*** NIFPO Covid 19 Advice ***

Any information we receive relevant to helping fishing vessels through the Covid 19 crisis will be posted here.  It will be updated as more detail becomes available.

The official government advice is here:
Other than for tax issues there it seems there is nothing you can apply for now, but it does outline the packages that should be available some time next week.

Advice on crew visas can be found here:

Non-EEA fishing crew:
Individuals with queries about their Visas, including extensions that may be necessary in light of travel restrictions are encouraged to use the following helpline.

Coronavirus Immigration Helpline
Telephone: 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Calls are free of charge.
Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk
Due to Data Protection Regulations we can only speak to the visa holder or applicant about their specific query.

If you are a third party (for example family member or sponsor) and wish to speak on their behalf, we must have the visa holder’s permission. This can be provided by verbal consent to the coronavirus immigration helpline or written consent via email. The email to verify consent must be sent from the email address provided on the visa holder’s application to CIH@homeoffice.gov.ukto enable us to provide a response. Without consent we are unable to discuss person-specific details with a third party.

Advice from the MCA can be found here:

NIFPO Recommends
Contact your bank if you have not already done so.  If you have a mortgage on your boat ask them about a holiday.  You can now ask for a 3 month holiday on your home mortgage to ease your personal finances.





Representing the majority of the Northern Irish fishing fleet with members in every harbour, NIFPO is the custodian of an historic fishing industry in Northern Ireland.


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E-Mail: info@nifpo.co.uk