COVID-19 crew change procedure

02 Mar 2021 / Muscat, Oman

Crew changes at Muscat, Port Sultan Qaboos anchorage/port are permitted on a case-to-case basis. When planning for a crew change at Muscat, the following documents/information must be provided to request the necessary permission from the authorities

For Royal Oman Police & Ministry of Health permit
- ETA of vessel to Muscat
- Vessel Particulars
- Joining and leaving crew (2 separate crew lists only with joiners/ leavers)
- Copies of e-tickets for both joiners and leavers
- Last port & next port of call details
The permit can take 3-4 working days, excluding Friday/Saturday weekend.

Sea Crew Visa (for ships’ crew)
- Passport copy – Proper scan with minimum 6 months validity (for both joiners and leavers)
For Indian nationals, the passport family details page is required.
For Sri Lankan nationals, passport pages 4 & 5 (alterations and observation) are required
- Seamans book copy – Proper scan and must state the designation/rank (for both joiners and leavers)
- Photograph – Recent and in colour. Must not be the same photo as in the passport and must be in civilian clothing.
Visa issuance process can take 3-4 working days (excluding Friday/Saturday weekend)

Due to the fluidity of the situation, new restrictions can come into force overnight.

Crew must enter hotel quarantine upon arrival in the country, and to remain there until the PCR results are available (usually within 24 hours). Once a negative PCR test result is received, the crew member can join their vessel.

For off-signers, authorities prefer the crew to be transferred directly from the vessel to the airport. Alternatively, hotel can be arranged after obtaining necessary approvals.

For information about operations in Oman, contact GAC Oman at [email protected]

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