COVID-19 Coronavirus

Updated May 2021

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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.

AFRICA

  • 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.

ARGENTINA

AUSTRALIA

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BANGLADESH

  • “No Mask No Service” Chittagong (Chattogram) Port Authority regulations regarding wearing of masks/gloves etc dated 23 March 2021

  • Correspondents Interport advise 23/10/20 that crew changing is now being carried out in all maritime ports including Chittagong, Mongla and Payra, adhering to the international safety measures and best practices as per IMO guidelines. Seafarers are announced as “Key workers” by the Department of Shipping, Bangladesh.

  • 31 July 2020 update on flights allowed in and out of Bangladesh

BRAZIL

  • Correspondents Proinde Anvisa updates/health measures for ports and vessels 5 May 2021

  • Correspondents Proinde Practical Guidance for Brazil 9 July 2020 guidance on crew changes, quarantine, testing etc.

  • Immigration Control & Border Security Circular 54 of 21 December 2020 Seafarers identity document under the ILO Convention 108 will be accepted for the purpose of immigration control until 15 June 2021 for all seafarers, regardless of nationality.

  • Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) Technical Note 5 of 30 April 2021 updating the standard COVID-19 protocols to be adopted by ports and vessels calling at Brazilian ports. Original PortugueseTranslation into English by Correspondents Brazmar

    Correspondents Brazmar also report: “We have been monitoring with several ANVISA offices at the main ports the issue regarding COVID-19 vaccination for seafarers.  The overall position, according to the information received, is that there is no estimate from the Brazilian government to make compulsory vaccination against COVID-19 for seafarers to enter Brazilian waters on board vessels and/or embark or disembark at Brazilian ports. In the meantime, and still according to the information received from ANVISA, only standard protocols for COVID-19 will apply in this respect.” 11 May 2021

  • Correspondents Brazmar report as follows: The Brazilian government Ordinance 652 of 25 January 2021(English translation and Original Portuguese) extends the ban on entry of foreigners to Brazil by road/land or waterway. The only significant difference that South Africa has been added to the new temporary restriction, along with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, whereby authorisation for embarking to Brazil of foreign travelers coming from or passing through these countries in the last fourteen days has been suspended.

    An international traveler, national or foreign, must present to the airline before departure a PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2, with negative / non-reactive result, carried out 72 hours prior to the flight; and, a Traveler's Health Declaration has also been maintained. As far as shipping is concerned, entry of crew members under the Ordinance remains allowed under similar rules as before summarized in article 3, paragraphs 1 to 3, which read as per below. Entry for medical treatment also remains allowed.

    “§ 1 The restrictions provided for in this Ordinance do not prevent the entry, by air or waterway, of sea crew to exercise specific functions on board a vessel or platform operating in jurisdictional waters, provided that the migratory requirements appropriate to their condition are observed, including to carry an entry visa, when required by the Brazilian legal system. 
    § 2 The restrictions provided for in this Ordinance do not prevent the disembarkation, authorized by the Federal Police, of maritime crew for medical assistance or for connection of air return to the country of origin related to operational issues or termination of employment contract. 
    § 3 The authorization referred to in § 2 is subject to a term of responsibility for the expenses resulting from the transshipment signed by the maritime agent, with prior consent of the local health authorities, and the presentation of the corresponding air tickets.”

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CANADA

  • 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.

CAMEROON

CARIBBEAN

  • Correspondents Caribbean Marine Surveyors 25 April 2021 update covering Aruba, Bahamas, Bonaire, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, French Guyana, St. Eustatius, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela

CHILE

  • Club correspondents Cave advise on 23/10/10: “Crewmembers of any nationality can enter or leave the country  without visa or special permit. Also, if the crewmembers have a negative PCR test, they can fly in domestics flights to the different Chilean ports. Therefore, the crewmembers have no restrictions. We also checked with the local ITF inspector and he confirmed the same.”

