Norwegian police to ask Home Guard for support at Svinesund border crossings

Svinesund border crossingPhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB

Long queues at the border crossings present capacity challenges for the Eastern Police District. Now, the police are asking the Home Guard for help.

After the Norwegian government allowed travel to Sweden without quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travelers, there have been long queues to enter Norway, some lasting up to six hours. 

The traffic is a challenge for the capacity of the Eastern Police District, which, among other things, checks electronic travel registration forms.

On Thursday, the Eastern Police District told TV 2 that they would soon ask the Home Guard for help.

Support needed

“We will send a request to the Armed Forces for assistance from the Home Guard to take care of parts of the border activities. The request has not been sent, so we will have the details later,” chief of staff in the Eastern Police District Jan Eivind Myklatun told the TV channel.

According to NTB, it is most likely that the Home Guard will be asked to assist the police in carrying out ID checks.

The Home Guard is already assisting the police along the Swedish border in Innlandet, Trøndelag, Nordland, and Troms og Finnmark.

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

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