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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Tuesday 17th March 2020

Please go to OMA Group Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

For the latest information on the virus in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cameroon, Gambia, Mauritania and Nigeria.


Please, be informed that from March 3rd, all vessels calling at Lomé offshore and in the port must send the following documents at least 72 hours prior to arrival (in cases where this is not possible documents must be sent immediately on leaving the previous port of call.)

  • Crew list must state crew embarkation port/Country and date.
  • Maritime Declaration of Health
  • Last 10 ports of call

Port Health will attend vessels coming from affected Countries, in order to disinfect the vessel first before any other persons embark to carry out their assigned jobs.

Last updated 3rd March 2020



In the context of the sustainable fight against COVID-19 and the preservation of port users and workers health, Cotonou Port Authority informs that the appearance of the virus is a reality. Indeed, COVID-19 is a virus affecting humans as well as animals and causing acute respiratory infections to humans ranging from mild colds to severe pneumonias which can cause death. It can be transmitted from animal to human or from human to human by air, by inhalation of the volatile virus or in contact with secretions of contaminated objects. Cotonou port being a maritime border which is regularly used by several users and foreigners, the Cotonou Port Authority invites all it staff and users to implement the following preventive measures to reduce the risk of infection in the port.

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or with hydro alcoholic gel;
  • Avoid direct physical contact with sick people;
  • Wear a mask or gloves if you go to densely populated areas (boarding formalities);
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the crook of your elbow before coughing or sneezing;
  • Do not come into contact with objectively sick animals.
  • Do not consume undercooked meat, unpasteurized dairy products, raw foods (salads, fruits, raw vegetables) if you cannot be sure that they have been previously washed with decontaminated water;
  • Avoid close unprotected contact with people having fever and cough and consult a doctor in case of fever, cough and breathing difficulties.

All port operators (stevedores, shipping agents, forwarding agents, transporters) are invited to implement the above measures in order to preserve the health of their staff and port users to avoid the horrors of this virus.

Last updated 2nd March 2020

Ivory Coast

As from January 29, 2020, before berthing, any vessels calling at Abidjan and San Pedro ports from countries affected by Coronovirus (Covid-19) will be subject to sanitary controls at anchorage by the department of the National Institute of Public Hygiene (INHP).

Visitors arriving by air or by sea from affected areas must complete two weeks of observed quarantine on arrival.


Last updated 20th February 2020


The Shipping Agent or Captain must inform the port authorities of the ETA and last port of call of any vessel. If a vessel is arriving from an affected area it will be held at anchorage for inspection and screening and to quarantine any affected crew.

It is our understanding that quarantine rules for the port are in the pipeline, but to date there are no official quarantine rules excepting that all vessels must transit through Dakar port before joining inland ports (Local Maritime Affairs Department).

Last updated 20th February 2020