In a statement posted on its website, the Norwegian government says that the extension is necessary “to prevent the spread of the new virus variant and to put in place the required routines and capacity for when we once again permit normal flights from the UK”.
The ban, announced on December 21st after British health authorities went public with their findings about the new variant, was extended until December 29th two days later.
“It is still possible that the flight ban can be further extended,” the statement reads.
The new variant of the coronavirus is believed to have first appeared in London and Kent and is reported to be up to 70 percent more contagious than other strains.
Based on what scientists know so far, the variant does not appear to cause more serious illness than other kinds of coronavirus.
The following rules apply to all travellers from the UK to Norway until January 10th:
- A PCR Covid-19 test must be taken within 1 day after arrival in Norway and again 7 days after arrival from the UK
- A PCR Covid-19 test must be taken as soon as possible by anyone who travelled from the UK to Norway within the last 14 days
- Registration with authorities required on arrival
- Registration required with local municipality at destination in Norway
- Current exemptions from arrival quarantine do not apply to travellers from the UK, though some exemptions may further apply to this