COVID-19 Coronavirus

Updated September 2020

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 This page includes links and articles of general interest and will be updated when relevant information is available. 

Links to Steamship Mutual alphabetical list of country/jurisdiction updates 

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Film release: Marine Media Enterprises in association with Steamship Mutual present "Coronavirus - Crew Change"

Film release: Marine Media Enterprises in association with Steamship Mutual present "Coronavirus - Stay Safe On Board"

Film releaseMarine Media Enterprises in association with Steamship Mutual present "Coronavirus – Mental Resilience On Board" 

Film release: Marine Media Enterprises in association with Steamship Mutual present "Coronavirus – Protection on Board"


Links to industry sites and articles 

Guidance for ships / crew / medical updates

Articles/P&I/Charter Party issues

Crew change (also see our list of country updates for location specific information)

  • Film release: Marine Media Enterprises in association with Steamship Mutual present "Coronavirus - Crew Change"
  • BIMCO / Safety4Sea update on where crew changes are allowed
  • Crew Changes summit Joint Statement 9 July 2020 by the governments of the UK, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United States of America

  • UN agencies (including IMO) joint statement on crew changes 10 September 2020

  • IMO Crew change and travel safety protocols 5 May 2020
  • International Chamber of Shipping Recommended Quarantine and Testing Requirements For Seafarers Joining Ships 13 July 2020
  • International Maritime Health Association Getting Healthy Seafarers to a Ship July 2020
  • EU - Guidelines on Protection of Health, Repatriation and Travel arrangements for Seafarers, Passengers, and other persons on board Ships – 14 April 2020
  • JNG / ITF Joint Circular – Crew Changes and Contractual Rights & Obligations – 8 April 2020 
  • JNG / ITF Joint Statement 13 May 2020 references the IMO Crew change and travel safety protocols 5 May 2020.

  • 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

Links to ports and country updates

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

  • Update from correspondents JF 31 May 2020 re crew changes, joiners, off signers

  • 24 May 2020: Ministry of Home Affairs Circular (& translated copy) allowing disembarkation of ship’s crew and stay in hotels until a flight is available


  • Correspondents Proinde webpage on Covid in Brazil

  • Correspondents Proinde Practical Guidance for Brazil 19 June 2020. A detailed downloadable 27 page document with guidance on crew changes, quarantine, testing etc

  • 26 August 2020 Ordinance n. 419 extending the ban on entry of foreigners into Brazil by road/land or waterway for a further period of 30 days. As far as shipping is concerned, entry of crew members under the Ordinance remains allowed under similar rules summarised in article 3, paragraphs 1 to 3, which read as follows,

    Ҥ 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 of 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 connection signed by the maritime agent, with prior consent of the local health authorities, and the presentation of the corresponding air tickets”.
  • 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)


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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 19 June 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 18 September update covering Aruba, Bahamas, Bonaire, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, French Guyana, St. Eustatius, Surinam, 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 15 September 2020 from GAC

  • Operational scenario for tanker vessels arriving Indian ports 15 September 2020 from GAC 

  • 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 / Haldia Dock Complex Cessation of Force Majeure 10 June 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

  • 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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  • Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Border Enforcement Measures


  • 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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  • Update from correspondents Pandi Balt 21 May 2020




  • Update from correspondents Pandi Balt 21 May 2020

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

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



  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.


  • Update from correspondents Sulnave 27 May 2020


  • Correspondents Pinto Basto update 14 July 2020

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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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  • 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



The owner, agent or master of any vessel arriving in Singapore to conduct activities such as repairs, servicing, surveys and inspections which requires shore-based personnel to board the vessel, other than receiving bunkers and ship supplies, must notify and provide the relevant information, in advance, to the Port Master. 

The owner, agent or master of the vessel must inform the Port Master 3 days before the arrival of the vessel, that the vessel will be conducting the activities mentioned in the circular, and whether shore-based personnel (such as surveyors, P&I correspondents, superintendents and repair technicians) will be boarding the vessel at the anchorages or terminals.




  • Update from Mutual Marine Al Mushtaraka 15 May 2020


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



  • 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

  • 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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  • Update from correspondents Svertilov Marine 11 September 2020 including crew change information

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

  • Correspondents Pandi Venezuela 13 September 2020 update re crew changes, repatriations etc

  • 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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