Norway fines five foreigners for breaking coronavirus quarantine rules

Norway fines five foreigners for breaking coronavirus quarantine rules
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Three British workers in Norway are among those who risk being deported from the country after breaking quarantine requirements related to Covid-19.

A number of people have been fined in Norway’s Sør-Vest (Southwest) police district for breaking quarantine rules after entering Norway, national broadcaster NRK reports.

In addition to breaking quarantine, a 19-year-old is to be deported in addition to paying a fine of 20,000 kroner for selling drugs in the Haugesund area.

The man arrived in Norway from the United Kingdom on November 5th.

“The man did not comply with mandatory quarantine and has been staying with several different people since he came to Norway. The person in question has been given a penalty of 20,000 kroner for breaching quarantine and has accepted the penalty,” prosecutor Tonje Leirgulen Ravndal said in a statement reported by NRK.

Three other foreign nationals were observed by police leaving a taxi at an accommodation facility owned by oil company Kværner on the island of Stord. A number of foreign workers are observing quarantine at the location before beginning their work rotations, according to the report.

The three men, also from the UK, broke quarantine by taking the taxi.

“Investigation revealed these three broke quarantine rules and they have now each been given a penalty of 20,000 kroner,” the prosecutor Sidsel Tunestveit told NRK. Immigration authorities are now considering whether to deport the men.

A fifth foreign national, a Russian woman, also faces a fine and possible deportation for breaking quarantine rules, according to the broadcaster’s report.

The woman was approached by police in Stavanger after coming into contact with several others during her quarantine period following arrival in Norway on October 23rd.

Norway’s current coronavirus regulations stipulate that anyone entering Norway from abroad must quarantine for 10 days, either at their own homes or at designated places of residence often referred to by Norwegian media as ‘corona hotels’.

People in quarantine are allowed to go outside during their quarantine period provided this can be done without close contact to anyone other than the people they live with.

Currently, Norwegian entry quarantine does not apply to Norwegian citizens or foreign nationals who live in Norway, but does apply to most foreign nationals who don't live in the country.

Some exceptions do apply, including for some types of workers. Detailed guidelines can be found on the Norwegian government website.

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