Nearly 5,000 expelled at the Swedish border in Østfold since March

SvinesundSvinesund.Photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB scanpix

During the Coronavirus period, close to 5,000 people have been denied entry to Norway at the border crossings at Svinesund, Halden and Aremark.

In the five months that there have been strict travel restrictions as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, there have been 2,863 expulsions at the border crossings in Halden and Aremark. At Svinesund, there have been 2,013 expulsions, writes Halden Arbeiderblad.

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the police have since March 16th had the opportunity to expel travelers at the border for reasons of public health. There is no penalty in the event of expulsion. The police only ask travelers to leave Norway.

– “In the vast majority of cases, the traveler has legal and completely normal purposes to travel to Norway. However, if the traveler falls outside the temporary law’s criteria for entry, a deportation decision will be made on the spot,” says police chief Magne Stenkløv, who is acting head of the immigration section at the Joint Unit for Foreigners and Administration.

In practice, only people who are residents in an EU / EEA or Schengen country and who can document settlement and legal residence, can easily visit Norway now. In addition, job commuters can travel back and forth as they please.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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