Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Norway to update list of COVID-19-related high-risk destinations from Sept. 26. Significant business and travel disruptions continue.

Alert Begins 24 Sep 2020 10:46 PM UTC
Alert Expires 09 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

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

Authorities in Norway have announced the latest updates to the nation's coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related travel advisory and quarantine requirements. Effective Sept. 26, Iceland and Lithuania, as well as the Vasterbotten region in Sweden and the Finnish regions of Central Finland (Keski-Suomi) and Paijanne-Hame, will be classified as high-risk ("red") areas. Hence, travelers from these locations will no longer be exempt from Norway's 10-day self-isolation requirement upon arrival; travelers from locations designated as having moderate risk of infection ("yellow" areas) are not required to self-isolate.

All EU and Schengen Area countries, along with the UK, are currently designated as high-risk, with the exception of: Cyprus, Greenland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, all of Finland except South Savo, and Sweden's Orebro, Gotland, Varmland, Vasternorrland, Jamtland, Sodermanland, Kalmar, and Blekinge regions, which are designated as moderate-risk.

Travelers from most other countries currently are prohibited from entering Norway. Individuals with close family in Norway or who have been granted permits to work or study in the country are exempt from the travel ban, but 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 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.

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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