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Recommend changes in entry quarantine for Faroe Islands and districts in Finland

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The Norwegian Institute of Public Health recommends that the government should introduce entry quarantine for Faroe Islands and three hospital districts in Finland. No changes are proposed for the rest of the Nordic region and the EU / EEA / Schengen area.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health recommends that the government should introduce entry quarantine for Faroe Islands and three hospital districts in Finland. No changes are proposed for the rest of the Nordic region and the EU / EEA / Schengen area.


Commissioned by the Government, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health prepares a weekly report about which countries and regions satisfy the criteria for exemption from the quarantine duty when entering Norway, which countries do not satisfy the criteria, and which countries have insufficient data for assessment.

New threshold value

From this week, the threshold values for entry quarantine have been changed to less than 25 confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks and less than 4 % positive tests on average per week over the last two weeks. See Adjustment of criteria for red countries (regjeringen.no). The NIPH makes an overall assessment of the situation based on trends in transmission and other relevant information.

Faroe Islands and hospital districts in Finland

This week, the NIPH recommends removing entry quarantine for the Faroe Islands as the incidence has slowly declined in recent weeks and the number of reported cases is now 14.4 per 100,000 inhabitants based on weeks 44 and 45.
NIPH recommends removing the entry quarantine from three hospital districts in Finland (incidence, i.e. number of confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks, in brackets):

  • North Savo Hospital District (22.2)
  • Kanta-Häme Hospital District (23.4)
  • Central Finland Hospital District (17.8)

No other changes for travellers from EU/ EEA/ Schengen countries

No changes are proposed for entry quarantine for travellers from other countries in EU/EEA/Schengen who are already required to go into quarantine upon arrival in Norway.

During the week, the Government will decide which countries and regions require quarantine. The changes will take effect from Saturday 14 November at 00:00 a.m.

Cross-border workers

Cross-border workers who, in the last 10 days before coming to Norway, have stayed in areas with a particularly high levels of transmission, cannot use the exemption from entry quarantine in the COVID-19 regulations § 6c, i.e. they cannot use the arrangement for testing every three days. See UnntakExemption from quarantine: cross-border workers from EEA countries and Switzerland  (paragraph 6c) for an overview of which regions and countries where this currently applies.