The Norwegian government now advises against travel that is not strictly necessary to the Swedish regions Blekinge and Södermanland, as well as the Finnish region Uusimaa (Uusimaa).
These regions’ status has been changed from “yellow” to “red” on Norway’s infection map for Europe.
The new travel guidelines will take effect at midnight on Saturday, October 3.
Those who come to Norway from “red” areas will have to go into quarantine for ten days.
Within Europe, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs already advises against travel that is not strictly necessary to a number of countries, in addition to several regions in Sweden and Finland.
Criteria for evaluating transmission
According to Norway’s National Institute of Public Health (FHI), the requirements for entry quarantine do not apply for travellers from countries in the EU/EEA/Schengen area with fewer than 20 confirmed cases per 100 000 inhabitants during the last two weeks (evaluated on a national level), and fewer than 5% positive tests on average per week over the last two weeks.
Additionally, there is a comprehensive assessment of the countries, based on trends in infection rate and other relevant information.
Assessments are made on a regional level when it is possible for health authorities to make assessments based on evaluations of the infection burden in each region.
Currently, that only applies to the Nordic countries.
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