Quarantine Act

Quarantine (Aircraft Landing Restriction) Regulations 1954

[GN 45 of 1954 – 16 March 1954] [Regulation 4]

1. These regulations may be cited as the Quarantine (Aircraft Landing Restriction) Regulations 1954.

2. No aircraft coming from any airport in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Madagascar or Reunion Island shall land in Mauritius unless it has been disinsected immediately before leaving that country.

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Quarantine (Charges for Services) Regulations 1997

[GN 64 of 1998 – 6 June 1998] [Section 4(2)(g)]

1. These regulations may be cited as the Quarantine (Charges for Services) Regulations 1997.

2. The Minister hereby authorises the Quarantine Authority to fix charges –

(a) for the following services –

(i) fumigation;

(ii) deratting;

(iii) issuing of Ship Sanitation Control Certificate and Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificates; and

(iv) disinfection; and

(b) for overtime performed and expenses incurred in relation to the services specified in paragraph (a).

[Reg. 2 amended by reg. 3 of GN 182 of 2007 w.e.f. 18 October 2007.]

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Quarantine (Charges for Services) Rules 1997

[GN 65 of 1998 – 6 June 1998] [Section 6]

1. These rules may be cited as the Quarantine (Charges for Services) Rules 1997.

2. In these rules –

"recipient" means a person specified in the third column of the First Schedule.

3. (1) A recipient shall pay the charges specified in the fourth column of the First Schedule to the Quarantine Authority for the services specified in the second column of that Schedule.

(2) Where the services specified in the second column of the Second Schedule are provided at the times specified in the third column of the Second Schedule, the recipient shall, in addition to the charges payable in respect of the services specified in the First Schedule, pay the overtime charges at the rates specified in the fourth column of the Second Schedule.

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FIRST SCHEDULE

[Rule 3(1)]

Item Services Payable by Charge
(Rs)
 
1. Fumigation of cargo –      
 

(a) in holds

  4,000 for every hold
 

(b) in lighters

Representation of ship 1,000 per lighter
 

(c) in containers

  1,000 per container
 

(d) in quays

  1,000 for every unit
 

(e) on pallets

  1,000 for every unit
2.

Deratting of the ship whose gross tonnage –    

(a) is not more than 500 tonnes

 8,000  

(b) is not less than 501 nor more than 1,000 tonnes

 12,000  

(c) is not less than 1,001 nor more than 2,500 tonnes

 12,750  

(d) is not less than 2,501 nor more than 5,000 tonnes

Representation of ship14,400  

(e) is not less than 5,001 nor more than 10,000 tonnes

 18,750  

(f) exceeds 10,000 tonnes

 25,000 3.

 

Inspection of a ship for the purpose of issuing –    (a) a ship sanitation control certificate, where the deratting has been effected by the custodian of a ship whose gross tonnage –    (i) is not more than 500 tonnesRepresentation of ship2,500  (ii) is not less than 501 tonnes nor more than 1,000 tonnes 

3,000

  (iii) exceeds 1,000 tonnes 5,000  

(b) a deratting exemption certificate where the gross tonnage of the ship –

    

(i) is not more than 500 tonnes

 2,500  (ii) is not less than 501 tonnes nor more than 1,000 tonnesRepresentation of ship

3,000

  (iii) exceeds 1,000 tons 5,000 4.

 

Disinfection of –    

(a) passenger baggage

The passenger whose baggage is disinfected500for the baggage of each passenger 

(b) sundry items of unaccompanied baggage

The person who clears the items at the customs500per item 

(c) grain landed otherwise than on cargo specified in items 1 to 5

The person who has custody of the grain500for every unitFor the purpose of item –   (a) 1(d), "unit" means a cargo of 1,000 cubic feet or any fraction thereof;(b) 1(e), "unit" means 10 pallets or any fraction thereof;(c) 1(c), "unit" means 12.5 kg of grain or any fraction thereof.

[First Sch. revoked and replaced by r. 3 of GN 184 of 2007 w.e.f. 18 October 2007; amended by r. 3 of GN 78 of 2011 w.e.f. 21 May 2011.]

