Crew Changes :
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 by SANMAR.
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
Hold contract of employment
Officers should also bear their license of competency
Owners / masters should provide us with the following:
Nationality and passport number
Flight details
If visa on hand or issuing on arrival
Repatriating crew
Owners / masters should provide us with the following:
Nationality and passport number
Also 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
from their country to avoid eventual delays.
For certain countries entry visa is required prior to arriving at Cairo.
Since the 7th May, 2003, Egyptian Authorities have decided that crew changes of people coming from the following countries:
Sri Lanka
For Indian crew members an entry visa is required in advance obtainable from the Egyptian Embassy in Bombay
For Asian nationalities crew members, ok to board message should be confirmed by SANMAR to the airline operator before
boarding flight
is expected to send data and information, including copy of passport and visa to their agent 72 hours prior to their arrival at
Cairo Airport.

Far Eastern/African crew can not board a ship flying a flag other than their nationality. Master/officers may be excluded from
this rule, provided they bear a translated license of competency.
Women not holding seamen's book may be considered as passengers, which can affect the canal tolls charged, especially when
the ship is in ballast condition.
Disembarking crew should also hold valid seaman's book or passports. It is strongly recommended PTA tickets to be
collectable at the desk of airline company at Cairo airport and not in Cairo town office.
Please consult Sanmar Shipping S.A. prior to any crew change

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