COVID-19 Coronavirus

Updated July 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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  • 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



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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 17 July 2020 update covering Aruba, Bahamas, Bonaire, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, French Guyana, St. Eustatius

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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 23 July 2020 from GAC

  • Operational scenario for tanker vessels arriving Indian ports 23 July 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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  • 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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  • Update from correspondents Fernie 17 July 2020 – Crew changes still not possible + Panama Canal update

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


  • 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


  • 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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  • COVID-19 Singapore Crew Change Guidebook 1 June 2020 
  • MPA Port Marine Circular 26 of 22 May 2020 on crew change in Singapore. But see also MPA Circulars 31 and 32 dated 24 July 2020
  • MPA Port Marine Circular 27 of 18 June 2020 Updated crew change requirements (supplementary to Circular 26). But see also MPA Circulars 31 and 32 dated 24 July 2020

  • MPA Port Marine Circular 31 dated 24 July 2020 – Revisions to crew change

  • MPA Port Marine Circular 32 dated 24 July 2020 – Advisory for shore personnel or ship’s crew visiting or working on vessels

  • MPA Port Marine Circular 23 of 16 April 2020 COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020

  • Consolidated list of MPA Circulars

  • Pilotage - Singapore Harbour Pilots Guidance for Ship's Masters regarding working with pilots 1 July 2020


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



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  • 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


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  • Correspondents Globalpandi Circular of 17 April 2020
  • Correspondents Pandi Venezuela Circular 7 July 2020 update including vessel inspections  

  • Correspondents Pandi Venezuela Circular 13 July 2020 with crew change update

  • 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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