Norway extends advice against travel until January 15. Here are the details

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The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to uphold its global travel guidelines against non-essential travel to all countries in the Schengen area/EEA, apart from those for which an exception has been made.

The global travel guidelines will be extended until January 15, 2021. 

“The situation is still very far from normal and the levels of infection are changing rapidly. Therefore we have chosen to maintain our global travel guidelines against non-essential travel to all countries. 

We will continue to make exceptions for countries in the Schengen area/EEA where the rate of transmission is considered to be sufficiently low. 

However, the exceptions to the travel guidelines are not to be taken as encouragement to travel abroad,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide said.

Until further notice, people arriving from countries outside the Schengen area/EEA (third-country nationals) that are not covered by exemptions will still be refused entry into Norway. 

Changes for the Nordic region and Europe

The Ministry is now advising against non-essential travel to Iceland and Lithuania as well as to the regions of Keski-Suomi and Päijät Häme in Finland, and the region of Västerbotten in Sweden. 

These changes will apply from midnight on Friday, September 25.

Based on the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s (FHI) weekly assessment of the COVID-19 situation, the government has decided to change the status of these countries and regions from “yellow” to “red” on the map showing the status for quarantine on entry to Norway from Europe. 

Therefore, the Ministry’s guidelines against non-essential travel will also apply to these countries. 

Quarantine requirement

From midnight on Friday, September 25, anyone arriving in Norway from these countries and regions will be required to go into quarantine for ten days. 

The regions currently classified as “yellow” on the map will remain so until further notice.

In addition to Iceland and Lithuania, the Ministry advises against non-essential travel to the following countries and regions in the Schengen area/EEA: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, the Vatican State, and certain regions in Sweden and Finland. 

These changes will apply from midnight on Friday, September 25. 

As the infection situation and local restrictions can both change very quickly, anyone considering traveling abroad should think carefully about whether they must 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 that becomes “red” after their return must monitor their health for symptoms of COVID-19. 

They must get tested if they experience any symptoms and practice good hand hygiene and maintain a distance of at least one meter from other people, the Ministry noted.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Norway Today

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