COVID-19 Coronavirus

Updated May 2020

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Steamship Mutual alphabetical list of country/jurisdiction updates  

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


  • General information booklet of 22 April 2020 from correspondents McLeans regarding various African countries: Senegal, Guinea, Guinea Bisseau, 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.
  • Information from correspondents TCI Africa/Eltvedt O’Sullivan 22 April 2020 covering lockdown/curfew, port activity, airport in Cameroon; Congo; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea Bissau; Ivory Coast; Kenya; Liberia; Mauritania; Nigeria; Senegal; Tanzania; Togo.
  • Information from correspondents TCI Africa/Eltvedt O’Sullivan 4 May 2020 re crew change possibility in Cameroon; Congo; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea Bissau; Ivory Coast; Kenya; Liberia; Mauritania; Nigeria; Senegal; Tanzania.


  • 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.




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  • Circular 13 May 2020) Director General of the Department of Shipping, Bangladesh on Guidelines For Ensuring A Safe Shipboard Interface Between Ship And Shore-Based Personnel, incorporating Special Guidelines for vessel discharging cargo at Kutubdia and Chattogram outer anchorage by Ship-to-Ship /lighterage operation.
  • Mongla Port Authority Circular 10 of 2020 dated 8 March, instructing Masters of all vessels to declare that the onboard crew are free from Coronavirus "Corona Fee certificate", before calling at Mongla Port plus 19 March 2020 notification suspending crew changes
  • Waiver of travel restriction for shipping related personnel 25 March 2020 

  • Instructions to ports and ships for dealing with Covid-19 25 March 2020

  • Providing necessary services including issuance of delivery order by agents 25 March 2020


  • Correspondents Proinde webpage on Covid in Brazil

  • Update from Correspondents Brazmar 14 May 2020 with National Sanitary Agency information including procedures for boarding and disembarkation

  • Update from Correspondents Brazmar 26 May 2020 Extension of prohibition of entry by air, road, water + crew change/disembarkation update

  • Brazilian National Health Authority (ANVISA) issued a comprehensive guideline in relation to the measures to be adopted at the borders / entry points in Brazil for the control and prevention of COVID-19 (dated 25 March 2020)

  • Restriction on crew disembarkation 
  • Brazilian Presidency Ordinance 47 dated 26 March 2020 enacting, for a period of 30 days, the prohibition for foreigners to disembark from vessels unless related to the need for urgent medical assistance or repatriation by air.


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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 guide with brief information dated 25 May 2020 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
  • Correspondents Caribbean Marine Surveyors 15 May 2020 update covering Aruba, Bahamas, Bonaire, Colombia, Cuba, French Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela

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  • Update from correspondents A&A Multiprime 18 May 2020



  • Correspondents Kacic & Brbora summary of Covid measures in Croatia 20 April 2020  including information on port restriction, ship inspections, seafarers (extension of validity of documents, crew changes, repatriations etc


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  • Update from Pandi Balt 21 May 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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  • FAQ for crew changes in India 17 May 2020

  • Port situation for dry bulk vessels 26 May 2020

  • Operational scenario for tanker vessels arriving Indian ports 26 May 2020

  • Addendum 2 to DGS order 04 dated 25 March 2020 Guidelines on use of personal protective equipment

  • Indian government Guidelines to major ports on exemptions/remission of penalties plus issues relating to force majeure dated 31 March 2020 

  • DGS order 8 of 2020 dated 31 March 2020 on demurrage, ground rent etc.

  • Kolkata Port Circular 5 April 2020 re waiver/remission of port charges from 22 March 2020 to 14 April 2020

  • Ministry of Home Affairs (Govt. of India) order dated 15 April permitting Sign on / Sign off of Indian seafarers at Indian ports from 20 April 2020

  •  The Standard Operating Procedure Sign on and Sign off at Indian ports  

  • SOP for crew change for Indian seafarers at various Indian ports 29 April 2020

  • DGS order 13 of 21 May 2020 - Extension to the validity of Seafarer's Certificates and Ship's Statutory Certificates, periodical Surveys & Audits in view of COVID-I9 pandemic


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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 21 May 2020




