Press release | Date: 24/09/2021
The global advice against non-essential travel to all countries with the exception of the EU/EEA countries, Switzerland and the UK, as well as certain countries and regions outside Europe, will not be extended after 1 October.
‘There is no longer a need for global travel advice. We will now go back to assessing countries on an individual basis to determine the need for travel advice. These assessments will incorporate issues relating to the pandemic, the health situation and the security situation in the country in question. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ has launched a new travel app, Reiseklar, which provides access to travel advice and travel information. You can also register trips there, and I strongly encourage people to download it,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
The withdrawal of the global travel advice is a step in the process of returning to normality but with a higher level of preparedness. The Ministry will now assess the various countries that are currently encompassed by the global travel advice. A list of countries for which travel advice will continue to apply after 1 October will be published on the government website regjeringen.no before the global travel advice is rescinded at midnight on 30 September. After this, countries will be assessed on an ongoing basis.
‘Although we are withdrawing the global travel advice, things have not yet completely returned to normal. Some countries still have entry restrictions, and travel advice can change at short notice. It is therefore important for people who are planning to travel or who are currently travelling abroad to follow developments closely in order to safeguard their own personal safety and health,’ said Ms Eriksen Søreide.
Travel advice will continue to apply to individual countries after the global travel advice is rescinded, for reasons related to the pandemic and/or security situation. New pandemic-related travel advice for specific countries may be issued at the recommendation of one of Norway’s diplomatic or consular missions or the Norwegian health authorities. A high infection level, the rapid spread of new virus variants, and pressure on the capacity of health services are all factors that may make it necessary to issue pandemic-related travel advice. The Ministry will provide information about which countries this applies to before 1 October.
The new travel app Reiseklar can be downloaded via App Store or Google Play. Play. Here you will find travel information for all countries that have a Norwegian diplomatic or consular mission. You can also register trips in the app, so that you receive information from the Norwegian authorities if a crisis occurs while you are travelling. Norwegians travelling abroad should also check whether their travel insurance is valid and what it covers.
The global advice against non-essential travel to all countries was introduced in March 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This was the first time travel advice for the entire world had been issued.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues official travel advice whenever there is reason to advise people against travelling to a specific country, area or region, or to advise them to leave. Official travel advice is issued and rescinded on the basis of an overall assessment of the safety and security situation in a particular country or area. It is important to note that the Ministry’s travel advice is advisory; it does not constitute a ban on travel. However, if you travel to a country against the Ministry’s advice, there may be implications for your travel insurance. You should also be aware that the Foreign Service’s capacity to provide consular assistance may be limited in countries for which travel advice has been issued. Prior to the pandemic, the Ministry had issued travel advice for approximately 50 countries, areas or regions.