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Port Security Task Force discuss enhancing security amidst COVID-19

Updated: Apr 11, 2021

The Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority implemented a series of procedures to protect our ports from the COVID-19, which include all passengers of the all international flights being screened by a health care practitioner when using our ports of entry.

NASPA Long Point Nevis (March 18th, 2020) – A Security Task Force has been established and is fully equipped and functional at all ports managed by the Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority (NASPA).

The announcement was made at a Rapid Response COV-19 meeting hosted on Monday 16, 2020 which discussed the extra protection added at our various ports while the Health Department conducts health screenings. The meeting that saw major stakeholders in attendance, addressed the present Border Security plan in place and further actions to be taken when a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in the Federation.

Operations Manager at the Vance W Amory International Airport (VAIA), Micahail Manners explained, that the task force comprises of key individuals in the Immigration Department, the Customs and Excise Department, the Ministry of Health and the NASPA.

Manners outlined the purpose of the task force.

“Every time there is a flight with people coming from hot spot areas where people have to be quarantined for 14 days, the Task Force will conduct health screenings and also do a short briefing to all passengers about the COVID-19 and subsequently perform courtesy checks.

“The task force has already been put into effect and has thus far been performing exceptional. The collaborative work displayed by these agencies is something to admire,” he said.

The meeting, which was chaired by NASPA’s General Manager, Mr. Oral Brandy saw participants from the Nevis Tourism Authority, Ministry of Tourism and the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Immigration Department, the Customs and Excise Department, the Ministry of Health and the NASPA.

Other matters discussed were the current Caribbean and international spread of COVID-19, measures already implemented at ports and the readiness of the relevant agencies.


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