The UK and Cyprus are the only two countries to remain completely in the dark red category in Norway, which means that non-vaccinated arrivals from these two countries are required to quarantine in hotels upon arrival in Norway.
Updating the color classification of countries, based on different restrictions on travelers from these countries, the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services noted that the entire territory of the United Kingdom and Cyprus remains in dark red.
Part of this category are also travelers from several Greek islands, as follows:
Ionian Islands, Greece – Ithaca, Cephalonia, Corfu, Kythera, Lefkada, Paxos, Zakynthos Crete, South Aegean Greek Islands, Greece – Andros, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kea Kythnos (Kia, Kythnos, Makronisos), Kos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos Paros, Rhodes, Syros, Santorini, Tinos
French Corsica is currently part of the dark red list as well.
The reason these countries and regions are ranked in the Red List is because they have a higher number of detected COVID-19 cases, or viral variants, than the rest of the countries, which are classified in red, orange and green.
If the confirmed cases are 500 or more, or if necessary and reliable data for the assessment are missing. If there are infection control considerations, such as a particularly high incidence of infectious virus variants, the country should be classified as dark red regardless of the proportion of positive samples,” the ministry explains.
According to the Ministry of Health, unvaccinated travelers who are eligible to enter Norway, arriving in the country from dark red areas, should follow the steps listed below:
Take the test before arriving in the country, fill in the entry form, test for COVID-19 on arrival, quarantine in designated hotels in Norway
However, travelers who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the Norwegian authorities as proof of travel immunity can enter Norway without having to undergo these restrictions. The same exemption applies to those who have had COVID-19 in the past six months and can prove it.
In this week’s update of the world’s color classification, Norway moved Romania from the green category to the orange category. This means that from Monday, September 6, residents of Romania arriving in Norway will have to be tested for COVID-19 before and after arriving in the country, register, as well as quarantine in private accommodation. However, those who have been vaccinated and who have recovered from COVID-19 are exempt from this measure.
The decision was made after Romania, in the past seven days, reported 43.09 new cases per 100,000 residents. However, the same rates are much higher for Norway itself, at 159.52
Norway also banned entry to travelers from Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, North Macedonia and the United States on the recommendation of the European Union Council, following in the footsteps of other EU countries such as Italy, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and Sweden, which have already done so. Ban introduced.
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