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Norwegian Oil and Gas' recommendations regarding coronavirus (Covid-19) and offshore travel

Covid-19 - Change in the joint recommendation to the operators with regard to information to personnel travelling offshore to the Norwegian Continental Shelf (updated 10 November 2020)
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Norwegian Oil and Gas' joint recommendation to offshore travellers - Updated as per 10 November 2020

To limit the spread of Covid-19 infection on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), Norwegian Oil and Gas has drawn up recommendations for offshore travel.

See the regulations on infection control measures, etc, following the coronavirus outbreak (the Covid-19 regulations, in Norwegian only) and infection control advice from the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI).

Screening conversation before travelling offshore

A screening conversation must be held with all personnel due to travel to an offshore facility. Its purpose is to ensure that the traveller going offshore is familiar with the prevailing quarantine provisions, that they are sufficiently informed about the symptoms of Covid-19, and that they sufficiently informed about what to do when experiencing symptoms which could result from a Covid-19 infection.

The following people must not travel offshore

People who are ill or who have been in close contact with a person who has received a confirmation diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection:

  1. People with a confirmed diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 and who are isolating at home must not travel offshore until at least three days after they are symptom-free and at least 10 days from the start of symptoms and normal body temperature (without the use of antipyretics) for at least 24 hours. See the FHI’s advice on Termination of isolation for various patient categories (in Norwegian only). A person emerging from isolation must always contact the relevant operating company's health service to clarify when they can travel offshore.
  2. People who have been in close contact with somebody who has received a confirmed diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 less than 48 hours before the infected person experienced the first symptoms of infection, but who are themselves completely symptom-free, must not travel offshore until 10 days after such contact. “Close contact” means contact with others at a distance of less than two metres for more than 15 minutes, direct physical contact, or direct contact from secretions from other people.
  3. People who are members of the same household as a person with a confirmed diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2, but who are themselves completely symptom-free, must not travel offshore until 14 days after such contact.
  4. People with a respiratory tract infection (such as a cold, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath and/or fever) must not travel offshore before they have been symptom-free for 24 hours. This also applies to people who have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2.
    People quarantining on entering Norway:
  5. People entering Norway from an area requiring mandatory entry quarantine must remain in quarantine for 10 days after their arrival in Norway. An overview of countries and areas (regions) covered by the entry quarantine requirement is updated regularly in appendix A to the Covid-19 regulations. This means that people who have been outside Norway in the past 10 days must contact their employer/the relevant operator as soon as possible to clarify which quarantine rules apply.

Reguirement for a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 on entry into Norway - Exemptions from the entry quarantine provisions

  1. Requirement for a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 on entry into Norway. Foreigners who are not resident in Norrway and who arrive in Norway from an area where a quarantine obligation is in force must present a certificate showing a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 on entry. See section 4a of the Covid-19 regulations. Approved test methods are a PCR or a rapid antiget test. The test (the time the test is performed) must have been taken less than 72 hours before arrival in Norway. The certificate must be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French or German, and must contain the necessasry information about the result, the test method, when the test was performed, and so forth.
  2. Special exemption from entry and infection quarantine for personnel with critical societal functions. Section 6 of the Covid-19 regulations gives employers/contract principals the opportunity to exempt personnel from entry and infection quarantine if they are absolutely essential for maintaining prudent operation. This exemption applies only in working hours (leisure-time quarantine runs for 10 days) and the operator must carry out a prudent assessment before a possible exemption is given.
  3. Exemption from entry quarantine with testing. Sections 6b and 6c of the Covid-19 regulations on exemptions from entry quarantine for certain workers and contractors with frequent border crossing and for work-related travellers with testing require such personnel to be tested for SARS-CoV-2 every seventh and third day respectively. Personnel subject to such a testing regime are still required to quarantine in their leisure time, and the exemptions are not in practice workable for travel to facilities on the NCS. The applicable exemptions in sections 6b and 6c of the Covid-19 regulations are therefore not utilised for travel offshore.

Information on DaWinci - Sent to everyone due to travel offshore

If any of the following conditions apply to you, you are not allowed to travel offshore:

  1. You have a confirmed diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 and are isolating at home. You must not travel offshore until at least three days after they are symptom-free and at least 10 days from the start of symptoms and normal body temperature (without the use of antipyretics) for at least 24 hours.
  2. You must not travel offshore for at least three days after you are symptom-free and at least eight days from the start of symptoms. Always contact the relevant operating company's health service in advance to clarify whether you can travel.
  3.  You have been in close contact with a person who has received a confirmed diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2. Even if you are completely symptom-free, you must not travel offshore until 10 days have passed since such contact.
  4.  You are in the same household as a person who has received a confirmed diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2. Even if you are completely symptom-free, you must not travel offshore until 14 days have passed since such contact.
  5.  You have a respiratory tract infection (such as a cold, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath and/or fever). You must not travel offshore before you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, regardless of whether you have had a negative Covid-19 test.
  6.  If you have been outside Norway in the past 10 days, you must contact your employer/the relevant operator as soon as possible to clarify whether the quarantine rules apply to you.  

If any of these conditions apply to you, contact your immediate superior before meeting up at the heliport.

If you have any questions, contact the relevant operating company's health service before you travel to the heliport.