Norway tightens entry measures for travelers from India, Bangladesh, Iraq, Nepal, and Pakistan

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The Norwegian government is introducing mandatory quarantine hotel stays for all travelers from Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Nepal, and Pakistan due to the infection situation in the countries.

“The infection situation in India, among other places, is very serious. To limit the risk of importing new virus variants, we are now introducing stricter entry rules for travelers from India and neighboring countries in addition to Iraq,” Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Monica Mæland (H) said.

Mandatory quarantine hotel stays are being introduced for all travelers from Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Nepal, and Pakistan, with very few exceptions.

This means that travelers who have been on necessary trips in these countries must also be quarantined in hotels.

The stricter entry measures for travelers from the countries in question will enter into force on Wednesday, April 28, at noon.

Situation in India

India has been particularly hard hit by its second coronavirus wave. Hospitals are overcrowded, there is a lack of oxygen, and the Indian Ministry of Health has reported over 2,700 corona deaths per day this week.

Many crematoria and cemeteries in India say the official corona death toll does not reflect the increase in the number of dead people they receive.

On Tuesday this week, the first shipment of medical equipment to the country arrived from the UK.

The United States, Germany, Israel, France, and Pakistan have also promised to help India, while Norway and Denmark are considering possible contributions.

“The infection situation globally indicates that there may be new changes in the entry rules quickly. The rules can be changed at short notice so that more people go to quarantine hotels,” Mæland said.

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