Joining and repatriating 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 by Gabmarine Transit oining 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 Gabmarine Shipping Transit with the following:

”        Name

”        Position

”        Nationality and passport number

”        Destination.

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

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 flwg countries:

”        Indians

”        Pakistanis

”        Bangladeshi

”        Somalese

”        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 can not 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