Norway tightens Covid-19 quarantine rules for incoming travel

Norway tightens Covid-19 quarantine rules for incoming travel
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People who travel to Norway from abroad will be required to register with authorities for the duration of their stay at quarantine hotels under tightened rules.

The new rule has been introduced in order to ensure quarantine rules are complied with, broadcaster NRK reports.

“With an increased reproduction rate (for Covid-19) abroad and more infectious variants on the continent, infections must decrease more before we can open more,” justice minister Monica Mæland said at a press briefing.

Police figures show that the vast majority of people who crossed Norway’s borders in February allowed themselves to be tested for the coronavirus, included persons not required to do so by entry rules.

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 The aim of stricter rules is to increase compliance with quarantine at hotels designated by authorities for that purpose, Mæland said.

“Travellers who must observe entry quarantine must stay at quarantine hotels at the first point of entry,” she said.

As such, people must quarantine near their entry point before continuing on to their destination in Norway.

Additionally, people staying at quarantine hotels must register where they are.

Municipalities will be required to cooperate with hotels to enable “dedicated persons” to check compliance with quarantine, NRK writes.

“These three measures will reduce the risk on infections spreading and give municipalities a clear picture of where those who are quarantining are located,” the minister said.


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