Travellers from Romania are no longer permitted to enter Norway without being tested for COVID-19, as the country has been added to the red category.
According to the press release issued by the Norwegian Ministry of Health, the decision will become effective on Monday, January 17. At present, no country in the world currently classifies as green, orange or safe to travel from and to Norway, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“Children and young people under the age of 18 are exempt from entry quarantine regardless of where they come from. The entry quarantine can also be shortened for all travellers by negative PCR test taken no earlier than three days after arrival,” the press release explains.
Furthermore, all arrivals subject to quarantine, which at present includes all unvaccinated travellers from red and dark red categories, must be in the entry quarantine for ten days after arrival in Norway. The quarantine can be shortened if a negative PCR test is taken no earlier than three days after arrival.
The new rules imposed on travellers coming to Norway are imposed based on the list published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) which confirms that the positive cases with COVID-19 have been on a constant rise in most EU Member States, especially in Romania.
Although entry rules to Norway haven’t been lifted or facilitated, the government has changed the national rules with kindergarten and primary schools no longer being limited on the number of children permitted within the same space. In addition, children and youngsters can now conduct outdoor activities without being subject to restrictions.
Furthermore, the adults will be able to visit restaurants and other leisure places until 11 pm.
“We are now in a new phase of the pandemic. We know that Omicron causes less serious illness and that the probability of being admitted to the hospital is reduced. At the same time, we are easing the quarantine rules and asking the municipalities to prioritize the resources where the spread of infection is greatest,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said.
This means that the responsible authorities of each municipality will be able to decide on new rules and tighten the current ones if necessary.
Data by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that Norway has reported 39,254 COVID-19 cases in the last seven days, taking the total number of cases recorded since the beginning of the pandemic to 460,530.