IMO Circulars pertaining to COVID-19

1) Communications received from Member States and Associate Members

Country/Territory Circular letter Subject
Argentina ​CL.4287 (1 May 2020) National measures regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
Argentina ​CL.4287/Add.1 (19 May 2020) National measures regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
​Azerbaijan  ​CL.4223 (18 March 2020) Contingency plans for ships and Seafarers​
​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
​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
​Canada ​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
​China ​CL.4221/Add.1 (2 April 2020) Updates to the guidance given in CL.4221​
​China ​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
​China ​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
​China ​CL.4221/Add.4 (27 April 2020) ​Guidance on the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 for Ports and Its Front Line Staff
​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
​Cuba CL.4249 (2 April 2020)​ ​Guidelines for seafarer’s certificates of competency (CoC) or certificates of proficiency (CoP)
​Cyprus ​CL.4251 (3 April 2020) ​Urgent Provisional Measures for the operation of Cyprus ships during the Covid-19 outbreak
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. No.4267 (16 April 2020) ​Prorroga de tiempo de caducidad de matrícula y certificado médico (certificate extension)
​​Egypt ​CL.4240 (27 March 2020)​ ​Extension of certificates​
​Estonia CL.4272 (21 April 2020)​ ​Impact of the emergency situation on the maritime sector
​Ethiopia CL.4235 (26 March 2020)​ ​Temporary extension of certificates, seafarer books, inspections and information on port state control
​Finland ​CL.4260 (9 April 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​
France​ ​CL.4234/Add.1 (17 April 2020) COVID-19 – Maritime Navigation​
France​ ​CL.4234/Add.2 (30 April 2020) Updated ​information note “COVID 19- Maritime Navigation” 
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
Georgia ​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
​Germany ​CL.4235 (26 March 2020) ​Measures regarding the issuance and renewal of shipping and seafarer related regulations
​Germany ​CL.4235/Add.2 (22 April 2020) ​Additional comments 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
​Greece CL.4241/Add.1 (3 April 2020)​ ​Extension of Inspections, audits, certificates and surveys
​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
​India ​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
​India ​CL.4254/Add.2 (30 April 2020) ​Measures adopted by the Indian Maritime Administration in relation to COVID-19
India ​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
​Iran (Islamic Republic of) ​CL.4216 (11 March 2020) ​Extension of surveys, inspections and certifications
​Iran (Islamic Republic of) ​CL.4216/Add.1 (12 May 2020) Extension of seafarers’ certificates
​Ireland CL.4233 (25 March 2020)​ ​Temporary processes and procedures for seafarers, guidance on surveys/certification and ship inspections
​Indonesia (Republic of) ​CL.No.4268 (16 April 2020) Contingency plan for seafarers and ship owners/operators ​- Extension of certificates
​Italy CL.4231 (24 March 2020)​ ​Information on seafarer’s training courses and certificates
​Italy CL.4231/Add.1 (2 April 2020)​ Measures to Address Covid-19​
​Italy ​CL.4231/Add.2 (17 April 2020) ​Measures arising from the covid-19 emergency regarding certificates relating to the international conventions 
​Italy ​CL.4231/Add.4 (28 April 2020) ​Renewal of endorsements of certificates of competency (CoC’s) for foreign seafarers.
​Italy ​CL.4231/Add.6 (15 May 2020) Measures to Address Covid-19​
​Jamaica ​CL.4264 (14 April 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​
​Jordan ​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
​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
​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
​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
​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
​Myanmar ​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
​Netherlands CL.4228 (23 March 2020)​ ​Contingency plans for ships and fish trawlers
​Netherlands ​CL.4228/Add.1 (8 April 2020) ​Coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak
​New Zealand CL.4248 (2 April 2020)​ ​Extending the validity of New Zealand Seafarer Certificates
​New Zealand ​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.
​Nigeria ​CL.4271/Add.1 (14 May 2020) Declaration to keep Nigerian ports open and operational amid COVID-19 pandemic
​Norway CL.4231 (24 March 2020)​ Extension of certificates and vessel instructions​
​Norway ​CL.4231/Add.3 (23 April 2020) ​Extending the validity of all trading certificates and vessel instructions expiring in 2020 for Norwegian-flagged ships
​Norway ​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
​Oman CL.4239 (27 March 2020)​ ​Extension of certificates and seafarer’s documents
​Panama CL.4230 (24 March 2020)​ ​Employment agreement and certificates
​Panama CL.4230/Add.1 (3 April 2020)​ ​Updates to the guidance given in CL.4230
​Panama CL.4230/Add.2 (3 April 2020)​ ​Guidelines for postponement/extension of statutory certification and service requests
​Panama ​CL.4230/Add.3 (27 April 2020) ​Implementation of new digital services
​Panama ​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
​​Philippines ​CL.4237 (25 March 2020)​ ​​Extension of STCW certificates for seafarers
​​Philippines 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​
​​Philippines ​CL.4237/Add.2 (27 April 2020) ​Advisory on postponement/extension of statutory ship certificates and services
​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
​Republic of Moldova ​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​
Russian Federation​ CL.4237 (25 March 2020)​ ​Measures and guidelines relating to statutory certificates, certificates of seafarers and seafarer’s employment agreements
Russian Federation​ CL.4237/Add.5 (20 May 2020)​ Additional urgent measures taken due to the pandemic outbreak 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
​Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ​CL.4248/Add.2 (18 May 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
​Spain CL.4247 (3 April 2020)​ ​Certificates (medical, CoC, CoP, training etc)
​Spain 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
​Spain 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
​Spain 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
​Sri Lanka ​CL.4237 (25 March 2020) ​Guidance relating to certificates and contract of employment of Seafarers
​Sri Lanka ​CL.4237/Add.3 (28 April 2020) ​General information on further measures adopted by the Government of Sri Lanka due to COVID-19 pandemic
Sri Lanka ​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
​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
​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
​Ukraine ​CL.4232/Add.2 (21 April 2020) ​Measures adopted and enforced by Ukraine with respect to COVID-19 combating
​​United Arab Emirates ​CL.4242 (31 March 2020)​ ​Horns of hope​
​United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ​CL.4236 (26 March 2020) ​Seafarer welfare, transit and transfer information
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
​Viet Nam CL.4246 (2 April 2020)​ Seafarer certificates​
​Viet Nam ​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

