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Norway Abolishes Testing Requirement At Border for All Travellers

The Government of Norway has decided to abolish the mandatory testing requirement at border checkpoints and airports for all people who plan to enter the Nordic country.

Such a decision, which became effective on February 1, was made in order to facilitate the travel process after authorities concluded that the travel restrictions did not help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country, reports.

Despite the current epidemiological situation caused by the Corona virus, especially the Omicron variant, the authorities in Norway decided to ease their entry requirements imposed to stop the spread of the virus further.

Besides Norway, Denmark, another Nordic country, has decided to ease travel rules.

Authorities in Denmark have lifted all COVID-19 travel restrictions within the country after Danish authorities no longer consider the virus a “socially dangerous disease”.

Denmark became the first country in the European Union to implement such changes.

Based on figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Norway has recorded a total of 781,049 cases of the COVID-19 virus and 1,440 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The same source shows that a total of 110,050 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Norway in the past seven days, while three people have died.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store noted in this regard, as reported by Forbes: “With everything we know today, it is right to remove most infection control measures.”

In addition, he stressed that other restrictions such as capacity restrictions on indoor and outdoor events will also be removed.

The Norwegian government plans to cancel all remaining measures imposed to stem the spread of the virus by February 17.

However, Store stressed that in the current epidemiological situation, there will still be some rules and advice.

I would still like to stress that the epidemic is not over yet. Not in Norway nor in the world. The Prime Minister indicated that there will still be some advice and rules.

As part of the country’s efforts to ease entry requirements amid the ongoing pandemic, authorities in Norway decided last month to end the mandatory quarantine requirement, which has been applied to unvaccinated travelers as well as people who have been in close contact with infected people. Corona virus.

The Norwegian Ministry of Health stressed that the decision to abolish the mandatory quarantine requirement was taken after such a requirement was no longer needed in order to control the spread of the virus.

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