COVID-19 Coronavirus

Updated April 2020

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The information in this list is from correspondents and/or service providers and is updated regularly.


  • General information booklet from correspondents McLeans regarding various African countries: Senegal, Guinea, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Liberia covering lockdown, status of port and quarantine regulations, availability of stevedores, immigration/crew rules, availability of disinfection.


  • Circular from port of ANNABA (in French) saying that the port of Annaba notified all local agents that following the sanitary services advise, all vessels who called Italian ports will be put on quarantine on road till the release into free circulation is obtained.




  • Australian Border Force advice for Commercial Vessels as of 1 April 2020
  • Bayside update re Western Australia 5 April 2020 – new regulations for crew changes 
  • Correspondents Cocks McNish have provided this advice regarding Australia’s regulatory response.
  •  Australian Department of Health Covid-19 Information for the marine industry
  • Correspondents Wallmans report that all South Australia ports are operational as at 21 March 2020.

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  • Transport Canada Marine Security Notification #2020-003 with information and guidance on how to minimize the risk of Coronavirus transmission, including what is deemed as Transport Canada’s “Temporary Direction and Guidance” for foreign and domestic flagged vessels.



  • Correspondents Cariconsult have produced a guide with brief information about Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten/ St. Martin, St. Christopher (St. Kitts)-Nevis, St. Eustatius, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands

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  • Shanghai P&I Circular 3 April 2020 Crew changes in China

  • Oasis P&I Circular 3 April 2020 Chinese Ministry of Transport publishes crew change procedure

  • 10.03.20 Correspondents Huatai provided this list with information about various Chinese ports and commented as follows:

    With the improvement of the epidemic situation, work resumption is taking place across China except for Hubei province, the hardest-hit region. With the increase of overseas COVID-19 cases, ports are becoming the front line of the battle against the epidemic. Most protective measures implemented by port authorities are still in force and we suggest shipowners to keep on following the notice we made in our previous Huatai info to avoid any problems. 



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  • Update from Pandi Balt 26 March 2020

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  • Correspondents Mateos report that the Gibraltar Port Authority requires that the attached protocol/declaration be completed by every vessel, yacht, cruise liner, bunker barge that will call Gibraltar at either the  Western Anchorage, East anchorage, North Anchorage, any alongside berth, Quick turnarounds, medical disembarkations, OPLA and OPLB. No exemptions will be given. 



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  • Haifa port will only allow vessels to berth 14 days after they have left the last Italian port. As a voyage from Italy to Israel takes about 4 days, a vessel will have to wait outside the port for about 10 days.


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  • Update from correspondents Budd 26 March 2020

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  • Update from correspondents Amin Kawar 23 March 2020

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  • General Guidelines from Club correspondents Mutual Service Korea.
  • Korean Ministry of Justice document: Note Question 4 that there is no restriction for crewmembers visiting Korea apart from those with a passport issued at Hubei Province, China or holds a visa previously issued by the Korean Consulate General in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China or has visited Hubei in the past 14 days. However, in case of a private terminal (for example POSCO terminal), the terminal would not allow the crewmember a shore pass or exchange within the terminal, so Members should consult with the local agent.

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  • Kuwait Correspondents GAC advise as follows: 
  • 25.02.2020 The Kuwait Ministry of Communications has informed all agents that as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the Novel Corona Virus through Maritime ports and border crossings, pursuant to the instructions of the Ministry of Health and the Global health epidemic on the emergence of cases of Novel Corona Virus infected, in the Republic of Korea, The Italian Republic, The Kingdom of Thailand, The republic of Singapore and Japan as well as the Peoples Republic of China, Hong Kong and the Republic of Iraq, all Kuwaiti ports are prohibited from receiving foreign ships arriving from / departing to the above countries in addition to closing all Maritime ports and banning all arrivals from any Nationality during the past two weeks from the above countries until further notice.
  • Kuwait Ships should co-ordinate with the Harbor Master in cooperation with the Ministry of Health. Copy of the circular is attached 
  • For further clarification please contact:
  • 26.02.2020 The Kuwait Ministry of Communications has issued another circular stating that in order to contribute to economic stability and to mitigate the effects of the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID19), the Ministry of health recommends to allow the ships carrying goods from the Republic of Korea, The Italian republic, Kingdom of Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Peoples republic of China and Hong Kong to berth with the emphasis of prohibiting direct contact with the crew and preventing them from disembarking from the ship. The period they have specified is two weeks of their departure from the affected ports.
  • 10.03.20 The Ministry of Health in Kuwait has imposed a ban on travelers arriving from, or who have visited in the last two weeks, the following countries: China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand. The ban will remain in effect until further notice.
  • With effect from 6 March, a further temporary travel ban has been placed on travelers arriving from, or who have visited in the last two weeks the following countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Lebanon, Philipppines, Sri Lanka, Syria. The ban will remain in force for at least one week until 13 March.
  • Any traveler, except Kuwaiti Nationals and Non-Kuwaiti direct family members of Kuwaiti Nationals, who have been to or transited through any of these countries in the previous two weeks will be denied entry into the State of Kuwait.
  • Ships from and to IRAN and IRAQ are not permitted to berth.
  • Ships from Mainland People’s Republic of China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong SAR and Thailand shall be allowed to berth with the prohibition of direct contact with the crew and no disembarkation allowed.

