COVID-19 - Member States and Associate Members Communications

IMO has received, and circulated, communications from Member states and Associate Members.

Table overview: List of Circular Letters with COVID-19 related notifications received from Member States and Associate Members (updated weekly) - Download PDF 

Table of Circular Letters

Country/Territory Circular letter Subject
Argentina CL.4287 (1 May 2020) National measures regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
CL.4287/Add.1 (19 May 2020) National measures regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
CL.4287/Add.2 (13 July 2020) National measures regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
Azerbaijan  CL.4223 (18 March 2020) Contingency plans for ships and Seafarers


CL.4223/Add.1 (17 June 2020) Amendments to the adopted procedures for the mitigation of disruption to the delivery of essential services in the event of COVID-19 pandemic
Bahamas CL.4225 (20 March 2020) Guidance and recommendations – seafarers, certificates, ship surveys, audits, inspections, seaman record book and employment
Bahrain CL.4285 (30 April 2020) Extension of seafarers' certificates validity and extension of the surveys, audits and inspection windows
Bangladesh CL.4239 (27 March 2020) Information on certificates, MSMD, employment, surveys, audits and Port State Control Measures
Barbados CL.4250 (6 April 2020) Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance relating to the certification of seafarers & General Guidance to Operators & Owners of Barbados registered ships
Belgium CL.4255 (7 April 2020) COVID-19 measures taken by Belgium
CL.4255/Add.1 (8 July 2020) Seafarers are key workers
Belize CL.4306 (25 June 2020) Approach adopted by the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE) concerning the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
CL.4306/Add.1 (22 July 2020) Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Temporary Measures
Brazil CL.4266 (14 April 2020) Extension of validity of documents relating to personnel, ships and platforms
Brunei Darussalam CL.4291 (12 May 2020) Communication of measures undertaken in relation to COVID-19 virus
Cabo Verde CL.4274 (23 April 2020) Cape Verde measures in relation to the Covid-19 outbreak
Canada CL.4226 (20 March 2020) Extending validity of certificates
CL.4226/Add.1 (16 April 2020) Update on Canadian Measures to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
Chile CL.4273 (21 April 2020) Safety of seafarers and the facilitation of sea trade
China CL.4221 (18 March 2020) Guidance for ships and seafarers
CL.4221/Add.1 (2 April 2020) Updates to the guidance given in CL.4221
CL.4221/Add.2 (21 April 2020) Notice on Extension of Duration of Related Certificates of Chinese Flagged Ships and Chinese Seafarers Engaged in International Voyages
CL.4221/Add.3 (24 April 2020) Guidance on How to Handle and Offer Urgent Assistance to Seafarers in Case of Sickness during the pandemic of COVID-19
CL.4221/Add.4 (27 April 2020) Guidance on the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 for Ports and Its Front Line Staff
CL.4221/Add.5 (30 June 2020) Updated Guidance on the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 on Board (V 3.0)
Colombia CL.4275 (22 April 2020) Medidas de Colombia frente a situación COVID-19
Cook Islands CL.4263 (14 April 2020) Cook Islands measures in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak
Croatia CL.4241 (30 March 2020) Extension of seafarer's personal documents and employment guidelines
CL.4241/Add.1 (27 May 2020) Guidelines for adoption of extraordinary measures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic
Cuba CL.4249 (2 April 2020) Guidelines for seafarer's certificates of competency (CoC) or certificates of proficiency (CoP)
CL.4249/Add.1 (13 July 2020) Extension of the validity of instruction No. 11-2020
Cyprus CL.4251 (3 April 2020) Urgent Provisional Measures for the operation of Cyprus ships during the Covid-19 outbreak
CL.4251/Add.1 (22 June 2020) Revised procedure for facilitating crew changes within the framework of the gradual relaxation of the Restrictive Measures applicable during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Czech Republic CL.4290 (11 May 2020) Measures taken by the Maritime Administration of the Czech Republic to mitigate effects of COVID-19 on seafarers' employment
Ecuador  CL.4267 (16 April 2020) Prorroga de tiempo de caducidad de matrícula y certificado médico (certificate extension)
CL.4267/Add.1 (6 August 2020) Enviando Protocolo General Medidas de Bioseguridad - Galapagos - Covidl9
Egypt CL.4240 (27 March 2020) Extension of certificates
CL.4240/Add.1 (31 July 2020) Extension of the validity of the Certificates of Compliance (COCs) of seafarers 
Estonia CL.4272 (21 April 2020) Impact of the emergency situation on the maritime sector