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SECOND SCHEDULE

[Rule 3(2)]

Item Services Time   Overtime Charge
(Rs)
 
1. As specified in column 2 of the First Schedule Monday to Saturday from 6.00 a.m. to 8.45 a.m. 450 for every hour or fraction thereof
       

300

for expenses

2. As specified in column 2 of the First Schedule Monday to Saturday from 4.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. 450 for every hour or fraction thereof
       

300

for expenses

3. As specified in column 2 of the First Schedule Monday to Saturday from 11.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. of the following day 550 for every hour or fraction thereof
        300 for expenses
4. As specified in column 2 of the First Schedule Sunday and public holiday

550

for every hour or fraction thereof

       

300

for expenses

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Quarantine (Yellow Fever) (Fees) Regulations 1968

[GN 111 of 1968 – 31 May 1968] [Section 4]

1. These regulations may be cited as the Quarantine (Yellow Fever) (Fees) Regulations 1968.

2. No valid certificate of vaccination against yellow fever under the Quarantine Regulations 1953 shall be issued except on payment of a fee of 500 rupees.

[Reg. 2 amended by reg. 3 of GN 183 of 2007 w.e.f. 18 October 2007.]

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Quarantine Regulations 1953

[Act 39 of 1953 (Schedule) – 15 March 1954] [Section 4]

PART I – PRELIMINARY

1. These regulations may be cited as the Quarantine Regulations 1953.

2. In these regulations –

"aedes" includes any potential insect vector of yellow fever;

"Aircraft General Declaration" means a declaration in the form set out in the First Schedule, or any declaration which includes the information specified on that form or information substantially to the like effect;

"arrival of a conveyance" means –

(a) in the case of a seagoing vessel, arrival or anchoring in the defined area of a port;

(b) in the case of an aircraft, arrival at an airport;

(c) in the case of a road vehicle, arrival at a point of entry;

"authorised officer "means any officer authorised by the Quarantine Authority or the health officer;

"baggage" means the personal effects of a traveller or of a member of the crew;

"cargo" means goods carried on a conveyance or in a container;

"competent authority" means an authority responsible for the implementation and application of health measures under these regulations;

"container" means an article of transport equipment –

(a) of a permanent character and accordingly strong enough to be suitable for repeated use;

(b) specially designed to facilitate the carriage of goods by one or more modes of transport, without intermediate reloading;

(c) fitted with devices permitting its ready handling, particularly its transfer from one mode of transport to another; and

(d) specially designed as to be easy to fill and empty;

"contamination" means the presence of an infectious or toxic agent or matter on a human or animal body surface, in or on a product prepared for consumption or on other inanimate objects, including conveyances, that may constitute a public health risk;

"conveyance" means an aircraft, ship, road vehicle or other means of transport on an international voyage;

"crew" means the personnel of a ship or of an aircraft who are employed for duties on board;

"day" means an interval of 24 hours;

"decontamination" means a procedure whereby health measures are taken to eliminate an infectious or toxic agent or matter on a human or animal body surface, in or on a product prepared for consumption or on other inanimate objects, including conveyances that may constitute a public health risk;

"departure" means for persons, baggage, cargo, conveyances or goods, the act of leaving a territory;

"deratting" means the procedure whereby health measures are taken to control or kill rodent vectors of human disease present in baggage, cargo, containers, conveyances, facilities, goods and postal parcels at the point of entry;

"disease" means an illness or medical condition, irrespective of origin or source, that presents or could present significant harm to humans;

"disinfection" means the procedure whereby health measures are taken to control or kill infectious agents on a human or animal body surface or in or on baggage, cargo, containers, conveyances, goods and postal parcels by direct exposure to chemical or physical agents;

"epidemic" means an extension of a quarantinable disease by a multiplication of cases in a local area;

"free pratique" means permission for a ship to enter a port, embark or disembark, discharge or load cargo or stores, permission for an aircraft, after landing, to embark or disembark, discharge or load cargo or stores; and permission for a ground transport vehicle, upon arrival, to embark or disembark, discharge or load cargo or stores;

"goods" means tangible products, including animals and plants transported on an international voyage, including for utilisation on board a conveyance;

"health authority" means the health officer immediately responsible for the application in a local area of the appropriate sanitary measures permitted or prescribed by these regulations;

"health officer" means the appropriate officer appointed as such under section 3 of the Act;

