Thursday, June 3, 2021

Norway Exempts Children Travelling With Their Vaccinated Parents From Quarantine Hotels Requirement

As of today, June 3, children travelling together with their parents who have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 or have recovered from the disease will not be required to stay isolated at quarantine hotels.

Following the announcement, the Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Monica Mæland said that it is only natural that children are exempt from this requirement since it would be unnecessary for the parents to stay in quarantine hotels because of their children, reports.

“If the parents have to stay in quarantine hotels, it will be natural that children they travel with also come to quarantine hotels. However, if the parents are exempt from quarantine hotels, we believe it is not necessary or proportionate that the parents have to go to quarantine hotels because of their children,” Mæland claimed.

According to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, restrictions regarding the quarantine hotels requirement prevent those who have stayed in COVID-19 highly affected areas from spreading the virus.

Even though the risk that children and young people between the ages of 12 and 18 may transmit the virus remains, the Ministry sees it as unproportionate for those travelling with their guardians to be subject to quarantine hotels.

Starting from today, children travelling alone will also be exempt from the quarantine hotels requirement.

Earlier in May, Norway abolished the quarantine hotel requirements for seafarers and persons performing essential tasks.

Norway Opens the Border Crossing Point in Neiden

The Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Emergency Preparedness revealed that the country has decided to open the Neiden border crossing point since the epidemiological situation in Lapland is stable now.

This means that all travellers from this area will no longer be required to quarantine, and no restrictions will be imposed when entering Finland via Neiden. Nonetheless, the Norwegian Police Directorate is authorised to close the border crossing point if the preconditions lapse.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have said that the health authorities continuously assess the infection situation in the countries around us, and that we will ease entry restrictions whenever possible. The situation in northern Finland is now so good that we want to open the Neiden border crossing point for traffic from Finland,” State Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Emergency Management Lars Jacob Hiim said.

Additionally, the Secretary of State said that they will keep in check all persons entering through this point, ensuring that those who need to be tested or subject to the quarantine requirement can be caught.

The border crossing point is expected to be open for traffic from Friday.

Previously, Norway decided to issue special entry quarantine requirements for professional football players. The Norwegian and Allied defence personnel were also granted an adjusted entry quarantine.

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