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Measures to prevent spread of COVID-19

  • calendar

    19 March 2020

  • location

    Sharjah, United Arab Emirates



The following measures have been introduced for vessels at Sharjah ports to prevent/control the spread of COVID-19:

  • Masters of all vessels to provide IMO health declaration duly signed and stamped 72 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival, along with port required pre-arrival information including last 10 port of vessel call details and crew list.
  • Upon arrival of vessel into port, all crew must undergo health screening at designated facility located in ports. 
  • If any crew indicate any symptoms of Covid 19, authorities will take necessary actions to quarantine and further medical interrogation. 
  • Until completion of health screening and clearance from Port (verbal approval) no crew is permitted to go onshore (except health screening) nor any personnel are permitted to go onboard vessels. 

Since 17 March, the issued of all types of visas (tourist, visit visa, mission visa & seaman visa) for embarking/disembarking crew members has been suspended/deleted from the online immigration system.

As an additional precautionary measure, effective from today (19 March), the UAE has suspended entry of residency visa holders who are currently out of the country, for a renewable period of two weeks.

The issuance of all types of labour permits, including for drivers and domestic workers, has also been temporarily suspended until further notice. This decision excludes intra-corporate transfer permits and employment permits for Expo 2020.

Crew embarkation/disembarkation and shore leave passes are strictly restricted.

Operational vessel movements are regular at all ports managed by Sharjah Ports Authority

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Sharjah, contact GAC Sharjah at sharjah@gac.com