Norway removes all Covid-19 travel restrictions
Norway removes all Covid-19 travel restrictions

Norway removes all Covid-19 travel restrictions

After almost two years of pandemic-related travel restrictions, Norway’s border is now open as it was before the pandemic began. Most restrictions in the country have also been lifted.

The Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre announced today that with immediate effect there is no longer a requirement for vaccination certificates or tests upon entry into the country. Previous requirements to complete a digital registration form prior to arrival have also been removed.

The rule change means that if you had the right to travel into Norway before the pandemic, you can now freely enter the country once again.

However, travelers should be aware that most airlines still require the use of face masks on board. The test requirements for traveling to Svalbard are also in place so far.

Omicron dominance eases the burden on hospitals

The changes will come as the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 continues across Norway. However, as the variant still appears to be far less dangerous than previous variants, Norway’s healthcare system is no longer under pressure.

“We can ease the measures because omicron does not cause such a serious disease as previous variants. Although the infection is increasing, the proportion who end up in the hospital is low. We are well protected with the vaccine, ”said Støre.

Everyday life back to normal in Norway

While removing travel restrictions will delight tourists hoping to visit Norway in the spring and summer, it is the removal of everyday restrictions that is celebrated in Norway. The change follows similar initiatives from Scandinavian neighbors Denmark and Sweden in recent days.

Among other things, Norwegians will no longer be obliged to wear face masks or comply with requirements for social distancing in public places. “The one meter rule has prevented us from living together normally as human beings,” said Støre.

Changes have also been made in test and isolation procedures, where those who test positive are now just recommended to stay home for four days. This recommendation will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and is expected to be updated within the next few weeks.

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