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.
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:
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.
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
You can also contact your embassy for more information.
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.
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:
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:
WE APOLOIGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE YOU AND WILL BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU DIGITALLY!
Updated information from the Directorate of Health:
IMPORTANT SITES ABOUT THE CORONA VIRUS - SITUATION