Norway changes travel advice for some hospital districts 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 Kainuu Hospital District and the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District 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 these areas.

From midnight on Sunday, April 25, anyone arriving in Norway from these areas 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 FHI has recommended removing the quarantine requirement for travelers from the North Karelia Hospital District and the Pohjois-Savo Hospital District in Finland.

Therefore, these areas will be excepted from the Ministry’s global travel advice and will change from “red” to “yellow” on the map showing the status for quarantine on entry to Norway from Europe.

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 15, 2021.

New changes

The new changes will apply from midnight on Sunday, April 25. The infection situation and local restrictions can both change very quickly. The travel advice is advisory. It is not a ban.

“However, if you travel to a country against the Ministry’s advice, there may be implications for your travel insurance. You should also be aware that the Foreign Service’s capacity to provide consular assistance may be limited in countries for which travel advice has been issued. At worst, the Foreign Service will not be able to provide consular assistance if you have problems,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs notes.

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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