Friday, May 14, 2021

Norway Lifts Quarantine Hotel Requirement for UK Travellers

The Norwegian Government has announced that all travellers arriving from the United Kingdom will be subject to the same quarantine restrictions as travellers from the European Economic or Schengen Area. Thus, they will no longer fall under the same restrictions imposed against third countries.

The same revealed that the new rules regarding arrivals from the UK started being effective on May 13, following the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) recommendations, reports.

“Travelers from the United Kingdom will now be treated equally with travelers from the EEA / Schengen when it comes to quarantine hotels. This is mainly due to the fact that we have a good overview of the infection situation in the UK, which is now among the better in Europe,” the Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Monica Mæland said, commenting on the Government’s decision.

Nevertheless, the Minister stated that the United Kingdom will continue to be treated as a third country in regards to the entry restriction regulations.

In addition, the Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø pointed out that the UK is one of the main trading, business, and industry partners of Norway.

“It is therefore important for Norwegian business and industry that the United Kingdom is in the same category as other EU / EEA countries when it comes to rules for quarantine hotels,” Nybø added.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that the country will continue to keep in place its advice against all non-essential travel to all countries until May 25. However, certain exceptions have been made for countries in the EEA and Schengen Area, including some Nordic regions as well, which meet the infection levels criteria set by NIPH.

Norway currently has strict entry restrictions. Everyone who enters the country after having a non-essential trip abroad, especially in a country outside the EEA or Schengen Area, is obligated to self-isolate at quarantine hotels.

All persons, along with children under the age of 12, who have stayed in another country during the last 14 days are subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing at the border entry points.

Moreover, all travellers, including Norwegian citizens, must present a negative PCR test result carried out 24 hours before entry. Whereas, the people arriving by plane should undergo the testing procedure 24 hours before departure time. Rapid antigen tests are valid too.

Recently, Norway announced that the country plans to introduce the vaccine passports in June in order to restore travel in time for summer.

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