Norway will begin to welcome travelers from other countries without requiring them to follow strict entry rules as it seeks to ease several preventive measures imposed to stem the spread of the virus that have been in place for 561 days so far.
Nordic authorities have introduced a three-stage plan by which Norway will gradually remove the entry ban affecting travelers from other countries, TheSchengen.com reports.
This decision was announced through a statement published by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security, while the same decision made it clear that the first phase will begin to be implemented on September 25.
Recently, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg emphasized that “now is the time to return to normal daily life”.
Norway has recorded a total of 185,327 cases of COVID19 and 850 deaths since the start of the pandemic, based on data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO). Moreover, the same source reveals that a total of 718 people have tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours.
Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 and its new strains, the authorities in Norway kept their entry restrictions, which among other things, brought many difficulties for many businesses while temporarily freezing the travel process.
However, the latest decision of the Norwegian authorities may help the country, especially its economic sector, to recover from the damage caused by the coronavirus situation.
In this regard, the Norwegian Minister of Justice and Emergency Management, Monika Melland (h), confirmed that the country has lived a long time with the strict measures applied at the county borders.
This has been important in the fight against import contagion. As we now move on to normal daily life, the government is proposing a gradual lowering of the entry restrictions. The minister indicated that this will be done under close supervision.
According to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the new changes implemented in the first phase that will take effect from September 25, include the lifting of entry restrictions for travelers from the European Economic Area, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, as well as travelers from the countries included in the purple list that It consists of regions that have recently reported declining rates of COVID-19 virus infection.
It will currently allow entry over 35 approved border crossings for those without special exceptions. The statement explained that the closed border crossings will be reopened when the border municipality has a test offer ready, and good information is prepared for travelers.
In addition, quarantine requirements have been lifted on entry for travelers coming from areas that pose a medium risk of infection with the COVID-19 virus, known as the Orange Group.
Children under the age of 18 are also exempt from the quarantine requirements, while adult travelers can end the mandatory quarantine by submitting a negative PCR test result on the third day of their arrival.
The government of Norway has also announced that the quarantine rule for hotels has been abolished as a condition; However, it will serve as an option for those who do not have another suitable self-isolation site.
Vaccinated travelers are completely exempt from testing and quarantine requirements.
During the second phase, the government proposed to abolish all restrictions imposed on travelers from countries considered safe by the European Union, which are also included in the list of third EU countries.
For the third phase, the government will decide on the restrictions that will apply to travelers from other territories wishing to enter Norway, as well as the quarantine rules.
Norway’s Ministry of Health and Welfare Services recently announced that the country will lift quarantine requirements for other European Union countries and the Schengen area, as well as many smaller European countries.