The government allows for work travel throughout the Nordic region without having to quarantine afterwards

Oslo Airport Gardermoen. Passenger record cycling world championship customsOslo Airport Gardermoen in Ullensaker Municipality. Photo: Norway Today Media

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Work related travel to and from countries in the Nordic region will no longer require a quarantine of ten days from Monday, June 1.

“It is very important for the business community,” said Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø (Venstre) at the government’s press conference on the corona situation on Thursday.

Employees from the Nordic countries are thus placed on an equal footing, and it will be easier to use labor from several countries, according to the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

“This is about slowly taking back, but controlled, the workday. Not all meetings, negotiations and appointments can be done digitally,” says Nybø.

“The workforce usually flows across borders, whether it be shipyard workers, service personnel or others. This is a step towards a more normal everyday life and is good for Norwegian economic growth,” the Minister continues.

NHO (Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise) is pleased with the government’s decision.

“The fact that we are now open to the Nordic countries is good, but we hope the government will soon open for work travel without quarantine also for other European countries that have the contagion situation under control,” says NHO Director of Labor, Nina Melsom.

She emphasizes that quarantine requirements have been challenging for many companies.

“For example, companies need to maintain equipment, but are struggling to get the labor force into the country to perform the necessary maintenance,” she says.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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