Health and Safety Protocol

 

We have implemented a rigorous system of safety protocols to help ensure the health of our passengers, staff, and crew during all voyages.

These carefully designed protocols are continuously updated based on the latest scientific information. Their purpose is not only to prevent an onboard infection or outbreak but to respond rapidly and effectively if one occurs.

The details below represent only a summary of these safety protocols. We will share a detailed overview with passengers before and during each voyage.


PRE-BOARDING PROTOCOLS

Documentation required to embark
Before passengers may embark, they are required to show the following documentation:

  • Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination with the final shot taken at least 14 days before boarding
  • Pre-travel self-declaration of health status (up to 14 days prior to trip)
  • For North Norway trips only; certificate of negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test carried out by a recognized test center (printed in English, taken within 24 hours) presented upon boarding. It is the responsibility of each passenger to get tested at their chosen test center and at their own cost prior to boarding. 
  • For Antarctica trips only; the immigration regulations for Argentina require extended COVID-19 health insurance, a health declaration, and a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to entering the country. It is the responsibility of each passenger to obtain and comply with the latest immigration regulations set by the Argentinean authorities.

After documentation is confirmed
Upon receipt of above documentation, we will follow these protocols during embarkation:

  • temperature screening 
  • use of facemasks 
  • physical distancing (1.5 meters / six feet) 
  • luggage sanitization
     

 

 

ONBOARD PROTOCOLS

Required onboard practices
While on the vessel, all passengers and Oceanwide staff will follow the suggested best practices for communicable disease prevention:

  • Avoid shaking hands or touching face
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or inside of elbow 
  • Wash or sanitize hands thoroughly and regularly
  • Maintain required distance when in public areas
  • Wear recommended face masks in public areas, especially when distancing is difficult 
  • Follow updated advice from the World Health Organization and local authorities 

Vessel and staff updates
In addition to the above protocols, updates to our vessels and enhancements to our staff practices will further protect passengers on board:

  • Upgraded heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems that enable fresh air intake and UV-based air filtration technology
  • Thermal cameras for continuous automated temperature screening 
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation products and procedures 
  • Disinfection with dispersion technology
  • Outbreak prevention and response plan
  • Vaccination of all staff and crew
  • Thorough staff and crew training in safety protocols
  • Medical doctor on all motor vessels
  • Dedicated isolation cabins with independent ventilation
  • Testing if required by local protocols or in case of suspected symptoms

Plan for suspected infection
If we have reason to believe there is an enhanced risk of infection on board, we will adopt a more stringent series of protocols:

  • Passengers divided into groups to maximize and maintain physical distancing
  • Mandatory face masks where physical distancing is not an option 
  • Additional temperature screening
  • Additional measures in onboard “hotspots” (restaurant, bar, observation lounge, etc.) including but not limited to assigned or reduced seating and removal of self-service options 

Plan for confirmed outbreak
In the event that we confirm an outbreak has occurred on board, we may assume the following protocols:

  • Limited onboard services
  • Discontinued Zodiac trips
  • Isolation and quarantine 
  • Return to home port
  • Disembarking passengers
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