Updated rules for off- & on-signing crew

21 Jan 2021 / Japan

Crew members off-signing from a vessel at any Japanese port may only do so if more than 14 days have passed since departing from last port. No shore passes will be issued by Immigration.

If a vessel’s crew has had any close contact with people from shore (such as shore workers coming onboard, crew change carried out, etc) within 14 days and off-signing is required in a Japanese port, quarantine inspection will be applicable upon berthing. All crew onboard will be required to take a PCR test. It takes approximately one day to receive permission for cargo operation.

Arrival on-signers who have visited the UK and/or South Africa in 14 days prior to arrival at the airport will be isolated for three days. There are no exceptions to this rule.

If the next port is China, on-signers must take a PCR test at a facility authorised by the Chinese government, otherwise the vessel will be refused entry to China ports.

All on-signers to vessels due to call at a Korean port must take a PCR test 72 hours before joining onboard. Failure to do so will result in the Korean port authorities impose a penalty when calling Korea.

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

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