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For­eign deploy­ment in times of the COVID 19 pandemic

Even in these dif­fi­cult times, we are of course on the road for our cus­tomers at home and abroad. Depend­ing on the des­ti­na­tion, this requires good plan­ning and com­pli­ance with var­i­ous require­ments. How­ev­er, the health of our employ­ees is always our top pri­or­i­ty dur­ing these assign­ments. In this arti­cle, we report on a for­eign assign­ment in Croa­t­ia as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of our busi­ness trips.

Before the trip start­ed, some orga­ni­za­tion­al points were clar­i­fied the week before. The doc­u­ments required for entry includ­ed the A1 cer­tifi­cate on social secu­ri­ty leg­is­la­tion, a trav­el noti­fi­ca­tion for entry into the Repub­lic of Croa­t­ia and a cer­tifi­cate issued by QA on the absolute neces­si­ty of a busi­ness trip. Fur­ther­more, proof of a neg­a­tive test for infec­tion with the coro­n­avirus must be car­ried when enter­ing Croa­t­ia and re-enter­ing Ger­many. In coop­er­a­tion with the cus­tomer in Croa­t­ia, an appoint­ment for an on-site PRC test was already orga­nized before the start of the trip.

With the QA com­pa­ny car and equipped with a sup­ply of FFP2 masks, we set off from Stol­berg in the direc­tion of south­ern Ger­many. First stopover: Frank­furt am Main. Here a PRC express test was car­ried out. Thanks to good orga­ni­za­tion on site and pri­or book­ing of an appoint­ment, the test was com­plet­ed in the short­est pos­si­ble time and the jour­ney could be con­tin­ued quick­ly. The test result arrived by email after only about 30 min­utes. The des­ti­na­tion for the first day was the city of Pas­sau in Bavaria. Due to the long total dis­tance of 1200km, a stopover was nec­es­sary. We delib­er­ate­ly decid­ed against an overnight stay in Aus­tria, as this would have result­ed in a 10-day quar­an­tine obligation.

Equipped with vignettes for Aus­tria and Slove­nia, we con­tin­ued the next day to the vicin­i­ty of the Croa­t­ian cap­i­tal Zagreb. On arrival at the customer’s site, work on the plant was start­ed imme­di­ate­ly and con­tin­ued suc­cess­ful­ly over the next few days.

In order to have a proof of a neg­a­tive PRC-Coro­na test for the return jour­ney to Ger­many, this was already car­ried out one day before depar­ture at the Uni­ver­si­ty Hos­pi­tal for Infec­tious Dis­eases in Zagreb. Our employ­ee was accom­pa­nied by the cus­tomer, as he is famil­iar with the local con­di­tions and orga­ni­za­tion­al struc­tures. The results were avail­able in time for the depar­ture and so we returned to Stol­berg with an overnight stay in Germany.

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