COVID-19 Seafarer Information

Published: 8 Apr 2020

Maritime Border Closures Table: Updated as it changes


Australian Maritime Border Closures Table as at 20 October 2020 from MIAL CLICK HERE 

AMSA Marine Notice Extension of Expiry of Certification Updated 19 September 2020


The purpose of this marine notice is to advise flag States, port States, vessel owners, operators, masters and crews that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has taken steps to allow the holders of: 

  • seafarer certificates; and certificates of medical fitness;

to continue to perform duties even if the certificate expires during the period between 26 March 2020 and 31 January 2021.

Seafarer certificates are STCW certificates that include certificates of competency, certificates of proficiency as rating, GMDSS radio operator certificates, certificates of safety training and certificates of proficiency as marine cook.

The arrangement that applies to a specific certificate is dependent on the expiry date of that certificate:

  • holders of seafarer certificates that expired between 26 March and 31 July 2020 inclusive may continue to perform duties as if the certificate remains in force for a period of 12 months from the expiry date of the certificate; and
  • holders of seafarer certificates that expire between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021 inclusive may continue to perform duties as if the certificate remains in force until 31 July 2021.

There is no requirement for a vessel owner, operator or seafarer to make application to AMSA for the above measures to apply. 



Important Information for NSW Seafarers working in VICTORIA: Updated 19 September 2020

SEAFARERS who reside in NSW and are working in VIC, requiring transit through Victorian/Melbourne airports at completion of their swing (seafarers returning to their place of residence in NSW) 

To avoid Hotel Quarantine: YOUR EMPLOYERS are required to access the Service NSW portal to register seafarers as critical service workers under the:

mining, agriculture, construction, energy or manufacturing (those with frontline operational roles undertaking direct and essential operational activities only).

EMPLOYERS will be given a code which they supply to their EMPLOYEES for use upon their return to NSW (Sydney Airport) the information as directed in the Service NSW portal is shown to NSW Police who are enforcing the directions of NSW Health, for returning NSW residents.   

• EMPLOYERS must demonstrate a COVID safe plan and provide to NSW Health.  

•EMPLOYERS must register seafarers as “Critical service workers” under the above classification.

•SEAFARERS must identify as critical workers to NSW police and NSW Health upon arrival into sydney and demonstrate they are aware of their quarantine requirements upon returning to their homes. (They may be directed to hotel quarantine if they refuse)


The Industry Panel will be meeting Monday/Wednesday/Friday to consider applications for a critical Service Workers.  

Service NSW is able to receive applications 7 days; it is important that EMPLOYERS apply now on behalf of their workers.

Click here for full up to date seafarer information including all border information






The latest information for the NORTHERN TERRITORY Chief Health Officer Direction No. 46 – Commercial Vessels – Crew Directions which came into effect on 12.01am 17 July 2020.


A guidline for seafarers can be found here: Seafarer Framework


TASMANIA Important information for seafarers. 
As of Midnight 5 May 2020, the Tasmanian State Controller has issued directions that bring that states exemption for Marine crew in line with the national cabinet decision of 9th April.
There are now 3 recognised categories that will be exempted under the state emergency management act provisions:

  1. Seafarers signing off a vessel in Tasmania
  2. Seafarers flying in to join a vessel in Tasmania
  3. Seafarers who are residents of Tasmania returning home

Seafarers will need to demonstrate proof that they meet the criteria.  This will include a letter from their company, which we are working to template for ease of use; also, the declaration to be completed by the Seafarer which we are told will ask them to indicate which category they fall into.
The 3rd category has been the point of contention and inconsistency.  Seafarers from the same inbound location, working for the same company and possessing the same letter from their company have had different quarantine outcomes.  This has been raised consistently within the MRG and through the Tasmanian Premiers, office by the branch.  This outcome has been a significant shift and will free up the restrictions that Seafarers have met, coming back to Tas. 
There still remains the determining factor in category 3 that the seafarer must have completed 14 days at sea prior to entry into Tasmania to avoid mandatory quarantine, however the Tas Govt are construction a mechanism to assess seafarers who wish to return and are under the 14 days, on a case by case basis.
Workers who had been put in Govt Isolation and who had served 14 days at sea prior to entry to Tasmania are eligible to apply under the new provisions and be released from the quarantine.
Quarantine and Isolation Information

Click on the links for each document

Class Exemption for Non-cruise Maritime Crew

Seafarer Exemptions to the 14 day quarantine period

Covid19 Information for the Marine Industry


International Transport Workers Federation COVID Information for seafarers 



Extended validity of Norwegian medical certificates

In cases where the coronavirus makes it difficult for seafarers to renew their Norwegian medical certificate, the NMA may permit a seafarer to work with an expired medical certificate, provided that the period does not exceed 6 months and the seafarer concerned holds an expired medical certificate of recent date.

Norway has notified relevant authorities and organisations of the national decisions that have been made. Therefore, there is nothing to suggest that Norwegian shipping companies or seafarers on board Norwegian ships will experience challenges in the context of, for instance, port State controls

Norwegian Medicals Extension of Expiry click here to view




Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney