Western Europe

Norway to tighten travel rules amid new COVID-19 outbreak

18:02, 19 November 2021
Norway to tighten travel rules amid new COVID-19 outbreak

The Norwegian authorities will tighten border crossing controls amid the coronavirus situation, the Associated Press reported on Friday.

Each traveler entering the country aged 16 and over old will have to register on a special website three days before arrival. This information will subsequently be transmitted to border checkpoints as people without registration will not be able to enter Norway.

Ingvild Hjerkol, the country's health minister, also urges Norwegians to give up shaking hands "and use safe ways to greet each other."

In recent days, Norway has recorded a dramatic increase of coronavirus infections cases.

In September, Norway lifted all coronavirus-related restrictions after improving the epidemiological situation, as well as due to the high number of vaccinated people. To date, over 90% of the country's population has received one vaccine against COVID-19, and 87.3% have both.

Chancellor of Austria Alexander Schallenberg announced on Friday that the government had decided to impose mandatory vaccination on the country’s residents from February 1. He added that the country also enters another lockdown starting on Monday.

The Slovak and Czech governments will also introduce a lockdown for those who have not been vaccinated against the COVID-19.