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Summer holidays saved for many

Airline passengers in Norway are still troubled by strikes and strike threats, but tens of thousands still hope they’ll be able to fly off on long-awaited holidays. They got some good news on Friday.

News bureau NTB reported late Friday afternoon that Greek authorities have decided to allow Norwegians to enter the country with passports that expired within the last three years.    The Greek Embassy in Oslo wrote in a statement to NTB that Greek authorities recognize the challenges Norwegian authorities have had in renewing passports that expired during the Corona crisis.

Therefore they’re willing to accept expired passports as ID if necessary, since Norwegians already are supposed to be able to travel freely within the EU. Those with a national ID card are also allowed travel within the EU and European Free Trade Association.

Acceptance of Norwegian passports that have expired during the past three years will continue through the end of the year. Greece is clearly as eager to welcome tourists and the money spend as Norwegians are eager to travel, after two years of Corona-related travel disruption.

Now it’s more a matter of just being able to fly to Greece or any other destinations. Several airlines have had to cancel flights this week because of a strike by aircraft technicians demanding raises of up to 18 perent. SAS pilots are also still threatening to strike from June 29, with Sweden now threatening a lock-out for all other SAS employees in Sweden. staff



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