Resumption of passenger sea transport / Ndreu: Categories moving in the first phase, vehicles up to 70% of capacity

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As of today, the maritime transport of passengers has resumed.

The head of the General Directorate of Maritime Affairs, Paulin Ndreu in a media statement explained the categories that can travel in this first phase as well as the protocols that must be implemented in the trip by both companies and passengers to avoid the spread of COVID-19 infection.

According to Ndreu, all foreign nationals who are in Albania or come to Albania for work or business are allowed to travel by international ferry transport.

All Albanian citizens who are residents in European Union countries, and are provided with documents from EU countries or other non-EU countries, will also be allowed to move to and from Albania.

At this stage, Ndreu said that all Albanian and foreign diplomats will be allowed to move, as well as diplomats of the Republic of Kosovo with their personal vehicles entering and leaving for and from Albania.

"The Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy and the General Directorate of Maritime are working, and are waiting for the decision from the EU for the final opening, which we hope will be July 1, 2020," said Ndreu.

The head of the GDC also explained the protocol to be followed by companies and passengers.

"All port captaincies, port authorities and maritime agencies must rigorously implement the maritime transport operation protocol for COVID-19 approved by order no. 169 dated 5 June 2020, of the Minister of Infrastructure and Energy ", he said.

This protocol, said Ndreu, aims to help preserve and protect the health of employees of terminals, port operators, crews and passengers, as well as to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 in open ports in the Republic of Albania. .

According to the protocol, maritime passenger transport vehicles are allowed to carry up to 70% of their maximum passenger capacity set by current legislation, depending on the risk of spreading the infection.

"Passenger vehicles with cabins are allowed to transport up to 80% of their original ability to accommodate passengers, depending on the risk of spreading the infection. Passengers must maintain a distance of 1.5 meters between each other during boarding, disembarking and in all areas of the ship. Only one passenger is allowed for the cabin, except when the passengers are of the same family. Persons with special needs are allowed to be accompanied by another person. Masks are mandatory to be worn by passengers and crew members. "Maritime means of passenger transport that provide seats for passengers in halls dedicated to determine the reduction of passengers, in a way which preserves the distance between passengers", said Ndreu.

The General Maritime Directorate, he announced, will monitor and update the situation in international maritime passenger transport, and will notify you of any changes that may occur.

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