How does Norway enforce its Covid-19 rules for foreign citizens at the border between Finland and Norway? Are there regular border controls at Karigasniemi, for instance?

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    Not having controls, doesn't mean you can break the rules. Both are in Schengen Area, so there should be no systematic control (but with CoViD, there are exception to Schengen rules) Commented Oct 5, 2020 at 12:17
  • @GiacomoCatenazzi Since Norway is not a member of the EU, border controls at the land border with Sweden and Finland are relatively common independent of the current covid situation (and legally not a problem) despite that all countries are in the Schengen area. Commented Oct 5, 2020 at 13:18
  • @Tor-EinarJarnbjo: which kind of control? Like here in CH, where you are just asked about items to declare (so mainly just tariff enforcement), but usually nothing about identity (and so no passport control), or the passport control is frequent? Commented Oct 5, 2020 at 13:45
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    @Tor-EinarJarnbjo Owing to the Nordic Passport Union, the legality of Norway (and Denmark+Finland) refusing Nordic citizens entry is in fact a grey area. Went to Copenhagen in April, Oslo in May and Halden in June, and all times managed to talk my way in by referring to the Passport Union (it was a hassle, especially with the Danes, but still ended up fine)
    – Crazydre
    Commented Oct 8, 2020 at 17:32
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    @Tor-EinarJarnbjo You think wrong nettavisen.no/nyheter/innenriks/…
    – Crazydre
    Commented Oct 8, 2020 at 20:36

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Most of the enforcement is based on trust.

The border controls are certainly more frequent now than usual, but there are no regular or permanent controls when entering Norway from Finland or Sweden.

  • The controls are permanent in Svinesund (both the motorway and the old road). Also flights land at the non-Schengen terminal (all international flights)
    – Crazydre
    Commented Oct 8, 2020 at 17:20
  • @Crazydre I have relatives living just half an hour from Svinesund telling otherwise. Commented Oct 8, 2020 at 18:45
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    Must've been relaxed since mid-June then, when I took the Västtrafik local bus 111 from Strömstad to Svinesundsparken just to change coins worth 250 kroner to banknotes at Reka 1000 (exploiting the front doors of Swedish local/regional buses being closed thanks to COVID-19). It takes the old road, and I was the only one on the bus. Despite me clearly telling the police I'd be gone again within half an hour, they were REALLY reluctant to let me in (took about 5 minutes for them to budge), in fact even worse than on the motorway in May (when I took Bus4You to Oslo)
    – Crazydre
    Commented Oct 8, 2020 at 20:41
  • @Crazydre So you have crossed the border twice and therefore conclude that the controls are permanent? Independent of the covid situation, buses to Norway are often picked out for a control anyway and the controls at the motorway checkpoint at Svinesund are relatively frequent. I would guesstimate that the border is open (you can simply drive through on the motorway) about 1/3 of the time. 2/3 of the time, all traffic is lead off the motorway and through the customs checkpoint, but also there, most cars are simply waved through. Commented Oct 9, 2020 at 15:54
  • Nah, spoke to multiple daily commuters from Strömstad about it in May, who said it's a hard shut border, and one of them once forgot to bring their employment contract and was summarily sent back. Again, though, may well have been relaxed since as more exceptions were put into the directive.
    – Crazydre
    Commented Oct 9, 2020 at 16:17

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