The Swedish government announced to expand the temporary entry ban that has been in effect for Denmark and the United Kingdom to also include Norway.
The entry ban started at midnight on Sunday 24 January and remains in effect until 14 February.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has also decided today to reinstate the advice against unnecessary travel to Norway.
The Norwegian health authorities suspect a major outbreak in the Oslo area of the mutated variant of the COVID-19 virus that was previously reported in the United Kingdom. The Public Health Agency of Sweden’s assessment is that the suspected outbreak in combination with extensive lockdown measures may risk a massive influx of people to the Swedish side of the border. This increases the risk of congestion in nearby Swedish municipalities and, consequently, of further spread of the mutated virus in Sweden.
“The reason for these strong measures is to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and more people in our society falling ill. The Government is closely monitoring the developments with the mutated virus variant and remains in continuous contact with the Public Health Agency of Sweden,” says Minister for Home Affairs Mikael Damberg.