Changes in the travel advice for Estonia and some of the regions in the Nordic countries

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to Estonia, as well as to the region of Etelä-Savo in Finland, and to North Jutland and the region of Zealand in Denmark. Consequently, the entire country of Denmark will now be classified as ‘red’.

On the basis of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s weekly assessment of the Covid-19 situation, the Government has decided to advise against non-essential travel to these countries and regions. These countries and regions will change from ‘yellow’ to ‘red’ on the map showing the status for quarantine on entry to Norway from Europe. From midnight on Friday 18 September, anyone arriving in Norway from these countries and regions will be required to go into quarantine for 10 days. See the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health for more information.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has recommended removing the quarantine requirement for travellers from Iceland and Liechtenstein. These three countries will therefore be excepted from the Ministry’s global travel advice, and will change from ‘red’ to ‘yellow’ on the map showing the status for quarantine on entry to Norway from Europe.

The same applies to the Swedish regions of Blekinge and Kalmar, as well as the region of Kainuu in Finland. These regions will be changed from ‘red’ to ‘yellow’ on the map showing the status for quarantine on entry to Norway from Europe.  

In addition to Estonia and Denmark, the Ministry advises against non-essential travel to the following countries and regions in the Schengen area/EEA: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, the Vatican State, and certain regions in Sweden and Finland. See the list published on the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. 

Norwegian Institute of Public Health has today continued to propose entry quarantine for Poland. The background is an increase in infection rates in recent days, a lot of travel activity from Poland to Norway and more import cases.

These changes will apply from midnight on Friday 18 September. The infection situation and local restrictions can both change very quickly. Anyone who is considering travelling abroad should think carefully about whether it is necessary for them to travel, and make sure that they know what the situation is in the country they are planning to visit. Exceptions to the travel advice are not intended to encourage travel abroad.

People who have returned to Norway from a country that becomes ‘red’ after their return must monitor their health for symptoms of Covid-19. It is very important that they get themselves tested if they experience any symptoms, and that they practise good hand hygiene and maintain a distance of at least one metre from other people.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is maintaining its global advice against non-essential travel to all countries apart from those for which an exception has been made. This travel advice currently applies until 1 October. For an updated overview of countries in the Schengen area/EEA and the Nordic countries and regions that are excepted from the travel advice, see the Institute of Public Health’s map showing the status for quarantine on entry to Norway from Europe and the Ministry’s travel information.