Coronavirus - IMO and WHO issue joint statement


The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Maritime Organization  (IMO) have joined forces to issue a joint- statement in response to the challenges faced by the shipping industry during this coronavirus outbreak.

The WHO and IMO have now issued a joint-statement to call upon member government states to respect the requirements of “ free pratique”  for ships under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005, article 28). The statement reiterates the principles of proper care for all travellers and avoiding unnecessary restrictions or delays on port entry for ships and crew as embodied in the relevant IHR and IMO regulations. This statement also reminds all relevant stakeholders to co-operate during this coronavirus outbreak so as to minimise unnecessary interference to international maritime traffic and trade.  

For implementation of measures for sea transport by various countries, please click here

Click here for other important coronavirus information .

Ai Cheng Foo-Nielsen
in Copenhagen, DK


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