Norwegian citizens have been urged to avoid travelling to three more regions in Finland starting from November 7, after an increase of COVID-19 cases has been noticed by the Norwegian National Institute of Public Health in these regions during the past week.
As of Saturday, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly advises against all travel that is not strictly necessary to the following districts of its neighbouring country of Finland:
- Östra Savolax
The decision has been taken upon the publishing of the weekly assessment of the infection situation in Europe related to COVID-19, by the National Institute of Public Health.
According to a press release of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as a result of NIPH’s assessment, these three regions will now go from yellow to red on the infection map for Europe.
“This also changes the travel advice. All travellers from these areas who come to Norway from midnight, night to Saturday November 7, will be quarantined for ten days,” the press release highlights.
Despite Norway’s decision, weekly maps published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in support of the Council Recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic show that in fact, Norway and Finland are currently the safest countries in the EU to travel to.
The map shows that while the epidemiological situation in Europe seems worse than ever, only Norway and Finland, as well as a small portion of Greece, are not highly-risky amid the second wave of the pandemic.
Norway’s Travel Advice List
Upon the most recent changes implemented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, currently, Norwegians are highly recommended to avoid travel to the following countries:
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
- regions and territories of Denmark and Finland
The authorities warn Norwegian citizens and residents that due to the infection situation the local restrictions can change quickly; therefore everyone who is considering travelling abroad must consider the trip carefully and familiarize themselves with the situation in the country they are going to travel to.
At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs still advises against travel that is not strictly necessary to all countries for which no exceptions have been made, which travel advice is basically valid until January 15.