border restrictions will not apply to replacement shipping crew arriving in New Zealand by air and transferring straight to a cargo ship to leave New Zealand.

The news follows on from reports carried by Splash this week that Hong Kong and Canada have eased travel restrictions for seafarers, with Canada also looking into allowing controlled shore leave. 

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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