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Travel advice for staff and students

Travel advice valid from 09.03.20. Based on the local contingency plan, the Faculty of Dentistry has introduced travel restrictions for staff and students due to the corona outbreak.

All staff and students at the faculty are considered healthcare professionals in our current situation. It is a crucial responsibility for both management and employees to participate in this emergency work (Internal Control Regulations).
Emergency work involves measures to reduce the risk of spread to an acceptable level. The management at the faculty, therefore, asks all staff and students to take on the responsibility that we have as an institution towards each other and to our patients.

The Faculty of Dentistry has large open-plan clinic areas with many treatment units. Aerosol formation entails a risk of infection spreading because of treatment with turbines and other equipment. It is important to protect patients, staff and students and thus maintain our social responsibility. It is also crucial to shield the clinic, as it is the heart of our activity in terms of teaching and patient treatment. The advice is based on general travel advice from the Norwegian Institute of Public health and local adjustments given by the faculty's local emergency management.

We recommend that all scheduled trips abroad be postponed or cancelled, as this will result in work restrictions on returning home.

Business travels

Business trips/courses/conferences to high-risk areas and areas with widespread transmission are not allowed for faculty staff (ref: NIPH's ongoing recommendations).

Service trips/courses/conferences to undefined risk areas should only be carried out if absolutely necessary. This should be decided together with your immediate manager after the local Committee for Infectious Disease Control has advised in the matter.

For students, travels to courses/conferences and other occasions initiated by UiO are regarded as business travels and are not allowed. If you have any questions, please contact the Section for student affairs.

Private travels

The Faculty cannot find staff or student travel restrictions for private travels. The Faculty recommends following travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health that advice against travelling to areas with the widespread transmission. For expenses due to the cancellation of private travels, you must apply for your private travel insurance. Be aware the travel advice may change at short notice. If you have chosen to take a private trip in the recent future, please do the following:

  • Check carefully what your travel insurance covers, including what applies if you fall ill on your journey in relation to treatment, quarantine and returning home.
  • Risk of being infected during travel (destination, duration, and contact with other people).
  • Risk of facing travel restrictions, curfew, quarantine or other measures in the country you are travelling to.
  • What will be the consequence of a home quarantine/work restriction in Norway if you become ill or are exposed to infection? Due to the complexity of the faculty and student clinics, you may be subject to work restrictions of 14 days upon return from countries that are not listed by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as areas of widespread transmission. This may also apply if you are travelling through Norwegian airports. This is because the situation is changing rapidly.
  • How is the capacity of the health care system at your destination if you get sick? Do you get the opportunity to go home if you get sick?

Every country is free to impose measures and restrictions to try to prevent further infection, such as transport restrictions, quarantine arrangements or other measures that may have consequences for the traveller. Several countries and airports are introducing control measures, and travellers must be prepared to answer questions about their own health and have their temperature taken/be screened for fever.

Preventive advice on the journey

Good hand hygiene, with the washing of hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and lukewarm water is an important preventive measure while travelling and to limit further spread of infection. Alcohol-based hand disinfection may be an option if you are unable to wash your hands.

Avoid contact with sick persons, especially persons with respiratory symptoms.

Avoid coughing on others, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and avoid travelling if you are ill.

Students and others who are staying in areas with widespread transmission over an extended period of time must follow the advice of local health authorities and the educational institution/employer.

 

Pål Barkvoll,

Dean

Professor Dr.Odont.

 

Published Mar. 10, 2020 5:08 PM - Last modified Mar. 10, 2020 10:54 PM