SPRO1603--Chinese Quarantine Authorities Requires Mosquito Eradiction Certificate for Vessels from ZIKA Affected Areas
Circular Ref No.: SPRO1603
 
 
Date: 14 March 2016
 
Dear Sirs or Madam,
 
Subject: Chinese Quarantine Authorities Requires Mosquito Eradiction Certificate for Vessels from ZIKA Affected Areas
 
On 02 March 2016, Chinese Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau (“CIQ”) issued “Notice on Prevention and Control of Zika Virus into China”, as part of Chinese government’s upgraded efforts to prevent Zika virus into China.
 
Requirements to Crewmembers and Vessels
 
According to the notice, people from the countries or areas where infection cases have been reported should declare to CIQ before entering or leaving the country in case they suffer from fever, headache, muscle and joint pain or rash, and should fully cooperate with local CIQ for temperature detection, medical check and epidemiological investigation.
 
Furthermore, transportation vehicles and containers coming from the above mentioned countries and areas should take effective measures to eradicate mosquito. Vessels shall hold mosquito eradication certificate issued by the authorities of the affected countries, otherwise, immediate eradication should be taken under the supervision of CIQ. Strict quarantine inspection should be taken to transportation vehicles, cargo, containers, luggage and postal parcels from those countries and areas.
 
Validity Period
 
The notice is supposed to take effect from 02 March 2016 and be valid for 12 months.
 
Affected Areas
 
The countries and areas where Zika virus infection cases were found are listed as follows:
 
America:
Aruba,Bonaire, Barbados,Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia,Costa Rica,Curacao,Dominica,Ecuador, Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe,Guatemal, Guyana, Haiti,Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico,Saint Martin,SintMaarten,saintvincent and the grenadines, Surinam,United States Virgin Islands,Venezuel, Trinidad and Tobago;
 
Oceania:
American Samoa, Samoa, Solomon Islands,Marshall Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Fiji;
 
Asia:
Maldives, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Laos;
 
Africa:
CapeVerde,Gabon.
 
The above list is subject to renewal as epidemic situation develops. In case any other countries report Zika virus cases after issuance of this notice, same requirements should apply.
 
Implementation by Local CIQ Offices
 
Upon checking with local CIQ authorities via our branch offices, we understand the inspection procedures at different ports may vary.
 
At some ports such as Dalian, Xiamen, Guangzhou and Fuzhou etc., mosquito eradication certificate shall be presented during port entry formalities; otherwise, local CIQ will require mosquito eradication measures be conducted on board under their supervision.
 
At some other ports such as Tianjin, the certificate is not a necessity for port entry formalities, but vessels are still subject to inspection and investigation by local CIQ officer to check if there are mosquitos or mosquito eggs on board.
 
Recommendations
 
In view of the enhanced inspection and requirement by Chinese quarantine authorities against Zika virus, vessels that sail from ports in the affected countries to China are recommended to obtain a mosquito eradication certificate issued by authorities of the affected country if possible, so as to avoid any possible delay or trouble when calling China. In case no such certificate has been obtained, vessels are suggested to cooperate with local CIQ on their inspection or disinfection actions.
 
Hope the above is of assistance. Any query, please feel free to contact us at pni.bj@huatai-serv.com.
 
Best regards,
 
  
  
 
Cui Jiyu
Vice President
 
 
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