Norway foreign ministry confirms quarantine reinstated to UK, Ireland arrivals

Norway foreign ministry confirms quarantine reinstated to UK, Ireland arrivals
Shoppers wearing face masks in Dublin. Photo: AFP
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that it would follow health authority advice and make four more countries, including Ireland and the UK, ‘red’ on its guidelines for travel abroad.

Austria and Greece, as well as the Capital region in Denmark which includes Copenhagen, are also to be made ‘red’ as expected.

All travellers arriving in Norway from these countries and areas from August 22nd will be required to spend 10 days in quarantine.

In Norway, 'home quarantine' including for people arriving from 'red' countries means that person is asked to stay home from school or work, not have visitors, not use public transport and only visit shops or pharmacies if strictly necessary or not at all if it is not possible to maintain social distance. You may have normal contact with people you live with who are not in quarantine. You are also allowed to go outside for a walk if you maintain a one-metre distance from others at all times.

If you later suspect you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must isolate yourself completely and get tested for the virus. More details can be found on the health authority website.

Sweden’s Norrbotten area changes from ‘red’ to ‘yellow’, meaning it is no longer encompassed by the quarantine rule.

The Norwegian Institute for Public Health (NIPH) regularly updates its list of EEA and Schengen area countries which meet and do not meet the country's criteria for safe travel (the rate of new coronavirus infections must be less than 20 cases per 100,000 people).

NIPH makes recommendations to the foreign ministry based on this list.

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