Last Friday the UK government announced that fully vaccinated travellers from most of Europe will no longer have to take pre-departure Covid-19 tests when heading to England. They can also take a cheaper lateral flow (antigen) test on day 2 rather than a PCR test as is currently the rule.
Furthermore, this will apply to those who have received Covid vaccine jabs from different manufacturers, Norway’s health minister, Bent Høie, announced on Tuesday.
Arrivals into England will be put into two categories: those from red list countries and those from the rest of the world.
Fully vaccinated travellers from the rest of the world list will not have to take pre-departure Covid-19 tests or expensive day two PCR tests when heading to England. From the end of October they will be able to instead take a cheaper rapid antigen (lateral flow) test on day 2. Although little details about how the new day tests will work in practice have been revealed.
At the moment, these rules will only apply to England. However, the rest of the UK will probably follow suit as it has done with other travel rule changes. The new rules for England will come into effect on Monday, October 4th.
Travellers will still need to fill out the passenger locator form. You can read in full about the announcement here.
How does this affect travel from Norway?
Norway will be placed in the rest of the world category. This means that travel to England should become cheaper and easier.
This means that fully vaccinated travellers won’t need the pre-departure test and can opt for a cheaper antigen test on day 2. The UK only classes people as fully vaccinated two weeks after their final jab.
It is currently unclear whether those who have recovered from Covid-19 and only received one jab in Norway are also considered fully vaccinated, currently they are classed as unvaccinated under the current rules.
Unvaccinated travellers from Norway to the UK have to quarantine for 10 days and a take pre-departure test as well tests as on day 2 and day 8 after arrival. They can opt to end isolation early via the test and release scheme.