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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Crew change possible

Crew changes allowed per country, depending on nationality - Last update: 6 July, 2020

Due to COVID-19 outbreak, governments and ports are imposing restrictions on ships’ crew. Airlines are also downsizing or even ceasing operations. Even though repatriations are possible, even with restrictions, in most cases, joining a vessel remains a challenge.

ATPI has remained alert and loyal to its promise of finding the most effective travel management solutions, despite all obstacles. Working towards that direction, we have created an interactive Crew Change Matrix, that provides you with a spherical understanding of the current regulations applied in key locations.

We have hereby collected information from various sources on most common ports’ restrictions. We have combined these restrictions with flight availability so that you can have a full view of crew change possibility for, at least, the most popular crew nationalities.

We have also put together a country - specific travel advisory focusing on seafarers’ movement regulations in those countries. Click on the country of your choice to find brief and up-to-date information on the flight status, quarantine measures and travel ban per country, as well as warnings and exemptions. Those details are based on official announcements and are drawn from several named sources, providing you with valid travel advice.

The content is being updated at least 2 times/week, but changes may happen suddenly without prior notice, so please confirm with your port agents and your local ATPI consultant (https://www.atpi.com/en/en_GB/offices/).

*Kindly note that ATPI is not responsible for the content of external websites cited.

= Yes
x  = No
✓ = conditional, under specific terms

NATIONALITY Banglad. Chinese Croatian Estonian Greek India Indones. Latvian Lithuanian Norwegian Panama Philippine Polish Romanian Russian Salvador. Spanish Sri Lankan Ukrainian
PORTS                    ASIA AND AUSTRALIAN REGION
Australia x x  x   ✓   x  x  x    x   ✓   x      x    x     x  x 
China    x  ✓   x   ✓   x     x    x  x  x   x   x    x  x   x  x  x   x 
Hong Kong     x  ✓  x   ✓     x    x    x      x     ✓     x          x     x   x   x 
India        x  x   x   x     x      ✓      x    x   x   x    x     x     x   x    x  x  x   x 
Indonesia x  x   x   x    x    x     x     x     x    x    x     x      x    x    x  x  x   x 
Japan x  x   x   x           x      x     x    x   x    x      x    x    x  x   x  
Korea x            x    ✓      x        x   x   ✓    x  x  ✓    ✓  x   x   x 
Malaysia x   x    x   x    x    x    x    x      x     x    x    x     x      x     x  x  x    x  
Myanmar x   x     x    x     x     x          x        x       x       x       x      x      x      x     x  x  x    x  
Philippines   ✓    ✓     ✓           ✓          ✓                    ✓    ✓   ✓        
Singapore                                                                            ✓        
UAE x                                        x                     x   x  x     
NATIONALITY Banglad. Chinese Croatian Estonian Greek India  Indones. Latvian Lithuanian Norwegian Panama Philippine Polish  Romanian Russian Salvador. Spanish Sri Lankan Ukrainian
PORTS   EUROPEAN REGION
Belgium                   ✓              ✓   
France        x       
Germany  ✓                        
Gibraltar     ✓       x     ✓    ✓    ✓  ✓      ✓    ✓    ✓
Greece x                ✓                 x             x        
Latvia                             ✓                     ✓         
Netherlands    x               ✓      ✓   ✓     ✓      
Norway  x     ✓   ✓  ✓  x       ✓          x 
Poland  x                         x             x    x                       ✓      
Russia x        x     x    x                   x     x     x     x   x   x    x  x x x
Spain x x                                                      
Turkey x                x     x               x     x     x    x        x     x    x  x x    
UK   x        ✓   ✓   ✓               x      
Ukraine                                                                         
NATIONALITY Banglad. Chinese Croatian Estonian Greek India Indones. Latvian Lithuanian Norwegian Panama Philippine Polish Romanian Russian Salvador. Spanish Sri Lankan Ukrainian
PORTS   AMERICAN REGION
Argentina x  x  x x  x  x  x x x  x x  x x  x  x x x x
Brasil x  x  x x  x  x  x x  x   x x  x x  x  x x x x
Canada x  ✓   ✓   ✓   ✓        x   x     x   ✓           ✓         x x
Chile x x x x  x   x x  x  x   x   x   x   x   x  x x x x
Mexico x  x  x x  x   x   x    x    x   x  x   x x  x  x x x x
Panama x x  x  x x  x  x    x    x  x  x   x x  x  x x x x
Salvador x x x x   x    x  x   x   x  x x  x x  x  x x x x
Venezuela x x  x  x x  x  x   x  x x x  x x  x  x x x x
USA  x   ✓   ✓    ✓   x  ✓     x      x    ✓  x   ✓   ✓    ✓    x
NATIONALITY Banglad.  Chinese Croatian Estonian Greek   India    Indones. Latvian Lithuanian Norwegian Panama Philippine Polish   Romanian Russian Salvador. Spanish Sri Lankan Ukrainian
PORTS   AFRICAN REGION
Egypt x  x   ✓  x  x    x  
Ghana x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x x x
Kenya x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x x  x 
Morocco x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x x  x 
Namibia x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x x  x 
Nigeria x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x x  x 
S.Africa x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x x  x 
Togo x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x x x x x

Last updates: 6 July, 2020

Notes

  • Above mainly refers to commercial fleet sign on crew
  • Different restrictions apply for cruise crew

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Sources COVID-19

Sources for the Crew Change Matrix

WHO travel guidelines  ATPI office network
IATA (COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map) Wilhelmsen
Isos (with login) S5
ATPI:  Isos (with login)
Coronavirus and your organisation’s travel ISS
Coronavirus FAQ GAC
Alerts Japan tourism ministry
Restrictions per country  

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