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Norway Facilitates National COVID-19 Measures, but Not Entry Restrictions

The Norwegian authorities have announced that the country will ease some national restrictions from tomorrow, January 15.

The decision to relax nationwide rules comes because cases of infection are now less serious, reports.

Bearing in mind that fewer people are being hospitalized despite the increase in infections as well as high vaccination rates, the Norwegian authorities believe it is time to gradually start relaxing measures.

“We are now in a new phase of the pandemic. We know that Omicron causes less severe disease and the likelihood of hospitalization is reduced,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoer said, supporting the easing of measures.

Under the new rules, kindergartens and primary schools no longer limit the number of children in the same space. Moreover, children and youth can now do outdoor activities without being subjected to any restrictions.

Adults can also exercise outdoors as usual as well as socialize with others if needed.

Additionally, it was revealed that in line with the new rules, adults will be able to stay in restaurants and other drinking places until 11pm, and quarantine rules will be relaxed.

“At the same time, we are relaxing quarantine rules and asking municipalities to prioritize resources where the spread of infection is greatest,” Store added.

This means that the responsible authorities in each municipality will be able to decide on the new rules and tighten the existing ones if necessary.

Regarding the entry of foreign nationals and returning travelers, the authorities announced that everyone will remain subject to entry rules.

All those entering Norway must have their entry into the country prior to their trip. In addition, everyone is required to take the test upon arrival in Norway.

Apart from the above requirements, Norway requires those entering the country to provide valid proof of vaccination or a certificate of recovery. Those who do not hold either document should also be tested before leaving Norway.

In contrast, travelers and returnees from areas that have to adhere to the quarantine and those who do not hold vaccination or recovery certificates must enter into self-isolation.

“Travelers from red and dark red countries and regions, as well as countries and regions outside the European Economic Area, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, will, as a rule, be in travel quarantine for ten days from the day they arrive in Norway,” the authorities’ statement reads.

However, the quarantine period can be terminated prematurely if a negative test result is submitted on the third day of self-isolation.

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