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Norway Introduces Mandatory Testing Requirement for All Travellers

The Norwegian authorities have decided to introduce more stringent testing requirements in order to prevent further spread of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, which is already circulating within the European Union.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Health and Welfare Services, starting today, December 3, every person wishing to travel to Norway will be required to take the test, reports.

This requirement applies to all people, even those who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.

“Norway’s infection rate is dangerous. We need to implement stricter measures to delay the spread of the Omicron variant. We are doing this to maintain control, and to gain more knowledge about the new virus variant,” said Norway’s Minister of Health and Care Ingfeld Kerkul, commenting on the newly imposed measure. and prevent health services from being overwhelmed.

On the recommendation of the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the responsible authorities have decided to amend the COVID-19 regulations and oblige all travelers to undergo screenings.

To facilitate the testing process, they explained that the Norwegian authorities have already set up testing centers at the majority of border crossing points, and travelers can take the test there or at another location determined by the authorities.

On the other hand, if there is no test center at border crossing points, travelers can take a test before entering Norway. However, the test result must not be older than 24 hours. Travelers can choose between a rapid antigen test or a PCR test.

“If a rapid antigen test returns a positive result, regardless of whether it is taken at a testing center or as a self-test, the person will have a legal duty to take the PCR test as soon as possible, and no later than 24 hours,” the ministry explained.

Regardless of the testing requirements, the ministry announced that all travelers over the age of 12 arriving in Norwegian territory must wear a face mask at all times when they are in public and avoid any contact with other people until they have a negative test result.

The newly introduced measures that went into effect today will be reviewed after two weeks, which means they may be extended if the COVID-19 situation requires it.

In addition, to stop the spread of the Omicron variant within Norway, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised that everyone refrain from travel to South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Lesotho, Eswatini and Malawi.

All travelers who have visited one of the above-mentioned countries within the past 10 days are subject to double testing and quarantine requirements.

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