Government: The airports will not close

Prime Minister Erna SolbergPrime Minister Erna Solberg.photo: Fredrik Hagen / NTB scanpix

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The government states that Norwegian airports will not close during the coronavirus pandemic and that only foreigners without a residence permit will be rejected.

-“All Norwegian citizens and people who live or work in Norway will still be able to enter the country, the Ministry of Justice writes in a clarification on Saturday evening.

The clarification comes after Prime Minister Erna Solberg presented a press conference on Saturday evening about the consequences of the stricter measures to limit the spread of infection in Norway. There she came to say that the airports were to close. But after many apprehensive inquiries, the Justice Department on Saturday night clarifies that the airports will still be kept open and people will be allowed to enter.

– Exceptions will therefore be provided for EEA citizens and their family members residing in Norway. Exceptions are also made for EEA citizens working in Norway, writes the Ministry of Justice.

Airports will allow flights from foreign airports in the coming week so that Norwegians can get home. We will also contact authorities in other countries to help allow airlines to fly Norwegians home to Norway, it further states.

The airports will also be kept open so that foreign tourists can leave Norway.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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