Norway has recommended its citizens to avoid all non-essential travel abroad after a rise in COVID-19 infections in several countries.

Schengen Visa Info reports the travel advisory will be in place until 1 October.

“The situation indicates that we continue the global travel council that advises against travel that is not strictly necessary for all countries. The world is in the middle of a pandemic,” Ine Eriksen Søreide, Foreign Minister, said.

“When I still say that we are far from a normal situation, it is because the infection situation is changing rapidly. We see that there is an increasing level of infection in very many countries,” she added.

European Economic Area (EEA) and countries in the Schengen Area are exempt from this recommendation due to their epidemiological situations, which according to Norway’s National Institute of Public Health, “satisfy the Norwegian infection criteria.”

These exemptions, however, “are not an invitation to travel abroad,” the minister said, adding that “each individual must think carefully about whether it is necessary to travel.”

According to the World Health Organisation’s latest statistics, Norway has had 9,851 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 257 deaths reported.

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