Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Norway Removes Quarantine Hotel Requirement for Seafarers & Persons Performing Special Social Functions

Based on the Norwegian Directorate of Health and Institute of Public Health recommendations, from May 21, the Danish Government has exempted seafarers and persons carrying out essential tasks in Norway from the requirement of quarantine hotels.

More specifically, seafarers who come to Norway for the purpose of working on ships are no longer obliged to stay self-isolated at quarantine hotels when returning to Norway after a stay outside the European Economic Area (EEA), Schengen Area or the United Kingdom.

Exceptions from quarantine hotels requirements also apply to all persons performing essential social tasks in Norway, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

In a press release issued by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, it was noted that persons who already are in quarantine hotels have become subject to the new rules since May 21. For this group of people, the changes mean that they can use the quarantine hotel rules similar to the way they did before the restrictions were tightened back on May 9.

Seafarers who are to come together in ships in Norway will be allowed to undergo their self-isolation on board. Whereas, persons who carry out important social duties in Norway can undergo self-isolation in their own homes or at another designated place, which has been approved by the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority.

“Seafarers and people who will perform critical societal functions in Norway are important to keep the wheels in motion. This change will make it easier to carry out necessary crew changes in Norway and help to maintain socially critical operations such as supply of goods and production on the Norwegian shelf,” the Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø said.

However, the Ministry highlighted that the changes do not include seafarers who have been on an essential business trip outside the EEA, Schengen Area, or the UK. This means that this group of people is still obliged to stay at quarantine hotels when arriving in Norway.

The Norwegian Government has decided to extend the travel advice against international travel for its citizens until July 1, after many countries all over the world continue to deal with high COVID-19 infection cases.

In order to help combat the Coronavirus pandemic, the Prime Minister of Norway announced last week that the country plans to donate around five million vaccine doses to countries in need.

“It is now that we must act to ensure that the world is better prepared to handle future health crises,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg said.

Previously, Norway announced that arrivals from EEA, Schengen Area, and the UK would be permitted entry to the country without being subject to quarantine restrictions, provided that the countries have low COVID-19 infection rates.

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