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Covid-19: Crew Changes in Ghana’s Ports

Ghana’s Ports and Harbours Authority has issued updated standard operating procedures (SOPs) for crew changes and disembarkation in Ghanaian ports. 

All disembarking and on- or off-signing crew must provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination.

 According to UK’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

The Ghana Health Service defines a fully vaccinated person as someone who has taken the full dose of vaccines approved and registered by the Food and Drugs Authority of Ghana. This is one dose of Johnson and Johnson, or two doses of AstraZeneca (Covishield), Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Sputnik V.

Any unvaccinated crew who wish to disembark would be vaccinated by Ghana Port Health.

The full details of the updated SOP are outlined in the GPHA circular which you will find here:

The circular also specifies that as was the case prior to the pandemic, there is no longer any need to seek authorisation for crew changes from Ghana Maritime Authority.

Furthermore, crew can now embark or disembark through Tema Fishing Harbour in addition to all the other port terminals including the dry docks, LNG terminal and MPS Terminal 3.

There is no change in the existing procedures for suspected Covid-19 cases.


Information provided by Budd Ghana (



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