Norway waives the quarantine requirement for all travelers
The Norwegian authorities have announced that the country will end the mandatory quarantine requirement that currently applies to unvaccinated travelers, as well as direct contacts of infected people.
"Following a recommendation from the National Institute of Public Health, the government is eliminating the requirement for entry quarantine because it is no longer considered necessary for infection control." said the Norwegian Ministry of Health, quoted by SchengenVisaInfo.com.
According to a press release issued by the Norwegian Ministry of Health, the decision to end the quarantine requirement was taken as the country considers that this measure is no longer necessary to control the spread of the virus.
The Norwegian National Institute of Public Health pointed out that all travelers who do not have a vaccination certificate represent only 7% of the total number of people who have entered the country. Meanwhile, 4% of them tested positive.
Therefore, as the quarantine rule is currently of little or no significance when it comes to stopping the spread of the virus, from today, 26 January, all unvaccinated and unrecovered travelers will be allowed to enter Norway without having to comply with the quarantine requirement. .
However, it was pointed out that passengers who had not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus were still required to take a test before entering.
On the other hand, travelers who have received all the necessary doses of vaccine, as well as those who have been cured of COVID-19 disease, are not required to follow additional entry rules.
"From January 26, the quarantine of infection for household members and contacts will be able to be replaced by daily tests", Kjerkol added.
Although the quarantine requirement will soon be officially removed, the authorities have stressed that they can reintroduce self-isolation rules if the situation of COVID-19 worsens or if a new variant starts to circulate.