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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 June 2021)
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Norwegian Oil and Gas joint recommendations to offshore travellers – updated at 10 June 2021

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 who are 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 are sufficiently informed about what to do when experiencing symptoms which could result from a Covid-19 infection.

Check-in at heliport

  • Pre-departure testing for Covid-19
    Travellers offshore required to take a test for Covid-19 before departure must not arrive (check in) at the heliport until the analysis result has been received. Sufficient time for testing and analysis must be allowed before departure.
  • Arrival at the heliport
    In order to limit the number of people in the heliport at any given time, travellers offshore should arrive no more than 120 minutes before departure, and have completed check-in 60 minutes before. In the event of delays to helicopter flights, travellers offshore may be instructed to use alternative waiting areas.

Significance of vaccination in relation to exit testing

  1. Fully vaccinated are exempted from departure testing - Fully vaccinated may be exempted from testing before leaving offshore (provided that one week has elapsed after receiving the second dose).
  2. Partially vaccinated are not exempted from exit testing - Partially vaccinated (only one of two vaccine doses has been received) are considered unvaccinated with a view to testing before leaving offshore.
  3. Unvaccinated are not exempted from exit testing - Unvaccinated undergo pre-departure testing as before.
  4. Persons who have undergone Covid-19 are exempted from exit testing - Persons who have undergone Covid-19 disease are considered fully vaccinated up to six months after undergoing infection, and testing before departure can be exempted during this six-month period.

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 confirmed 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 they have had a 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 operator 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 with 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.

Significance of vaccination in relation to close contact with a person confirmed infected with SARS-CoV-2

See table below with information regarding the operators' practice for departing offshore for close contacts with infected persons (in Norwegian).

Covid-19 informasjon - Juni 2021.pdf

People quarantining on entering Norway

  1. People entering Norway from an area requiring mandatory entry quarantine must remain in quarantine for 10 days after their arrival in Norway. See section 4 of the Covid-19 regulations. Pursuant to section 4, entry and infection quarantine can be shortened if the person concerned can document a negative result during the quarantine period from a PCR test taken at the earliest seven days after arrival or seven days after their close contact. See section 4 c.  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 last 10 days must contact their employer/the relevant operator as soon as possible to clarify which quarantine rules apply.

Significance of vaccination in relation to entry quarantine

Those who have been fully vaccinated or have had Covid-19 in the last six months, and who can document this in a safe and verifiable manner, do not need to be in the entry quarantine from and including Friday 11 June at 15. The Government has announced that a system will soon be in place to be able to verify documentation of vaccination status from the EU and EEA area and the United Kingdom.

The government has introduced strict requirements for registration and testing before entry and testing at the border.

See more detailed information provided on the government’s coronavirus page

Information on DaWinci – must be 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 you are symptom-free and at least 10 days from the start of symptoms, and you have had a normal body temperature (without the use of antipyretics) for at least 24 hours. Always contact the relevant operator company's health service in advance to clarify whether you can travel.
  2.  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 (exeptions apply for vaccidated).
  3.  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 (exeptions apply for vaccinated).
  4.  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.
  5. 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, and what registration and testing must be carried out before entry and when crossing the border into Norway.

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.