Norway changes travel advice for one hospital district in Finland

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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 status of the following hospital districts in Finland from “yellow” to “red” on the map showing the status for quarantine on entry to Norway from Europe: the Central Ostrobothnia Hospital District and the Satakunta Hospital District.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to these areas. From midnight on Sunday, May 16, 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. 

For more information about entry rules, see here. 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 May 25, 2021. The new changes will apply from midnight on Sunday, May 16. The infection situation and local restrictions can both change very quickly. 

The travel advice is advisory. It is not a ban. However, if one travels to a country against the Ministry’s advice, there may be travel insurance implications. 

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. It 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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