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CHINA

  • Reporting Abnormal Health Condition of the Crewmember When Calling Chinese Ports. Circular from correspondents Huatai dated 18 February 2021 in English and Chinese

  • Correspondents Shanghai P&I comments on vaccine requirements at major Chinese ports 11 March 2021

  • Oasis P&I Circular 8 February 2021 Crew change policy at major Chinese ports for both Chinese and non-Chinese crew: Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai, Tianjin, Ningbo, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Haikou, Shenzhen, Guangzhou

  • Correspondents Huatai Circular 15 January 2021 Stricter Epidemic Control on Boarding Personnel at Ports of Guangzhou

  • Correspondents Huatai Circular 30 October 2020 Update on foreign crew change and disembarkation (English version)

  • Correspondents Huatai Circular 30 October 2020 Update on foreign crew change and disembarkation (Chinese version)

  • Correspondents Huatai Circular 30 September 2020: Test institutions designated or recognised by overseas Chinese embassies or consulates

  • New regulations for ship’s crew - for all international trading ships to Chinese ports
    Crew changes conducted at last port of call and within 14 days before the ships arrive in Chinese ports, all signing on crew members are required to hold NAT negative proof taken 3 days before boarding the ships by medical institutions as designated by the Chinese embassies and consulates.
    Ships, their shipping companies or agents are required to submit copies of NAT negative proof of signing on crew members at last port and signing on crew members boarding 14 days before the ships arrive in the first port of China. Read more in the International Chamber of Shipping (China) Liaison Office 24 September 2020

  • Oasis P&I Circular 25 September 2020 Epidemic control of crew members

  • Correspondents Huatai Circular 25 September 2020 – Announcement of Ministry of Transport 78/2020 - New Prevention and control measures for ships entering China.
    Free translation of Notice re: Dual Tests of Covid-19 nucleic acid and serum antibody for the crew from Indonesia to China on international sailing vessels (in both English and Chinese)

  • Chinese Government Guidance on the prevention and control of Covid-19 on board (version 4.0) 11 September 2020

  • Correspondents Huatai Circular 7 September 2020: Chinese Ports - Special Epidemic Prevention and Control Measures on Vessels Having Changed Crew Overseas within 14 Days

  • Huatai Circular: MSA Operational Guidance for Ships and seafarers.

COLOMBIA

  • Update from correspondents A&A Multiprime 18 May 2020

CONGO

CROATIA

  • 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

CYPRUS

  • EMCO update 15 October 2020

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DENMARK

  • Crew change update from Nordic P&I 2 November 2020

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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EGYPT

ESTONIA

  • Update from Pandi Balt 21 May 2020

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FINLAND

FRANCE

  • Correspondent Budd update re Le Havre/Rouen/Channel and Atlantic ports including information on crew changes, medical assistance, surveys etc 6 May 2021

  • Christophe Nicolas memo on new regulations in France extending procedural deadlines and time bar. 11 June 2020

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GIBRALTAR

  • 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. 

GREECE

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HAITI

  • Correspondents E&M Consulting website updates for Haiti and Dominican Republic

HONG KONG

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INDIA

  • Correspondents Crowe Boda update including port operations; courts; crew movements 5 May 2021

  • GAC updates for various Indian ports 13 May 2021 with crew change information 
  • Directorate General of Shipping circular 13 of 2021 – sign off of seafarers during second wave of Covid – revised circular dated 12 May 2021

  • Force Majeure Declaration : Port of Karaikal 8 May 2021; Port of Gopalpur 12 May 2021

  • ’e-pass’ for Indian and foreign seafarers signing on and off vessels in Indian ports to allow travel within India during the lockdown. Director General of Shipping order 15 of 2021 dated 28 April 2021

  • Kandla: Terminal Operators at the Port of Kandla have agreed to close the terminal operations during weekends. Vessel operations (Arrival / Departure of Chemical Tanker Vessels) at KANDLA Port will not be affected. Only arrival / Departures of tanker trucks, for loading/unloading cargo from various storage terminals will be disrupted during the weekends. 24 April 2021

