Police brace for passport crises

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The ever-helpful Norwegian Police are bracing for another summer season featuring inexperienced travelers who suddenly find themselves turned away at airport check-in counters because of an expired or invalid passport.

Last year the police issued more than 6,000 emergency passports just at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen. That was up 50 percent from the year before.

The typical Norwegian in distress is an infrequent traveler, often a senior citizen, who didn’t realize their passport was out of date. While the police can issue a nødpass (emergency, temporary passport) on the spot, not all countries will accept them because they’re not machine-prepared and are only good for a month.

Police told newspaper Aftenposten that they’re urging all travelers to make sure their travel documents are in order well in advance of their holiday trips.

Views and News staff