Travel: Norway to scrap Covid-19 quarantine hotels for UK arrivals
From Monday, arrivals from the UK will no longer need to enter into one of Norway's coronavirus quarantine hotels, the government announced on Friday.
From July 5th, travellers arriving from the UK will no longer be forced into quarantine hotels due to a significant shakeup to Norway's travel rules.
Previously, passengers from the UK were required to spend a minimum of three days quarantined in a hotel due to concerns over the spread of the Delta variant, first identified in India, in the UK.
Despite the spread of the variant still being prevalent in the UK and Norway's health minister admitting that the spread of the delta variant could delay the final step of Norway's plan to lift coronavirus measures, passengers from the UK can now quarantine at home or anywhere else with a private bedroom or bathroom.
The new rules, which come into effect on July 5th, mean that those travelling from Britain will be able to quarantine at home or another suitable location for a minimum of seven days. After day seven, they can test themselves out of quarantine by returning a negative PCR test.
However, the current rule on who can enter remains in place - only residents, citizens and the close family and partners of residents and citizens can enter Norway from the UK, so no British tourists will be allowed.
Partners will need to register a free application with the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), have been together for more than nine months and physically met more than once. You can take a look at the application form here.
Close family is described as children and stepchildren (regardless of age), grandparents, great grandparents, grandchildren and great children.
Arrivals from the UK will also need to register their arrival 72 hours in advance, present a negative test taken within 24 hours of their arrival in Norway once they arrive, and test once again at the border, in addition to undergoing the 10-day quarantine period.
Arrivals who have been fully vaccinated or have had Covid in the past six months and can prove it via the Norwegian Covid certificate will be exempt from quarantine completely.
Those who have only one dose registered on their Covid certificate will have to quarantine for three days before testing themselves out.