The police advise people not to book a trip abroad before checking their passports. When more than one million Norwegians apply for passport renewal, the queue time can be very long.
Due to the pandemic, most of us cancelled our travel abroad last year. At the same time, many people gave up plans to renew their passports.
In a normal year, the police will receive approximately 700,000 new passports or applications for new passports. In addition, the Norwegian police pointed out that the number of applicants for passports last year decreased by 400,000 compared with previous years. These figures also include children (renewing their passports more often than adults) and new citizens.
The police worry that anyone who needs a new passport, and the authorities’ infection control measures that the passport bureau must comply with, may cause a long wait in line to obtain a passport.
Director of the Police Department BjørnVandvik (BjørnVandvik)
inform The agency pays close attention to this situation. A plan to resolve this issue with the police department is under development. It may be important to extend the opening hours.
-We understand very well that this can be frustrating. At the same time, it is necessary to comply with current regulations and pay attention to infection control. Van der Wijk said that we continue to publish time on the police station.
Therefore, he advises the audience to wait a while if you do not find an appointment immediately.
In the Oslo area alone, there is a backlog of 100,000 passports.
-Torill Sorte, the head of the Foreign and Administrative Department of the Southeast Police Department, said that we hope that there will be many consultations about renewing passports or applying for new passports when society opens up.
She advises people not to book travel abroad until they check whether their passports are valid. In the southeast, there are seven places where you can arrange passports, but you must make an appointment in advance.