Norway changes travel advice for specific areas in the Nordic region

Oslo Airport GardermoenPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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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 Etelä-Savo Hospital District and the Kainuu Hospital District in Finland and the Faroe Islands 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, May 30, 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. For more information about entry rules, see here.

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 July 1, 2021. 

UK status

As of May 24, the UK is once more included in the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s weekly assessment on the same basis as Schengen area/EEA countries. The UK is currently “red” on the map showing the status for quarantine on entry to Norway from Europe.

The new changes apply from midnight on Sunday, May 30. 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 where travel advice has been issued, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns.

At worst, the Foreign Service will not be able to provide consular assistance if you have problems.   

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

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