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  • Update from correspondents Pandi Balt 26 March 2020




  • Update from correspondents Pandi Balt 26 March 2020

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  • Update from correspondents Africa Marine 26 March 2020

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  • General guidance from correspondents and free translation of Panama Ministry of Health Resolution 305


  • Metro Manila has been placed under a community quarantine, suspending land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila from March 15, 2020, until April 14, 2020. Additionally the entire island of Luzon has been placed under enhanced community quarantine.
  • Bureau of Quarantine Memorandum Circular 2020 – 02 dated 31 January 2020 – Guidelines at all seaports for prevention and spread of 2019-NCOV
  • Bureau of Quarantine Interim Guidelines No1 for ship operators
  • Requirements for vessels arriving in the Philippines and POEA General Guidelines
  • SPICA South East Asia Port implications 18 March 2020 


  • Correspondents Pinto Basto update 6 April 2020

  • Correspondents advise that the Portuguese Government has ruled that all passenger vessels will not be authorised to disembark any guests/crewmembers/staff. Licenses to go ashore also will not be granted.  Exception is made to Portuguese Citizens living in Portugal wishing to disembark at Portuguese ports.  Cruise vessels still may call Portuguese ports and to carry on provisions, fresh water and other supplies, as well as to perform bunkering operations.  This containment measure will soon be in force and will be reevaluated on April 09th

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  • Local agents advise that if ships are calling at Saudi ports from China, the port health will attend on board on arrival to check the crew condition accordingly. The attached circular issued by the Ministry of Health provides a list of countries from which travel to Saudi Arabia is restricted. Anyone travelling directly from the listed countries will be quarantined for 14 days on arrival. In addition strict checks are now being implemented at the airports to determine the point of origin of any journey. 
  • On 23 March 2020 the Saudi Government has today imposed a curfew for 3 weeks, the curfew is from 7pm to 6am. This will prevent surveyors from being able to attend ships for inspections during these times.
  • Additionally the Saudi Ports Authority Circular 37 of 2020 outlines the preventative measures now in place.


72 hours before their arrival in Dakar, all vessels must email the following documents:
• List of the last ten (10) ports of call;
• Maritime Health Declaration;
• Crew list specifying joining date and port of each crew member.

to both:

1. the Harbour Master at, and
2. the Maritime Border Health Inspection Services (Service de Contrôle Sanitaire aux Frontières Maritimes) at

  • Vessels arriving from an area affected by COVID-19 are now obliged to remain at anchorage until inspectors from the Maritime Border Health Inspection Services have carried out checks on board. The vessel will only be allowed to enter the port once it has received free pratique from the inspectors.
  • TCI Dakar Circular 24 March 2020 – note the recommendation for extra vigilance to avoid the embarkation of stowaways.

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  • Correspondents Intermarc update 25 March 2020

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UAE Crew health report requirements can be downloaded here

Abu Dhabi: Crew change and disembarkation restrictions dated 10.03.20 

Haman Port: All vessels to submit attached Declaration Form with Pre – Arrival Information 72/48/24 Hours prior arrivals. No other requirement officially announced so far. 

Ras Laffan Port:

  • Attached circular from Ras Laffan, MDH, Corona Virus declaration, forms required from all vessel calling Ras LaffanMaritime Health Declaration normally need to be submitted to regulation department 72 Hrs prior to arrival, in addition Master need to update & resubmit MDH 24 Hours prior berthing also.
  • If vessel arriving directly from China or called in china, the quarantine period commences on departure China, Ras Laffan port regulation will review the departure date from China and berth if vessel completed 15 days of quarantine  period before calling Qatar.
  • If any crew onboard suspected with Corona Virus, Ministry of Health will attend the vessel for inspection, pilot will board once Ministry of Health approved to board.
  • Off signers from foreign vessels should attend screening inside port.
  • Crew arriving from Halul island or area operating directly by QP should complete Corona virus screening in side Ras Laffan port.
  • On Signers will screen at Hamad International airport only.

Mesaieed Port: Circular MIC/2020/002.

Fujairah: Federal Transport Authority Circular dated 27/2/20 and suspension of crew change notice 17 March 2020 



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  • Correspondent Chadwick Weir circular dated 24 March 2020


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