Compulsory 14-day quarantine for all O&G workers before signing on

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, Aug 24: All Malaysian and foreign oil and gas (O&G) workers are required to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at the Offshore Transit Centre (OTC) before they sign on to offshore platforms, effective today.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said among the documents of submission required for the O&G workers are negative Covid-19 rt-PCR test results and digital certificates of completed vaccination.

Others include their flight itinerary, a copy of identity card or passport, letter of invitation, letter of undertaking, work permit and police permit.

“For those signing off from a Sarawak water rig/vessel, they are required to have a negative rt-PCR test result or quarantine at the OTC until the result is negative.

“For those signing off from outside a Sarawak water rig/vessel, they are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at the designated quarantine centre or OTC subject to the company’s arrangement.

“Other requirements for the said group include having a negative rt-PCR test result and completed full vaccination,” the committee said in the EnterSarawak Guidelines document updated on Aug 24, 2021.

The statement also noted that oil and gas company/agents are to cover the cost of quarantine and rt-PCR tests. — DayakDaily