Norway announces new emergency passport rules. Here’s the update

Emergency travel passportPhoto: Terje Bendiksby / NTB
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The Norwegian police are making further new adjustments to the requirements for issuing emergency passports. From Wednesday, those who have booked trips up to and including June 1 can apply.

“It also affects children under 18 who have booked travel after June 1,” the police announced.

In an email to Norway Today, department director Bjørn Vandvik in the Police Directorate stated that people must be able to provide documentation to back up their requests.

“(The new rules apply to) people who have made travel arrangements by June 1, and can present documentation such as plane tickets, reservations, etc.,” Vandvik stated.

Further rules adjustments possible

Furthermore, the police say that they plan to continue the monitoring of passport stock in the months ahead.

“There is a limited amount of emergency passports, and we need to make sure that people who need a passport due to an emergency can get one. We will make adjustments to the criteria as we see needed,” Vandvik explained.

Reducing ques

He added that the police are also working on reducing passport ques.

“We have asked all police districts to increase staffing and try to offer as many appointments as they can through the summer and into the fall and winter.

“Norwegians can either apply for a passport or a national ID card. This restriction was implemented to ensure that as many people as possible could get one or the other.

“This measure has had a positive impact on the passport ques, as many have opted to go for a national ID card (valid for travel within the EU/EEC-countries and Switzerland).

“We also work closely with our supplier and monitor their production capacity. They have lately been able to produce almost twice as many national ID cards as we had estimated,” Vandvik concluded.

Robin-Ivan Capar is a contributor and editor at Norway Today.

Source: #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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