The Norwegian government advises its citizens to avoid all unnecessary trips abroad, regardless of the Covid-19 contamination level at destination.
The announcement by the country’s health minister, Bent Hoie, comes amid what has been described in Oslo as ‘an alarming’ rise in the coronavirus. In the past two weeks, some 290 new cases of Covid-19 have been registered in the Scandinavian country, a significant number of which come from abroad.
“When Norwegians travel abroad, the risk of infection increases no matter which country they visit,” said Hoie. ‘We therefore recommend Norwegian citizens not to travel abroad unnecessarily.’
Other measures introduced in the country include a ban on alcohol sales after midnight. The government is still considering the obligation to wear mouth masks in public transport during peak hours.
The country tightened restrictions on Thursday for visitors from Belgium, France, Monaco, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. They must be quarantined upon arrival. According to Hoie, border controls will also be tightened.
Norway has nearly 9,500 confirmed cases of Covid-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 256 cases proved fatal.