Oslo said it would review by July 20 the possibility of opening up to other nearby countries.
OSLO: Norway’s pandemic travel ban means business at its lowest.
Norway hailed for containing COVID-19, which has killed just 248 people in the country of 5.4 million,
Norwegian authorities have stressed the importance of not throwing away its sacrifices by opening up too early and allowing a re-importation of the potentially fatal virus.
“A lot of people are sad and frustrated,” admitted Justice Minister Monica Maeland, tasked with coordinating the country’s virus response.
“We’re not doing this to annoy people, but because we absolutely have to keep the situation under control,” she said last week.
In the only concessions so far, Norway, which is not an EU member but does belong to the Schengen zone of free movement, agreed to allow travel to Denmark, Finland and Iceland as of June 15. The Scandinavian country, which was quick to bring the new coronavirus under control, has ignored calls to lift, or at least ease, its travel restrictions, making it probably the most closed nation in Europe today.
Most non-residents are still not allowed to enter the country, and while foreign trips are not forbidden for Norwegians, the 10-day quarantine requirement upon return to Norway in place until at least August 20 makes travel abroad prohibitive.
As a result, Norwegians will not be able to soak up the sun on the beaches of the Mediterranean this summer — even Prime Minister Erna Solberg has cancelled her planned holiday in Spain.