Travel advice from ABTA Magazine as tourism restarts.
Norway is stark natural beauty – deep fjords, expansive lakes, vast mountains and the ethereal Northern Lights – active outdoor pursuits and cosmopolitan cities. The Scandinavian country stretches from Lindesnes in the south to the North Cape and enjoys one of Europe’s longest coast lines. Around 581,000 British nationals visit Norway every year
As lockdown continues to ease, the government has revealed a list of countries from which inbound tourist and returning travellers do not need to self-isolate (also known as the travel corridors list) – ending its blanket 14-day quarantine policy. However, it is not necessarily the case that Britons can enter the countries on the exemptions list without needing to quarantine, or that flights are even currently available (research suggests as little as a third of the countries can be visited without restrictions). Although firm favourites France and Italy made it on to lists revealed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Transport (DfT), the USA and Portugal were notable exceptions.
Norway is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel and is on the Department for Transport’s exemption list, meaning when returning to the UK, travellers will not need to self-isolate for 14 days. As of July 15, travellers normally resident in the UK may enter Norway and are not required to self-quarantine.
According to the FCO, there are restrictions on public events, but establishments serving food are allowed to open with social distancing in place. The Norwegian authorities have issued recommendations that people avoid using public transport unless strictly necessary. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has a produced a detailed guide here.