Lloyd's List is part of Maritime Intelligence

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Maritime Insights & Intelligence Limited, registered in England and Wales with company number 13831625 and address c/o Hackwood Secretaries Limited, One Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQ, United Kingdom. Lloyd’s List Intelligence is a trading name of Maritime Insights & Intelligence Limited. Lloyd’s is the registered trademark of the Society Incorporated by the Lloyd’s Act 1871 by the name of Lloyd’s.

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use. For high-quality copies or electronic reprints for distribution to colleagues or customers, please call UK support at +44 (0)20 3377 3996 / APAC support at +65 6508 2430

Printed By


Singapore restricts seafarers from some African countries over variant concerns

MPA describes the suspension as ‘a precautionary measure’, which is part of the country’s broader ban on entry of residents and visitors with recent travel to seven African countries

Move confirms industry concerns that stricter border controls because of the new strain could lead to further headwinds facing crew rotation

SINGAPORE, a key maritime hub, has suspended crew changeover and vaccination for seafarers with recent travel to a string of African countries following the emergence of the Omicron variant.

The move follows industry’s concerns that stricter border controls led by the new strain could lead to further headwinds facing crew rotation.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said in a circular that the halt of practices applies to those who have travelled to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe within the past 14 days.

“This includes sign-on crew travelling to Singapore by flight as well as sign-off crew from vessels that have called at [the same counties].”

Sign-on crew transiting those Africa countries on their connecting flight to Singapore are also affected.

The new rules are part of the city state’s broader ban on the entry of all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors who have been to the above-mentioned countries, from which vessels are also subject to restrictive measures recently issued by the Singapore Economic Development Board.

There are already fears in the industry that seafarers will once again fall victim to the travel restrictions that have now been reinstated by more than 50 countries since the new coronavirus variant was identified in South Africa last month.

Governments appeared to be going for the original playbook when the pandemic first broke out in March 2020, a spokesperson of the International Chamber of shipping told Lloyd’s List earlier this week.

“There is concern about the potential impact, especially as this is such a busy time for crew change ahead of Christmas.”

Related Content


  • Related Places
  • UsernamePublicRestriction



    Ask The Analyst

    Please Note: You can also Click below Link for Ask the Analyst
    Ask The Analyst

    Your question has been successfully sent to the email address below and we will get back as soon as possible. my@email.address.

    All fields are required.

    Please make sure all fields are completed.

    Please make sure you have filled out all fields

    Please make sure you have filled out all fields

    Please enter a valid e-mail address

    Please enter a valid Phone Number

    Ask your question to our analysts