From July 5, people living in selected countries outside Europe will be able to visit their loved ones in Norway

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From July 5, people living in selected countries on the EU’s third country list, as well as from the USA and Australia, will be able to visit family, girlfriends, and boyfriends in Norway.

The Norwegian government announced the information on Friday.

This applies to foreigners who have the following relationship with a person resident in Norway:

* Adult children and stepchildren and parents and stepparents of adult children/stepchildren

* Grandparents, step-grandparents, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren

* Girlfriends and boyfriends over 18 and their minor children. The relationship must have lasted for a minimum of nine months, and the parties must have met each other physically before.

The countries covered include Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, South Korea, Taiwan, the USA, and Singapore.

Exempted from entry ban

From midnight onwards until July 5, these persons are exempt from the entry ban. They must follow current rules on quarantine and testing, such as testing before arrival, testing at the border, and being in entry quarantine.

“Many have waited a long time for visits from their loved ones. I am, therefore, glad that we can now ease up a little more when it comes to the entry restrictions. At the same time, unfortunately, some still have to wait. I understand that it is difficult and that many are impatient. The delta virus puts a damper on the reopening of society, but we are moving in the right direction,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) said.

Application necessary

The access to entry for girlfriends and boyfriends presupposes that you have obtained prior consent for such a visit. This is done through an application to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). 

The application scheme is fully automated and without fees. There is no right of appeal for people who are rejected.

As of today, there is an opportunity for entry for close family members, such as spouse/cohabitants and minor children.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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