CL.4272/Add.1 (2 June 2020) Operation of the maritime sector after conclusion of the emergency situation
Ethiopia CL.4235 (26 March 2020) Temporary extension of certificates, seafarer books, inspections and information on port state control
CL.4235/Add.4 (21 August 2020) Extension of Certificates and Seafarer Books due to COVID 19
Finland CL.4260 (9 April 2020) Extension of the validity of maritime personnel certificates during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
CL.4260/Add.1 (16 June 2020) Extension of the validity of maritime personnel certificates during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
France CL.4234 (26 March 2020) Extension of Certificates and guidelines for seafarers
CL.4234/Add.1 (17 April 2020) COVID-19 - Maritime Navigation

CL.4234/Add.2 (30 April 2020) Updated information note “COVID 19- Maritime Navigation” 
CL.4234/Add.3 (8 July 2020) Measures taken by France to facilitate crew changeovers
Gabon CL.4293 (20 May 2020) Recommended Framework of Protocols for Ensuring Safe Ship Crew Changes and Travel during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
Georgia CL.4232 (24 March 2020) Extension of validity of STCW Certificates
CL.4232/Add.1 (17 April 2020) On certain measures to be taken in the Georgian seafarers’ certification and training system in connection of the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19
CL.4232/Add.4 (15 June 2020) Crew changes in the ports of Georgia 
Germany CL.4235 (26 March 2020) Measures regarding the issuance and renewal of shipping and seafarer related regulations
CL.4235/Add.2 (22 April 2020) Additional comments on German measures concerning COVID-19
CL.4235/Add.3 (25 June 2020) Update on German measures concerning COVID-19
Ghana CL.4257 (7 April 2020) Extension of the validity of seafarer certificates issued under the provisions of the International Convention for the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping 1978 as Amended (STCW)/Maritime Labour Convention 2006 as Amended - Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Greece CL.4241 (30 March 2020) Guidelines for certificates, seafarer books, port state control and inspections
CL.4241/Add.1 (3 April 2020) Extension of Inspections, audits, certificates and surveys
CL.4241/Add.3 (7 July 2020) Update on the measures taken by the Hellenic Maritime Administration with a view to facilitate and progressively restore maritime transport services and connectivity
Hong Kong, China CL.4250 (6 April 2020) Special Arrangements by the Hong Kong Marine Department under COVID-19 Pandemic Situation
Iceland CL.4295 (22 May 2020) Iceland's measures in response to the novel corona virus COVID-19 pandemic 
India CL.4254 (7 April 2020) Regarding Extension to the validity of seafarers' CoC and statutory certificate, periodical Surveys and Audits of lndian Registered Ships in view of Covid 19 outbreak
CL.4254/Add.1 (22 April 2020) Regarding Extension to the validity of Seafarers' CoC and Statutory Certificates, periodical Surveys and Audits of Indian Registered Ships in view of COVID 19 outbreak
CL.4254/Add.2 (30 April 2020) Measures adopted by the Indian Maritime Administration in relation to COVID-19
CL.4254/Add.3 (22 May 2020) Extension to the validity of Seafarer's Certificates and Ship's Statutory Certificates, periodical Surveys & Audits in view of COVID-19 pandemic
CL.4254/Add.4 (13 July 2020) Seafarer Certificates
Iran (Islamic Republic of) CL.4216 (11 March 2020) Extension of surveys, inspections and certifications
CL.4216/Add.1 (12 May 2020) Extension of Seafarers' Certificates
CL.4216/Add.2 (1 June 2020) Measures to address Covid-19
CL.4216/Add.3 (3 August 2020) Procedure for Extending or Endorsing Certificates or Postponing Statutory Surveys for Vessels Operating under the Flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Ireland CL.4233 (25 March 2020) Temporary processes and procedures for seafarers, guidance on surveys/certification and ship inspections
CL.4233/Add.1 (14 July 2020) Temporary Contingency Planning for Certification of Seafarers - COVID-19
Indonesia (Republic of) CL.4268 (16 April 2020) Contingency plan for seafarers and ship owners/operators - Extension of certificates
CL.4268/Add.1 (4 August 2020) Extension of Contingency Plan for Seafarers and Ship Owners / Operators: Guidance relating to the certification of seafarers
Italy CL.4231 (24 March 2020) Information on seafarer’s training courses and certificates
CL.4231/Add.1 (2 April 2020) Measures to Address Covid-19
CL.4231/Add.2 (17 April 2020) Measures arising from the covid-19 emergency regarding certificates relating to the international conventions 
CL.4231/Add.4 (28 April 2020) Renewal of endorsements of certificates of competency (CoC’s) for foreign seafarers.
