Nautilus coronavirus resources

Covid-19 information hub for seafarers. Everything you need to know about Covid-19 in one place, including our latest news and updates on how it is affecting maritime.

Find out what help is available, your rights, important Union contacts and the latest updates below.

Essential information

Nautilus Covid-19 FAQs

Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) article sets out general guidance for UK-based members Read More

New Covid test rules

New Covid testing arrangements in force from 6 April 2021 for seafarers entering UK Read more

Seafarer exemptions

UK confirms seafarer keyworkers exempt from mandatory Covid test rules for inbound travel Read more

Red list exemptions

Union hails campaign success as seafarers granted exemption from red list quarantine Read more

Test and quarantine update

Updated Union guidance for seafarers on Covid-19 mandatory test and quarantine exemptions Read more

Passenger locator form

UK mandatory arrivals form rolled out as part of new mandatory 14-day quarantine programme Read more

Travel certificates

Seafarers can be issued with certificates confirming their transport keyworker status for travel Read more

Airlines' face mask rules

Seafarers warned to beware tougher airline Covid-19 face mask rules Read more

Crew change

Nautilus Federation unions back ships officers as governments drag feet over crew changes Read more

Advice to members

Health overview: WHO guidance: IMHA advice for shipping companies and seafarers Read more

Seafarers' 'key workers'

UK government designates seafarers as key workers after pressure from Nautilus and other transport unions Read more

Financial support

Union flags financial help available to furloughed seafarers from several Nautilus partner maritime charities. Read more

Covid grants

Nautilus members in financial straits are eligible for a Covid-19 hardship grant administered by SAIL Read more

Free family counselling

Free relationship counselling offer in collaboration by Seafarers UK and Relate for seafarers and famillies Read more

Mental health

Seafarer volunteers sought for a covid-19 mental health study by University College London. Sign up for weekly updates. Read more

UK CoC changes

Significant changes to UK Certificates of Competency now in force Read more

Certification rights

Crew stuck onboard due to Covid-19 can revalidate UK Certificate of Competency online Read more

Oral exams and NOE's

UK MCA further information on prioritisation and processes relating to online oral examinations Read more

Cruise industry update

EU guidance for the safe resumption of cruise operations circulated by the International Maritime Organisation Read more

SMarT funding update

Nautilus and partners win extension for SMarT funding for cadets during lockdown Read more

Guidance for employers

New coronavirus Covid-19 guidance for maritime employers issued by ICS at IMO launch Read more

Don't forget...

Members with any concerns about coronavirus should contact their industrial official or the Nautilus 24/7 helpline.

Members are also urged to check their ship owner's responsibilities under flag state laws, including those imposed under implementation of the MLC on matters such as health and safety, medical care, sick pay and repatriation. Flag states that have ratified the MLC are required to ensure that ship owners provide their seafarers with adequate measures for protection of their health, and that they have access to prompt and adequate medical care whilst on board. This reflects the general duty of care of employers to provide a safe place and system of work for their employees.

If your flag state does not uphold its responsibilities under MLC it can be reported to the International Labour Organization (ILO). Contact your union for help in this situation.  If your ship owner does not comply with its MLC responsibilities, you can make a complaint to your manager/master, flag state or port authority.

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Contact us

In an emergency on board seafarer members can call our free Nautilus 24/7 help line or livechat with a real person who can put you in touch with the relevant staff.

You can also contact your organiser in business hours in the first instance with any concerns. To find out who your organiser is log in to My Nautilus or email Please remember to keep your contact and employment details up to date in our members area as well.

Got symptoms?

Seafarers are urged to follow the recommended coronovirus handwashing hygiene measures for prevention, and those of their national government as the pandemic evolves. Essential information to shipping companies on prevention is also available from the International Maritime Health Organisation (IMHA).

Latest maritime news on Covid-19


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Scottish government introduces seafarer exemption from hotel quarantine

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