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Crew Change during transit  

Crew may join or land for repatriation at canal ports.

Sign off/landing formalities of leaving crew and transportation from canal port to Cairo airport is attended KARIMARSHIP.

Joining crew

  • Be in possession of valid seaman's book.
  • Hold an introduction letter from the owners stating ship's name, the port ship arrives and the Canal agent's name.
  • To hold contract of employment.
  • Officers should also bear their license of competency.

Owners / masters should provide KARIMARSHIP  with the following:

  • Name
  • Position
  • Nationality and passport number
  • Destination.

Repatriating crew

Owners / masters should provide KARIMARSHIP with the following:

  • Name
  • Position
  • Nationality and passport number
  • Destination.

Please send us full flight details, including copy of passport for off-signing crew members 72 hours prior departure Cairo Airport. This is especially important for Indian and Filipino off-signers.

Also to declare if PTA has been arranged or tickets are to be issued by the Canal agents with seamen's fare.


For European and USA citizens’ entry visa not required. Visa for other nationalities can be granted on arrival at Cairo airport, but it is recommended to be obtained before departing their country to avoid eventual delays. For certain countries entry visa is required prior arriving Cairo.

As per 7th May 2003 Egyptian Authorities have decided that crew changes of people coming from following countries:

  • Indians
  • Pakistanis
  • Bangladeshi
  • Somalis
  • Sri Lankans

is expected to send data and information, including copy of passport and visa to their agent 72 hours prior arrival Cairo Airport.


Far Eastern/African crew cannot board ship flying flag other than their nationality. Master/officers may be excluded from this rule provided bearing translated license of competency.
Women not holding seamen's book may be considered as passengers, which can affect the canal tolls charged, especially when ship is in ballast condition.

Disembarking crew should hold valid seaman's book or passports. It is strongly recommended PTA tickets to be collectable at desk of Airline Company at Cairo airport and not in Cairo town office.

Please consult KARIMARSHIP, EGYPT prior to any crew change.

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