Obligations of the master of the ship
Masters are obliged to comply with authorities wishing to check the persons on board:
- a) when a blue flashing-light is shown, to reduce the speed of the ship and to manoeuvre the ship in such a way that a tender can come alongside,
- b) to stop or moor the ship when ordered by an Immigration Officer,
- c) to allow Immigration Officers on board of the ship. A. When entering from abroad.
A. When entering form abroad
a) If checking takes place on board:
Crew-list in duplicate (International Chamber of Shipping model), seaman's book/-passport or national passport of the crew-members must be handed to an Immigration Officer.
b)lf checking does not take place on board: Crew-list in duplicate must be delivered within twelve hours after arrival at the local crossing point (Amsterdam or IJmuiden).
The same applies to transit-voyages (ships with clearance).
Note: The Immigration Officer normally comes on board the ship as soon as possible after arrival. The crew-list, the seaman's book/-passport or national passport of the crew-members should be handed to the officer.
A list of all persons on board (Dutch and foreign) who are not listed as crew-members and their national passports/ID-cards must be handed or delivered as under 1,a or b.
One copy of the crew-list, stamped by the Immigration Officer, will remain in the master's safekeeping.
The Head of the crossing point should always be notified, without delay, of the presence of stowaways.
After having been detained at the crossing point for a short period stowaways must be taken aboard again on the outward bound voyage of the ship.
B. During the period of the ship's anchorage
Each discharge or engagement and each not permitted absence of a non-Dutch crew-member must be notified at once to the Officer in command of the crossing point (Amsterdam or IJmuiden).
This must also be done if a crew-member is admitted to hospital.
Temporary shore leave is permitted unless an Immigration Officer orders otherwise:
a) In Amsterdam, Beverwijk, lJmuiden or Zaanstad and adjacent municipalities to all crew-members, without the obligation of carrying a passport or a seaman's book/passport. They do not have to pass through the crossing point.
- when the ship is moored in IJmuiden, the crew can take a short leave to the towns of IJmuiden and Velsen;
- when the ship is moored in Velsen, the crew can take a short leave to the towns of Velsen, Beverwijk and Haarlemmerliede;
- when the ship is moored in Amsterdam, the crew can take a short leave to Amsterdam, Zaanstad and Haarlemmermeer.
b) Outside Amsterdam or IJmuiden and adjacent municipalities only to those crew-members who are in possession of a valid travel document (passport or seaman's book/-passport recognized by the Netherlands).
This concerns only crew-members without visa-obligation.
Crew-members with visa-obligation can only be provided with a transit visa (declaration) if:
- they are signing off;
- they are in possession of a recognized seaman's book/-passport or national passport;
- are guaranteed by the agent.
Crew-members with visa-obligation cannot be provided with a transit-visa (declaration) when they will remain signed on. All crew-members have to pass through the crossing point and carry a valid travel document.
c) In case of serious misbehavior on board or ashore a member of the crew can be taken into custody by the Officer in command of the crossing point.
d) A non-Dutch seaman who is discharged, is obligated to enter and to leave The Netherlands only through a crossing point.
e) Before discharging a non-Dutch member of the crew, the master must give adequate notice of the intended discharge to the Officer in command of the crossing point.
Note: This notice can be given to the Immigration Officer when he comes aboard soon after arrival.
f) Before a member of the crew (Dutch or non-Dutch) embarks, the master must give adequate notice of the intended embarking to the Officer in command of the crossing point.
The crew-member who is going to embark can only embark after he has been, in person, to the crossing point. The Head of the crossing point will then make a note on the duplicate crew-list.
Note: Before a new crew-member embarks the master must ensure that the new crew-member has been to the Immigration crossing.
C. When leaving for abroad
The master shall not allow the ship under his command to depart, unless he has given adequate notice of the intended departure to the Officer in command of the crossing point, which notice should reach this Officer not later than two hours before sailing, and unless he has enabled this functionary to perform such inspection as he may deem necessary. By the time of the ship's departure, the Officer in command of the crossing point will retain the copy of the crew-list, which had been in the master's safekeeping.
Crossing points/Immigration offices:
location IJmuiden (headquarters)
Open 24 hrs.
1975 BB IJmuiden,
tel. 0255-56 67 00
fax 0255-56 67 55
Open 24 hrs.
1042 AN Amsterdam
tel. 020-614 89 23
fax 020-613 61 99