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What are the new rules for Covid pass holders travelling between Norway and the UK

New travel rules have been introduced for Covid certificate users travelling between Norway and the UK, Here's what you need to know.

What are the new rules for Covid pass holders travelling between Norway and the UK
A Norwegian Air Shuttle jet taking off from Oslo Airport. Photo Jan Johansen/Flickr

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Travel to Norway is restricted to residents, citizens, EU and Norwegian vaccine pass holders and arrivals from “green countries“, countries which have low enough infection levels to allow entry into Norway. 

In addition to this, the partners and the close family of residents and citizens from the EU/EEA, the UK and purple list countries can enter Norway

Typically, unvaccinated arrivals or those without a valid EU or Norwegian Covid certificate will be required to quarantine either at home or a hotel, register their entry and test before and after arriving in Norway. 

The quarantine period in Norway is either ten or seven days depending on whether a negative PCR test is returned on day seven. 

Arrivals from green countries and those with vaccine passports aren’t obliged to quarantine or test. You can read more about the rules and entry requirements depending on your situation here

New travel rules for fully jabbed travellers entering the UK

From August 2nd, fully vaccinated travellers from countries in Europe can skip the mandatory 10-day quarantine period when arriving in England, Scotland and Wales from amber list countries like Norway

Travellers will still need to provide a negative test no more than three days before travel and take a PCR test on the second day after arriving. 

All arrivals will also be required to fill out the passenger locator form. Below we’ll look at how the new rules affect travel between Norway and the UK. 

Travel from Norway to the UK for vaccine pass holders

Vaccine pass holders, with either the EU, Norwegian or NHS covid certificate, travelling from Norway will need to take a test no earlier than three days before their arrival into the UK. 

The test results must be in English, French or Spanish.

Getting test results in English shouldn’t be a problem in Norway if you use a testing service such as Dr.Dropin or Volvat. 

The best option for non-residents to get tested before travelling to the UK will be to get one done privately. These cost around £100, including the fit to fly certificate. 

You can read more about the specifics for testing here.

Travellers will also be required to fill out a passenger locator form.

Under the new rules, fully vaccinated health pass holders will skip the ten-day quarantine period as Norway is an amber country

They will still need to pre book a PCR test for the second day after arriving in the UK. This will cost upwards of £60.

In the UK, you are only classed as fully vaccinated two weeks after your final jab. 

If you are using the Norwegian Covid certificate as proof of vaccination, you will need to show border police the extended control page, which includes the vaccines you took and the date you received them. 

READ MORE: How you can use Norway’s Covid-19 certificate at the border? 

Furthermore, the UK only accepts EMA approved vaccines. If you have been vaccinated in Norway, this won’t be an issue as the country only uses EMA approved serums. 

Travel from the UK to Norway for health certificate holders

Fully vaccinated travellers arriving, or those who have had Covid in the past six months, from the UK with an EU or Norwegian Covid certificate aren’t subject to any entry restrictions provided a week has passed since their final shot. 

Those planning on using the NHS app are still subject to entry restrictions and requirements as while the UK is accepting Norwegian vaccine passes, this isn’t being reciprocated, for now at least. 

This is because Norway cannot verify the NHS app as proof of vaccination, but talks are underway to get the NHS app accepted by Norwegian authorities, according to the British Embassy in Norway

This means entry from the UK for non-residents and citizens is restricted to close family and partners. 

The British Embassy also said that it doesn’t currently have a date for when the NHS app will be accepted. 

Children and stepchildren (regardless of age), parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are classed as close family.

Those without a Norwegian or EU health pass will also need to take a test, either PCR or antigen, 24 hours before arrival.

In addition to this, they will need to register their entry into Norway, test at the border and enter a quarantine hotel for a minimum of three days as the UK is a dark red country under Norway’s Covid country classification system

They will be released from the hotels, which cost 500 kroner per night for adults, or 250 for children over 10, after returning a negative PCR test. 

They will then need to quarantine until day seven at the earliest, where the option will be available to take another PCR. Otherwise, the isolation period will end on day ten. 

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The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”

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