  • Update from correspondents Pandi Balt 21 May 2020

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  • Update from correspondents Maclaims maritime Morocco 20 May 2020 (plus 4 May, 22 April, 18 and 20 March)


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  • Update from correspondents Africa Marine 26 March 2020

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  • Update from Correspondents Fernie 16 May 2020 including information about gradual re-opening of the country; crew changes; terminal operations etc  

  • Panama Canal Advisory 15 April suspension of the second reduction in the max allowed drafts for the Neo Panamax locks


  • Quarantine areas up to 31 May 2020 information 

  • Pandiman Bulletin 1 May 2020 Requirements for Filipino seafarers returning to the Philippines

  • Pandiman Bulletin 12 May 2020 International flights into the Philippines to resume but with restrictions 11 May to 10 June 2020

  • Pandiman Bulletin 13 May 2020 New requirements for the arrival of all passengers into the Phlippines 

  • Requirements for vessels arriving in the Philippines and POEA General Guidelines
  • Correspondent SPICA South East Asia Port Implications 21 April 2020

  • Department of Foreign Affairs Advisory 16 April 2020 Returning Overseas Filipino Workers subject to 14 day mandatory quarantine 
  • Extension of seafarers record books expiring between 13/3 and 31/5/2020 – Report from Pandiman Philippines 6 May 2020


  • Update from correspondents SULNAVE 30 April 2020


  • Correspondents Pinto Basto update 15 May 2020 with quarantine/containment information; Crew change updates etc.  

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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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  • MPA Port Marine Circular 26 of 22 May 2020 on crew change in Singapore
  • MPA Port Marine Circular 23 of 16 April 2020 COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020

  • Consolidated list of MPA Circulars

  • Correspondent SPICA South East Asia Port Implications 21 April 2020 

  • Correspondent Cosmarine summary of regulations in Singapore 17 April 2020 - including Health Advisories, Crew change information, Court information and various links to Singapore related reference materials.


  • Update from Mutual Marine Al Mushtaraka 15 May 2020



  • Update of 25 April from Correspondents Tablada (for ports of Seville, Huelva, Cadiz, Algeciras)
  • Update of 26 March 2020 from Correspondents Hispania P&I

  • Law firm AIYON – Circular on COVID-19 and Port and Legal system in Spain

  • Canary Islands update 2 May 2020 from correspondents Stier

  • Update of 19 May 2020 from Barcelona correspondents INDECO Schedule of measures to restore Spanish nautical sector after lockdown


  • Correspondents Intermarc update 9 May 2020


  • Correspondents Mutual Marine Services & Transport al-Mushtaraka Ltd. Advise on 12 May 2020 that Port Sudan has reduced operations due to a curfew. When a ship arrives at Port Sudan, if the voyage has taken 14 days or longer, the vessel can berth on arrival. If less than 14 days the vessel will have to wait at the anchorage until the 14 day period is reached. This does not apply to ships that arrive at Port Sudan via the Suez Canal, in which case all these ships must wait at the anchorage for 14 days. All ships on arrival will be boarded by the Port Health to check the crew as necessary.

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  • Regulations of Taiwan border control to crew landing 18 May 2020



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  • Federal Transport Authority, UAE Circular on easing the crew change restrictions dated 5 April 2020 
  • Federal Transport Authority UAE Circular dated 27 April 2020 unified UAE precautionary measures 

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



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  • Correspondent Chadwick Weir circular dated 24 March 2020


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  • Correspondents Globalpandi Circular of 17 April 2020
  • Correspondents Pandi Venezuela newsletter 11 May 2020 2020 Regulations Regarding Seafarers´ Boarding And Disembarking

  • Correspondents Globalpandi Circular 6 May 2020 regulations for STS operations in Venezuelan waters


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  • Outline of Covid-19 measures from correspondents GAC 10 April 2020
  • 12 May 2020. Correspondents GAC report that the Yemeni Ministry of Health has declared the port city of Aden as a contagious city with the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. Besides other epidemics such as Chikungunya, Dengue fever and malaria, Covid-19 virus is claiming the lives of dozens of citizens on a daily basis in front of a complete collapse of the health system and the absence of state authorities. The port of Aden in the meantime remains open and operational. 

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