Cetacean Sanctuary Research CSR – update on COVID-19

May 2021

Please note that all of the measures are subject to change. Measures not listed here may be implemented if this is deemed necessary. We will be starting our research season and welcoming our first project participants from 17th May.

Advice for those travelling to Italy

You can find real-time information for travelling to Italy at this link. You may also check the European Commission Re-open EU web platform containing information on borders, available means of transport and tourism services in the Member States and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

More details on Covid-19 diagnostic tests in Italian airports and all the needed documents can be found at:


If exhibiting possible symptoms, you may contact the COVID-19 hotline calling 1500 for guidance on testing and referral for medical care.  In case of emergency in Italy dial 112 or 118

Travelers are recommended to contact testing centres in advance for appointments and not expect to be able to test and receive results the day of travel. Test results may be delivered by e-mail or in hard copy provided in person; please check with the testing facility how results are communicated.

Measures taken by the Tethys Research Institute – CSR

(These may be amended depending on the evolution of the situation and advice by health authorities)

We take this situation very seriously, and the safety of our staff and project participants is our top priority.  Our researchers will take the utmost precaution to help participants having a safe, educational and enjoyable experience at the CSR.

During the current Covid-19 pandemic our priority at the Tethys Research Institute is to ensure health and safety for both participants and the staff of our research projects.


All participants to the Cetacean Sanctuary Research project must present a negative result of a PCR or antigen COVID-19 test taken within the last 72 hours when they arrive at our field base and meet our research personnel. Alternatively they can present the certification which proves that at least 14 days have passed since the last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Members of the research team and crew, who alternate on board during the field season, will be allowed to carry out a rapid antigen self-test before boarding if not yet vaccinated

(Those planning to visit Italy before joining the CSR project must keep in mind that they will have to be tested negative, once in Italy, within the 72 hours before to come on board.)

In case someone failed to take the Covid-test in the 72 hours prior to boarding, it’s possible to take an antigen test (rapid test) in a laboratory in Sanremo, the town where our research boat is moored.

Local laboratories close to the Cetacean Sanctuary Research boat mooring performing Covid-test:

FISIOMED – Corso Cavalotti, 22 – 18038 Sanremo, Italy. The reservation can be made by telephone (+39 0184 634450 – +39 366 2777317) or by WhatsApp (+39 366 2777317)

The result will be then sent to the patient via email or WhatApp within 30 minutes.

Covid TestTime for results Cost
Antigen test (rapid test)Within 1 hour50 – 60 EUR
  • The Lab above works Monday-Friday from 7am to 6pm and Saturday from 7am to 10am.
  • It is recommended to contact the testing centre in advance for appointments.
  • There are English speakers among the lab staff

Key measures that will be implemented by the CSR

The key measures that have been implemented by the CSR are listed below:

  • Only people who have completed and signed the SELF-DECLARATION FORM FOR ACCESS TO THE BOAT will be admitted on board
  • Every morning all CSR team members and participants will have their body temperature taken and logged;
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers will also be available in different points of the boat (project participants are encouraged to bring also some of their own)
  • The best and most consistent way of preventing the spread of the coronavirus—and reducing the risk of contracting it— remains washing your hands with soap and water as a first choice, and avoiding touching your face as much as possible;
  • Project participants are encouraged to bring with them enough masks (preferably reusable ones) to be covered during their stay on board.

The safety of our staff and project participants is our top priority.  Our researchers will take the utmost precaution to help our participants having a safe, educational and enjoyable experience at the CSR.

PLEASE, participants in the Cetacean Sanctuary Research should sign the declaration (download it), scan it or take a picture with a cell phone and send it to tethys@tethys.org before getting to Italy