"ill person" means an individual suffering from or affected with a physical ailment that may pose a public health risk;

"infected local area" means –

(a) a local area where there is a non-imported case of plague, cholera, yellow fever or smallpox; or

(b) a local area where plague infection among rodents exists on land or on craft which are part of the equipment of a port; or

(c) a local area where activity of yellow fever virus is found in vertebrates other than man; or

(d) a local area where there is an epidemic of typhus or relapsing fever;

"infected person" means a person who is suffering from a quarantinable disease or who is believed to be infected with such a disease;

"infection" means the entry and development or multiplication of an infectious agent in the body of humans and animals that may constitute a public health risk;

"infectious disease" means any epidemic or acute infectious disease and includes open pulmonary tuberculosis but does not include venereal disease;

"inspection" means the examination, by the competent authority or under its supervision, of areas, baggage, containers, conveyances, facilities, goods or postal parcels, including relevant data and documentation to determine if a public health risk exists;

"international voyage" means –

(a) in the case of a ship or an aircraft, a voyage between ports or airports in the territories of more than one country or a voyage between ports or airports in the territory or territories of the same country if the ship or aircraft has relations with the territory of any other country on its voyage but only as regards those relations;

(b) in the case of a person, a voyage involving entry into the territory of a country other than the territory of the country in which that person commences his voyage;

"isolation", when applied to a person or group of persons, means the separation of that person or group of persons from other persons except the health staff on duty, in such a manner as to prevent the spread of infection;

"ISR" means the International Sanitary Regulations;

"local area" means a well defined area such as province, district, island, town or quarter of a town, port, or village, whatever may be its extent or population;

"medical examination" includes visit to and inspection of a ship or an aircraft, and the preliminary examination of persons on board, but does not include the periodical inspection of a ship to ascertain the need for deratting;

"passenger" means any person, other than a member of the crew, carried in a conveyance;

"port" means a seaport or a port on an inland body of water where ships of an international voyage arrive or depart;

"postal parcel" means an addressed article or package carried internationally by postal or courier services;

"quarantine" means the restriction of activities and/or separation from others of suspect persons who are not ill or of suspect baggage, containers, conveyances or goods in such a manner as to prevent the possible spread of infection or contamination;

"Quarantine Authority" means the Quarantine Authority established under the powers conferred by section 3 of the Act;

"quarantinable disease" means plague, cholera, yellow fever;

"relapsing fever" means louse-borne relapsing fever;

"reservoir" means an animal, plant or substance in which an infectious agent normally lives and whose presence may constitute a public health risk;

"ship" means a seagoing or inland navigation vessel on an international voyage;

"Ship Sanitation Control Certificate" and "Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate" mean, respectively, a Ship Sanitation Control or a Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate issued under regulations 53 and 54, or issued in conformity with Article 39 of the International Health Regulations 2005;

"surveillance" means a state whereby persons are not detained, they may move about freely, but they are required to report for medical examination at such intervals and during such period and to such persons as may be directed by a health officer;

"suspect" means a person who is considered by the health officer as having been exposed to infection by a quarantinable disease and is considered capable of spreading that disease;

"valid certificate", when applied to vaccination, means a certificate conforming with the rules and the model in the Third, Fourth or Fifth Schedule;

"vector" means an insect or other animal which normally transports an infectious agent that constitutes a public health risk;

"WHO" means the World Health Organisation;

"WHO IHR Contact Point" means the unit within WHO which shall be accessible at all times for communications with the National HIR Focal Point.

[Reg. 2 amended by reg. 2 of GN 77 of 1956 w.e.f. 1 October 1956; reg. 3 of GN 181 of 2007 w.e.f. 18 October 2007.]

PART II – SANITARY DOCUMENTS

3. Bills of health, with or without consular visa, or any certificate, however designated, concerning health conditions of a port or an airport, shall not be required from any ship or aircraft.

4. (1) The master of a sea-going vessel making an international voyage, before arrival at its first port of call in Mauritius, shall ascertain the state of health on board and he shall, on arrival, complete and deliver to the Health Authority for that port a Maritime Declaration of Health which shall be countersigned by the ship's surgeon if one is carried.

