UAE: Change to Immigration Restrictions for Crew Changes *Update*

20/12/2017 | North

Update - 20 December 2017

North has received an update regarding crew changes in Fujairah as follows:

Vessel's Last Port Vessel's Next Port Crew Change?
Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar

Crew cannot join the vessel

Crew cannot leave the vessel

All ports other than those listed Iraq, Libya, Syria, Nigeria, Qatar

Crew can leave the vessel

Crew cannot join the vessel

Iraq, Libya, Syria, Nigeria, Qatar All ports other than those listed

Crew can join the vessel

Crew cannot leave the vessel

5 December 2017

It has been reported that vessels arriving from, or departing to, ports in the following countries are not permitted to conduct crew changes through Port of Fujairah (POF) Immigration:

•    Iraq
•    Libya
•    Syria
•    Nigeria
•    Qatar

In addition, when conducting a crew change it is a requirement for the POF harbour master to endorse the immigration declaration. The immigration declaration must also show last and next ports.

1 March 2016

It has been reported that vessels arriving from, or departing to, ports in the following countries are now permitted to conduct crew changes through Port of Fujairah Immigration:

  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Syria
  • Libya
  • Yemen
  • Djibouti
  • Algeria
  • Lebanon

The change in immigration regulations represents a lifting of the previous ban on crew changes.  However, crew members who are nationals of the above countries are not permitted to join or disembark through the port of Fujairah.