Monday, May 17, 2021

Norway to Abolish Entry Restrictions & Facilitate Documentation Requirement for Foreigners Residing in the Country

The Norwegian Government has decided to introduce changes on the required documentation needed by foreigners to prove their legal residency in Norway and ease the entry restrictions.

The new change will enter into force on May 21, reports.

“We have decided to adjust the regulations for entry for foreigners residing in Norway. The Ministry is now working on new criteria and will issue more detailed guidelines before the entry into force on May 21,” Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Monica Mæland said.

In a press release issued by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, it was revealed that the change includes relief in the documentation requirements for foreigners who have the right to enter the country. Thus, it will no longer be needed for them to be part of the population registration programme to be considered as legal residents of Norway in line with the entry restriction regulations.

The same Ministry pointed out that foreigners who are not registered as residents in Norway are required to provide additional information that supports the fact that they legally reside in the country.

Consequently, this means that they must submit documentation that shows permanent residency in Norway and should be able to prove that they are returning to Norway after a temporary stay abroad.

In order to contain the further spread of the COVID-19, foreigners’ access to Norway has been rigorously tight. Currently, only foreigners who are registered as residents of Norway can travel to the country. The rule also applies to European Economic Area citizens.

However, all persons, including Norwegian citizens and foreigners registered as residents, who have been outside the country for any non-essential purpose, are obliged to stay at quarantine hotels upon entering the country.

“All Norwegian citizens who return home from abroad can still travel to Norway. But everyone must be tested, registered and quarantined at quarantine hotels,” the statement of the Ministry reads.

Additional entry exceptions are also made for the following groups of people:

  • Close family members of persons registered as legal residents in Norway
  • Journalists and other media personnel
  • Foreigners who need to stopover at an airport in Norway
  • Seafarers and aircraft personnel
  • Foreigners transporting passengers and goods
  • Foreigners who carry essential social functions
  • Healthcare personnel from Sweden and Finland who work in Norway
  • Pupils and children who commute from Sweden and Finland to school institutions in Norway
  • Business travellers
  • Swedish and Finish citizens who commute daily for work purposes

Furthermore, the Ministry of Justice and Public Security revealed that since May 9, all persons who stayed in a country outside Schengen Area or EEA must stay at a quarantine hotel.

The same also introduced mandatory testing at the border and indicated that everyone who stayed in another country within the last 14 days must undergo Coronavirus testing when entering Norway. The rule also applies to children under the age of 12.

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