Norway declares Covid-19 testing mandate for third country tourists

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The Norwegian government has submitted a bill stressing that persons who are to be deported, following the Immigration Act, the Extradition Act or the Arrest Warrant Act, may be required to undergo a testing process in order to determine whether they are infected with the Coronavirus or not.

“Many countries require travellers to submit a negative covid-19 test. Persons who are to be deported pursuant to the Immigration Act, the Extradition Act or the Arrest Warrant Act can therefore prevent this by not being tested,” the statement published by Norway’s government reads.

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According to the announcement of Norway’s government, despite the fact that Norway, as well as other countries, have lifted requirements for testing before entry, it must be noted that such test requirements in several countries can be maintained or reintroduced in the coming months.

“The Government, therefore, proposes temporary legal provisions that will apply until July 1 2023. The provisions are included in the Immigration Act and in a separate temporary law on adaptations in the regulations on international judicial cooperation,” the statement reads.

According to the data provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Norway has registered a total of 1,430,841 cases of COVID-19 infection since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, while a total of 3,094 people have died.

In addition, authorities in Norway have also announced that as of May 15, 2022, a total of 11,305,805 vaccine doses have been administered.

Despite the rapid spread of the Coronavirus and its new variants, authorities in Norway abolished all the measures imposed due to the Coronavirus situation in February in order to further ease the travel process and help the industries recover from the damages caused by the virus.

Such a decision back then was confirmed through a statement published by the country’s Ministry of Health and Care Services. The same Ministry back then stressed that despite the easing of restrictions, all persons who have symptoms are required to follow the mandatory testing requirement.

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“The corona pandemic no longer poses a major health threat to most of us. The omicron virus causes far less serious illness, and we are well protected by vaccines. We, therefore, remove almost all infection control measures, such as the metre, requirements for bandages and insulation. We can return to a normal life,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre stressed back then.

Up to this point, many European countries have lifted  the majority of the restrictions imposed due to the Coronavirus.

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