Citizens of Norway will be eligible to travel to other countries, even for non-essential purposes such as tourism, as the country’s government will no longer advise them to avoid non-essential travel.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, the authorities in Norway have advised several times against non-essential travel to other countries; However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that this measure will not be extended beyond the expiration date, October 1, TheSchengen.com reports.
In order to stem the spread of the coronavirus and its new strains, the Norwegian authorities have constantly called on their citizens not to travel outside the European Union, the European Economic Area, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and other countries or regions outside of Europe.
However, the northern country has finally begun to relax many of its precautions, including scrapping strict entry rules that have been in place for more than 500 days.
“There is no longer a basis for the World Travel Council. We are now going back to an assessment of whether every country should get travel advice. The pandemic and health situation will be part of the assessment along with security in the country. Feel free to download the new Reiseklar app from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which provides access to travel advice, travel information and travel registration in one place”, noted the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ine Eriksen Søreide, in this regard.
Recently, the Norwegian authorities announced that the country has implemented a three-stage plan by which Norway will lift its entry ban and gradually open its doors to travelers from more countries.
Lifting advice against non-essential travel is also part of the country’s efforts to return to everyday life.
“Even if we remove the World Travel Council, we are still not completely back to normal. Some countries still have entry restrictions, and travel advice can also be changed at short notice. Therefore, it is imperative that those who plan to travel or who are traveling by closely so that they can take responsibility for their own safety and health,” the foreign minister noted.
However, the State Department made it clear that the advice against non-essential travel will continue to apply to countries that have recently reported high rates of COVID-19 infection. Moreover, the ministry will inform its citizens of the countries that will be subject to the global travel advisory after October 1.
Since the start of the pandemic, Norway has recorded a total of 185,327 cases of COVID-19 and 850 deaths, according to figures published by the World Health Organization.
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