Norwegian authorities have revealed that travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Indian-made Covishield vaccine and the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine will not be subject to COVID-19 entry rules.
This decision was announced by the Department of Health and Care Services and took effect today, October 5, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to a ministry press release, all people who have been vaccinated with one of the two vaccines that are already part of the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use list will receive the same exemption from quarantine requirements as those who have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
“People who have been vaccinated with two vaccines on the WHO emergency use list receive the same comfort in quarantine upon entry as people who have been vaccinated with EMA approved vaccines,” the ministry statement said.
This means that all vaccination certificates indicating that the holder has been vaccinated with the Covishield or Sinovac vaccine are considered equivalent to those approved by the EMA. However, it was emphasized that the vaccination certificate must include a QR code, which allows state authorities to verify the document in line with EU rules.
“It is a basic requirement that travelers have a corona certificate that can be verified using a QR code in accordance with the European Union solution to corona certificates,” the ministry added.
Besides exemption from the quarantine requirement, travelers who have been vaccinated with one of the two vaccines, as well as those who have recovered from illness within the past six months, can enter Norway without having to fill out an entry form.
In addition, vaccinated and recovered travelers are also exempt from the testing rules, regardless of which country they are traveling from.
With the exception of the two newly identified vaccines, Norway already allows unrestricted entry to all those vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax) and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).
Apart from recognizing vaccination and recovery certificates issued by EU countries and the Schengen area, Norway also recognizes certificates issued by 15 third countries, which are as follows:
Albania Faroe Islands Israel Morocco North Macedonia Panama San Marino Scotland Switzerland Turkey Ukraine Vatican City State England Wales Northern Ireland
And the Norwegian authorities had previously announced that from tomorrow, October 6, the country will open all its border crossings. In addition, the state has also made changes regarding testing rules.