Authorities in Norway urged its citizens not to travel to Afghanistan after the latter reported a high rate of COVID-19 infections.
In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is encouraging Norwegians to leave the South Asian country due to the pandemic situation, TheSchengen.com reports.
So far, Afghanistan has reported a total of 149,361 cases of COVI-19 and 6,864 deaths, based on figures published by the World Health Organization.
According to WHO data, Afghanistan reported 428 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
In order to keep the COVID-19 pandemic situation under control, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan previously required all contractors in the country to ensure that their personnel are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease.
According to the State Department, the contractor must ensure that their employees are fully vaccinated within 45 days.
“Maintaining a healthy and safe workplace is paramount, and mitigating risks to the workforce is paramount,” Michael W. Derius, the division’s senior executive director of procurement, noted in the memo.
On the other hand, the Norwegian government also announced that it has decided to tighten its measures in order to prevent an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections.
The Foreign Office confirmed that the country had provided its advice on non-essential travel to other countries, with the exception of the European Union, the Schengen area and the United Kingdom.
Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreides emphasized that such a step had been taken in line with the fourth phase of Norway’s strategy to reopen borders to travelers from the European Union/European Economic Area.
Besides, she said, the COVID-19 situation is still confusing in many other countries.
“Some countries have an increasing upward curve, and the health care system in many countries is struggling. In addition, travel restrictions in other countries make it difficult for Norwegians to travel safely. Therefore, the proportion of Norwegians who have been vaccinated is also important when we look at the Travel Council. Global.
Norway has recorded a total of 139,214 cases of COVID-19 and more than 800 deaths, so far, based on WHO figures. Besides, it has reported 476 new cases in the last 24 hours.
However, despite the current situation of the coronavirus pandemic, Norwegian citizens are no longer advised to avoid travel to the following countries: Albania, Canada, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Moldova, Japan, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Ukraine, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States.
Such a decision was made after estimating that the authorities in the above-mentioned countries were able to keep the epidemic situation under control.