Norway Tells Its Citizens to Refrain From Traveling to Shanghai After Total Closure Due to COVID Cases

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taking its citizens to refrain from any trip to Shanghai that is not absolutely mandatory or necessary.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, April 27, the Ministry announced that advice against travel had been introduced for Shanghai due to the closure and restrictions on COVID-19 that were introduced on April 1in this city, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“Shanghai has been completely shut down for almost four weeks with strict movement restrictions that, among other things, make it difficult to obtain food and health care,” the statement reads.

According to the Ministry, it will be difficult to travel in and out of Shanghai as long as the closure continues.

After the Global Travel Council was repeated in October 2021, it was also decided that the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in special cases, could introduce new travel advice for certain countries and areas as a result of the pandemic. At the same time, including cases where wide restrictions can have serious consequences for travelers.

On April 11, Shanghai reached a new level of cases, with 26,087 more cases reported totalling more than 130,000 cases reported in the current outbreak.

On the same day, Shanghai officials began easing measures in neighborhoods that had not reported any positive cases in 14 days. But authorities warned that residents should only go outside if necessary, be tested twice a week and that the blockade would be reinstated if any new cases were discovered in the neighbourhood.

However, this still leaves the majority of the city’s 25 million inhabitants in isolation.

In addition, as of March 30, Shanghai officials said 5,653 COVID cases had been confirmed, slightly less than the 5,982 the day before.

Recent outbreaks of COVID-19 in Shanghai and other major cities have resulted in residential blockages across China, closures of schools, businesses, and suspension of public transportation. Access to medical facilities and other essential services has also been cut off. Furthers of COVID-19 throughout China are possible outbreaks, and countermeasures, including flight suspension and reorientation.

As COVID-19 remains a risk in China, mass testing can be deployed in areas where COVID-19 cases have been detected.

Travelers who have been to these areas, their Chinese health app may also change from purified “green” to another color that will only change back to green after the same has met the test requirements and received a negative test result for COVID-19.

Besides, access to medical facilities and services may be interrupted during blockages.

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