Sweden to introduce entry ban for travelers from Norway

Mikael DambergPhoto: Henrik Montgomery / TT / NTB

Sweden will soon introduce an entry ban for travelers from Norway as a result of the new virus mutation, Minister of the Interior Mikael Damberg stated.

The entry ban will apply from midnight on Monday night until February 14, Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Saturday night.

The Swedish authorities have not yet confirmed the information, newspaper Aftonbladet writes.

“It is like that in many countries in Europe now. Norway has been among the most strict (countries) all along. We can’t complain now that the Swedes say that they do not want the mutated virus,” Solberg said.

Damberg informed the Swedish news agency TT that the government is preparing to introduce an entry ban for travelers from Norway. The goal is to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.

“The decision will be made shortly,” Damberg said via his press secretary.

The reason for the entry ban is the outbreak of the new virus mutation in the Oslo region. It is currently unclear which exceptions will apply to the ban.

Earlier on Saturday, the Public Health Authority (FHM) asked everyone who enters Sweden from Norway or who has recently been in Norway to take a corona test and isolate themselves at home for at least seven days.

Compared to Denmark

“We now have basically the same situation in Norway as we have in Denmark and the United Kingdom,” Sweden’s state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell warned.

For the time being, the FHM is asking everyone who has visited Norway in the last two weeks to test themselves as soon as possible after arrival in Sweden and again five days after arrival.

To date, 55 cases of this corona variant have been detected in Sweden, most of them in connection to people who have been abroad.

“When we have taken samples in society, we have so far not seen the British virus mutation, even though we have not taken many samples. It is not at all impossible that there are more cases out there,” Tegnell said.

In Norway, the government decided on Saturday to tighten the quarantine rules. 

The requirement for a negative corona test on arrival has been tightened from 72 hours before arrival to 24 hours.

Source: #Norway Today, #NorwayTodayNews

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