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Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice extended to 20 August

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is maintaining its current travel advice for Norwegians, which cautions against travel to all countries unless strictly necessary. This travel advice applies through 20 August, but may be adjusted. Foreign travelers wanting to visit Norway must assume that Norway’s prohibitions against entering the country will remain in effect until 20 August, but the Government will consider whether additional exemptions may be possible. Everyone coming to Norway today is required to undergo quarantine. This policy, too, is being extended through 20 August. But as with the travel advice, and by the same dates, the Government will consider easing the quarantine requirement.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice extended to 20 August

Though many countries have cautiously begun to relax infection control measures, travelling is still difficult, even in Europe. Travel restrictions in and between countries, quarantine rules, infection control routines and a scarcity of flights (which to make matters worse are often cancelled) continue to cause trouble for travelling Norwegians. The situation is very far from normal. Norwegian embassies still receive many requests for assistance from travellers trying to return to Norway.

‘I understand very well that people want to plan ahead for their holidays and other trips,’ said Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide. ‘Norway and other European countries are gradually easing the rules domestically. It is too early to say how that will affect the spread of infection. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is therefore maintaining its current travel advice, which cautions against travel to all countries unless strictly necessary. This travel advice applies through 20 August, but may be adjusted. By 15 June, we will consider amending it for the Nordic countries. And by 20 July we will look at amending it for certain other nearby European countries.’

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to experience heavy demand from Norwegians seeking assistance and advice. In many places the situation remains confused and unpredictable owing to travel restrictions, quarantine regulations and a multitude of flight cancellations. Extremely limited access to health services is also common in some areas due to the pandemic. Under these circumstances the ability of Norway’s missions abroad to provide consular assistance to Norwegian nationals is also reduced. This will be among the factors considered as the Ministry re-evaluates it travel advice going forward.

Prohibitions on entry

Travellers must assume that Norway’s prohibitions against entering the country will remain in effect until 20 August, but the Government will consider whether additional exemptions may be possible. By 15 June, consideration will be given to permitting leisure travellers from the Nordic countries to enter. By 20 July, permitting such entry from other nearby European countries will also be considered.

Quarantine on arrival

Everyone coming to Norway today is required to undergo quarantine. This policy, too, is being extended through 20 August. But as with the travel advice, and by the same dates, the Government will consider easing the quarantine requirement.  

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