Newsletter May 2022

| Shanghai

A message from Consul General Lise Nordgaard:

Dear Norwegian community in Shanghai. As we are entering May we are going into Shanghai's second month of lockdown. While the number of daily new infections continues to be high, recent numbers has showed a downward trend. More residents in Shanghai have also been allowed to walk a bit more freely outdoor, but there are still many uncertainties.

To assist the Norwegian community in Shanghai the Consulate has arranged a meeting every week since the lockdown began. Last week's meeting included Arnfinn Tønnessen, Head of Group Crisis Management Team in DNV, providing useful advice on handling the challenges of a lockdown. It is important that everyone takes good care of themselves, and one of the good tips was to use the time in lockdown to take up a new, or an old hobby.

On 27 April the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to advice against all travel to Shanghai that is not strictly necessary. You can always find the latest travel advice for China and Shanghai
here. We encourage everyone to contact their insurance company in Norway to discuss if the travel advice has any impact on your insurance.

I would like to remind that if you are planning to fly out of Shanghai you can reach out to the Consulate, and we will assist as much as possible. Please get contact us in due time before your scheduled flight.

The Consulate General's events and social activities are still being postponed or held as digital events. Klubb Norge and Norwegian Business Association China (NBA) are in the same situation.

Unfortunately, the Consulate General’s traditional 17 May celebration will not be organized this year. I hope we can find other opportunities to celebrate when Shanghai has opened up again. I wish you a safe and healthy May, and encourage everyone to continue to stay positive and test negative.

Nye reiseråd for Shanghai
Utenriksdepartementet har fra 27. april innført reiseråd for Shanghai. Utenriksdepartementet fraråder alle reiser til Shanghai som ikke er strengt nødvendige.

Vi oppfordrer alle norske borgere til å gjøre grundige vurderinger av egen sikkerhet og behovet for å reise. Oppdatert informasjon for Kina finnes her.

Nytt informasjonsmøte til norske borgere bosatt i Shanghai
Generalkonsulatet inviterer til nytt informasjonsmøte for norske borgere bosatt i Shanghai i forbindelse med nedstengningen av Shanghai onsdag 4. mai kl 16.00. Møtet foregår på Teams og er på norsk. Hensikten er å informere om situasjonen relatert til nedstengningen av Shanghai samt hvilke konsulære tjenester generalkonsulatet kan bistå norske borgere med i nåværende situasjon.

Mer informasjon og Teams-link vil før møtet bli delt her.

Hvordan reise ut fra Shanghai under lockdown?
Generalkonsulatet har publisert informasjon om hvordan man kan reise ut av Shanghai under lockdown. SAS har lukket bookingsystemet for publikum, men det kan være muligheter for å bestille billetter via generalkonsulatet.

Ta kontakt med oss på generalkonsulatet så vil vi forsøk å bistå så langt det lar seg gjøre.

Vi trenger følgende informasjon om den reisende:
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Dere vil deretter bli kontaktet av SAS booking for betaling av reisen dersom dere får plass på flyvningen.

Du finner mer informasjon på vår hjemmeside her.

The Visa Section and the VFS Global’s Visa Application Centre are closed
The Visa Section and the VFS Global’s Visa Application Centre in Shanghai continues to be closed until further notice. No regular visa applications will be received during this time, but in case of an emergency, you may contact the Consulate General by email to You can always find the current status of the Consulate General's opening hours on our webpage.

5th of May: Webinar: Economic Outlook in a Shifting Global Landscape
To give their members the latest insight of China's economic outlook and the potential impact on businesses, NBA is delighted to invite Wu Chen from The Economist Global Business Review to share the latest takes and analysis of the global economic situation.

Time and date: 15:00 PM - 16:00 PM, 5 May 2022.

Webinar link will be sent to the participants 1 day prior to the event

More information and signing up can be found here

NBA China Member Survey: Impact of Covid-19 Outbreak on your business
Q2 of 2022 will be another challenging quarter considering impacts of the regional lockdown in Shenzhen, Shanghai and other cities in the past one month.

Recent Covid-19 resurgence and tightened control measures have an impact on the business operation, logistics and supply chains in the domestic and international markets.

To better assess and understand impacts on members' business, Norwegian Business Association China (NBA) has asked their members to participate in the following survey.

The deadline to participate is 14 May.

Previous highlights:

50 years since sexual relations between men was decriminalized in Norway
This year it is 50 years since sexual relations between men was decriminalized in Norway. To mark the repeal of the law, Queer Culture Year 2022 will be celebrated all over Norway throughout the year. It will be a year filled with activities, exhibitions and events that look at art and culture from a queer perspective.

Prime minister Jonas Gahr Støre on behalf of the Norwegian government formally apologised for the law last month. ‘Through legislation, but also a range of other discriminatory practices, we, as a nation and a society, made it clear that we did not accept gay love. The Government now wishes to apologise for that,’ said Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

Consulate General looks forward to celebrate the Queer Culture Year with a variety of activities when the current lockdown in Shanghai has ended.

You can find more information and upcoming events for the Queer Culture Year on the following webpages:

Nutritious Seafood from Norway to spice up the Labor Day

The Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) is helping to spice up this year's Labor Day weekend with some creative seafood recipes for the holiday. You will find three innovative recipes that feature healthy, delicious, and sustainable seafood from Norway in the link below. Try them out!

Stay updated on what we do at the Consulate General by following our social media accounts:

LinkedIn: Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai

Instagram: norwayinshanghai

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