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These are the new Covid-19 rules for travelling to Norway

Travellers entering Norway no longer need to get tested for Covid-19 at the border.

Coming into Gardermoen Airport outside Oslo will be less strenuous after the Norwegian government scrapped the mandatory border testing scheme.
These are the current travel rules for Norway. Pictured is a plane. Photo by Iwan Shimko on Unsplash

Travelling to Norway has gotten easier after the Norwegian government decided to scrap the testing scheme in place to detect cases of Covid-19 at the border, alongside most other pandemic restrictions, during a press conference on Tuesday evening.

The new rules, which took effect at 11pm on February 1st, will mean an end to queuing to get tested at the airport or other border crossing checkpoints – a time consuming and costly scheme that has been subject to criticism in Norway.

Vaccinated travellers now face no restrictions when entering Norway from abroad, according to the new travel rules, which are summed up in a government press release

Unvaccinated travellers will however have to get tested before their journey, unless they can document that they have recently recovered from Covid-19.

All travellers must continue to register their journey digitally prior to arrival.

The government has yet to update the travel rules on its website, but these are usually published in both English and Norwegian shortly following announcements.

Earlier in the pandemic, Norway put in place one of the strictest travel schemes in Europe, at one point requiring all travellers from European countries with high incidences of Covid-19 to quarantine in hotels for several upon arrival

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Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

The UK is set to scrap all Covid-19 travel restrictions in what the government described as a "landmark moment".

Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

Testing is no longer required for vaccinated travellers, but the UK government has announced that it will scrap all Covid-19 travel rules on Friday, March 18th.

“As one of the first major economies to remove all its remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions, this is a landmark moment for passengers and the travel and aviation sector,” said the Government in a press release. 

From 4am on March 18th:

  • Passengers going to the UK will no longer be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before travel;
  • Passengers who are not vaccinated will not be required to take a pre-departure Covid test, or a Day 2 test following arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers are already exempt from having to do this;
  • Hotel quarantine for travellers coming from ‘red list’ countries, of which there are currently none, will also be scrapped by the end of the month. 

“We will continue monitoring and tracking potential new variants, and keep a reserve of measures which can be rapidly deployed if needed to keep us safe,” said UK Health Minister Sajid Javid. 

The UK has lifted all Covid-related rules including mask rules and mandatory self-isolation if you test positive for Covid.

Some European countries still have Covid restrictions in place for unvaccinated people coming from the UK. 

Until March 18th

Until the new rules come into effect, all travellers are required to fill out a passenger locator form. 

Unvaccinated travellers are also required to take pre-departure test and a test on or before Day 2 following their arrival. 

The UK border officers will recognise proof of vaccination provided with an EU Covid Certificate.

For the UK “fully vaccinated” means 14 days after your final dose of a EMA/FDA or Swiss approved vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson). 

After a period of confusion, the UK government says that it will accept mixed doses administered in the EU (eg one dose of AstraZeneca and one of Pfizer).

However people who have only had a single dose after previously recovering from Covid – which is standard practice in some European countries – are not accepted as vaccinated by the UK.

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