Crew change of foreign nationals

04 Dec 2020 / Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India

Foreign flag vessels arriving from foreign ports for carrying out crew change shall undergo 7 days quarantine period at anchorage/sea if the vessel intends to berth at any port in Andaman & Nicobar Islands from the date of departure from the last port of call.

All coastal run ship from any of the ports across India arriving at Andaman & Nicobar Islands are exempted from 14 days quarantine period.

However, any foreign flag vessels arriving in Andaman & Nicobar Islands from foreign ports, the foreign crews on board are not allowed to disembark unless there is a medical or any other emergency on board. Foreign flag vessels arriving from foreign ports only for the purpose of sign on/off for foreign crew can be carried out at anchorage only. Further, they have to quarantine for 7 days including the journey travelled from the last port subjected to certification by the Doctor/Master on board. Port Health officers will do thermal screening of the sign on/off crew at anchorage.

For the purpose of sign on/off of foreign crew of foreign flag vessels arriving from foreign port should remain at anchorage and does not berth may not undergo 7 days of quarantine period.

Agents will have to make arrangements from Institutional Quarantine at Port Blair for sign off crew. After 7 days sign on/off crews have to undergo Covid-19 test and they will be allowed to fly back to their hometown only if the Covid-19 test result comes negative.

(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in India, contact GAC India at [email protected])

Source: Andaman & Nicobar Administration Trade Circular dated 2 December 2020

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