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Is Norway about to relax its strict coronavirus travel rules?

Norway's government is to make a new announcement on coronavirus travel restrictions today. Could it open up for the wives and girlfriends of Norwegian citizen or relax tourism rules?

Is Norway about to relax its strict coronavirus travel rules?
Erna Solberg speaking at a press conference in May. Photo: Norway PM's office
Norway's prime minister Erna Solberg, foreign minister Ine Eriksen Søreide, minister of health Bent Høie, and business minister Iselin Nybø will all attend the press conference at 4pm, indicating that they plan to make a significant announcement. 
 
The conference will also be attended by Espen Rostrup Nakstad from the Directorate of Health, and Frode Forland, Norway's state epidemiologist at the Norwegian Institution of Public Health.
 
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“I think this is what we've been waiting for,” said one of the members of the Facebook group  “Oss med familie eller kjæreste i utlandet under Covid-19 2020” (Those of us with family or sweethearts abroad during Covid-19 2020), which has been pushing for the rules to be relaxed so they can bring their partners to Norway. 
 
 
But another member pointed out that as Norway's justice minister Monica Mæland, who is responsible for setting the rules for family reunification, is not attending, the may be disappointed. 

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Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

The UK is set to scrap all Covid-19 travel restrictions in what the government described as a "landmark moment".

Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

Testing is no longer required for vaccinated travellers, but the UK government has announced that it will scrap all Covid-19 travel rules on Friday, March 18th.

“As one of the first major economies to remove all its remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions, this is a landmark moment for passengers and the travel and aviation sector,” said the Government in a press release. 

From 4am on March 18th:

  • Passengers going to the UK will no longer be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before travel;
  • Passengers who are not vaccinated will not be required to take a pre-departure Covid test, or a Day 2 test following arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers are already exempt from having to do this;
  • Hotel quarantine for travellers coming from ‘red list’ countries, of which there are currently none, will also be scrapped by the end of the month. 

“We will continue monitoring and tracking potential new variants, and keep a reserve of measures which can be rapidly deployed if needed to keep us safe,” said UK Health Minister Sajid Javid. 

The UK has lifted all Covid-related rules including mask rules and mandatory self-isolation if you test positive for Covid.

Some European countries still have Covid restrictions in place for unvaccinated people coming from the UK. 

Until March 18th

Until the new rules come into effect, all travellers are required to fill out a passenger locator form. 

Unvaccinated travellers are also required to take pre-departure test and a test on or before Day 2 following their arrival. 

The UK border officers will recognise proof of vaccination provided with an EU Covid Certificate.

For the UK “fully vaccinated” means 14 days after your final dose of a EMA/FDA or Swiss approved vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson). 

After a period of confusion, the UK government says that it will accept mixed doses administered in the EU (eg one dose of AstraZeneca and one of Pfizer).

However people who have only had a single dose after previously recovering from Covid – which is standard practice in some European countries – are not accepted as vaccinated by the UK.

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