The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against unnecessary travel to German, Liechtenstein and two regions of Southern Sweden

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) in Oslo.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) in Oslo.Photo: Audun Braastad / NTB scanpix

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Starting next Saturday, all travelers from Germany, Liechtenstein, and the Swedish regions of Kalmar and Västerbotten will be quarantined for 10 days. 

The change in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel advisory came on the basis of the National Institute of Public Health’s weekly assessment of the infection situation of the Coronavirus.

The Government has decided that these countries and regions will go from yellow to red. The travel advisory will also change accordingly. 

In Liechtenstein, there has been a significant increase in infections in recent weeks, and the country has around 31 cases of infected per 100,000 people in the past two weeks. Germany has had a rising number of infections for several weeks, and on the 23rd of August, the country failed to meet the requirement of a maximum of 20 cases of infection per 100,000 people. 

Kalmar and Västerbotten have also seen a rise in infections in recent weeks. 

Asks travelers to think carefully

The changes in the travel advisory will take effect from midnight of Saturday, August 29.

In addition to Germany and Liechtenstein, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised against unnecessary travel to Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, The Faroe Islands, France, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, The United Kingdom, Switzerland, The Czech Republic, Austria, and several regions in Sweden and Denmark.

In a press release, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have asked everyone who is considering to travel abroad to think carefully and familiarize themselves with the situation in the country they plan on traveling to.

UD: Important to be tested

They also ask people who came from countries that subsequently received the red status to pay special attention to any symptoms of the virus.

-”It is very important that they be tested if they get symptoms and are careful with hand hygiene and keeping at least one meter away from others.”, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote. 

Travel that is not necessary, to any all countries for which no exceptions have been made is still discouraged. The travel advisory is valid until the 1st of October. 

In FHI’s weekly assessment, they wrote that in Slovenia too, the infections have rapidly increased in recent weeks, and that if Slovenia exceeds the threshold value in the next few days, a new assessment will be made. 

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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