IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CORONA

AT 08.00 ON MONDAY MORNING THE 16TH OF MARCH, INTRODUCES EXTENSIVE BORDER CONTROL. IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT: NORWEGIAN CITIZENS ARE STILL ENTERING THE COUNTRY, AND FOREIGN TOURISTS CAN RETURN HOME.

CORONA – QUARANTINE

Foreign nationals who have come to Norway from abroad and are therefore quarantined, but have not developed infection symptoms, may now leave Norway.

If they choose to stay in Norway, they must remain in quarantine for the full period.

Foreign nationals in quarantine because they have been in contact with infected persons in Norway must remain in quarantine for the full period.

Departure from Norway is contingent on sound infection control measures being practiced during transport from the place of quarantine to the place of departure.

This entails the following:

If you have to use public transport or taxi to get to the nearest airport, bus station, railway station or border crossing, you must keep at least two meters’ distance between you and your nearest fellow passengers.
You must make sure to practice good hand and cough hygiene.

At airports with direct flights out of Norway, there will be municipal personnel on hand who can be contacted if problems arise. Travel on a domestic flight is possible if necessary, in which case sound infection control measures must be practiced. At domestic airports, however, there will be no municipal personnel who can be contacted.

You may use your own car to travel out of the country, but it is up to you to check which border crossing points are open.

If you want to leave Norway by air, you must obtain a valid ticket on your own. Airports with direct flights out of Norway are:

Gardermoen
Stavanger
Bergen
Trondheim
Tromsø
Torp

If you become ill or develop symptoms while on your way out of Norway, call the health service for help at Tel. 116 117.

We emphasise that if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath, you must remain in isolation, and you may not leave the country.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CORONA SITUATION AND TRAVELLING IN VESTERÅLEN AND NORWAY, YOU WILL FIND UPDATED INFORMATION AND TRAVEL ADVICE AT THE NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH.

THE NORWEGIAN HEALTH AUTHORITIES HAVE IMPLEMENTED STRICT BANS ON TRAVEL TO AND INSIDE THE COUNTRY.

FROM THURSDAY 10TH OF MARCH UNTIL THURSDAY 26TH OF MARCH 2020, THE FOLLOWING RULES APPLY:

  • From Monday March 16th at 8 am local time, Norwegian airports and harbours will be shut down for travellers without a Norwegian passport.
  • Travellers not residing in Norway are encouraged to leave the country as soon as possible. 
  • Travellers arriving from other countries, who are not residents of Norway, will be returned to their home country as soon as possible. Please seek more information at your arrival airport. Travellers with symptoms will be isolated.
  • All travellers who are residents of Norway and who have been visiting other countries, with the exception of Finland, are to stay in their homes for 14 days after arriving home to Norway, regardless of whether they have symptoms.
  • NOTE: VESTERÅLEN/LOFOTEN: Travelers arriving to Vesterålen and Lofoten after staying in regions Olso, Agder, Rogaland, Viken, Vestfold and Telemark, Innlandet and Vestland, must home quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
  • Everyone presently staying in Norway and who has been visiting another country, with the exception of Finland, in the past 14 days, is to be quarantined. This policy has a retroactive effect and applies to all arrivals since Thursday 27 February.
  • Transit passengers: People free of illness and symptoms may fly to their final destination to be quarantined in their own home.
  • Most domestic transport is to continue as normal as possible for the moment, but avoid all kinds of travel that are not strictly necessary (both domestic and abroad).
  • Avoid public transport if you can.
  • Avoid other places where you can easily get close to others.

For update information and travel advice, see the  Norwegian Institute of Public Health

NOTE: MORE COUNTRIES NOW CLOSE THE ENTRY LIMITS. BE AWARE IF YOU TRY TO GET HOME! SEE AVINORS DEPARTURE INFO  HERE

FOR MORE INFORMATION YOU CAN VISIT THESE PAGES:

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)

You can also contact your embassy for more information.

MEDICAL CONTACT INFORMATION IN NORWAY

If you are experiencing symptoms like fever, sore throat, chest pain and breathing difficulties while in Norway, please stay in your hotel room/appartment and contact hotel guest service by telephone.

DON'T GO TO HOSPITAL YOURSELF, CONTACT THE SERVICE NUMBER AND EXPLAIN YOUR SITUATION. THIS IS THE BEST AND MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO RECEIVE COMPETENT AND PROMPT HELP.

Only contact the 24-hour Norwegian medical service if you are in need of medical assistance.

(+47) 116117
EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES IN VESTERÅLEN

Most of the attractions in the Vesterålen region are now temporarily closed to prevent further spreading of the virus. All upcomming culture- and sport events the next few weeks are also cancelled.

Many of the restaurants are closed. Those who are open have strong restrictions on number of guests allowed and extra safety rules to avvoid spreading the virus.

There are no closures on the public transport network at the moment. 

Shopping malls have restricted their opening hours.

Grocery stores and pharmacies are open as normal.

Given the rapid changes, we encourage everyone to check the websites of individual attractions, businesses and organisers for updated information.

TO AVOID THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS, MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and warm water. Use hand sanitiser if you do not have access to water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (not your hands) when sneezing or coughing, or cough into your albow.
  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces to reduce the risk of spreading germs.
  • Keep distance of one meter to other people

You can find all the tips to avoid the spreading of the virus at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's website.

THE OFFICIAL TOURIST INFORMATIONS IN VESTERÅLEN ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FROM THE 13TH OF MARCH 2020

Due to the Norwegian Health Authority's decision to implement strict bans on travel to, and inside the country, we have closed our tourist informations. 
We are available for digital chat and advice through our email and social media channels if you need to reach us:

Visit Andøy
Telephone: (+47) 41 60 58 52
E-mail: post@visitandoy.info , camilla@visitandoy.info
Facebook: facebook.com/visitandoy

Visit Vesterålen:
Telephone: (+47) 76 11 14 80
E-mail:  visit.vesteralen@vestreg.no  -  astrid@vestreg.no  -  kjetil.paulsen@vestreg.no
Facebook: facebook.com/visitvesteralen

WE APOLOIGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE YOU AND WILL BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU DIGITALLY!

Updated information from the Directorate of Health:

https://www.fhi.no/en/

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IMPORTANT SITES ABOUT THE CORONA VIRUS - SITUATION

Norwegian Government
Flight Departures from Gardemoen
Norwegian Institute of publich health