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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

'Traffic lights' scrapped

UK government updates travel ID and Covid entry rules swapping traffic light system for a simplified red list Read more

Seafarer vaccinations

New guidance on vaccination for seafarers covers availability for both British citizens and international crew Read more

Vaccination documentation advice

Keep your proof of Covid-19 vaccination documents safe, Union advises Read more

Yacht travel update

Yacht crew urged to heed ongoing pandemic travel rules, and our national travel information Read more

Test and quarantine

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

Retraining bursary

Women affected by pandemic redundancies urged to apply for maritime retraining bursary Read more

Wellness at sea

More than 50 shipping companies offer Wellness at Sea programme to crews, families and shore staff Read more

Financial support

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

Free family counselling

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

Vaccine advice to members

Nautilus recognises that everyone has a free choice to be vaccinated or not.
There is no legal requirement to be vaccinated and an employer cannot force a seafarer to get vaccinated. However, seafarers work and live with colleagues in small spaces with limited access to specialised medical care ashore – access which has been restricted by some governments.

If a member refuses vaccination while countries demand it to allow entry or airlines insist upon it to allow travel and there is no medical reason for non-vaccination (e.g. Immunosuppression), the employer and employee, as a first step, will need to discuss solutions like placement on other vessels in other zones. Members who are in those circumstances are advised to consult Nautilus for advice.

While the vaccine should not be compulsory, there are specic characteristics of the maritime sector which call for a specic position encouraging vaccination as seafarers must travel to do their job. Vaccination is an obvious mitigation.

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).

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