Norway scraps Covid-19 quarantines
OSLO (REUTERS) - Norway will end its system of mandatory Covid-19 quarantines for non-vaccinated travellers and close contacts of infected people, replacing it instead with a daily test regime, the government announced on Monday (Jan 25).
Under the current rules, anyone arriving in Norway from an area with a quarantine obligation and who cannot show proof of vaccination, or having undergone Covid-19, needs to quarantine for at least three days.
Close contacts of infected people are required to quarantine for 10 days.
According to the National Institute of Public Health, this is no longer considered necessary for infection control, with the new rules set to apply from Jan 26, the government said.
The current rules have been criticised for keeping healthy people in quarantine for an unnecessarily long time and especially affecting families with children.
From Wednesday, close contacts are required to test themselves daily for up to 11 days. Those who decline to test are required to quarantine, however.
Travellers must still test themselves and register upon arrival in Norway and a negative test taken before arrival is also still necessary for those who cannot prove that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered, Norway said.
The entry quarantine can be reintroduced if the infection situation changes or there is a new virus variant that requires stricter measures, the government added.