Summary
Authorities in Norway are maintaining international entry restrictions as of Nov. 2 as part of measures designed to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). All EU and Schengen Area countries, along with the UK, are designated as high-risk (red level), excluding Greenland and the Finnish regions of Aland, Kainnu, Kymenlaakso, Northern Ostrobothnia, Paijat-Hame, Pirkanmaa, Satakunta, South Karelia, and Northern Savonia, which are designated as moderate-risk (yellow level) locations. Travelers from high-risk areas must self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival, while those arriving from moderate-risk locations are not required to self-isolate.

Travelers from most other countries are currently 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 on arrival. Authorities continue to advise against nonessential travel abroad.

Domestic social distancing mandates remain in force. Indoor public events with more than 50 participants are prohibited. Most businesses and facilities have resumed operation, provided they adhere to strict hygiene and social distancing requirements. Private gatherings of up to five people are permitted.

Local authorities are empowered to introduce stricter measures in their jurisdictions in response to increasing infection rates. In Oslo, facemasks are required on public transport where social distancing of one meter (3 feet) cannot be observed; bars and restaurants are prohibited from selling alcohol after 2359.

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

 

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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