Norwegian authorities have proposed a bill extending entry restrictions for foreigners until May 2022, as the number of COVID-19 cases increases rapidly across the European Union. The current bill expects the ban to remain in effect until December 31 this year.
“The extension of the law does not necessarily mean that entry restrictions will be in place until May 2022. The government is constantly considering whether an easing can be made, and the ambition is to completely abolish entry restrictions,” said Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Emily Inger Mehl, announcing the move.
The temporary law requiring foreigners to submit to entry restrictions was first passed in July 2020, and is intended to restrict entry to foreigners when public health is at risk, TheSchengen.com reports.
The minister went on to say that Norway must be prepared if the situation worsens because vaccination rates in many countries are still relatively low. Moreover, cases of new virus variants are on the rise.
The Minister of Justice explained: “I also think it is right to submit this bill to Parliament, rather than the government having to use the powers stipulated in the Infection Control Act to re-impose entry restrictions should the situation deteriorate.”
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Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that Norway has reintroduced quarantine for non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers from countries with red, dark red, purple and grey.
According to this decision, this category of travelers is required to register before entering Norway, take a PCR test upon arrival and undergo a ten-day quarantine. Isolation time can be reduced by taking a test on the third day of quarantine.
Other countries on the dark red list include the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Bulgaria. Moreover, the red list of countries consists of Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus.
Orange and green categories, including the rest of the European Union, are not required to quarantine on arrival. However, unvaccinated and non-exempt travelers must be screened upon arrival.
However, all fully vaccinated travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 can enter Norway without quarantine requirements. In addition, holders of an EU COVID-19 digital certificate and other EUDCC equivalent documents are also exempt from quarantine restrictions.
Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that 477 positive cases of coronavirus were recorded during the last 24 hours. Furthermore, about 91.8 percent of the population in Norway has been partially vaccinated, while 87.2 percent have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.