Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs extends recommendation against all non-essential travel until April 15

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is extending its global travel recommendation until after Easter. All travel that is not strictly necessary, to all countries, is discouraged.

“Even though we have been dealing with the pandemic for a year, we are still far from a normal situation, and the infection situation in many parts of the world is changing rapidly. 

“Therefore, we choose to continue the global travel recommendation that advises against travel that is not strictly necessary to all countries,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H) said.

She referred in particular to outbreaks of the mutated virus variants and the capacity of the health service in various countries.

There will still be exceptions for countries in the EEA / Schengen area with a low enough spread of infection. 

At present, this only applies to Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland, as well as a few areas in Finland.

Easter holidays

“But even though some countries and areas are yellow on the National Institute of Public Health’s (FHI) infection map, that is still no encouragement (for people) to travel,” Søreide told news bureau NTB.

Thus, there is no reason to plan the Easter holidays abroad, as the government has already announced. 

However, there is still hope that the situation will normalize some more by the summer. Still, Søreide pointed out that it is too early to say anything about how the infection situation will be at that time.

People who are still considering traveling somewhere need to think carefully about whether the trip is necessary. 

They must also familiarize themselves thoroughly with the situation and the entry rules in the country they are going to, the ministry emphasized.

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

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