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Norway Scraps Quarantine Requirement for All Travellers

Norwegian authorities have announced that the country will end the mandatory quarantine requirement that currently applies to unvaccinated travelers arriving in the country as well as to close contacts with infected people.

The Norwegian Ministry of Health stated that “on the recommendation of the National Institute of Public Health, the government has canceled the requirement to enter quarantine as it is no longer necessary for infection control”.

According to a press release from Norway’s Ministry of Health, the decision to end the quarantine requirement was made because the country believes this measure is no longer necessary to control the spread of the virus, reports.

The Norwegian National Institute of Public Health has indicated that travelers without a vaccination certificate make up only 7 percent of the total number of people entering the country. Meanwhile, 4 percent of them were cases of infection.

Therefore, as the quarantine rule is currently of little importance when it comes to stopping the spread of the virus, starting tomorrow January 26, all unvaccinated and non-recovered travelers will be allowed to enter Norway without having to follow the quarantine requirements.

“I agree with the FHI that the proportion of infected travelers without a corona certificate is very small in relation to the case of infection that we have in Norway now, and it is time to change the requirement to enter quarantine,” Minister of Health and Welfare Services Engfield Kirkul said, in support of the new decision.

However, it has been emphasized that travelers who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus are still required to undergo pre-entry testing.

In contrast, travelers who have received all required doses of the vaccine, as well as those who have recovered from COVID-19, are not required to follow any additional entry rules.

In addition, the abolition of the quarantine requirement applies to close contacts of infected persons as well. This means that all people who have been in close contact with an infected person will not be required to follow the rule of self-isolation provided they undergo daily tests.

“From January 26, it will be possible to replace the quarantine of family members and similar relatives with the daily examination,” Kjerkol added.

Although the quarantine requirement will soon be officially rescinded, the authorities have confirmed that they can introduce self-isolation rules again if the COVID-19 situation worsens or if a new variant begins to spread.

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