Changes in the travel advice for the Faroe Islands and certain hospital districts in Finland

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has recommended removing the quarantine requirement for travellers from the Faroe Islands and certain hospital districts in Finland. These areas will therefore be excepted from the Ministry of Foreign Affair’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.

Based on the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s weekly assessment of the Covid-19 situation, the Government has decided to remove the quarantine requirement for travellers from the Faroe Islands and the following hospital districts in Finland: Central Finland Hospital District, Kanta-Häme Hospital District and Pohjois-Savo Hospital District. These areas will now be excepted from the Ministry’s global travel advice.

There will not be any changes for the other Nordic countries and regions and the Schengen area/EEA. The Ministry advises against non-essential travel to the following countries and regions in the Schengen area/EEA: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, the Vatican State, and certain regions and areas in Denmark and Finland. See the list published on the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

These changes will apply from midnight on Friday 13 November. 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.

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 Government has changed the threshold values for entry quarantine from fewer than 20 to fewer than 25 confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks. In addition, the threshold for positive tests on average per week over the last two weeks has been changed from less than five per cent to less than four per cent. See here for more information (only in Norwegian).

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 15 January 2021. 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.