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More travellers need to stay at a quarantine hotel

The government has decided that travelers who have stayed in countries outside the EEA / Schengen will go to quarantine hotels on arrival in Norway. This applies regardless of whether the trip has been necessary or not.

"Even though the rate of infection is dropping in Norway and in many European countries, we see that the situation in other countries around the world is serious. In order to limit the risk of imported cases of COVID-19, the general rule now is that any person who arrives in Norway from a country outside the EEA/Schengen area must stay at a quarantine hotel", says Minister of Justice and Public Security Monica Mæland.

Previously, persons resident in Norway who returned after a necessary trip were exempt from the requirement for quarantine hotels and could complete the quarantine period in their own home. Now this exception only applies to necessary travel within the EEA / Schengen.

Section 5 of the COVID-19 Regulations is amended so that the rules regarding travellers from Bangladesh, Iraq, India, Nepal, and Pakistan are expanded to include all countries outside the EEA/Schengen area. The rules concerning exemption from testing at the border in section 4 d subsection 3 (g) and (i) of the COVID-19 Regulations, which apply to diplomats and invited delegations, will be tightened so that this exemption does not apply to people who, during the 10 days prior to arrival in Norway, have visited an area outside the EEA/Schengen area.

"It is important that the municipalities near Oslo Airport Gardermoen help each other and ensure that the quarantine hotels have capacity", states Minister of Justice and Public Security Monica Mæland.

These changes will enter into effect on Sunday 9 May 2021 at 12 am.