Norway’s strict entry ban on most non-EU/EEA residents has been prolonged following a surge in constructive Covid-19 check ends in the nation. There isn’t any indication as to how lengthy the extension will final.
Many vacationers had hoped a change in authorities may sign a change in Norway’s border coverage, however Norway’s new well being minister Ingvild Kjerkol has determined that the danger of importing new an infection stays too excessive.
Norway’s journey restrictions briefly
Which means vacationers planning to go to Norway for the needs of tourism from nearly all of non-EU/EEA international locations must wait, apart from residents from so-called purple international locations. On the time of writing the list of purple countries could be very brief and doesn’t embrace the U.S. or Canada.
There are exemptions to the above ban, together with these with shut members of the family in Norway, international college students or individuals with pressing work causes. Nevertheless, some exempted individuals should have to quarantine.
These holding a sound EU Digital Covid Certificates can enter Norway with out quarantine. At current, Norway solely accepts the EU certificates, or programs suitable with it such because the one issued by Britain’s NHS. Residents of EU/EEA international locations with out the certificates can nonetheless enter Norway however might have to quarantine relying on the standing of their nation of residence.
Issues for the well being system
Optimistic check outcomes have risen sharply within the month because the former authorities led by Erna Solberg selected to carry all nationwide restrictions aside from the entry ban on most non-European residents.
Regardless of the rising numbers, the present state of affairs in Norway is “manageable” based on Kjerkol, who dominated out a return to nationwide restrictions in the interim.
121 individuals are being handled for Covid-19 in hospital. That’s considerably under the excessive of greater than 300, recorded twice at earlier factors within the pandemic.
Kjerkol stated that whereas the variety of sufferers admitted to hospital stays comparatively low, that isn’t the one consideration: “We aren’t simply involved with how many individuals are admitted to intensive care on the massive hospitals, we’re additionally involved with the state of affairs in small rural municipalities which have smaller and extra weak well being companies.”
Along with the extension of the journey ban, Norway has additionally determined to proceed its strategy of testing, isolation, contact tracing and quarantine associated to constructive instances. Nevertheless, day by day life stays primarily regular. Face masks are not required in retailers and airways not require them on home and intra-Scandinavian flights.