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MPA: Prohibition of crew change in Singapore for crew from certain countries

07 May 2021

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Thursday (6 May) issued a Port Marine Circular (No. 15 of 2021) prohibiting crew change in Singapore for crew with recent travel history to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka effective 7 May, 2359 hrs.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) recently announced that all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history (including transit) to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka within the last 21 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or transit through Singapore.

In line with the above development implement by Singapore’s MOH, MPA has decided that crew change from the similar countries will not be allowed in the Port of Singapore.

Specifically, the development affects:

  • Crew with recent travel history to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka within the last 21 days preceding arrival to Singapore. This includes sign-on crew travelling to Singapore by flight as well as sign-off crew from vessels that have called at Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
  • Sign-on crew transiting Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka on their connecting flights to Singapore.

Any queries related to the Port Marine Circular (No. 15 of 2021) should be directed to crew_change@mpa.gov.sg

Note: The full Port Marine Circular (No. 15 of 2021) may be obtained here.

 

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 7 May, 2021

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