Norway has taken off the United States from its “Purple safe travel list” of countries. This entails that some restricted categories of Americans are allowed to only visit close family members, said the Ministry of Health and Care Services Monday.
The official highlighted the lack of control of the Delta variant, which continues to spread among the unvaccinated as of the reasons behind the decision.
“Six countries have been removed from the list and will no longer be considered in relation to the list of purple countries. These are the countries Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, and the United States,” reads the statement issued by the Health Ministry.
Although Norway only takes part of the European Union as an associated country, it decided to join the latest EU Council’s recommendation to remove the United States from its safe country list this week.
On Sept. 2, the Norwegian Ministry of Justice announced a major further relaxation on entry restrictions for travelers including but not limited to parents, grand-parents, children and other family members of non-EU country members from Sept. 12.
Everything suggests that the new banning on inbound U.S. travel will not affect this previous decision.
There are few adjustments on Norway entry policy, however.
After registering their entry, all travelers must present a negative Covid-19 test result taken only 24 hours prior to departure and must also get retested upon entry.
Arriving from an “unsafe” country means that visitors must stay for at least 10 full days at a hotel quarantine site.
Each night at one of these places costs 500 kroner (some USD $60) for adults and 250 kroner (some $30) for children aged 10-18.
If their second test on day 7 returns negative, the traveler may be freed from what’s left of quarantine.
When it comes to enforcing the EU Council’s recommendation, European countries are not on the same page.
Sweden and Bulgaria have closed their doors to all American visitors. But other countries such as Croatia and Portugal do not want to risk their fragile economic recoveries and will remain open for the time being.