Singapore bans seafarers with recent India travel history

Singapore, one of the world’s most important crew change hubs, has banned all seafarers who have been in India up to 14 days prior to heading to the Southeast Asian republic.

Singapore has taken the decision for everyone with a recent travel history to India, not just seafarers, as the country reacts to the enormous spike in Covid-19 cases seen in India in the past few weeks with new strains of the coronavirus being detected in the world’s second most populous nation.

The new measures announced by Singapore authorities include sign-on crew travelling to Singapore by flight as well as sign-off crew from vessels that have called at India.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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