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Country assessment for week 49 (6–12 December)

Changes to entry restrictions for several countries and areas

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Published under: Støre's Government

Publisher Ministry of Health and Care Services

The Ministry of Health and Care Services is introducing a requirement of travel quarantine for people arriving from Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, and Malta, and the region of Östergötland in Sweden. At the same time, the requirement to complete travel quarantine is being removed for the regions of Länsi-Pohja (Finland) and the regions of Norrbotten and Södermanland (Sweden). The changes will enter into effect on Monday 6 December at 12 am.

Travel quarantine will only apply to travellers arriving from red, dark red, and grey countries (countries and areas outside the EEA/Schengen area and the UK) 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 6 December.

Countries in Europe

No countries will be green or orange from week 49.

Travel quarantine is introduced for the following countries:
Italy, Malta, San Marino, and Vatican City (all changed from orange to red).

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

Red:
Bulgaria (changed from dark red), France, Portugal, Romania, and Spain.

Dark red:
Andorra, Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Croatia, Cyprus (changed from red), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco (changed from red), the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the UK, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, and Austria.

Regions and autonomous regions in the Nordic countries

Sweden

The following regions will no longer require travel quarantine:
Norrbotten and Södermanland (changed from red to orange).

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

No regions in Sweden will be green from week 48.

Orange:
Dalarna, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kronoberg, and Västerbotten.

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

The following regions will continue to be red and require travel quarantine: 
Blekinge, Gävleborg, Gotland, Halland, Kalmar, Skåne, Stockholm, Uppsala, Värmland, Västernorrland, Västmanland, Västra Götaland, and Örebro.

Denmark (including autonomous regions)

No regions in Denmark will be green or orange from week 46.

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

No regions in Denmark will be red from week 48.

Dark red:
The capital (including Copenhagen), Central Denmark, North Jutland, Zealand, and South Denmark.

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

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

Finland

The following region will no longer require travel quarantine:
Länsi-Pohja (changed from red to orange).

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

No regions in Finland will be green from week 48.

Orange:
Kainuu, Lapland, North Karelia, Satakunta, South Savo, Vaasa, East Savo, and the Åland Islands.

The following regions will continue to be red or dark red and require travel quarantine:

Red:
Pirkanmaa, Central Tavastland, Southwest Finland, Helsinki-Uusimaa, Kymmenlaakso, Central Finland, Central Ostrobothnia, North Savo, Päijat-Häme, South Ostrobothnia, and South Karelia.

Dark red:
North Ostrobothnia (changed from red).

Selected islands and archipelagos in Europe 

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

No islands or archipelagos will be green from week 48.

Orange:
Sardinia and Sicily (both Italy).

The following islands and archipelagos will continue to require travel quarantine (same requirements for red and dark red islands and archipelagos):

Red:
The Azores (Portugal), the Balearic Islands (Spain), the Canary Islands (Spain), Madeira (Portugal), the Northern Aegean Islands (Greece, changed from dark red), and the Southern Aegean Islands (Greece).

Dark red:
The Ionian Islands (Greece), Corsica (Greece, changed from red), and Crete (Greece).