  • FAQ for Crew Changes in India 15 May 2020

  • Order 12 of 22 April 2020 Standard Operating Procedure for crew change of Indian seafarers plus circulars from Kolkata, Mundra, Paradip, Sikka, Cochin, Goa

  • Order 21 of 20 July 2020 Standard Operating Procedure for repatriation of foreign seafarers from Indian ports

  • Directorate General of Shipping Orders 04 of 2021 Extension of validity of ship’s statutory surveys and audits (dated 22 January 2021) and 16 of 2021 Extension of Certificate of Competency/Proficiency (dated 28 April 2021)

  • Trade Circular from Andaman & Nicobar Administration re Crew change of Foreign nationals at Port Blair. 2 December 2020

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INDONESIA

ITALY

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IVORY COAST

  • Update from correspondents Budd 26 March 2020

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JAPAN

  • 15 January 2021: A State of Emergency exists in 11 out of 47 prefectures. Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe (Hyogo pref.) and Yokohama (Kanagawa pref.) are included in these 11 prefectures where it is requested but not ordered, 1) to shorten open hours for restaurants and bars, 2) to reduce the number of workers at offices by 70%, 3) to avoid outings in the evening and 4) restrict events. This State of Emergency will run till 7 February 2021 but could be extended depending on the situation.   

    Japan stopped new entry of non-resident foreigners in 2020 with the exception of business travelers visiting from Vietnam, Mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. This exception is temporarily suspended from 14 January 2021 and new arrivals form these 11 countries/regions too are refused. However, again, there are special exceptions. Entry is allowed to persons who have re-entry permit, spouse/child of Japanese/permanent resident person and others who met the Japanese government’s conditions - further detail here

JORDAN

  • Update from correspondents Amin Kawar 23 March 2020

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KENYA

KOREA

  • Update from Mutual Service Korea 7 May 2021

  • Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries: Guidance on permission for arrival and departure of ships September 2020 

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LATVIA

  • Update from correspondents Pandi Balt 21 May 2020

LEBANON

  • EMCO update 15 October 2020

LIBYA

  • EMCO update 15 October 2020

LITHUANIA

  • Update from correspondents Pandi Balt 21 May 2020

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MALAYSIA

MALTA 

  • Correspondents H Vassallo August 2020 Bulletin including protocol for crew changes

  • Protocol for conducting maritime support services Transport Malta 23 May 2020 

MEXICO

MOROCCO

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

MOZAMBIQUE

  • Covid measures update from correspondents P&I Associates 16 October 2020 

MYANMAR

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NETHERLANDS

NIGERIA

  • Update from correspondents Africa Marine 26 March 2020

NORWAY

  • Crew change update from Nordic P&I 2 November 2020

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PAKISTAN

  • Update re crew changes and surveyor attendance etc from AIV Private Ltd of Karachi 22/10/20

PANAMA

PHILIPPINES

  • Restrictions for travellers from Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh 6 May
  • Pandiman Philippines update 17 March 2021 including update on travel restrictions 20 March to 19 April 2021
  • Pandiman bulletin 3 February 2021 Crew changes in the Philippines for Filipino and foreign seafarers. Medical disembarkations at Philippines ports
  • Correspondents Del Rosario report that parts of the Philippines, incl. Metro Manila, back in lock down, 4 August 2020

  • Guidelines for the Establishment of the Philippine Green Lane to Facilitate the Speedy and Safe Travel of Seafarers, Including their Safe and Swift Disembarkation, and Crew Change During the COVID-19 Pandemic 2 July 2020

  • Protocol of the Philippines on crew change and repatriation of seafarer
  • Requirements for vessels arriving in the Philippines and POEA General Guidelines
  • POEA Resolution 13 - Interim Guidelines for Deployment and Provisions for Repatriation of Filipino Seafarers 8 September 2020.
    This outlines an employers’ obligations in various circumstances where a seafarer’s deployment and/or repatriation may be impacted by COVID-19.

