Guidance for Cruise Ships: How to use the Maritime Declaration of Health

Under the federal Quarantine Act, the operator of a cruise ship shall, as soon as possible and before the vessel arrives at its destination in Canada, inform a quarantine officer of any reasonable grounds to suspect that

  1. any person, cargo or other thing on board the conveyance could cause the spreading of a communicable disease listed in the schedule;
  2. a person on board the conveyance has died; or
  3. any prescribed circumstances exist.

The operator shall answer any relevant questions asked by a screening officer, a quarantine officer, or an environmental health officer and provide the officer with any information or record in the operator’s possession that the officer may reasonably require in the performance of a duty under the Quarantine Act.

PHAC uses the Maritime Declaration of Health for cruise ship operators to fulfill their obligations under the Quarantine Act.

Gastrointestinal illness reporting should continue to be submitted electronically through the Public Health Agency of Canada – Gastrointestinal Illness Surveillance System.

Step 1- Entering Canadian waters

24 to 48 hours before entering Canadian waters or at your last international marine port (if less than 24 hours), you will have to complete the following:

Maritime Declaration of Health

Complete sections A to F

Login to the following web link:

(English) Maritime Declaration of Health

(French) Déclaration maritime de santé

Annex A

To be completed whether you have COVID-19 cases onboard or not; can be accessed at the following web links:

English): Annex A: Cruise ship Covid-19 Reporting Form

(French): Annexe A : Formulaire de déclaration de cas de COVID-19 à bord d’un navire de croisière

If there are confirmed cases on board, the Annex A Case Reporting Form must also be completed and attached to your Annex A submission.

The Annex A Case Reporting Forms were shared with Industry via email from the CMAC Secretariat on May 5, 2022. If you need to request a copy of the forms please contact CNS/SNC at the following email: cns-snc@phac-aspc.gc.ca

Annex B

To be completed only if you have non-COVID-19 communicable disease cases onboard; can be accessed at the following web links:

(English): Annex B: Cruise ship Communicable Disease Reporting Form

(French): Annexe B : Formulaire de déclaration de cas de maladie transmissible à bord d’un navire de croisière

The Annex B Case Reporting Form must also be completed and attached to your Annex B submission.

The Annex B Case Reporting Forms were shared with Industry via email from the CMAC Secretariat on May 5, 2022. If you need to request a copy of the forms please contact CNS/SNC at the following email: cns-snc@phac-aspc.gc.ca.

The Maritime Declaration of Health will be assessed by a quarantine officer and the vessel will be issued their public health risk assessment status 6 to 8 hours after submission. The quarantine officer may modify the vessel’s status at any time, including upon receipt of new or updated information that may influence the level of public health risk for a situation onboard a vessel.     

  • Based on the public health risk assessment status assigned to your vessel, you will receive further instructions or recommendations from the quarantine officer, as well as the required frequency for reporting.
  • If you don’t receive confirmation of your status, or if you have any questions, please contact the Public Health Agency of Canada using the contact information below.

Step 2- While in Canadian waters

You will have to complete the following:

Annex A

Include updated information as requested by the quarantine officer*; can be accessed at the following web links:

(English): Annex A: Cruise ship Covid-19 Reporting Form

(French): Annexe A : Formulaire de déclaration de cas de COVID-19 à bord d’un navire de croisière

If there are confirmed cases on board, the Annex A Case Reporting Form must also be completed and attached to your Annex A submission.

The Annex A Case Reporting Forms were shared with Industry via email from the CMAC Secretariat on May 5, 2022. If you need to request a copy of the forms please contact CNS/SNC at the following email: cns-snc@phac-aspc.gc.ca

Annex B

To be completed only if you have non-COVID-19 communicable disease cases onboard; can be accessed at the following web links:

(English): Annex B: Cruise ship Communicable Disease Reporting Form

(French): Annexe B : Formulaire de déclaration de cas de maladie transmissible à bord d’un navire de croisière

The Annex B Case Reporting Form must also be completed and attached to your Annex B submission.

The Annex B Case Reporting Forms were shared with Industry via email from the CMAC Secretariat on May 5, 2022. If you need to request a copy of the forms please contact CNS/SNC at the following email: cns-snc@phac-aspc.gc.ca.

*Ships with higher risk to public health may have to report more frequently

  • If your status changes, you will receive further instructions from the quarantine officer, as well as the updated required frequency for reporting.
  • If you do not receive confirmation of your status, or if you have any questions, please contact the Public Health Agency of Canada using the contact information below.

Step 3 - Disembarkation

24 hours before arriving at your last port of call in Canada, you will have to complete the following:

Annex A

To be completed with updated information as requested by the quarantine officer; can be accessed at the following web links:

(English): Annex A: Cruise ship Covid-19 Reporting Form

(French): Annexe A : Formulaire de déclaration de cas de COVID-19 à bord d’un navire de croisière

Please ensure that you have included the addresses for all travellers who need to complete their quarantine or isolation ashore in the Annex A Case Reporting Form. The Annex A Case Reporting Form must also be completed and attached to your Annex A submission.

The Annex A Case Reporting Forms were shared with Industry via email from the CMAC Secretariat on May 5, 2022. If you need to request a copy of the forms please contact CNS/SNC at the following email: cns-snc@phac-aspc.gc.ca

Annex B

To be completed only if you have non-COVID-19 communicable disease cases onboard; can be accessed at the following web links:

(English): Annex B: Cruise ship Communicable Disease Reporting Form

(French): Annexe B : Formulaire de déclaration de cas de maladie transmissible à bord d’un navire de croisière

The Annex B Case Reporting Form must also be completed and attached to your Annex B submission.

The Annex B Case Reporting Forms were shared with Industry via email from the CMAC Secretariat on May 5, 2022. If you need to request a copy of the forms please contact CNS/SNC at the following email: cns-snc@phac-aspc.gc.ca.

*Ships with a higher risk to public health may have to report more frequently

  • The quarantine officer will assess the suitability of plans for each traveller who needs to continue their isolation or quarantine period ashore (based on the following interim order: Quarantine, Isolation and other Obligations Order).
  • The cruise ship operator will need to receive confirmation from the quarantine officer for the approval of the plans for travellers who need to continue their isolation or quarantine period ashore.
  • If you do not receive confirmation for the plans of your travellers who need to continue their quarantine or isolation ashore, or if you have any questions, please contact the Public Health Agency of Canada using the contact information below.

Contact information:

The quarantine officer can be reached 24/7 by email at CNS / SNC (PHAC/ASPC) cns-snc@phac-aspc.gc.ca. Please provide your PHAC reference number (CVR2-0000XXXXX) when available.