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TRAIN TRAVEL

Train service between Oslo and Stockholm set to resume 

Direct trains from the Norwegian capital of Oslo to Stockholm will resume in the coming months, Sweden’s state-owned train operator SJ announced on Wednesday. 

Trains between Oslo and Stockholm will be up and running again soon. Pictured is a train preparing to depart from Oslo Central Station.
Trains between Oslo and Stockholm will be up and running again soon. Pictured is a train preparing to depart from Oslo Central Station. Photo by Magnus Engø on Unsplash

After being on hiatus for almost two years due to the pandemic, train company SJ will start operating its Stockholm-Oslo train again from December 12th, the company announced

“We are very happy that passenger train traffic across the border between Norway and Sweden is opening up. Our travellers have been without a climate-smart travel alternative, and it is fantastic that we are starting traffic again,” Martin Drakenberg, business manager at SJ, said in the announcement on the companies website. 

Two services will run between Oslo and Stockholm, one in the morning and one later in the afternoon. This is the same number of departures the operator ran before the pandemic, and tickets have already gone on sale. You can take a look at tickets departing from Oslo here

READ ALSO: Oslo to Gothenburg train service set to make a return

There are currently no entry restrictions on who can travel between Norway and Sweden. However, Norway still has some testing and quarantine requirements for some travellers from Sweden, which you can check out here. Please note that travel advice could change by the time the line resumes service in December. 

Oslo based paper Dagavisen contacted the Norwegian state-owned travel group VY to see how it was progressing with getting its cross-border services back up and running again. VY told the paper they were still working on the details. 

Wednesday also marked the day that cross-border train departures could begin to restart. 

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NORWEGIAN CITIZENSHIP

Norwegian police urge travellers not to book holidays without a valid passport 

The public has been warned by the Norwegian Police Directorate, which issues travel documents, to not book any foreign holidays without a valid passport due to long waiting times for travel documents.

Norwegian police urge travellers not to book holidays without a valid passport 

Due to long waiting times, the public has been cautioned against making holiday plans without a valid Norwegian passport as travel documents may not arrive in time for the trip. 

“We would strongly encourage people to wait to book a holiday abroad before they know that they have their travel documents in order,” Bjørn Vandvik from the Norwegian Police Directorate said in a statement on Wednesday

Previously the police said that those travelling within the EEA this summer should instead order a national ID card which allows for travel within the Schengen area because that form of travel documentation was subject to shorter waiting times. 

Those wishing to travel during fellesferie, the collective holiday period in Norway, have been advised to order new travel documents by the end of May or the beginning of June at the latest. 

Despite the measures put in place by the police to try and ensure that supply meets demand, waiting lists are growing longer, and the authorities don’t expect the backlog to be cleared until the autumn.

The current waiting time for passports is around seven weeks. However, the police have said they expect this to increase to 10 weeks by July. 

READ MORE: How do Norway’s slow passport processing times compare to Denmark and Sweden?

So far this year, the police have received 560,40 passport applications. In contrast, the police registered 270,000 applications in 2019. 

A mixture of the pandemic and war in Ukraine has made getting the materials used to produce national ID cards and passports more difficult.

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