Corona Virus - COVID19
Last update 2020.06.09
Port Esbjerg is critical infrastructure, and consequently we will continue operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have taken the strictest precautions, and therefore our port control and our crane department as well as other critical functions will remain in operation.
Port Esbjerg operates as normal, and COVID-19 contingency plans have been implemented.
COVID-19 Procedure - Vessels to Port Esbjerg
Port Esbjerg will maintain operation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mandatory Declaration of Health
All vessels entering Port Esbjerg must send the Port Esbjerg Declaration of Health to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Declaration of Health is mandatory:
- prior to arrival or prior to contact with operations ashore, and
- if any of the answers given in the Declaration changes during the stay.
The Port Esbjerg Declaration of Health can be found on the Port Esbjerg website www.portesbjerg.dk. (Vessels may send their own form/declaration if the content is identical with that of the Port Esbjerg Declaration.)
Port Esbjerg uses the information for internal procedures. However, answers (only the yes/no) to the nine health questions may be forwarded to specific operators (e.g. agents, stevedores, dock workers, pilots, operation staff, etc.).
Declaration of Health to Danish Health Authorities
In case of suspicion of contagious diseases, the regulation concerning detailed information to the Danish Health Authorities applies as usual.
The vessel is requested to inform both Port Esbjerg and the Danish Health Authorities.
Vessels which can answer all nine questions with a “NO” and which comply with all maritime requirements applicable are encouraged to show the flag “Q” as a signal for operators in port.
Vessels are encouraged to forward own restrictions and precautions to relevant parties prior to arrival (port, pilot, stevedores, agents, etc.).
Danish borders will remain closed until 31st August 2020. All non-Danish persons must remain onboard the vessel and are not allowed to enter either Port Esbjerg or Denmark in general.
However, travelers with a worthy purpose may enter Denmark. This applies to:
- crew change, and
- work related to operation, e.g. quayside inspection of cargo/gear.
The borders are closed for shore leave etc. for all non-Danish citizens. ISPS facilities are no exemptions.
(The borders will open partially on June 15th. This applies only for travelers from Iceland, Norway, and Germany, and only if they can document a booking of minimum 6 nights in Denmark and outside of Copenhagen. A vessel stay in port is not considered a stay in Denmark.)
Authorities – Information and Hotline
Danish Maritime Authority:
Joined Danish Authority web and hotline - https://politi.dk/en/coronavirus-in-denmark
We thank you for your co-operation!
The Danish Health Authority’s have established guidelines for persons arriving Denmark, including Vessels to Danish Ports.
Direct link to the Danish official websites.
Danish Health Authority’s posters.