1. SEAFARER VACCINATIONS IN CANADA
Please click HERE for information on how foreign seafarers calling Canadian ports can obtain COVID-19 vaccinations.
2. FEDERAL BORDER REQUIREMENTS AND QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS
The Canadian border has been gradually re-opened to non-essential travellers:
A number of additional changes also came into effect as of August 9, 2021:
How do these changes impact incoming crew members and marine workers?
3. DOCUMENTATION FOR CREW AND MARINE TRANSPORTATION WORKERS
Travelling to Canada to Join a Ship
Asymptomatic individuals individuals travelling to Canada to join a ship, either as crew members or other essential workers, are generally exempt from prohibition of entry into Canada for foreign nationals. Click HERE for Transport Canada's most recent Ship Safety Bulletin issued March 4, 2021 for additional information.
Recommended documentation at airport for crew members joining a ship:
Recommended documentation at airport for non-crew marine workers joining a ship:
Updated: 30-day suspension of flights to Canada from India extended until September 21, 2021. Passengers who depart these countries to travel to Canada via an indirect flight must obtain a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test from a third country (not India) before continuing their journey to Canada. Testing requirement does not apply to crew members travelling to Canada to join a ship, but does apply to other rmarine workers travelling to Canada from India.
4. VISA PROCEDURES FOR CREW MEMBERS JOINING A SHIP
All joining crew members from visa-required countries must apply on-line for a temporary resident visa. In order for a visa application to be processed on an expedited basis, applicants must do the following when filling out the on-line form:
Although applicants will receive an automatically-generated "Biometrics Instruction Letter" following submission of their application, IRCC has provided the following additional guidance:
If an applicant has not received information about their application after 5 business days, they should contact IRCC's Travel Exemptions inbox to request an update (IRCC.COVID-TravelExemptions-Exemptionsdevoyage-COVID.IRCC@cic.gc.ca - Inquiries must be made by the individual who submitted the initial application
Please click HERE for Transport Canada's guidance document on this issue.
Additional Note - 72 hour exit requirement for off-signing crew members
5. SHORE LEAVE FOR CREW MEMBERS:
Transport Canada has issued updated guidance allowing asymptomatic, presumed non-COVID-19 carrying crew members:
6. CRUISE SHIP RESTRICTIONS
Canadian Waters South of 60th Parallel:
Updated Rule: Vessels with overnight accommodations allowed to carry more than 100 persons (passengers and crew) prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until October 31, 2021.
Canadian Waters North of 60th Parallel:
Updated Rule: Vessels that are certified to carry more than 12 passengers prohibited from entering Canadian Arctic waters (waters north of the 60th parallel and the territorial sea in the vicinity of Nunatsiavut, Nunavik and the Labrador coast) until October 31, 2021.
Rule: Other vessels (e.g. small cruise ships under 100 person capacity and tour boats) are permitted to operate subject to restrictions from their provincial, territorial, or local health authority.
Rule: Essential passenger vessels and ferry vessels can continue to operate, provided they have mitigation measures in place to reduce to the spread of COVID-19.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please see the following for additional information:
The Centres for Disease Control has issued a "Framework for Conditional Sailing Order for Cruise Ships," which introduces a phased approach for resuming cruise ship activity in US waters. The framework will remain in effect until November 1, 2021.
On May 5, 2021, CDC released the next two phases of the Framework and published technical instructions for cruise ship operators preparing to conduct simulated (“trial”) voyages in advance of restricted passenger voyages under a COVID-19 Conditional Sailing Certificate.
For more information, please see this LINK.
We urge members to take the appropriate steps to contain the spread of COVID-19, preserve the health of their teams and take practical protective measures against the virus.
DISCLAIMER: Although we will endeavour to update this webpage as often as possible, information issued directly by Canadian authorities and other entities interacting with vessels remains the official source to ensure compliance.