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Marine crew deemed essential

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    21 March 2020

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Transport Canada have issued a Ship Safety Bulletin confirming that marine crew are deemed essential, and that foreign seafarers who have to travel to Canada to work on a ship are exempt from the prohibition of entry into Canada introduced as part of the measures taken in light of COVID-19.

When flying into Canada, such seafarers must have in their possession a seafarer identity document issued in accordance with the Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention, 2003 (ILO Convention No 185) supplemented by a passport; or other seafarer documentation, including proof of employment by a vessel operating out of a Canadian port; and a visa, if required. 

For information about operations in Canada, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com