The Norwegian Ministry of Health and Welfare Services announced that from Monday 4 October, all non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers arriving in the country from Slovakia and three regions of Finland will be required to follow quarantine rules due to their placement on the red list.
The three regions in Finland to which quarantine rules will be applied are as follows:
Norra Savolax SVD Päijät-Häme SVD Satakunta SVD
However, it has been emphasized that those who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the disease, as well as children under the age of 18, are exempt from the self-isolation measure, regardless of which country they are traveling from, TheSchengen.com reports.
“Quarantine on entry applies only to travelers from countries of red, dark red, purple and grey. Children and young people under the age of 18 are exempt from entry quarantine no matter where they come from.”
In addition, it has been observed that all people who are required to follow the rules of self-isolation can end their isolation early if they submit a negative test result, which was taken at least three days before their arrival.
With the exception of Slovakia and regions of Finland newly included in Norway’s list of countries severely affected by COVID-19, the list already includes the following:
Red List: Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Ireland, Cyprus, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Romania, Austria Dark Red List: Estonia, Lithuania, Slovenia, United Kingdom
In contrast, travelers entering Norway from one of the countries on Norway’s green or orange list do not need to follow quarantine requirements, regardless of their vaccination status.
The list of countries exempted from the rules include Poland, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Hungary and the Vatican State.
Entry restrictions for arrivals from the northern regions remained unchanged from last week. Quarantine for entry has been lifted from Sweden’s regions of Dalarna, Bleking, Gävleburg, Gotland, Halland, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Södermanland, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorland and Ostermann.
Travelers from Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and New Zealand, which are part of the purple category, are also exempted from the obligation to remain self-isolated.
Earlier today, TheSchengen.com reported that Norwegian authorities have decided to end COVID-19 travel advice for all countries. This means that citizens of Norway are no longer discouraged from traveling to other countries as long as they meet entry restrictions and destination country requirements.