The Norwegian authorities have announced that travellers from Israel who have been vaccinated or recovered from the COVID-19 disease will now be able to enter the country restriction-free as their vaccination passport is now recognised for travel.
“Israel is now connected to the EU’s solution for the corona certificate, which means that Norway accepts the certificates from Israel,” the statement of the Ministry of Health and Care Services of Norway reads.
The decision to recognise the vaccination passports issued in Israel comes after the EU Commission announced that all travellers from Israel and six other third countries will now be able to travel to EU countries under the same rules as Europeans since they have been successfully connected to the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate.
Based on a press release issued by the Ministry of Health and Care Services on Friday, September 24, in line with the new rules, travellers arriving from Israel can now enter Norwegian territory without having to undergo the self-isolation requirement, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
However, it has been emphasised that in order to avoid quarantine, Israeli nationals must provide a valid vaccination certificate, which indicates that they have been immunised against the COVID-19 disease with one of the vaccines that Norway currently recognises.
Additionally, except for travellers who have been fully vaccinated, the exemption from the quarantine requirement also applies to those who have recovered from the virus during the last six months.
As for the entry rules, the authorities have highlighted that all vaccinated and recovered travellers arriving from Israel are also exempted from the entry form requirement, meaning that they do not need to fill an entry form before reaching the country. Moreover, they can enter Norway without having to undergo testing at the border.
Except for Israel, whose COVID-19 vaccination and recovery certificates will now be widely recognised in Norway, the country also already recognised certificates issued by another 14 countries outside the EEA/Schengen Area, which are as follows:
- Faroe Islands
- Northern Macedonia
- San Marino
- Vatican City State
- Northern Ireland
Conversely, as for unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers arriving from Israel or any other third country whose COVID-19 certificate is recognised in Norway, the authorities have explained that they need to follow strict entry restrictions.
According to the rules set by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, all those who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the COVID-19 must present a negative test result before entry, fill in the registration form, undergo another test at the border, and go in quarantine as soon as they enter Norway.
Previously, the Norwegian authorities revealed that the country would abolish its COVID-19 restrictions, meaning that the border would be open for travellers.