Norway might extend its border closure with Russia until 1 January 2021 due to COVID-19.

Schengen Visa Info reports the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security introduced a suggestion for a temporary law to stop the further spread of the coronavirus.

The law, which is supposed to be kept in place until 1 January 2021, allows the government to keep the borders closed for internationals who lack a residence or work permit in Norway.

According to Schengen Visa Info, Norway’s government also announced that it has decided to extend border closure for all internationals until 20 August.

As Norway and Russia agreed to impose strict entry and exit controls due to the coronavirus, there is reportedly almost no traffic over the land border between the two countries.

Exemptions from the border closure decision have reportedly been applied for diplomats, crew members on fishing vessels and truck drivers.

According to the World Health Organisation’s latest statistics, Norway has 235 reported coronavirus-related deaths, while Russia has lost 3,633 lives to COVID-19.

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