2) Advice for IMO Member States, seafarers and shipping

Sr. Date Circular letter Subject
1 31.01.2020 CL No. 4204 Contingency plans for ships and Seafarers​
2 12.02.2020 CL No. 4203-Add. 1 ​Guidance and recommendations – seafarers, certificates, ship surveys, audits, inspections, seaman record book and employment
3 19.02.2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 1 ​Information on certificates, MSMD, employment, surveys, audits and Port State Control Measures
4 21.02.2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 2 ​Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance relating to the certification of seafarers & General Guidance to Operators & Owners of Barbados registered ships
5 02.03.2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 3 ​COVID-19 measures taken by Belgium
6 05.03.2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 4 ​Extension of validity of documents relating to personnel, ships and platforms
7 02.04.2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 5 Rev. 1 ​​Cape Verde measures in relation to the Covid-19 outbreak
8 27.03.2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 6 ​Extending validity of certificates
9 03.04.2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 7 ​Update on Canadian Measures to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
10 14.04.2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 8 ​Safety of seafarers and the facilitation of sea trade
11 16.04.2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 9 ​Guidance for ships and seafarers
12 22.04.2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 10 Updates to the guidance given in CL.4221​
13 24.04.2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 11 ​Notice on Extension of Duration of Related Certificates of Chinese Flagged Ships and Chinese Seafarers Engaged in International Voyages
14 27.04.2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 12 ​Guidance on How to Handle and Offer Urgent Assistance to Seafarers in Case of Sickness during the pandemic of COVID-19
15 05.05.2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 13 ​Guidance on the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 for Ports and Its Front Line Staff
16 05.05.2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 14 ​Medidas de Colombia frente a situación COVID-19
17 06.05.2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 15 ​Cook Islands measures in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak
18 06.05.2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 16 ​Coronavirus (COVID-19)-Covid-19 related guidelines for ensuring a safe shipboard interface between ship and shore-based personnel
19 21-05-2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 17 ​Coronavirus (COVID-19)-preparing for post COVID-19 operations: considerations and practicalities for port community systems, single window and other electronic exchange platforms
20 26-05-2020 CL No. 4204-Add. 18 ​Joint Statement IMO-ICAO-ILO on designation of seafarers, marine personnel, fishing vessel personnel, offshore energy sector personnel, aviation personnel, air cargo supply chain personnel and service provider personnel at airports and ports as key workers, and on facilitation of crew changes in ports and airports in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic