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GIBALTAR Crew Change - Filipino Seafarers Crew Replacement Arrangements At GIBALTAR During COVID 19 Situation

Filipino Seaman joining vessel ship in PPE for COVID 19

Sharing to you the Gibraltar Agent's advise for Crew Change and Visa-in-Arrival procedures at Gibraltar for your reference and information.

If crew are suitably documented then they may fly via Malaga airport and take road transport between Gibraltar and Malaga. This usually takes one and a half hours depending on traffic. Time to travel  from Gibraltar airport to Launch station 15-30 minutes depending on traffic.

Click below the latest UK visa requirement (and exemptions for crew members). The list comprise of all the restricted nationals that would require a visa to enter Gibraltar.

The nationals that are in Red must be in possession of a valid ILO 108 seamans  book  which together with our letter of guarantee and confirmed flights via the UK  will allow them to transit London and enter Gibraltar, without a Visa

The nationals that are marked in Black if they only hold a seamans book which is not ILO 108, may transit the UK, without a visa, but they must remain airside  (ie not pass through immigration), and they should have departing flights from London on the same day that they arrived. It is important to remember that their luggage should be booked through to the destination as they will not be able to collect it in London. This can only be achieved if both inward and outward flights to/from London are part of the ONE WORLD group of airlines:


  • American Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Iberia
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Srilankan Airlines
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Quantas
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • S7 Airlines
  • Fiji Airways
  • British Airways


We are unable to arrange any type of Visa in Gibraltar

It is important to remember that they do not need to be a national of the country that issued the seamans book, and that sometimes crewmembers have more than one seamans book.


A seaman travelling on duty, who is a visa national (including those in transit through the UK) does not need a visa if he holds a valid seaman's book issued by one of these countries which also contains a statement that it is issued under ILO108 (or convention of 1958) or ILO185, having previously ratified ILO108 (or convention of 2003): Algeria, Anguilla, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Isles, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Republic of), Montserrat, Morocco, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Russian Federation, Seychelles, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (including the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar), Uruguay. The seaman does not need to be a national of the country that issued the document



In both cases to allow transit we would have to issue our letter of guarantee (LOG).


We would need the following details:

Confirmed Flight details , including booking references.


Please complete the following table with crew information (1 line per crew member)





Valid till

Seaman's book

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Due to the current Covid 19 situation, the following local restrictions also apply:




 OPL will now be allowed for disembarking crew.

 Disembarking crew to confirm free of any symptoms for past 14 days – vessel's master to provide official declaration.

 Agent to arrange special transport provisions – transportation from Port to Airport/Hotel needs to be carried out in the 'Dirty Vehicle'. Details of which can be found below.

 Agents launch crew to avoid close contact with disembarking crew.

 Hotel stays are allowed for a maximum of 10 days. Confirmed flight should be available before offsigners disembark.


All crewmen to be provided with FFP2/N95 quality masks to wear in transport or when moving around Gibraltar, Please ensure that onsigning crew have these masks with them for use in Gibraltar.



Embarking Crew:

 OPL will now be allowed for embarking crew.

 Only designated hotels to be used where hotel stay is required. Details of hotels which can be used can be found below.

 Agent to arrange special transport provisions – transportation from Airport/Hotel to Port needs to be carried out in the 'Dirty Vehicle'. Details of which can be found below.

 Agent launch crew to avoid close contact with embarking crew

All crewmen to be provided with FFP2/N95 quality masks to wear in transport or when moving around Gibraltar.




Stays of 5 days or longer

All crew members will be isolated in their hotel rooms. Meals will be delivered to their rooms.

On day 5 crew will undergo a PCR swab test and if tested negative the crew member can move around Gibraltar with an FFP2 or N95 mask (or better quality if available). They are confined to their rooms until then.



Stays under 5 days-

All crew members will be isolated in their hotel rooms. Meals will be delivered to their rooms.

in the case that a crew member is staying at an hotel for less than 5 days, a test will be conducted on day 1. There will be a requirement to conduct a second test between day 3 to 5, preferably nearest to the day of travel / embarkation (or unless directed otherwise by DPH). They are confined to their rooms until the day of travel / embarkation.


Short day stay - crew members who are accommodated temporarily at an hotel awaiting embarkation (no overnight stay) will be required to be isolated in a designated hotel area. Use of FFP2 / N95 masks and use of hand gel at all times is required. Crew members are not to mix with crew from different ships



Covid PCR tests results available within 36-48hrs.




Crew changes are also dependent on satisfactory completion of Corona virus Questionnaire and Declaration of Health



Boyd Wood,  Operations Dept.

S-5 West Mediterranean, Incargo Shipping Services (Gibraltar)

As Agents only


Suite 2

244 Main Street 

Tel:    +350 20041777 / 20041778

Fax:   +350 20040481

Mob:+350 54505000 (24hrs)



Covid Protocol at Gibraltar for on-signing or off-signing personnel

Please note all personnel requiring hotel accommodation in Gibraltar must conform to the Gibraltar health authorities protocols for Covid 19:

Personnel  shall be confined to their hotel rooms under self -isolation for a minimum of 5 days unless their departure from Gibraltar is before then. Meals will be delivered to the door of the hotel room.

If the company policy of the personnel have instructions to remain in self isolation for a greater period than mentioned then crew should be aware of this requirement, and follow their company policy as required

Cleaning of the hotel room will not be carried out during this period

Personnel will undergo a PCR Swab test shortly after arrival at their hotel, and if the test is negative and they are still in the hotel 5 days later then they will receive a second PCR Swab test. If this second swab test is negative then crew member is allowed to leave the hotel room, again provided that their company policy does not require them to remain in self Isolation for a greater period

At all times when leaving their Hotel room, all personnel shall wear face mask of FFP2/N95 standard, they shall maintain social distancing.

Source: (COVID Protocol at Gibraltar)


SUITE 2 244 Main Street GIBRALTAR GX111AA 

TEL NO.: (+350) 200 41777 & 200 41778

FAX NO.: (+350) 200 40481

A.O.H NO.: (+350) 54505000


NOTE: The purpose of this post is for immediate information only when conducting crew change or replacement of Filipino crew / seaman at above mentioned Port / Country. This is also for guidance of crewing officers, crewing manager & crew operation staff, especially for ship manning agent in the Philippines. Above information is based on collected data only. Please send inquiry to your crew handling agent for updated information. Please also share your updated information on the comments section.

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