The Norwegian authorities have announced that significant others (girlfriends and friends) and family members residing in a country outside the European Union or the European Economic Area will soon be able to travel to Norway.
Such a decision was revealed on September 2 through a press release from the Ministry of Justice and Public Security and will take effect from September 12, TheSchengen.com reports.
“Many have waited too long for their loved ones to visit. Entry restrictions are very strict and staggered for those affected. Now is the time to ensure safe entry for more girlfriends, children, parents and grandparents. As long as the usual strict rules for testing and quarantine are followed, we can now Unlock more.
Through the same press release, it was confirmed that the new changes will apply to people who have a close relationship with a Norwegian resident, as the list below indicates:
Boyfriends and girlfriends over 18 and their minor children Grandparents, grandchildren, great-grandchildren Children, stepchildren, parents of adult children
With regard to this category of travellers, Mæland said everyone is expected to follow the rules for testing and quarantine. Under the current restrictions, they are required to undergo a COVID-19 test before travelling, undergo a second test at the border and stay in a quarantined hotel for the first few days.
Furthermore, people who are planning to visit other significant people and their family members in Norway need to fulfill the general conditions relating to the right of entry and residence in the Immigration Act. In addition, those who need to obtain a valid visa before traveling to Norway must follow the rules.
Norway currently imposes strict restrictions on all people who have not been vaccinated or cured of COVID-19. In contrast, those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from the disease are allowed to enter the country without having to follow any of the entry rules, regardless of the region from which they are traveling.
However, to be considered fully vaccinated, each person must hold a valid Norwegian or European COVID-19 certificate with a readable QR code, which must indicate that the vaccine holder has been immunized with one of the following vaccines:
Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty) AstraZeneca EU (Vaxzevria) Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Moderna (Spikevax)
Earlier today, TheSchengen.com reported that Norway has also decided to recognize vaccination certificates for those vaccinated in the UK and US with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Thus, travelers who have been immunized with a WHO approved vaccine will be subject to the same rules as those who have been vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine.
>> Travel to Norway: current rules and restrictions