CL.4231/Add.6 (15 May 2020) Measures to Address Covid-19
CL.4231/Add.7 (1 June 2020) Extension of Medical First Aid and Medical Care certificates and medical examination certificates
CL.4231/Add.8 (21 July 2020) Measures to Address Covid-19
CL.4231/Add.9 (10 August 2020) Measures to Address Covid-19
CL.4231/Add.10 (21 August 2020) Measures to Address Covid-19
Jamaica CL.4264 (14 April 2020) Validity of Jamaican certificates consequent to COVID 19 pandemic
CL.4264/Add.1 (13 July 2020) Validity of Jamaican certificates consequent to COVID 19 pandemic
Japan CL.4262 (14 April 2020) Coronavirus and Seafarers' certificates 
Jordan CL.4235 (26 March 2020) Certification of seafarers
CL.4235/Add.1 (21 April 2020) Actions taken by Jordan Maritime Commission For prevention of COVID-19 
Kenya CL.4286 (30 April 2020) Government of Kenya measures in respect of disruptions caused by COVID-19 for the maritime industry
CL.4286/Add.1 (20 July 2020) Measures to authorise and facilitate crew change in Kenya
Kiribati CL.4299 (1 June 2020) Kiribati measures in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak
Kuwait CL.4270 (17 April 2020) Measures taken by the State of Kuwait in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak on seafarers & ships Certifications
Latvia CL.4280 (27 April 2020) Measures to the maritime sector due to the impact of COVID-19
CL.4280/Add.1 (25 June 2020) Maritime Sector in Latvia after lifting of emergency situation (COVID-19)
Lebanon CL.4276 (23 April 2020) Contingency measures taken by Lebanese Maritime Administration concerning COVID-19 for Extension of Ships' and Seafarers' Certificates
Liberia CL.4270 (17 April 2020) Guidance for Seafarers and Shipowners due to COVID-19 
Lithuania CL.4279 (27 April 2020) Measures taken by Lithuania concerning COVID-19
Madagascar CL.4318 (18 August 2020) Mesures prises par Madagascar en rapport avec la situation de pandémie de Covid-19
Maldives CL.4256 (8 April 2020) Extension of expiry dates of CoC and trading Certificates issued to Maldives Flag Vessels for Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic
Marshall Islands CL.4233 (25 March 2020) Policies, guidance and important information regarding COVID-19
Mexico CL.4304 (11 June 2020) Medidas implementadas por las autoridades del Estado Mexicano frente a la pandemia del Covid-19, en el ámbito del transporte marítimo
CL.4304/Add.1 (19 June 2020) Measures implemented by Mexican authorities against Covid-19 pandemic, in termes of Maritime Transportation
Montenegro CL.4244 (31 March 2020) Extension of maritime documents and employment contracts
Morocco CL.4277 (22 April 2020) Measures taken by Morocco with regard to the COVID-19 outbreak
Myanmar CL.4246 (2 April 2020) Extension of STCW and medical certificates for seafarers
CL.4246/Add.2 (17 April 2020) Extending the validity of the certificates to the Myanmar registered vessels trading in international voyage due to the outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus
CL.4246/Add.4 (19 August 2020) Communication of Marine Instruction (2/2020) about extending the validity of the certificates to the Myanmar registered vessels trading in international voyages during the COVID-19 pandemic 
Netherlands CL.4228 (23 March 2020) Contingency plans for ships and fish trawlers - for latest version please click here
CL.4228/Add.1 (8 April 2020) Coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak
CL.4228/Add.2 (12 June 2020) Procedures for Shipping Community icw COVID-19
CL.4228/Add.3 (18 June 2020) Procedures for Shipping Community icw COVID-19
New Zealand CL.4248 (2 April 2020) Extending the validity of New Zealand Seafarer Certificates
CL.4248/Add.1 (6 April 2020) 'Temporary' formats for New Zealand STCW and STCW-F certificates
Nigeria CL.4271 (16 April 2020) Extension of validity of Statutory and Trading certificates for all Nigerian Registered vessels including STCW certificates issued by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency and Crew change during COVID-19.
