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Travel: Norway to scrap Covid entry quarantine for vaccinated arrivals

Norway on Wednesday announced that later this week, those who have been fully vaccinated or had coronavirus in the country can skip entry quarantine and that it would exempt vaccinated travellers using the EU's vaccine passport from entry quarantine in the near future.

Travel: Norway to scrap Covid entry quarantine for vaccinated arrivals
Oslo Gardermoen departure lounge. Photo: Jarl-Erik Storesund/Flickr

From 3pm Friday, June 11th, those fully vaccinated in Norway or who have had Covid-19 in the Nordic country will no longer be required to quarantine on entry, provided they test negative for coronavirus at the border or within two days of arrival, the government announced at a press conference. 

The change of rules coincides with the launch of Norway’s full Covid-19 certificate, which launches the same day. 

“Those who have been fully vaccinated or have had Covid-19 in the last six months, and who can document this in a safe and verifiable way (via the Covid-19 certificate), do not need to be in the entry quarantine,” Health Minister Bent Høie said at a government press conference. 

The Covid-19 certificate will be accessible via helsenorge.no.

Those who have received their first dose in Norway, at least three weeks prior to their arrival, can only leave quarantine once they return a negative PCR test after day three. 

Høie also announced those aged between 12 and 18 would be able to exit quarantine after day three if they return a negative PCR test. 

According to the Health Minister, vaccinated travellers using the EU’s vaccine passport will also be released from quarantine once the scheme is up and running in July. 

READ MORE: How will the EU’s ‘Covid passports’ work for travellers?

“Norway’s stance has always been that we want to be part of a common European solution,” Høie said at the press conference. 

The government are still advising against all non-essential international travel. Current entry restrictions also remain in place. 

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UPDATE: SAS and pilots resume negotiations on new agreement

On Sunday morning, SAS resumed negotiations on a new agreement with several of the airline's pilots.

UPDATE: SAS and pilots resume negotiations on new agreement

On Sunday morning SAS resumed negotiations with pilots in the hope of finding a solution before the extended deadline of midday on Monday. If not, it could mean that as many as a thousand pilots will go on strike.

The pilots are employed by SAS’s parent company, SAS Scandinavia, and have announced strike action because they are not satisfied with their salary and working conditions at SAS.

In addition, the pilots are dissatisfied with the fact that instead of re-employing old SAS pilots, priority is given to hiring new pilots on cheaper agreements in the two subsidiaries SAS Link and SAS Connect.

On Saturday morning, when the parties stated that they would continue the negotiations up until and including Monday at 12 noon, there was hope of being able to land an agreement.

This is according to Keld Bækkelund Hansen, head of negotiations at Dansk Metal, who is involved in the negotiations on behalf of the pilots. “The aviation industry is complicated, and therefore we need extra time to get it to the finish line,” he told TV 2. “We will do everything to ensure that we get a breakthrough.”

If the parties do not succeed in landing an agreement before the midday deadline on Monday, then there is an opportunity to choose to postpone the deadline again and continue the negotiations, something that has already happened three times in the last week.

READ ALSO: Direct talks raise hopes SAS strike can be avoided

Another possibility is that the pilots choose to strike. This will mean that a significant part of SAS’s flights will be affected by delays or cancellations.

However, pilots in SAS Link and SAS Connect are not part of the strike notice and will continue their work. SAS will, therefore, be able to continue flights.

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