Alert: COVID-19 Information – March 16, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Norway has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Effective March 15th, 2020 the Norwegian Government will close the border to foreign nationals who lack a residence permit in Norway. They will be turned away at the border under provisions of a Norwegian law relating to the control of communicable diseases. Temporary entry and exit controls will also be introduced at the internal Schengen border.
  • However, Norwegian airports are not closing. The airports will be open for international flights enabling tourists/foreign nationals to travel out.
  • The police are instituting temporary entry and exit controls at the inner and outer Schengen border, but no border crossing points are being closed.
  • The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs advise to avoid all unnecessary travels.

Quarantine Information:

  • As a general rule for all infections, sick people should stay at home and not go to work/place of study/school/childcare center.
  • Effective March 15th, everyone that arrives to Norway should stay in home quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
  • If you feel unwell, you should stay at home. If you have more serious symptoms, contact your doctor by telephone. If you cannot reach your doctor, ring the emergency out-of-hours clinic (116 117).
  • See more general information to the public on NIPHs website: https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel-coronavirus-facts-advice/facts-and-general-advice/advice-and-information-to-public/

Newly Announced Measures:

  • Retail and grocery stores are open. Follow the advice of national security authorities about what to keep at home.
  • The transportation sector operates as normal, but avoid travel unless strictly necessary.
  • All educational institutions are closed until further notice.
  • Bars, restaurants, and nightlife remain open with restrictions, but cultural events, sporting events, and several beauty services are prohibited. Swimming pools and gyms are closed.
  • Additional restrictions are in place for visitors to health institutions. Do not visit people at institutions in vulnerable groups, such as the elderly or the sick.
  • Healthcare professionals working in patient care may not travel abroad (valid until end of April).

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