Norway announces stricter Covid-19 testing rules

Norway's Covid-19 travel rules for entry registration and testing will be tightened, the government announced on Friday.

A plane at an airport.
Norway has announced that it will tighten measures. Pictured is a plan at an airport. Photo by Iwan Shimko on Unsplash

Norway will tighten its entry registration and testing rules following weeks of rising Covid-19 cases in the country, justice minister Emilie Enger Mehl announced at a press conference. 

From November 26th, next Friday, everyone will be required to register their entry to Norway, regardless of residence, nationality or vaccination status. Previously, fully vaccinated travellers had been exempt from entry registration. Children under 16 won’t need to register.

“You can do this when there are less than three days left until you travel. When you register, you will receive a confirmation, and you may be asked to show it to the police at the checkpoint. You will also be obliged to show a coronavirus passport,” Mehl said in a statement

In addition, all travellers who are not fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 and can prove so with a recognised health pass will need to test at the border. In certain cases where there isn’t a testing station, such as land border crossings, they will need to get tested within 24 hours. 

People who are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will also be required to provide a negative Covid-19 test to enter Norway.

This means anyone that isn’t fully vaccinated or has recovered from Covid-19 in the previous six months, or somebody whose Covid-19 health pass isn’t recognised by Norway will need a test before travel.

The test must be taken within 24 hours of travelling to Norway. This won’t apply to travellers under 18. 

The justice minister also announced that all foreigners who have a right to enter Norway under the Immigration Act would be allowed to enter the country.

“Everyone who meets the Immigration Act’s requirements for entry will have the opportunity to do so. But there is still a basis for expelling foreigners who do not comply with the requirements, and Norwegians can also be fined or reported if they do not meet the requirements,” Mehl said.

The current quarantine rules will remain the same, and quarantine hotels would remain available to travellers without a suitable place to carry out the isolation period. 

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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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