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Q and A: Covid-19 and Statsraad Lehmkuhl

Here you can find answers to common questions about Covid-19 and sailing voyages with Statsraad Lehmkul. To ensure a safe journey, the Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation has a set of infection control measures. A C19-outbreak on board a ship may have consequences for everyone on board, especially in terms of delays.

When Statsraad Lehmkuhl cast off from Norway 20 August 2021, she begun a 20-month-long circumnavigation of the globe: The One Ocean Expedition. When the ship returns to Bergen, Norway in April 2023, she will have sailed 55 thousand nautical miles and visited 36 different ​​ports across the globe. Despite all the challenges connected to the Covid 19 pandemic, the expedition has been a great success. With a few minor adjustments, the ship has arrived and left the different ports according to plan.

Q: What are your vaccine requirements for the 2022-voyages, which are part of The One Ocean Expediton circumnavigation?

A: For the 4 remaining One Ocean-voyages in 2022, it is an absolute requirement that everyone on board is fully vaccinated with 3 doses against Covid-19: 2 doses + “booster dose”. A vaccine certificate must be presented documenting full vaccination. During The One Ocean Expedition, the ship is sailing in many different parts of the world. C19 is a decreasing problem in Northern Europe, but unfortunately, that is not the case in many other far countries. The requirement for full vaccination with 3 doses for everyone on board, including Lehmkuhl’s permanent crew, helps us  getting port clearances and is a great help in our cooperation with local authorities in the different countries. The voyages affected by our 3 doses-requirement are Palau – Yokohama, Singapore-Jakarta, Jakarta-Mauritius and Mauritius-Maputo. These voyages all take place during the summer and autumn of 2022. No exceptions will be granted for the requirement of 2 doses + “booster dose” for the 2022-voyages.

On the last legs of the circumnavigation, from January to April 2023, the ship has been leased in full to our One Ocean Expedition partners. These tours are therefore not open for ordinary ticket sale.

Q: What vaccine requirements do you have for the voyages that will take place in 2023?
A: In the spring and summer of 2023, Statsraad Lehmkuhl will sail in Norway and Northern Europe. Here, C19 is a decreasing problem due to good vaccine coverage. We expect that the challenges associated with the pandemic will decrease further before the sailing season 2023 in this part of the world. Our requirements for vaccination for the 2023-voyages are therefore somewhat different than for the voyages in 2022. For those over the age of 18, the requirements are still 3 doses, but for those under the age of 18 we require only 2 doses.

  • Anyone over the age of 18, who join a voyage in 2023, must be fully vaccinated with 3 doses against C19, i.e. 2 doses + “booster dose”. You must present a vaccine certificate documenting this.
  • Anyone under the age of 18, who join a voyage in 2023, must be basic vaccinated with at least 2 doses against C19. You must present a vaccine certificate documenting this.

 

Q: I don’t want to, or I cannot, have the vaccines. Can I waive the vaccine requirement?

A: No, everyone must be fully/basic vaccinated. That is an absolute requirement. No exceptions will be granted.

 

Q: I have been vaccinated abroad with different vaccines than the ones used in Norway. Can I travel?

A: Yes, you can. The vaccines must be approved in the country where you have been vaccinated. Documentation must be presented when boarding.

 

Q: What kind of C19-test do you require, and when should I take it?

A: As of today, we do not require a PCR/LAMP test before boarding. This may change at short notice if the infection conditions change.

Everyone will be tested with an antigen rapid test on the quay before boarding. The rapid test is performed by ship’s personnel. If the test is positive, the ship´s medical doctor will decide further handling. We have a PCR device on board. The device has limited capacity and is only intended for special cases. In case of a positive rapid test result, the doctor will be able to offer a PCR test for a fee of NOK 1000,-.  If you are infected with Covid, you cannot participate in the voyage.

Lehmkuhl’s own professional crew (approx. 25) are all fully vaccinated against C19, and are also tested before boarding.

Please note that different countries have different requirements for C19 tests upon entry, and that they can change in short notice. We try to keep you updated, but please note it is each traveller´s personal responsibility to stay informed about the entry- and test demands in each country. Please also note that the different airlines companies may have their own requirements for C19 testing, often called “Fit to fly”. These may include a PCR test. PCR tests will normally be offered at airports and similar travel hubs or local health centers. 

 

Q: I have been fully vaccinated and / or have undergone a C19 infection less than 6 months ago. Do I still have to take the rapid test before boarding?

A: Yes, you do. You can be infected, even given these circumstances.  

 

Q: I recently underwent a C19 infection. I’m fully vaccinated. Can I risk getting a positive result on the rapid C19 test, even if I am no longer ill?

A: Yes, you may risk a positive result on a rapid test in a period of time, after an infection.

We reccomend everyon who gets corona during the time leading up to departure to make sure that the positive test result is registered in your vaccine pass. A recent C19-infection may give a positive response to C19 tests, even some time after the infection is over.

 

Q: If I, despite being fully vaccinated, become infected a few days before the voyage, can I still come on board? If not, will I get a refund?

A: If you are infected with C19, you will not, under any circumstances, get a permission to come on board.

 

Q: If I can´t join the voyage due to illness, i.e. Covid 19, will you refund my ticket? 

If you are prevented from traveling due to illness, including C19, a claim for reimbursement must be made to your travel insurance company.  In our experience, voyage crew who can state a valid cause, such as health / illness, including C19, do not experience difficulties in terms of refund from the insurance companies. The Lehmkuhl Foundation do not give refunds in these cases.

If the Foundation cancels the voyage due to Covid-19 or any other extraordinary circumstances, the voyage ticket(s) will be refunded by us. Please note that we do not provide refunds for other travel expenses, i.e. airline tickets, hotels, etc.. 

Please make sure that you have a solid travel insurance that covers the requirements of local authorities, including C19-cases, as well as the costs of any planned activities and trips on land. We recommend that you contact your insurance company to make sure that you are well covered.

 

Q: Can I cancel my sailing and get a refund, if I have to quarantine when arriving? 

A: No, that is a risk known to you at the time of booking, and it is outside our area of responsibility.

 

Q: What happens if there is a C19 case on board out at sea?

A: In case of a C19-case on board during a voyage, everyone must to stay on board until local authorities have decided on further handling. There will be a medical doctor or a nurse joining every voyage. There is a PCR-machine on board that will be used if someone gets symptoms. The ship has a well-equipped small hospital and medical readiness according to international standards. People with C19 symptoms will be isolated there. Beds and bathrooms are available.

 

Q: How can I stay up to date on any changes and other information?

A: We send all information to the email address you gave when booking. You can also find updated information on our websites: https://oneoceanexpedition.com/ and https://lehmkuhl.no/

 

Q: Where exactly will I find the ship in the port?

A: The exact port location is normally not available until just a few days before the start of the voyage. We will share this information as soon as it is presented from the local port authorities.

 

Q: I have changed my mind and do not want to make this trip after all. Will you refund my ticket?

A: If you want to cancel your ticket due to a change of heart, please see our Travel Terms for details.

 

Q: I still have questions. How can I contact you? 

E-mail: lehmkuhl@lehmkuhl.no

Phone: +47 55 30 17 00

Useful links

Film about One Ocean Expedition

Follow the ship on One Ocean’s website

Statsraad Lehmkuhl on Facebook

Statsraad Lehmkuhl on YouTube

Statsraad Lehmkuhl website 

Welcome on board!

The Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation

Updated 13.06.22

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