Norway’s Health Directorate wants the government to extend entry ban until end of February

Oslo airport - GardermoenPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB

The Norwegian Directorate of Health recommends extending the current entry restrictions until the end of February. The goal is to delay new virus variants from entering the country.

The Directorate initially recommends extending the current rules until the end of the month. 

By that time, they hope to put in place the necessary systems that reduce infection risk.

Before the Directorate can recommend easing entry restrictions, it must know more about how the new coronavirus variants spread in the population, both in Norway and abroad, the Directorate stated in its response to the Ministry of Health.

“No relief should be made until one can, to a greater extent, ensure that people arriving (to Norway) carry out the quarantine in a suitable place, without close contact with others,” the Directorate notes.

Fighting the new variants

The Directorate pointed out that the new and more contagious virus variants probably circulate in all countries. 

In Norway, the spread of infection has actually slowed down in recent weeks.

“In Norway, we have made a significant effort to reduce the outbreaks of variants that have been identified… We must delay the new varieties from gaining a foothold in the country as long as possible.”

Since January 29, entry to Norway has only been permitted for persons traveling for so-called necessary purposes.

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