Oslo Airport plans to move corona testing from baggage hall in order to reduce queues

GardermoenPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB

Oslo Airport (Gardermoen) is working on moving the coronavirus testing center for passengers arriving in Norway away from the baggage hall to address the recent long queues.

“We see that passenger numbers increase as autumn approaches and strict testing requirements are still in place. Therefore, we need to facilitate testing and border control, so that health workers and police can do their jobs,” acting airport director at Oslo Airport Ole Petter Storstad told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

The traffic numbers at Gardermoen have increased in recent weeks after Norway relaxed entry rules. Most passengers from abroad must be tested on arrival – and the testing takes place in the baggage hall. This has caused major space and queuing issues. 

The testing will now be moved to an area upstairs, near the departure hall. The area has previously been used as a check-in area but is largely empty. Passengers will thus be guided to the testing center after they have passed the border control, picked up their luggage, and gone through customs.

“We’re starting the work, but we expect that it will take a few weeks before it is ready for use,” Storstad said.

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

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