Norway eases entry requirements on Saturday, but not for US travelers
Norway announced on Friday that it would soon open its borders to citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area and a handful of other countries.
Starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Norway will allow citizens of the EU, EEA and countries on its purple list – currently New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Taiwan – as well as residents of the United Kingdom and Switzerland to enter. These travelers will not have to quarantine or undergo testing if they have been fully vaccinated or can prove that they have been infected and recovered from the coronavirus in the past six months.
Travelers who cannot show proof of vaccination or recovery may face additional entry requirements. If they are 18 and over from red, dark red, purple, gray or third countries, they will need to be quarantined but can be isolated 72 hours after arrival with a negative PCR test. Travelers from the green and orange zones do not need to self-quarantine.
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Norway is dropping its pre-arrival testing requirement, but travelers from red, dark red, purple, gray or third countries will need to take a border test. Norway is abandoning its obligation to test on the seventh day of a trip, but recommends that children take a second test 72 hours after arrival.
Most travelers outside of approved countries – including the United States – cannot enter Norway unless they meet certain exemptions, such as visiting a romantic partner or close family members who live in Norway.
American travelers to Norway will have to wait
A proposed second phase of plans to reopen the country, which could begin in the second half of October, would lift entry restrictions on travelers from non-EU countries, which do not include the United States. .
The final phase, in which the country would reconsider its remaining entry restrictions, has no proposed start date.
The changes come as daily COVID-19 cases in Norway continue on a downward trend after their last peak. The country has reported 721 new cases in the past day, less than half of its record of 1,785 in August, and more than 67% of its population is fully vaccinated, according to data from Johns University on Friday. Hopkins.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg noted that the country’s hospital admissions have stabilized and expects a large part of the population to be fully vaccinated in the coming weeks. The Norwegian National Institute of Public Health now believes there is little risk of the outbreak getting out of hand, allowing the country to return to normal daily life, Solberg said in a press release.
The country is also expected to end a number of national coronavirus measures on Saturday, including capacity limits during the events.
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