Friday, May 21, 2021

Norway to Allow Non-Essential Travel From UK & EEA/Schengen Countries With Low Infection Rates

Norway has announced that travellers entering the country from the United Kingdom and EEA/Schengen Area countries with low infection rate will no longer be required to stay self-isolated at quarantine hotels. They can now complete the self-isolation period at home or another suitable location.

In contrast, those who have stayed in countries with high infection rates will continue to be subject to quarantine hotel requirements, regardless of the purpose of their trip, reports.

“We are now changing the rules for quarantine hotels. We remove the distinction between necessary and unnecessary travel when entering Norway and rather look at the infection pressure in individual countries,” Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Monica Mæland said.

In a press release issued by the Norwegian authorities, it was revealed that the following groups will be required to undergo the quarantine hotel restriction from May 27:

  • Travellers from a country outside the European Union. Quarantine can be shortened if a negative COVID-19 test result is provided on the seventh day of isolation.
  • Travellers from the UK and EEA/Schengen countries that have registered more than 150 cases per 100,000 residents. They can shorten their quarantine period if a negative test result is obtained on the seventh day of isolation. Quarantine can be completed at home or in another suitable environment.
  • Travellers from EU countries with high infection rates. Similar to the two above mentioned categories, quarantine can be shortened after the seventh day.

On the other hand, travellers from a country that has registered less than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants are not required to stay at quarantine hotels anymore. The self-isolation period should be carried out at home or in another suitable environment.

Additionally, the Minister revealed that individuals who have received the first dose of the vaccine at least three weeks ago will also be exempt from the quarantine hotel requirement.

Exceptions are also made for seafarers who have stayed in countries outside the EEA/Schengen Area and the UK.

Changes in the quarantine hotel requirement were also made for athletes participating in the Olympics or Paralympic Games. They can leave the quarantine period if a negative test result is received on the third day after their return.

On the contrary, Denmark allows quarantine-free entry to all arrivals from a country placed on the yellow list, more specifically to arrivals from Greenland, Faroe Islands, Iceland, and some regions of Finland. The United Kingdom will also be part of the list.

The Norwegian Directorate of Health and National Institute of Public Health have recently made a recommendation suggesting that entry rules should remain effective until all persons under the age of 18 receive the vaccine.

Along with the self-isolation requirement of three days even for those vaccinated, the authorities will also extend the international travel advice until the end of July.

“When we have received new professional advice, we will consider removing the entry quarantine completely for those who are protected with a vaccine or have immunity as a result of having had corona,” Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie said.

Last week, Norway revealed that the country will continue to keep in place its restrictions against all non-essential travel until May 25, with only a few exceptions that were mentioned earlier in the text.

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