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Travel to Norway: 'Thousands skip mandatory testing' at Oslo Airport

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Travel to Norway: 'Thousands skip mandatory testing' at Oslo Airport
Oslo 's Gardamoen airport. File photo: AFP

Four out of ten people walk straight past the Covid-19 testing stations when arriving at Oslo Airport, despite testing being mandatory and free.

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Since January 2nd testing has been mandatory for people arriving in Norway from “red countries”, which have higher coronavirus infection rates.
 
All countries in Europe have been classified as "red countries", apart from a few regions in Finland, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI).
 
Nevertheless 40 percent of international arrivals into Oslo Airport since January 2nd have not undergone Covid-19 testing, according to figures from Ullensaker Municipality, reports the newspaper VG.
 
This equates to 6,256 people.
 

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“The 6,200 people who chose to travel home from Gardermoen are not exempt from getting tested,” said acting deputy director at Norway’s Directorate of Health, Espen Rostrup Nakstad.
 
“According to the Covid-19 law, people should get tested for SARS-CoV-2 as soon as possible and at the latest 24 hours after arriving in Norway,” he added.
 
In addition to getting tested, people arriving from "red countries" are required to quarantine for at least ten days either a private residence without shared kitchen and bathroom or at a hotel, according to government regulations.

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