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International seafarers permitted to sign-off at Indian ports
Team Sea and Coast | 21/07/2020

The Directorate-General of Shipping (DGS) has approved a proposal to permit international seafarers on cargo vessels to sign off at Indian ports.

This will be a welcome development that could have far-reaching consequences for crew changes in India. The ruling is not applicable to cruise vessels.

Since late-April, foreign seafarers had not been allowed to sign off at Indian ports, however, they will be permitted to return home on the special `Vande Bharat’ (which translates as ‘Salute to India’) flights operated by the country’s national carrier Air India, as also on non-scheduled commercial flights or charter flights.

 It has also been decided to permit, as a special case, the grant of a temporary landing permit (TLP) for up to one month by the Immigration Officer concerned to such foreign seafarers who have expired Indian visas, subject to their having a valid passport and valid seaman's identity document (CDC).

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