Norway opens up to travellers using EU’s Covid-19 health pass 

Norway, on Thursday, eased its tight Covid-19 border restrictions, including testing and quarantine requirements, for arrivals from some countries using the EU's vaccine passport. 

Norway opens up to travellers using EU's Covid-19 health pass 
Norway has reopened its borders to travellers with the EU's vaccine passport. Photo by Erik Odiin on Unsplash.

Norway has relaxed its travel rules to allow arrivals from the EU to enter the country provided they have access to the EU’s vaccine passport and are fully vaccinated or have had Covid-19 in the past six month’s. 

“Thanks to fast, efficient and good European cooperation, we already have a corona certificate solution ready on Thursday that will make travel significantly easier for people who have been fully vaccinated or have had Covid-19. It will mean a lot both for individuals and for important jobs in the tourist industry in Norway,” Health Minister Bent Høie said in a statement

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Travellers using the vaccine pass will be exempt from entry registration, testing before arrival, testing at the border and having to undergo a ten-day quarantine period. 

Norway has said that it will only accept EU vaccine passes from Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Croatia, Iceland, Poland, and Latvia for the time being. 

Other countries signed up to the EU’s vaccine pass scheme will be able to enter Norway using the pass on July 1st when the EU’s vaccine passport scheme officially launches. 

In Norway, you are considered fully vaccinated one week after your final jab. 

Last week Norway began to re-open its borders after almost six months of harsh entry restrictions. 

Norway will not permit entry to travellers hoping to use vaccine passports from countries not on the government’s list. 

Until last week only residents and citizens, bar a few exceptions, were able to enter Norway. Entry is now also open to family members and partners visiting Norway from the EEA, EU and UK, in addition to vaccine pass workers from different countries

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Arrivals not using a vaccine passport will need to undergo a ten-day quarantine period, and arrivals from the UK will need to enter a quarantine hotel for a minimum of three days. 

You can take a look at Norway’s entry requirements here

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Scandinavian airline SAS plans to launch electric planes in 2028 

Despite a number of economic challenges, airline SAS has announced an agreement with a Swedish company that will enable it to purchase electric aircraft and add them to its fleet. 

Scandinavian airline SAS plans to launch electric planes in 2028 

SAS has signed an agreement with Swedish company Heart Aerospace that could see it operating electric planes from 2028, the airline said in a press statement.

The model of plane that SAS would purchase from Heart Aerospace seats 30 passengers and has a range of 200 kilometers, SAS wrote.

“Along with the entire industry, we are responsible for making air travel more sustainable,” CEO of SAS Anko van der Werff said in the statement.

“SAS is dedicated to transforming air travel so future generations can continue to connect the world and enjoy the benefits of travel – but with a more sustainable footprint,” he said.

The aircraft will be installed with a hybrid system enabling them to double their range, SAS wrote.

“This has the potential to be a significant step on SAS’ sustainability journey, enabling zero-emission flights on routes within Scandinavia,” the press release stated. 

SAS has previously been involved in the development of another electric aircraft, the ES-30, which it partnered with Heart Aerospace on in 2019.

“The electric airplane will be a good supplement to our existing fleet, serving shorter routes in Denmark, Norway and Sweden in a more sustainable way,” van der Werff said.

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