Polish travellers to quarantine in Norway

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Wednesday that her government is not against free travel, but has to react "so that the situation from the spring, when the country was completely shut down, does not repeat itself." Hakon Mosvold Larsen/PAP/EPA

Norway said on Wednesday it would re-impose ten-day quarantine measures from Saturday on travellers from Poland and several other countries which reported a COVID-19 case rise.

Norway has also reintroduced the quarantine requirement for the Netherlands, Iceland, Malta, Cyprus as well as the Faroe Islands and some Swedish and Danish regions.

Earlier, similar constraints were reinstated for France, Monaco, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania and Spain.

In all of these countries, designated as 'red,' the number of new coronavirus cases is higher than 20 per 100,000 of population over a two-week period. This criterion was developed by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Wednesday that her government is not against free travel, but has to react "so that the situation from the spring, when the country was completely shut down, does not repeat itself."

At the same time, she urged its citizens to refrain from foreign travel.

Norway diagnosed 389 people with COVID-19 last week and reported a total of 9,751 cases as of Wednesday.