Norway to accept COVID-19 certificates from England & Wales

Norway will accept the English and Welsh NHS COVID Pass from today, 12th August. It means fully vaccinated people will be able to enter Norway without quarantine required. Norway is on the UK’s ‘green list’ of countries. UPDATED

People from England and Wales who have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine that has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be able to enter Norway without any restrictions.

The same applies to people who have recovered from COVID-19 during the past six months.

For these groups, no travel quarantine will be required, and they will not need to provide proof of a negative test result, complete an entry registration form, or be tested at the border.

‘I am pleased that this solution is being rolled out. Many people in these countries have close ties to Norway and entering Norway will now become easier for them,’ said the Minister of Health and Care Services, Bent Høie.

Geillo, Norway. Image © PlanetSKI

Geilo, Norway. Image © PlanetSKI

“This is the best new we have had in 18 months,”  said the CEO of Norway Home of Skiing, Trevor De Villiers.

“Finally, Norway is completely open both ways to and from Norway, following the UK’s announcement last week that Norway is now also on the UK Green list.

“Customers can now confidently book their winter holiday to Norway, knowing they can actually do so without the risk of cancellations and restrictions – I am one very happy man today and I am sure this news will also be very welcomed by all our Norwegian sales partners in the UK.”

Narvic, Norway

Trevor de Villiers in Narvic, Norway. Image supplied by Norway, Home of Skiing.

“It’s fantastic news that quarantine free travel is now possible to and from Norway,” added the Sales& Product Manager at Ski Safari, Andy Hemingway.

Ski Safari specialists in skiing holidays in Norway.

“We’re absolutely delighted that our customers who were sadly unable to travel last winter can now look forward to travelling with us again this winter.

“And we’re so pleased that this news will provide confidence for new customers to book holidays to this amazing country.”

Travellers arriving from England and Wales with a valid NHS COVID pass who are staying at a quarantine hotel in Norway at the time the change enters into effect on Thursday will be allowed to leave the quarantine hotel.

Norway will not be able to verify the NHS Covid Passes of users who have the paper version, as the paper-based certificates do not have a QR code.

If NHS paper certificates come with a verifiable QR code at a later date, then Norway will also be able to accept paper certificates.

It is expected that Northern Ireland and Scotland will soon implement digital, verifiable COVID-19 certificates similar to the NHS COVID Pass.

When this happens and Norway can verify the certificates people fro Northern Ireland and Scotland will be treated the same.

Norway currently has 53 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of population over a 7-day period.

It has seen 142,000 cases and 805 deaths and has been generally judged to have coped well with the pandemic.

It has a population of 5.4 million.

Here at PlanetSKI we have plans to visit Norway early in the season and look forward to reporting from its slopes.

PlanetSKI in Norway 2018

PlanetSKI in Norway 2018

See here for an earlier article on what is on offer in Norway:

Skiing in Norway

Skiing in Norway. Image © PlanetSKI