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Most seafarers do not require entry clearance to enter the UK. Under Section 8(1) of the Immigration Act 1971 a person arriving as a member of the crew of a ship under engagement to leave the UK as a member of its crew may, subject to certain exceptions, enter without leave and remain until the departure of the ship. This applies regardless of whether the crew member holds a seafarer's identity issued under International Labour Organization Convention 185 (ILO 185) or not.
We do not record, of those who are required to obtain leave on arrival or entry clearance from abroad, how many hold ILO 185 documents.