COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 33: RESUMPTION OF REGULAR CONSULAR HOURS AT THE EMBASSY BEGINNING 17 JUNE 2020

COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 33: RESUMPTION OF REGULAR CONSULAR HOURS AT THE EMBASSY BEGINNING 17 JUNE 2020

UPDATE 6: As previously announced, Norway has designated Iceland as "red" and will be requiring all persons arriving from Iceland to observe a mandatory 10-day quarantine from 15 August 2020. In addition, all counties of Sweden are reverted to "red" status except Kalmar, Södermanland, and Västerbotten - only persons arriving in Norway from these three counties in Sweden will be exempt from the quarantine requirement. For the information and guidance of all.

UPDATE 5: The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has recommended that Iceland be designated as "red" by 14 August 2020 in view of rising COVID-19 infections there. All persons arriving in Norway from Iceland will need to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine should this push through. We ask all those in Iceland intending to visit the Embassy in the coming days to postpone their travel plans until Norway's guidelines are finalized. Thank you.

UPDATE 4: Effective 08 August 2020, the following counties of Sweden are labeled “green” and persons arriving from these counties will be exempt from Norway’s quarantine requirements: Blekinge, Dalarna, Kalmar, Södermanland, Uppsala, Örebro, Östergötland, Värmland and Västerbotten. The counties of Kronoberg and Skåne, meanwhile, have been reverted back to “red” status. Please be guided accordingly.

UPDATE 3: Norway will add the Swedish counties of Kalmar, Örebro, Östre Götaland, and Värmland among those in its "green list" effective 25 July 2020. Those arriving from these counties, in addition to the counties of Blekinge, Kronoberg, and Skåne, will not need to undergo mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Norway.

UPDATE 2: As of 10 July 2020, Norway has removed travel restrictions for those coming from the counties of Blekinge, Kronoberg, and Skåne in Sweden. Those arriving from the rest of Sweden will still need to undergo mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Norway.

UPDATE 1: As of 26 June 2020, Gotland in Sweden no longer satisfies Norway’s requirements for infection control, and thus the whole of Sweden is excluded from Norway’s travel list. Please be guided accordingly.

The public is hereby informed that beginning today, 15 June 2020, Norway will open its borders for leisure travel to and from other Nordic countries. For details and specific conditions, please refer to the announcement of the Norwegian Government here.

In view of this relaxation of travel-related restrictions, the Philippine Embassy in Oslo is pleased to announce that beginning Wednesday, 17 June 2020, the Embassy’s Consular Section will return to its regular opening hours, as follows:

  • 0900H to 1400H – receiving of applications
  • 0900H to 1700H – releasing of new passports and other processed applications

All applicants are informed of the following:

  1. The Embassy will no longer be issuing appointments and will resume accepting walk-in applicants during the abovementioned hours. This includes all applicants from Norway and Iceland, as well as passport applicants from Finland.
  1. We continue to advise those in Sweden to refrain from visiting the Embassy. Travelers from all areas of Sweden, except Gotland, must still undergo quarantine upon arrival in Norway. Please click here for information related to travelling to Norway amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
  1. It is the responsibility of those traveling from outside Norway to consult immigration authorities in their country of origin regarding any restrictions on travel that may affect them, especially regarding return travel from Norway back to their respective countries.
  1. For all those in Finland and Sweden in need of non-passport services, please contact the Philippine Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, via their Facebook page.
  1. Those with previously confirmed appointments may choose to keep their appointments or visit the Embassy anytime during the above opening hours.
  1. Since the Embassy will no longer pre-evaluate documentary requirements via email, applicants must ensure that they bring complete requirements for their application, as listed on the Embassy’s website. Applicants with incomplete requirements will not be entertained.
  1. The Embassy will still NOT be open for visa issuance services, as the suspension of visa issuance and visa-free privileges for foreigners to enter the Philippines is still in effect until further notice.
  1. Expedited same-day processing of applications for civil registry (Report of Birth, Report of Marriage), notarial and legalization, au pair contract attestation, and acknowledgment of employment contracts will be optional and no longer be required. Non-expedited applications will undergo the normal processing time as applicable.
  1. Processing of applications will both be done on the 5th floor of the Embassy building, and claiming of passports and processed documents will be done on the 4th floor.
  1. To fully observe social distancing guidelines, the Embassy reserves the right to limit the number of people inside the Embassy premises at any given time. As much as possible, only applicants themselves will be allowed to enter the premises. All applicants are also encouraged to observe the relevant hygiene protocols while at the Embassy premises, including wearing of face masks and using hand sanitizers provided at the entrance and inside the Consular Section.
  1. The Embassy will continue to receive mailed-in applications for Report of Birth, Report of Marriage, and attestation of au pair contracts. Please include your contact details with your application.
  1. Applicants who have arranged for return postage or courier of their new passports may continue to mail their old passports for cancellation in order to claim their renewed passports.

While Norway has gradually eased its COVID-19-related restrictions, the Embassy continues to advise against all non-essential travel, and encourages everyone to postpone visits to the Embassy unless absolutely necessary.

This advisory supersedes all previous announcements regarding the Embassy’s working hours and services, particularly COVID-19 Public Advisory No. 32.