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Shipping: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL5239, tabled on 10 January 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change; and what steps they will take to (1) recognise seafarers as key workers, (2) ensure they have access to COVID-19 vaccinations in UK ports, and (3) allow crews to have easy access to air flights.

Answered on

20 January 2022

As one of the first states to declare seafarers as keyworkers we welcomed the Neptune Declaration and remain committed to working domestically and internationally to protect the health and wellbeing of crew of all nationalities. All seafarers, regardless of nationality, are and have always been eligible to receive COVID vaccines in the UK at no cost. As keyworkers, seafarers are exempt from many COVID related requirements when travelling to the UK during the course of their work.