Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Norway Extends Quarantine Hotel Obligation for Incoming Travellers Due to COVID-19

The Norwegian authorities have decided to extend the use of quarantine hotels for all those entering Norway as the COVID-19 situation is still unstable in many countries.

Moreover, through a press release, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges against all non-essential travel and has decided to extend the travel advice until May 25.

“The health authorities are currently assessing the basis for the global travel council over the summer. Therefore, it is too early to say now how long the travel advice will be extended. This is the reason why the extension of the global travel council in this round will be short, only until May 25,” the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trude Måseide said.

Through the same press release, the Ministry claimed that due to the unpredictable Coronavirus situation and the capacity of healthcare systems in other countries, it is not logical to ease or abolish the travel restrictions right now.

Currently, Norway has stringent entry restrictions in place. Only Norwegian citizens and legal residents are allowed to enter the country, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Furthermore, in a press release issued by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, since May 9, everyone who stayed in a country outside the EEA or Schengen Area must stay self-isolated at a quarantine hotel.

The same also informed that mandatory testing has been introduced at the border checkpoints. All persons who have stayed in another country within the last two weeks must undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival in Norway. Similarly, this rule started being effective for children under the age of 12 on April 19.

“Persons who refuse to be tested without reasonable grounds may leave the country voluntarily or may be fined,” the statement of the Ministry reads.

All travellers, including Norwegian citizens, are required to present the results of a COVID-19 test carried out within 24 hours before entry. The same rule applies to persons arriving by plane.

Valid test methods include PCR and rapid antigen tests, which can be issued in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, English, French, or German.

In addition, everyone arriving from a country placed on the red list must register before crossing the Norwegian border.

Currently, Norway does not allow entry to the following groups of people who are not exempt from the restrictions:

  • Tourists
  • Family members
  • EU/EEA citizens working or studying in Norway
  • Business travellers
  • Foreign citizens holding a Schengen Visa
  • Children or pupils commuting from Sweden or Finland to attend kindergarten, primary, or secondary school
  • Foreign citizens residing in Sweden or Finland and commuting to Norway daily

Previously, it was reported that Norway plans to introduce the vaccine passports in June in order to help the country restore travel in time for summer 2021.

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