(2) The master, and the ship's surgeon if one is carried, shall supply any further information required by the Health Authority as to health conditions on board during the voyage.

(3) A Maritime Declaration of Health shall conform with the model specified in the First Schedule.

[Reg. 4 amended by reg. 3 of GN 77 of 1956 w.e.f. 1 October 1956.]

5. (1) The pilot in command of an aircraft, on landing at an airport, or his authorised agent, shall complete and deliver to the Health Authority for that airport a General Declaration in the form set out in the Second Schedule.

(2) The pilot in command of an aircraft, or his authorised agent, shall supply any further information required by the Health Authority as to health conditions on board during the voyage.

[Reg. 5 amended by reg. 4 of GN 181 of 2007 w.e.f. 18 October 2007.]

6. (1) The certificates specified in the Fourth Schedule shall be printed in English and in French.

(2) The certificates referred to in paragraph (1) shall be completed in English or in French.

[Reg. 6 amended by reg. 5 of GN 181 of 2007 w.e.f. 18 October 2007.]

7. A vaccination document issued by the Armed Forces to an active member of those Forces shall be accepted in lieu of an international certificate in the form set out in the Fourth Schedule if –

(a) it embodies medical information substantially the same as that required by such form; and

(b) it contains a statement in English or in French recording the nature and date of the vaccination and to the effect that it is issued in accordance with Article 36 of the International Health Regulations 2005.

[Reg. 7 amended by reg. 6 of GN 181 of 2007 w.e.f. 18 October 2007.]

PART III – SANITARY ORGANISATION

8. (1) Every port and airport in Mauritius shall be provided with a supply of pure drinking water.

(2) Every port and airport shall have at its disposal –

(a) an organised medical service with adequate staff, equipment and premises;

(b) facilities for the transport, isolation and care of infected persons or suspects;

(c) facilities for efficient disinfection and disinfecting, for the destruction of rodents, and for any other appropriate measure provided for by these regulations;

(d) a bacteriological laboratory, or facilities for dispatching suspected material to such a laboratory;

(e) facilities for vaccination against yellow fever.

(3) Every airport shall also be provided with an effective system for the removal and safe disposal of excrement, refuse, waste water, condemned food, and other matter dangerous to health.

[Reg. 8 amended by s. 3 of Act 36 of 1963 w.e.f. 7 December 1963; reg. 7 of GN 181 of 2007 w.e.f. 18 October 2007.]

PART IV – SHIPS ARRIVING FROM FOREIGN PORTS

9. (1) The master of any ship approved by the Quarantine Authority as eligible for radio pratique may apply for the same by sending to the health officer not less than 4 hours and not more than 36 hours before the expected arrival of the ship at a port of Mauritius a wireless message embodying such of the items of information set out in the Sixth Schedule as are applicable.

(2) Every such message shall, except, in cases in which the Quarantine
Authority otherwise directs, conform with the section relating to routine quarantine messages of the International Code of Signals.

(3) The health officer may grant radio pratique to the ship if he is satisfied from the wireless message aforesaid and other information (if any) in his possession that no person on board the ship has symptoms which may be indicative of infectious disease and that there are no circumstances in relation to the ship requiring medical attention.

(4) (a) When a ship has been granted radio pratique

, the master shall immediately on arrival at a port of Mauritius, deliver or cause to be delivered to the health officer the relevant declaration of health, and the ship's Ship Sanitation Control Certificate or Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate (if any).

(b) Any bill of health, Ship Sanitation Control Certificate or Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate shall be returned after inspection.

[Reg. 9 amended by reg. 3 of GN 66 of 1998 w.e.f. 6 June 1998; reg. 8 of GN 181 of 2007 w.e.f. 18 October 2007.]

10. The master of a ship coming from a foreign port shall comply with the Seventh Schedule.

11. (1) Every ship arriving in Mauritius from a foreign port, if radio pratique

has not been granted, shall be visited on arrival in Mauritius by the health officer and the master shall thereupon surrender to the health officer, the Maritime Declaration of Health and present to him for inspection any other ship's papers which the health officer may desire to inspect.

(2) The health officer may put to the master and to the ship's surgeon (if any) and to any person on board the ship all such questions as he may deem advisable for the execution of these regulations.

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