Norway adds Danish southern region to coronavirus quarantine list

Norway adds Danish southern region to coronavirus quarantine list
Covid-19 testing in Odense on September 3rd. Photo: Tim Kildeborg Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix
From Saturday, those travelling to Norway from the Region of Southern Denmark, will have to quarantine for ten days, according to a press release from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The quarantine requirement was recommended by the Norwegian health authorities after the Region of Southern Denmark received an incidence figure higher than 20. 

This means that there are more than 20 infected per 100,000 inhabitants in the region and so the region goes from being yellow' on the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel guide to being 'red'. 

The requirement of the ten quarantine days also applies if you travel through another region. In that case, the days spent in a quarantine-free region will be deducted from the total number of days quarantined when traveling into Norway. 

In line with the quarantine requirement, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs now advises against all unnecessary travel to the Region of Southern Denmark.  

Norway lifted travel restrictions with most EEA and Schengen area countries on July 15th, but rising infections in Europe have resulted in a gradual re-tightening of guidelines and rules.

NIPH regularly updates its list of EEA and Schengen area countries which meet and do not meet the country's criteria of less than 20 new coronavirus infections per 100,000 people for the last two weeks. Health authorities base their recommendations on figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the EU agency monitoring the data.

Once a country exceeds the threshold NIPH recommends it becomes ‘red', meaning the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against travel that is not strictly necessary to that country, and self-quarantine is required for travellers returning or arriving from it. 

For fellow Nordic countries, Norway's health authorities judge on a regional basis.

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The stricter travel guide in Norway also applies to travel from Slovakia and Hungary. Swedish regions Jämtland and Örebro have also been added to the ‘red’ list, as has Finnish region Kainuu, the first restriction so far to be applied by Norway to Finland.

The change will take effect from midnight on the night of Saturday, September 12th.  

Two other Danish regions – Central Jutland and Greater Copenhagen (Hovedstaden) – are already on the Norwegian ‘red’ travel list. Another region, Zealand, was previously ‘red’ but downgraded last week to ‘yellow’, meaning quarantine is not required.

Denmark announced new restrictions in Greater Copenhagen and third city Odense on Monday as the country reacts to a recent rise in new Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations with the virus.

Odense is located within the Southern Denmark administrative Region.

READ ALSO: Denmark announces new restrictions as coronavirus cases increase


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