Country assessment for week 45 (8–14 November)

Changes to entry restrictions for several countries and areas

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The Ministry of Health and Care Services is introducing a requirement of travel quarantine for people arriving from Crete and the archipelagos of the Northern Aegean Islands, and the Southern Aegean Islands (Greece), the regions of North Jutland and Southern Denmark (Denmark), the region of Kymmenlaakso (Finland), and the regions of Kalmar, Skåne, Södermanland, Uppsala, Västra Götaland, and Östergötland (Sweden). At the same time, the requirement to complete travel quarantine is being removed for the region of North Savo (Finland). The changes will enter into effect on Monday 8 November at 12 am.

Travel quarantine will only apply to travellers arriving from red, dark red, purple, and grey countries who do not have a valid, verifiable COVID-19 certificate. Children and young people under the age of 18 are exempt from travel quarantine, regardless of the country they arrive from. In addition, travel quarantine may be shortened for all travellers if they present a negative result from a PCR test taken no sooner than 3 days after arrival.

The changes to the country list will appear in the COVID-19 Regulations and the interactive map on FHI.no from Monday 8 November.

Countries in Europe

The following countries will continue not to require travel quarantine (same requirements for green and orange countries):

Green:
Malta and Spain.

Orange:
Andorra, Italy (changed from green), France, Monaco, Portugal, San Marino (changed from green), and Vatican City (changed from green).

The following countries will remain red or dark red and require travel quarantine (same requirements for red and dark red countries):

Red:
Greece, Iceland, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, and Hungary.

Dark red:
Belgium (changed from red), Bulgaria, Estonia, Ireland, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, the UK, Czech Republic (changed from red), and Austria (changed from red).

Regions and autonomous regions in the Nordic countries

Sweden

The following regions will continue not to require travel quarantine (same requirements for green and orange regions):

Green:
Gotland.

Orange:
Blekinge (changed from green), Dalarna, Gävleborg, Halland, Jämtland (changed from green), Jönköping, Kronoberg, Värmland (changed from green), Västerbotten, Västernorrland, and Örebro.

Travel quarantine is being introduced for the following regions:
Kalmar, Skåne, Södermanland, Uppsala, Västra Götaland, and Östergötland (all changed from orange to red).

The following regions will continue to be red and require travel quarantine: 
Norrbotten, Stockholm, and Västmanland.

Denmark (including autonomous regions)

The following regions will continue not to require travel quarantine (same requirements for green and orange regions):

Orange:
Central Denmark.

Travel quarantine is being introduced for the following regions:
North Jutland and Southern Denmark (changed from orange to red).

The following regions will remain red or dark red and require travel quarantine (same requirements for red and dark red regions): 

Red:
Zealand.

Dark red:
The capital (including Copenhagen) (changed from red).

The Faeroe Islands will continue to be dark red, and will therefore continue to require travel quarantine.

Greenland will continue to be red, and will therefore continue to require travel quarantine.

Finland

The following region will no longer require travel quarantine:
North Savo (changed from red to orange).

The following regions will continue not to require travel quarantine (same requirements for green and orange regions):

Green:
Lapland, South Savo, and the Åland Islands.

Orange:
Central Tavastland, Kainuu, Länsi-Pohja, North Karelia (changed from green), Satakunta, South Karelia, Vaasa, and East Savo (changed from green).

Travel quarantine is being introduced for the following region:
Kymmenlaakso (changed from orange to red).

The following regions will continue to be red and require travel quarantine: 
Pirkanmaa, Southwest Finland, Helsinki-Uusimaa, Central Finland, Central Ostrobothnia, North Ostrobothnia, Päijat-Häme, and South Ostrobothnia.

Selected archipelagos in Europe 

The following archipelagos will continue not to require travel quarantine (same requirements for green and orange archipelagos):

Green:
The Balearic Islands (Spain) (changed from orange to green) and the Canary Islands (Spain).

Orange:
The Azores (Portugal), Corsica (France), Madeira (Portugal) (changed from green to orange), Sardinia (Italy) (changed from green to orange), and Sicily (Italy). 

Travel quarantine is being introduced for the following islands and archipelagos:
Crete (Greece), the Northern Aegean Islands (Greece), and the Southern Aegean Islands (Greece) (all changed from orange to red).

The following archipelago will continue to be red and require travel quarantine:
The Ionian Islands (Greece).

Purple countries and areas
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health assesses the countries and areas on the EU’s list of third countries which have an infection rate that warrants slightly lighter entry restrictions. These countries and areas are known as ‘purple countries’. Travel quarantine, testing, and entry registration are required when arriving from purple countries.

The following new countries and areas on the EU's list of third countries will now turn purple:
Argentina, Colombia, Namibia, and Peru.

The following countries and areas on the EU's list of third countries will remain purple:
Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi-Arabia, South Korea, and Taiwan.

The following countries and areas on the EU's list of third countries are grey:
Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Jordan, China, Macau, Rwanda, Singapore, Ukraine, and Uruguay.

The process for changes to country assessments
The changes are based on the weekly assessment by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health of areas in the Nordic region, countries, and selected archipelagos in Europe, in addition to selected countries on the EU's list of third countries. The assessments are based on the same threshold values as those applied in the EU.

The assessment this week (an even week) concerns whether the infection rate calls for stricter or lighter entry restrictions and quarantine requirements. The decision means that measures will be lifted for some countries, while travel restrictions and quarantine requirements are introduced for others.

If you travel from a green country but have a layover in a country with stricter quarantine requirements (for example orange, red, or dark red), the entry restrictions of the country you stop in will apply when you arrive in Norway. This means that if you are not a Norwegian citizen and have a layover in a country that is not green, you will not have the right to enter Norway. 

New updates every week
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health assesses relevant countries and areas every week. In even weeks, a broad-ranging assessment is made, based on the infection rate, of whether measures will be eased or tightened for the countries and areas. In odd weeks, the only assessment made is whether a country should have stricter rules (for example if it is changed from green to orange or red), based on the infection rate.

Updates to the country assessments are published on regjeringen.no every Friday at about 12 pm, and the changes enter into effect the following Monday at 12 am. The changes will appear in the COVID-19 Regulations and the interactive map on FHI.no.