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Norway Introduces Quarantine for Unvaccinated Arrivals From Austria, Bulgaria & Slovenia

The Norwegian government has decided to change entry restrictions for all people coming from Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Liechtenstein since the four countries were moved from the green list to the orange list.

As such, according to a joint press release from the Norwegian Ministry of Health and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, since August 16, people entering Norway from one of the above countries are subject to several entry rules, reports.

In line with the new rules, all unvaccinated and non-exempt travelers arriving in Norway from Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Liechtenstein or any other country already on Norway’s Orange List must present a negative test certificate prior to entry, fill out an entry form and take another test on Borders and quarantine.

However, it has been emphasized that travelers who have been fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines recognized for travel in Norway and those who have recovered from COVID-19 are exempt from all entry restrictions, regardless of which country they are traveling from.

Norway currently recognizes as valid evidence of immunity only vaccines that have been approved for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). This means that all people who have taken the required doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson or Moderna vaccine are considered fully immunized in Norway.

Through the same press release, it was announced that since August 16, the Netherlands is no longer included in Norway’s dark red list. The country has been moved to the Red List. Consequently, Dutch travelers are no longer required to complete a period of self-isolation in quarantine hotels.

The entry requirement for Dutch travelers still applies. However, they can now self-isolate in private accommodations.

Regarding third countries, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to countries outside the European Economic Area/Schengen Area and the United Kingdom.

Recently, Norway reintroduced entry bans on travelers from Kosovo, Ukraine and North Macedonia as countries have recorded high infection rates. Before the entry ban came into effect, certain categories of these countries were allowed to enter Norway as long as they provided proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from the virus.

Previously, Norwegian authorities announced that COVID-19 passports issued by the National Health Service in England and Wales will be recognized as valid proof of immunity to COVID-19.

This means that all people coming from the two countries will be allowed unrestricted entry into Norway provided they are vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine.

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