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More countries accept expired passports

Several more countries are sympathizing with frustrated Norwegian tourists who need to wait months to renew passports that expired during the Corona crisis. They’ve decided to accept expired Norwegian passports, at least through the summer holiday season.

Germany, Iceland, Estonia and Portugal are among countries who’ll accept the expired passports as legitimate ID, probably through the end of the year. Greece and Turkey already have.

The problem is that Norwegian police have been overwhelmed by the demand for new passports, and unable to process all the applications in time for the summer travel season. Norway’s justice minister has appealed to European countries to recognize expired passports for a temporary period and several have responded positively.

Norway is already part of the so-called “Schengen agreement” that allows citizens of most of the EU- and European Area countries to travel without passport control. If they get into some kind of trouble, though, or need to produce ID, then a passport remains the preferred document.

NewsinEnglish.no staff

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