Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Norway updates list of COVID-19-related high-risk destinations as of Sept. 18. Significant business and travel disruptions continue.

Alert Begins 18 Sep 2020 12:05 PM UTC
Alert Expires 02 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 updated the list of high-risk countries as of Sept. 18 following changing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rates in the region.


  • Estonia, the South Savo region of Finland, and the Zealand and Jutland regions of Denmark are now classified as high-risk, designated "red," locations, moving all of Denmark into this category.


  • Iceland, Liechtenstein, Kalmar and Blekinge in Sweden, and Kainuu in Finland are downgraded to medium-risk, designated "yellow," locations.


Travelers from countries with a red designation are required to self-isolate for 10 days upon their arrival, while travelers from locations with a yellow designation are not required to self-isolate.

All EU and Schengen Area countries, and the UK, are currently designated as high-risk (red), excluding Cyprus; Greenland; Iceland; Latvia; Lithuania; Liechtenstein; all of Finland except South Savo; and the Orebro, Gotland, Varmland, Vasternorrland, Jamtland, Vasterbotten, Sodermanland, Kalmar, and Blekinge regions in Sweden, which are designated as medium-risk (yellow).

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 facemasks.

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 an increase in COVID-19 infection rates throughout Europe.

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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