One month after starting to ease entry rules, the Norwegian authorities announced that entry restrictions would resume and be extended until further notice. This means that quarantine will be resumed in high-risk countries (red, dark red, purple and grey) due to the rise in positive COVID-19 cases.
According to a press release from the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Welfare Services, TISK or testing, isolation, infection detection and quarantine will continue to be applied in the country, despite it was previously announced that the country had entered the phase of reopening Schengen Visa Info. com reports.
“We will not embark on the second phase of phasing out entry procedures, but we will keep the measures we have in place now until further notice,” Health Minister Ingefield Kirkul said.
Following this decision, non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers from countries with red, dark red, gray and purple colours, are required to:
Register and take a PCR test upon reaching the ten-day quarantine after entering the country
However, the quarantine time can be shortened by taking a test no later than the third day of isolation. Compared to previous entry restrictions, travelers can take a test to end isolation only after the seventh day of the quarantine period.
At present, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Bulgaria are placed on the dark red list. On the other hand, Red List countries include:
Ireland Belgium Luxembourg Netherlands Germany Poland Austria Slovakia Hungary Croatia Bulgaria Greece Cyprus Norrbotten, Westmanland and Stockholm Swedish regions Finnish regions Nora Osterbottens, Nora Savolax, Milersta Osterbottens, Sid Osterbottens, Milersta Vinlands, Birkalands, Paijat Hamm, Engelsinga Finklands, and Hellesings.
The orange and green countries, which include the remaining countries in the European Union, do not have to quarantine on arrival.
Furthermore, children under the age of 18 are not required to quarantine on arrival, regardless of their country of origin, but the obligation to undergo testing on arrival remains in place.
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The minister also noted that infection rates are rising in many countries as well as locally, which means this is not the time to move forward with the full reopening of borders.
We also see that infection rates are increasing locally to some extent, so we don’t want to provide more relief now, but assess the situation on an ongoing basis. “We are paying special attention to hospital admissions and the situation in the health and care service,” Minister Kjerkul said.
Depending on the local situation, the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the National Institute of Public Health are still discussing the possibility of introducing measures in collaboration with municipalities and hospitals and based on the incidence of outbreaks.
According to the World Health Organization, 477 positive cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Norway in the past 24 hours. About 91.8 percent of Norwegians have received their first dose of the vaccine, while 87.2 percent of the country’s adult population has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.