Critical Alert

Summary

Authorities in Norway are maintaining international entry restrictions as of Oct. 26 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, excluding Greenland and Aland, Kainnu, Kymenlaakso, Northern Ostrobothnia, Paijat-Hame, Pirkanmaa, Satakunta, South Karelia, and Northern Savonia, which are designated as “Moderate” risk. Travelers from High-risk (red) areas must self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival, while those arriving from Moderate-risk (yellow) 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 all nonessential travel abroad.

Domestic social-distancing mandates remain in force. Maximum limits of 200 and 600 people are in place for indoor and outdoor public events, respectively. Most businesses and facilities have resumed operation, provided they adhere to strict hygiene and social distancing requirements. Private gatherings of up to 20 people are permitted.

Local authorities are empowered to introduce stricter measures in their jurisdictions in response to increasing infection rates. Authorities in Oslo are maintaining more stringent COVID-19 restrictions, banning private gatherings of more than 10 people and mandating the use of facemasks on public transport where social distancing of one meter (3 feet) cannot be observed. Bars and restaurants are prohibited from selling alcohol after 2359 in Oslo.

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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