The Norwegian government has announced that from today, August 18, COVID-19 certificates issued by the Northern Ireland authorities will be accepted in the country.
According to a press release from the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Welfare Services, travelers from Northern Ireland who have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – will now be able to travel freely. to Norway.
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“From Wednesday, August 18 at 15:00, Norway will accept the Northern Ireland Corona Certificate. The QR Code Verification solution will be used for the Northern Ireland Corona Certificate at the border,” the ministry said in a statement.
Thus, this means travelers from Northern Ireland are no longer required to submit additional negative COVID-19 test results, take on-demand testing, follow self-isolation rules, or fill out a login form, TheSchengen.com reports.
In addition, unrestricted entry is now also allowed for everyone who has recovered from coronavirus disease within the past six months.
Following the announcement, it was confirmed that once the new changes take effect, travelers from Northern Ireland with COVID-19 certification who are in quarantine hotels can leave the accommodation.
The ministry added: “Travelers from Northern Ireland with a valid Corona certificate who are in quarantine hotels in Norway when the change takes effect on Wednesday can leave the hotel.”
Before this decision came into effect, Northern Ireland citizens were not allowed to enter Norway without restrictions as their certificate was not recognized due to the lack of a QR code. As such, even today, this group of travelers has been required to submit a negative pre-entry test, take another test at the border, fill out a registration form, and go into quarantine.
Last week, Norwegian authorities announced that since August 12, coronavirus passports issued by the National Health Service (NHS) in England and Wales have been accepted as proof of immunity to the virus.
However, as the country only accepts certificates indicating that the holder has been vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine, travelers from the UK who have been vaccinated with the Novavax vaccine will be subject to the same restrictions as travelers who have not been vaccinated. or recovered from the virus.
Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that Norway had introduced quarantine requirements for all non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers from Austria, Bulgaria and Slovenia.
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