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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Sunday 15th March 2020

Below is the latest information we have on special measures introduced to prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus for vessels calling at the following ports/countries. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

Senegal – Dakar
Côte d’Ivoire –
Abidjan & San Pedro
Ghana –
Tema & Takoradi
– Lomé
Benin – Cotonou
Mauritania – Nouakchott
Nigeria – please visit GAC.com


Note Circulaire Coronovirus

Note from the Port Authority to the Harbour Masters & Quarantine:
This to advise Shipowners, agencies and all harbour users that vessel arrival conditions have been modified in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
All vessels having Dakar as the next port of call shall henceforth – and 03 days prior to arrival – send the following:

  • List of the Last Ten Ports called at
  • Health Maritime Declaration
  • Crew List specifying sign-on date for each crew member

In addition, all vessels coming from a coronavirus affected area shall be subject to sanitary inspection at anchorage by local Quarantine prior to any free practice issuance.

Last updated 4th March 2020, source: Port Autonome de Dakar
For more information email OMA Logistics Senegal

Ivory Coast

As from January 29, 2020, before berthing, any vessels calling at Abidjan and San Pedro ports from countries affected by Coronovirus (Covid-19) will be subject to sanitary controls at anchorage by the department of the National Institute of Public Hygiene (INHP).

Visitors arriving by air or by sea from affected areas must complete two weeks of observed quarantine on arrival.


Last updated 20th February 2020, source: Port Autonome d’Abidjan
For more information email OMA Côte d’IVoire 


Travel Advisory – Ministry of Information 15th March 2020

1. All travel to Ghana is strongly discouraged until further notice.

2. Any traveler, except for Ghanaian citizens and persons with Ghana residence permits, who within the last 14 days, has been to a country that has recorded at least 200 cases of COVID-19, will not be admitted into the Ghanaian jurisdiction. Airlines are instructed not to allow such persons to embark. Border posts are instructed not to allow such persons into the jurisdiction.

3. There will be a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for persons who are otherwise allowed to enter the Ghanaian jurisdiction. Guidelines for self-quarantine will be available at the various Ghanaian ports of entry. Enforcement protocols are being deployed in collaboration with state security and health authorities. Persons determined to be unable to satisfactorily self-quarantine will be quarantined by the State.

4. Any admissible traveler, who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 will be quarantined and tested upon reaching Ghana.

5. Item one of this statement takes immediate effect.

6. Items 2,3 & 4 take effect at 1pm on Tuesday March 17th 2020.

Suspension of Cruise Vessels Takoradi 12th March 2020

Cruise ships are suspended from docking at Takoradi Port with immediate effect. This is in particular reference to the cruise ship expected to dock at the Takoradi Port on 31st March, 2620. This has become necessary due to the rapid spread of the corona virus worldwide and our preventive effort to minimize its occurrence in the country.

Ghana Health Service – Notice for all In-coming Vessels 2nd March 2020 The Port Health Authority is therefore embarking on screening and disinfection of all vessels arriving into the country from affected countries especially China.

We entreat all Agencies handling Vessels within Tema Port to notify the Port Health office ahead of the arrival of a vessel (at least four clear days) at the Port for appropriate health surveillance and monitoring of the vessel and its content for us to prepare adequately Healthwise.

We count on the cooperation and support of the Management of all vessel operators to help strengthen our preventive and control measures at Tema Port.

Last updated 15th March 2020 – Source: Ghana Port Health Authority
For more information email OMA Ghana


The Port Authorities have informed us that with effect from March 3rd – all vessels calling at Lomé, both offshore and in the port, must send the following documents at least 72 hours prior to arrival.

In cases where this is not possible documents must be sent immediately on leaving the previous port of call.

  • Crew list – this must state crew embarkation port/Country and date.
  • Maritime Declaration of Health
  • Last 10 ports of call

Port Health will attend vessels arriving from affected countries, in order to disinfect the vessel first before any other persons embark to carry out their assigned jobs and off-sign any crew transiting from Lome port.  This inspection may cause some delay to vessel berthing operations.

Last updated 3rd March 2020
, source: Port Autonome de Lomé Togo
For more information email OMA Togo


COOBJ Port Prevention against Coronavirus
Translation:  In the context of the sustainable fight against COVID-19 and the preservation of port users and workers’ health, Cotonou Port Authority informs that the appearance of the virus is a reality. Indeed, COVID-19 is a virus affecting humans as well as animals and causing acute respiratory infections to humans ranging from mild colds to severe pneumonias which can cause death. It can be transmitted from animal to human or from human to human by air, by inhalation of the volatile virus or in contact with secretions of contaminated objects. Cotonou port being a maritime border which is regularly used by several users and foreigners, the Cotonou Port Authority invites all it staff and users to implement the following preventive measures to reduce the risk of infection in the port.

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or with hydro alcoholic gel;
  • Avoid direct physical contact with sick people;
  • Wear a mask or gloves if you go to densely populated areas (boarding formalities);
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the crook of your elbow before coughing or sneezing;
  • Do not come into contact with objectively sick animals.
  • Do not consume undercooked meat, unpasteurised dairy products, raw foods (salads, fruits, raw vegetables) if you cannot be sure that they have been previously washed with decontaminated water;
  • Avoid close unprotected contact with people having  fever and cough and consult a doctor in case of fever, cough and breathing difficulties.

All port operators (stevedores, shipping agents, forwarding agents, transporters) are invited to implement the above measures in order to preserve the health of their staff and port users to avoid the horrors of this virus.

Last updated 2nd March 2020, Source: Cotonou Port Authority
For more information email OMA Benin


Mauritania Circulaire N0001)020 13th February 2020


  • Body temperature measurement and a doctor check up is compulsory for off signing crews.
  • If any crew member is tested and found as suspect, they may not be allowed to sign off.
  • A list of the last ten (10) port calls is compulsory for authorities to make sure the COVID19 most affected areas were not visited by the vessel, and if visited a thorough medical checkup onboard ship will apply before any crew member is cleared out of the port.


  • Body temperature measurement and a doctor check up is compulsory for ALL arriving passengers from ALL destinations, and currently the following countries are banned from entering the country: IRAN, CHINA, ITALY, SOUTH KOREA, SPAIN, FRANCE, AND CHINA. ALL flights from these countries currently on hold.
  • Quarantine applies for 14 days for all people entering from affected countries.  ALL joining crews (On-signers) will have their port access signed only after presenting their entry visa, and as the port access takes 24 hours to be signed, no direct vessel joining is possible until further notice from authorities.
  • After the 14 days quarantine if not positive to COVID19 persons are released, and if positive will be kept under close medical control for treatment and complete isolation.Last updated March 9th 2020
    For more information email ACT Mauritania


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