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Norway tightens entry restrictions for Monaco, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Lithuania arrivals

Christian Fernsby |
Starting from Monday, August 9, travellers arriving from Monaco must undergo double testing and quarantine entry at government-provided quarantine facilities, as the country has been added to the dark red category, the Norwegian authorities have announced.

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The colour-coded system, assessed by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health from July 5, has been updated based on the same threshold values as the EU, reports.

However, Norway’s government clarified that fully vaccinated travellers and those who have recovered from the COVID-19 are not obliged to follow quarantine requirements or other measures imposed to halt the spread of the virus.

This week, countries and regions added to the red category will include Estonia and Iceland, moved there from the orange list. On the other hand, the Swedish province of Norrbotten has been moved to this category from green. Passengers from countries and regions that must undergo double testing and get quarantined in order to enter Norway include:

Faroe Islands
Swedish regions of Gotland, Halland, Skåne and Stockholm
Danish regions of the capital, Central Jutland and North Jutland
Finnish regions of Southwest, Helsinki, Uusimaa, and Päijat-Häme
Azores, Portugal
North Aegean and the Ionian Islands in Greece
The Canary Islands in Spain
Sardinia and Sicily in Italy

Like red countries, travellers arriving from dark red countries must get tested before and after arrival and undergo quarantine, with an additional requirement to be submitted on the quarantine hotel provided by the government. Countries and regions on the dark red list currently are:

The Netherlands
The United Kingdom
Balearic Islands (Spain)
Corsica (France)
Crete (Greece)
South Aegean Islands (Greece)

Moreover, Croatia, Lithuania and Vatican City arrivals will also have to undergo double testing and quarantine requirements, as they have been added from green to the orange category, which follows the same rules as red countries.

The orange category countries and regions are as the following list indicates:

San Marino
Swedish regions of Östergötland, Värmland and Västra Götaland
Danish regions of Zealand and Southern Denmark
Finnish regions of Birkaland, Central Hämeenlinna, Kajanaland, Kymmenedalen, Lapland, Central Finland and North Karelia
Madeira, Portugal

Furthermore, travellers arriving from green countries and regions have to provide a negative test taken after they enter Norway and fill out an entry registration form, but no quarantine time is required. Countries and areas currently added to Norway’s green list are:

Finnish regions of Central Ostrobothnia, Eastern Savolax, Länsi-Pohja, Southern Ostrobothnia and Vaasa
Swedish regions of Blekinge, Dalarna, Gävleborg, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Södermanland, Uppsala, Västerbotten, Västernorrland and Västmanlandog Örebro.

Norway has also introduced the purple countries, from which grandparents, boyfriends and girlfriends can enter the country restriction-free, with the latter having to apply for prior consent from their significant other before departure.

Purple category countries include:

Bosnia and Herzegovina
New Zealand
Northern Macedonia
Saudi Arabia
Countries such as Azerbaijan, Serbia, and Qatar are no longer included in this list.

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