CL.4271/Add.1 (14 May 2020) Declaration to keep Nigerian ports open and operational amid COVID-19 pandemic
CL.4271/Add.2 (22 July 2020) Extension of validity of some statuary and trading certificates amid COVID-19 pandemic
Norway CL.4231 (24 March 2020) Extension of certificates and vessel instructions
CL.4231/Add.3 (23 April 2020) Extending the validity of all trading certificates and vessel instructions expiring in 2020 for Norwegian-flagged ships
CL.4231/Add.5 (14 May 2020) Information on principles for change of crew in Norwegian ports
Oman CL.4239 (27 March 2020) Extension of certificates and seafarer’s documents
CL.4239/Add.1 (4 May 2020) General instructions in respect of shipping and port operations
Panama CL.4230 (24 March 2020) Employment agreement and certificates
CL.4230/Add.1 (3 April 2020) Updates to the guidance given in CL.4230
CL.4230/Add.2 (3 April 2020) Guidelines for postponement/extension of statutory certification and service requests
CL.4230/Add.3 (27 April 2020) Implementation of new digital services
CL.4230/Add.4 (18 May 2020) Statement in support of the recommended framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CL.4230/Add.5 (1 June 2020) Panama supports IMO decision by designating seafarers as "key workers"
CL.4230/Add.6 (3 June 2020) Medida temporal de extensión del cumplimiento con las siguientes reglas del Anexo VI del Convenio MARPOL
CL.4230/Add.7 (4 June 2020) Medidas adoptadas en virtud de COVID-19
CL.4230/Add.8/Rev.2 (25 June 2020) Measures with regards to seafarers
CL.4230/Add.9 (30 June 2020) Safeguards to seafarers' rights during this world health crisis
CL.4230/Add.10 (17 July 2020) Repatriation of seafarers
CL.4230/Add.11 (20 July 2020) COVID-19 and crew changes
Peru CL.4296 (27 May 2020) Peruvian Maritime Authority measures in response to COVID-19 Pandemic 
Philippines CL.4237 (25 March 2020) Extension of STCW certificates for seafarers
CL.4237/Add.1 (16 April 2020) Further extension of validity of STCW certificates of Filipino seafarers currently onboard seagoing ships amid challenges caused by COVID-19
CL.4237/Add.2 (27 April 2020) Advisory on postponement/extension of statutory ship certificates and services
CL.4237/Add.7 (30 June 2020) Extension of passport validity
CL.4237/Add.8 (2 July 2020) Addendum to marina advisory No. 2020-23 on the extension of validity of STCW certificates
CL.4237/Add.10 (24 July 2020) Guidelines for the Establishment of the Philippine Green Lane to Facilitate the Speedy and Safe Travel of Seafarers, Including their Safe and Swift Disembarkation, and Crew Change during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Poland CL.4232 (24 March 2020) Certificates
Qatar CL.4249 (2 April 2020) Contingency plans to mitigate disruption to delivered services
Republic of Korea CL.4259 (9 April 2020) COVID-19 measures & suggestions for preventing international trade disruptions
Republic of Moldova CL.4252 (3 April 2020) Measures taken by the Naval Agency of Republic of Moldova in the context of coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak
CL.4252/Add.1 (9 April 2020) Measures taken by the Naval Agency of Republic of Moldova in the context of coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak
Romania CL.4234 (26 March 2020) Extension of certificates
CL.4234/Add.4 (14 July 2020) Extension of documents validity for seafarers which are on board vessels
Russian Federation CL.4237 (25 March 2020) Measures and guidelines relating to statutory certificates, certificates of seafarers and seafarer’s employment agreements
CL.4237/Add.5 (20 May 2020) Additional urgent measures taken due to the pandemic outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19
CL.4237/Add.6 (12 June 2020) Additional urgent measures taken due to the pandemic of coronavirus COVID-19
CL.4237/Add.9 (13 July 2020) Clarification of additional urgent measures taken due to the pandemic of coronavirus COVID-19
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines CL.4248 (2 April 2020) Guidance and recommendations – seafarers, certificates, ship surveys, audits, inspections, seaman record book and employment
CL.4248/Add.2 (18 May 2020) COVID-19 Contingency Measures
