Changes in travel advice and border controls due to the corona virus

- Information in Norwegian

- Information in English

Ambassador Signe Brudeset

Ambassador's letter

The World Health Organization has declared the corona virus a global pandemic. While China has been affected by the outbreak of Covid-19 for several weeks, the virus has since spread to many other countries, including Norway. This is a challenging time for all of us.

In addition to the health concerns, the implementation of a wide range of important measures to prevent further spread of the virus has considerable impact on our daily lives, including travel. Several airlines have cancelled or reduced their flights to and from China. As the corona virus has spread to more countries, Chinese and other countries’ authorities introduce quarantine regulations for passengers arriving from international travel. If you are travelling, please be aware that such quarantine regulations may also be applicable to you. The application and nature of such quarantines may change on short notice, and imply economic costs. I advise you to contact your tour/travel operator for the latest updates before departure to your destination. Norwegian citizens in China should pay close attention to advise provided by local authorities through local media or other channels. Be prepared for delays and other inconveniences as a result of these restrictions.

I know that the outbreak of the coronavirus affects the daily lives of many of us. You may have concerns about your own health, or the health of your loved ones. The Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Consulates General in Shanghai and Guangzhou are following the situation closely. For Norwegian citizens in need of consular assistance, please contact the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing ([email protected]) or the Norwegian Foreign Service Response Centre in Oslo,  tlf +47 23 95 00 00 (operated 24/7). I also urge you to stay informed and follow the official travel information from the Norwegian Government (In Norwegian only), as well as the health information on the Coronavirus published by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Norwegian citizens currently in China are encouraged to register your stay in the Norwegian Government’s Travel Registry . At the Embassy website you will also find links to information sites in English from local Chinese authorities.

I extend my deepest sympathy to all those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Please accept our heartfelt thoughts and encouragements.

Signe Brudeset