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Norway Refuses to Facilitate Entry Rules for Anyone, Imposes Quarantine Obligation for Finland’s Lapland

For another week in a row, the Norwegian authorities did not take any step to facilitate entry rules from any European or global country. In fact, the restrictions were only tightened for arrivals from the Lapland region of Finland, who do not hold a COVID-19 certificate.

In a press release, the Ministry of Health and Welfare Services indicated that from December 13, next Monday, travelers from Lapland will be quarantined if they fail to present a valid COVID-19 certificate.

The press release notes that “children and young people under the age of 18 are exempt from entry quarantine no matter where they come from.”

It also clarifies that entry quarantine can be terminated prematurely by travelers who submit negative results for a PCR test taken no later than three days later on arrival.

At the same time, the Ministry of Health reports that for another week in a row, the green and orange categories for countries remain empty.

While the green regions and islands category is also empty, the orange category consists of very few northern regions and two Italian archipelagos as follows:

Regions of Sweden in Dalarna, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Södermanland, Västerbotten, Regions of Finland in Kaganaland SVD, Länsi-Pohja SVD, North Karelia SVD, Satakunta SVD, Sodra Savolax SVD, Vasauland, Audra Savolax SVD , Fasauland, Audra Savolax SVD Sicily

Even the red category consists of very few EU/EEA countries compared to the dark red category. Currently, the red category includes Bulgaria, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Spain and Vatican City.

Under this category, Birkaland SVD, Central Hämeenlinna, Southwestern Finland, Helsinki and Uusimaa, Kimindalen, Central Finland, Central Ostrobothnia, Northern Savolax, Pajat Ham, Southern Ostrobothnia, Southern Karelia, as well as the following islands are also included:

Azores (Portugal) Balearic Islands (Spain) Canary Islands (Spain) Northern Aegean Islands (Greece) Southern Aegean Islands (Greece)

The remaining countries, regions, and islands are listed in dark red.

According to Norway’s entry rules, amid COVID-19, arrivals over the age of 18 from the red and dark red regions are subject to a ten-day quarantine upon arrival in the country.

“Quarantine duration can be shortened by a negative PCR test performed at least three days after arrival. Travelers who have been fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 within the past six months are exempt and can present a Corona Certificate with a QR code that can be verified by the authorities. Norwegian, from the requirement to enter quarantine,” the Institute of Public Health explains in this regard.

>> Norway introduces entry quarantine for people coming from Italy, San Marino, Malta and 2 other regions

All travelers over the age of 18, regardless of which global segment they are from, are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result prior to departure. The test must be taken within 24 hours before arriving in Norway. Travelers who can present a COVID-19 certificate with a verifiable QR code are exempt from the obligation.

At the same time, another antigen test upon arrival in Norway is mandatory for everyone, without exception.

>> Norway introduces mandatory testing requirements for all users

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