Dear Partner

On Friday 22nd July, Norway was hit by a terrible terrorist attack. In these difficult times, our thoughts go out to the people who have lost members of their family, friends and colleagues. It will take time for us to heal and we are all extremely shocked that something like this has happened.

According to the police, the act was carried out by an ethnic Norwegian with right wing sympathies. The man is arrested by police and remanded in custody.

According to our information, no tourists were seriously injured or killed in the attacks, but the events have led to uncertainty for the visitors that already are in Oslo and people travelling to and from Norway. Oslo’s Police Commissioner declared the city safe at the weekend. People can move around the city freely, apart from in some of the areas around the Government buildings which are still closed off. These are areas that few tourists visit. In order to put people at ease, there is however an increased security presence in the city centre.

The police have also increased security at all borders, and travellers should expect passport and ID checks to take longer than usual. All travellers will have to show valid passports or EU Identification cards. The air traffic to and from Norway’s airports is running as normal as are the ferry and rail services. The vast majority of roads to and from Oslo are open and there are diversions in place where roads have been closed.

All hotels in Oslo city centre are now open.

Visit Oslo’s tourist information centres are open and are operating ordinary opening hours. All tourist attractions are open. Public transport is still running and the majority of restaurants are open. Some events in the city might be cancelled. The rest of Norway is not directly affected by the terrorist attacks and all tourist traffic is running as normal.

Yours sincerely,

Per-Arne Tuftin

Director of Tourism Innovation Norway (the Norwegian Tourist Board)

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