Norwegian minister: It is still necessary to have comprehensive entry control for all passengers

Monica MælandPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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Although the entry rules for fully vaccinated people will be relaxed, there will be extensive control and testing at the Norwegian border. “It is still necessary,” the Minister of Justice believes.

From Friday afternoon, fully vaccinated people and those who have had coronavirus in the last six months will no longer need to go to entry quarantine after being abroad.

Upon arrival in Norway, they must still file in an entry form and present a Norwegian corona certificate that shows that they meet the criteria for exemption from entry quarantine, and they must be tested for coronavirus.

Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Monica Mæland (H) believes all this is still necessary for everyone who is entering Norway.

“Necessary”

“We must avoid infection transmission and a potential new lockdown as a consequence of increased travel activity, which we saw in connection with Christmas and New Year,” Mæland told news bureau NTB.

“It is simply a matter of us knowing who is coming and whether people have to be quarantined or not. This is cumbersome for all of us, and we should not have this system in place longer than necessary. But now it is still necessary,” she added.

On Thursday, emergency services director Tone Vangen in the Norwegian Police Directorate said they were concerned that the changes in the entry rules would lead to more passengers and increased queues at the border crossings.

In dialogue with the police

The Minister of Justice says that the government is in daily dialogue with the Norwegian Police Directorate about border control and that they know that it is demanding to handle constant changes in the regulations.

“It is important for me to say that those who work at the border work as best they can in a demanding situation and that we must all be patient with police, customs, guards, or municipal employees at the border. They are making a huge effort for our common good,” Mæland said.

She reminded people that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs still recommends avoiding all travel that is not strictly necessary and that people must be prepared for queues. 

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

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