Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Norway to tighten coronavirus disease-related international entry restrictions for travelers from Italy and Slovenia beginning Sept. 5.

Alert Begins 03 Sep 2020 07:10 PM UTC
Alert Expires 25 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

Summary
Beginning Sept. 5, Norwegian authorities will reintroduce certain international entry restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Italy, San Marino, Slovenia, and the Vatican have been added to Norway's travel advisory list of "red" or high-risk countries. Authorities have also downgraded Cyprus, as well as the Orebro, Gotland, Varmland, Vasternorrland, Jamtland, and Vasterbotten regions in Sweden, and the Sjaelland region in Denmark (does not apply to the capital region) from red to yellow. Travelers from countries with a red designation are required to self-isolate for 10 days upon their arrival. Current red locations in Europe include Austria, Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, parts of Denmark, Faroe Islands, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands Portugal, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Spain, parts of Sweden, and the UK.

Locations designated as yellow pose a medium risk of COVID-19 infections. Arrivals from yellow locations are not required to self-isolate upon entry. European Economic Area (EEA) member states not listed as red (high-risk) locations are rated under the yellow category. The North Jutland and Southern Denmark regions in Denmark and the Sodermanland region in Sweden are also categorized as "yellow" locations.

Travelers from most other countries are currently prohibited from entering Norway. Individuals with close family in Norway and individuals who have been granted permits to work or study in the country are exempt from the travel ban. Travelers entering under these exemptions must self-isolate for 10 days. Authorities continue to advise against all nonessential travel abroad.

Domestically, most businesses and services have been permitted to resume operations, albeit with strict hygiene and social-distancing measures in place. Public gatherings of up to 200 people are permitted and private gatherings of up to 20 people are allowed. Authorities are not mandating the use of protective face coverings.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The restrictive measures taken by Norway are similar to actions taken by other governments in the region in response to a increase in COVID-19 infection rates throughout Europe.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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