Travel: Norway extends entry restrictions into May

Travel: Norway extends entry restrictions into May
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Restrictions on travel into Norway first introduced in January are to remain in place up to and including May 12th, the government has confirmed.

The restrictions limit entry to a very small group outside of Norwegian residents and citizens.

“We are still in a serious infection situation. It is, therefore, necessary to extend strict entry restrictions. We all hope that we will continue to see a downward curve in the infection situation. We are continuously considering easing the entry restrictions. The reopening (of the border) will take place gradually and in a controlled manner based on the government’s plan for reopening,” Minister of Justice Monica Mæland said in a statement.

If the measures are not extended, then entry requirements could be eased in May in line with the country’s plan to ease national coronavirus restrictions.

The second phase of reopening, which will only commence if infections stay low, includes potential entry for partners and family and for business travel.

Currently, only permanent residents and Norwegian citizens may enter Norway, with a few exceptions.

Exemptions apply to close family such as a spouse or children of a resident of Norway; foreign residents who commute daily between Norway and Sweden; and children who commute from Sweden or Finland for school.

There is an entry quarantine period in Norway of 10 days. Anyone returning to Norway on trips deemed unnecessary will have to enter a quarantine hotel and pay a subsidy of 500 kroner per day for between 7-10 days.

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Only Norwegian residents, a child of, or somebody who shares parental responsibilities with a permanent resident of Norway will be able to leave the quarantine hotel after seven days, provided they return a negative PCR test for Covid-19. But they will still have to spend the remaining three days in quarantine at their home.

Everyone arriving in Norway must also register before their arrival and provide a negative PCR test taken within 24 hours of their departure flight. They are also obliged to take a rapid test on arrival and remain at the test centre until their result is delivered.

You are exempt from quarantine if your trip abroad is considered essential. Essential trips include those taken to visit your children, go to a funeral, or to visit a relative or close relation with a severe or terminal illness, as well as strictly necessary maintenance on a holiday home in Sweden or Finland.


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