POLAND

  • Update from correspondents Sulnave 25 March 2021

PORTUGAL

  • Correspondents Pinto Basto update 3 May 2021 – with updated information on border controls; flights; test requirements; quarantine; cruise vessels etc

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ROMANIA

RUSSIA

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SAUDI ARABIA

  • 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 
  • Additionally the Saudi Ports Authority Circular 37 of 2020 outlines the preventative measures now in place

SENEGAL

  • 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 capitainerie@portdakar.sn, and
    2. the Maritime Border Health Inspection Services (Service de Contrôle Sanitaire aux Frontières Maritimes) at csfmsn@gmail.com
  • 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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SINGAPORE  

  • Joint Release by MPA, SSA, SMOU, SOS, ITF, IMEC and ICS: SG-STAR FUND: First Global Tripartite Initiative to Support Countries for Crew Change 17 September 2020

MPA CIRCULARS

1. ATTENDANCE ON BOARD 

  • REQUIREMENTS FOR SHORE-BASED PERSONNEL BOARDING VESSELS AT ANCHORAGES, SHIPYARDS, TERMINALS AND MARINAS, IN THE PORT OF SINGAPORE (Port Marine Circulars 09 OF 2021)

2. CREW CHANGE

  • PROHIBITION OF CREW CHANGE IN SINGAPORE FOR CREW WITH RECENT TRAVEL HISTORY TO BANGLADESH, INDIA, NEPAL, PAKISTAN AND SRI LANKA (Port Marine Circulars 015 OF 2021) (This circular is to be read in conjunction with Port Marine Circular No. 14 of 2021).
  • CREW CHANGE FOR CARGO SHIPS IN THE PORT OF SINGAPORE (Port Marine Circulars 014 OF 2021)
  • Stay Home Notice (SHN) and swab summary 9 November 2020

3. CREW SHORE LEAVE

OTHER GUIDANCE

SOMALIA

  • Update from Mutual Marine Al Mushtaraka 15 May 2020

SOUTH AMERICA

  • SAPIC organisation map with links showing measures taken by several South American jurisdictions 2 July 2020

SOUTH AFRICA

  • Control measures applicable at all South African ports. Correspondents Shepstone & Wylie SUMMARY plus Chief Harbour Master NOTICE 6 May 2021

SPAIN

  • Correspondents Grupo Stier advise that all persons entering Spain (Canary Islands included) require a negative PCR/COVID test result 72hrs prior to entry. In the event the person has previously been positive; a certified test showing the presence of antibodies will be required. Failure to provide said results can result in fines of up to €6,000. Spanish Official Bulletin 298 of 12 November 2020 (in Spanish)

  • Update of 25 June 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

SRI LANKA 

  • Correspondents Intermarc update 8 October 2020

SUDAN

  • Correspondents Mutual Marine Services & Transport al-Mushtaraka Ltd. Advise on 12 May 2020 that 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.

SWEDEN

  • Crew change update from Nordic P&I 2 November 2020 

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TAIWAN

THAILAND

TURKEY

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UAE

  • Fujairah notice Vessels calling from Indian ports crew change suspended 29 April 2021

  • Fujairah: Crew changes during Covid: Port of Fujairah Notice to Agents 4 August 2020 and Port of Fujairah Notice to Mariners of 5 August 2020

  • UAE Federal Transport Authority Circular 12-20 of 2 August 2020 resuming maritime activities and crew changes plus UAE Return to work safely protocol dated 2 August 2020 covering crew changes, ferries, passenger ships, yachts, shore pass procedure etc

UKRAINE

  • Update from correspondents Svertilov Marine 16 February 2021 including crew change information
  • Update on crew changes from correspondents DIAS 11 November 2020

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UNITED KINGDOM

URUGUAY

USA 

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VENEZUELA

  • Correspondents Globalpandi Circular 5 September 2020 re crew changes and repatriations

  • Correspondents Pandi Venezuela 25 March 2021 update on Covid situation in Venezuela

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

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YEMEN

  • 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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