Norwegian police fine passengers who refuse to go into Covid-19 quarantine hotels

Norwegian police fine passengers who refuse to go into Covid-19 quarantine hotels
A plane at Oslo airport. Photo by Robert Bye on Unsplash
Western Police District have dished out 11 fines, of 20,000 kroner each, to passengers who refused to go into quarantine hotels in Norway in the past two months, or left before they were allowed to.

The fines were handed out to arrivals who absconded from the hotels or refused to go into them in May and June. 

Nine of those who were fined arrived at Bergen airport and the other two arrived by boat from Denmark. 

“The travellers have different reasons for not going into quarantine hotels. Some believe that they are not safe in hotels, while others believe that there is no risk of infection if they quarantine at home instead,” police attorney, Laila Skeide, told local paper Bergenavisen.

The 20,000 kroner fines were handed out to nine men and two women. So far, one of the travellers slapped with a fine has informed the police that they will refuse to pay the fine. 

Police have said the case will go to court if the person in question refuses to pay the penalty. 

Skeide added that while she could understand that it may be challenging to keep track of the rules, travellers should check the quarantine hotel rules properly before travelling. 

“Even though they may think that infection control can be maintained by quarantining at home, people should still follow the rules and enter the hotels if they need to,” she said.

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In May, Western Police District dished out two 20,000 kroner fines to a couple in their sixties who refused to enter a quarantine hotel after a trip to Spain. 

Over in East Norway, eight people have been fined, and two people have been prosecuted for skipping hotel quarantine at Oslo Gardermoen, Norway’s busiest airport, according to Eastern Police District

Currently, only arrivals from the UK and passengers arriving from outside the EU and EEA must enter quarantine hotels

The subsidy for the quarantine hotel is 500 kroner per day for adults and 250 kroner a day for children aged between 10 and 17. 


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