Norway changes its corona travel advice for one hospital district in Finland

Helsinki - FinlandPhoto: Jussi Nukari / Lehtikuva via AP

Based on the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s (FHI) weekly assessment of the COVID-19 situation, the Norwegian government has decided to change the Pohjois-Savo Hospital District’s status in Finland from “yellow” to “red” on the map showing the status for quarantine on entry to Norway from Europe.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to this area. 

From midnight on Sunday, March 14, anyone arriving in Norway from this area and who satisfies the criteria for entry to the country will be required to go into quarantine for ten days. 

As a general rule, only foreign nationals who have residency in Norway will be allowed entry to the country.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is maintaining its global advice against non-essential travel to all countries apart from those for which an exception has been made. 

This travel advice currently applies until April 15, 2021. For an updated overview of countries in the Schengen area/EEA and the Nordic countries and regions that are excepted from the travel advice, see the Institute of Public Health’s map showing the status for quarantine on entry to Norway from Europe and the Ministry’s travel information.

Changes apply from March 14

The new changes will apply from midnight on Sunday, March 14. The infection situation and local restrictions can both change very quickly. 

Anyone considering traveling abroad should think carefully about whether it is necessary for them to travel, and make sure that they know what the situation is in the country they are planning to visit.

People who have returned to Norway from a country or area that becomes “red” after their return must monitor their health for symptoms of COVID-19. 

It is very important that they get tested if they experience any symptoms and practice good hand hygiene and maintain a distance of at least one meter from other people. 

As of January 1, 2021, the UK is no longer a member of the EU. Subsequently, the UK will no longer be included in the Institute of Public Health’s assessment process and will be subject to the same quarantine requirements as other countries outside the Schengen area/EEA (third countries).

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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