CL.4248/Add.3 (30 June 2020) COVID-19 Contingency Measures
CL.4248/Add.4 (17 July 2020) COVID-19 Contingency Measures
CL.4248/Add.5 (18 August 2020) COVID-19 Contingency Measures
Samoa CL.4239 (27 March 2020) Certificates of competency
Saudi Arabia CL.4243 (31 March 2020) Special guidelines for issuing certificates and seafarer maritime documents
South Africa CL.4285 (30 April 2020) Validity of South African certificates during COVID-19 period
CL.4285/Add.1 (3 July 2020) Guidelines for Seafarers and Vessel Certification
Spain CL.4247 (3 April 2020) Certificates (medical, CoC, CoP, training etc)
CL.4247/Add.1 (17 April 2020) Measures to minimize the effects of the occurred sanitary crisis of COVID-19 in the field of the merchant marine
CL.4247/Add.2 (1 May 2020) Measures to allow seafarers to cross the borders and transit through Spanish territory, in order to ensure the provision of maritime transport services and fishing activity during the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19
CL.4247/Add.3 (11 May 2020) Measures to minimize the effects of the occurred sanitary crisis of COVID-19 in the field of the merchant marine
CL.4247/Add.4 (10 June 2020) Measures to minimize the effects of the occurred sanitary crisis of COVID-19 in the field of the merchant marine
Sri Lanka CL.4237 (25 March 2020) Guidance relating to certificates and contract of employment of Seafarers
CL.4237/Add.3 (28 April 2020) General information on further measures adopted by the Government of Sri Lanka due to COVID-19 pandemic
CL.4237/Add.4 (18 May 2020) Updates to Sri Lanka measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic
Sweden CL.4245 (1 April 2020) Extension of surveys, inspections and certifications
CL.4245/Add.2 (2 July 2020) Measures to mitigate disruption to the maritime sector caused by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) 
Switzerland CL.4305 (17 June 2020) Measures adopted by the Swiss Maritime Administration in relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Thailand CL.4258 (8 April 2020) Extension of statutory supervision and issuance/endorsement of certificates due to COVID-19 for international voyage vessels flying Thai Flag
Turkey CL.4245 (1 April 2020) Extension of Certificates
CL.4245/Add.1 (24 June 2020) Further Extension of Certificates of Seafarers
Tuvalu CL.4268 (16 April 2020) Extension of seafarers' employment agreement service period and certificates of endorsement
Uganda CL.4278 (27 April 2020) COVID-19 measures taken by the Republic of Uganda
Ukraine CL.4232 (24 March 2020) Extension of STCW certificates and employment contracts for seafarers
CL.4232/Add.2 (21 April 2020) Measures adopted and enforced by Ukraine with respect to COVID-19 combating
CL.4232/Add.3 (1 June 2020) Validity of the qualification documents of seafarers 
United Arab Emirates CL.4242 (31 March 2020) Horns of hope
CL.4242/Add.1 (3 August 2020) Adopting the Protocol of resuming UAE Maritime activities with safety measures and the crew changes in UAE Ports and Waters
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland CL.4236 (26 March 2020) Seafarer welfare, transit and transfer information
CL.4236/Add.1 (24 June 2020) UK Seafarer Certificates
United Republic of Tanzania CL.4288 (11 May 2020) Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance relating to documentation and certification of seafarers
United States of America CL.4281 (27 April 2020) Guidance and recommendations to assist ship owners and operators, mariners and port facilities
Vanuatu CL.4283 (29 April 2020) Vanuatu's measures in relation to COVID-19
CL.4283/Add.1 (30 June 2020) Seafarers Employment Agreement (SEA)
Venezuela CL.4301 (1 June 2020) Listado de providencias administrativas y circulares promulgadas por el Instituto Nacional de los Espacios Acuacuáticos (INEA) en el contexto de la pandemia del Covid-19
Viet Nam CL.4246 (2 April 2020) Seafarer certificates
CL.4246/Add.1 (9 April 2020) The extension of the ship's existing statutory certificates and the extension or postponement of the surveys, audits or inspections for Vietnamese flagged ships in situations of force majeure due to COVID-19 pandemic
CL.4246/Add.3 (18 August 2020) Seafarer certificates