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These countries outside the EU can have their own travel rules - VG

These countries outside the EU can have their own travel rules – VG

Special tip: The United States is on the European Commission’s list of safe third countries. This means that it can have its own travel advice for Norwegians. Here from the Santa Monica Pier in California in June 2010. Photo: REED SAXON / TT NEWS AGENCY

Up to ten new countries outside the European Economic Area, the Schengen Area and the United Kingdom are on the list of countries that can have their own travel advice for Norwegians.


As it is known, a number of countries can turn green from next Monday. New standards could make the EU’s travel map even greener than it has been in several months.

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) will also evaluate its own travel advice for certain countries outside the European Economic Area, Schengen and the United Kingdom.

– A comprehensive assessment will be carried out based on the countries included in the EU third country list on an equal footing with all countries within the EEA/Schengen and the UK, Othele Rey Harangen of the National Institute for Health and Safety (NIPH) mentioned in Email to VG last week.

It is not yet known what the travel boards will look like, or whether the countries will be green and red on a par with those of the European Union.

Ten new countries on the list

Countries deemed by the NIPH must be on the EU Commission’s list of safe third countries, which is updated every 14 days. the last one The update came Thursday.

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The European Commission is now recommending that member states ease entry restrictions for these countries (new countries highlighted):

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • the black Mountain
  • New Zealand
  • Qatar
  • Moldova
  • North Macedonia
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • United States of America
  • China

In addition, the European Commission recommends a gradual relaxation of entry rules for Hong Kong, Macao, Kosovo and Taiwan.

The European Commission states that countries are evaluated according to their infection status, response to the epidemic, as well as confidence in information and data related to the epidemic.

  • Will countries go green? It is not known what FHI’s travel advice for third countries will look like, or whether these countries may turn green and red as in the European Union. The NIPH can prepare its own advice for the third countries on the list. Nor is it a given that all countries on the list get their own travel advice. In addition to assessing the infection status, the NIPH will perform a comprehensive assessment.
  • When will the decision come? This week, the NIPH will assess which third countries can go green. Travel advice will be announced before Monday, July 5.

FHI is considering reopening lands and districts once every two weeks, on even weeks, and closing every week.