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Asian countries rank high in new corona-fear survey

Asian countries are more scared to contract the novel coronavirus than Scandinavian countries, according to a new survey from YouGov based on the percentage of 27,000 participants from 26 countries who have reported that they are ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ scared of contracting COVID-19. Amongst the countries are China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan,…

TUI: All 30.000 Nordic travelers now back home

TUI Nordic announced on 31 March that they had completed repatriating over 30,000 Nordic travelers from different parts of the world to Scandinavia. The evacuation was part of TUI’s worldwide evacuation in which a total of 200,000 European guests have now been flown home. TUI is the largest corporation within tourism and travel in Denmark,…

Several NGO’s asks Norway to divest Chinese tech companies after violation of human rights

It has been reported that a group of NGOs’ has urged Norway to divest from Chinese technology companies after their involvement in human rights violations in China’s Uyghur region has been brought into the light. It is described as ‘a coalition of six Human Rights Organizations’ that address the topic of divestment of Hikvision Digital…

Norwegian embassy Manila provide contact information to assist stranded travelers

The Norwegian Embassy in Manila has sent out an important message to Norwegian  travelers possibly stranded in the Phillipines due to flights cancellations and border restrictions in various destinations, on 23 March 2020. “Filipino authorities urge foreign embassies to provide information of their stranded travelers to the department of tourism’s regional offices. These information coordinates…

Norway funded CEPI the key to a fast Covid-19 vaccine

One of the most important source of funding of international vaccine research is the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, or CEPI, a public-private partnership launched in 2017 by Norway and headquartered in Oslo. The idea from the beginning was to award grants for swift vaccine development targeting emerging threats that the pharmaceutical industry might otherwise…

Stranded travelers in Laos can apply for stay-permits

Laos Immigration Department announced that foreigners and stateless people who can not leave Laos due to temporary closure of all borders, are able to request visa extensions,on 25 March 2020. According to  daily Vientiane Times report on 27 March 2020, stay-permits has to be extended for another month directly with the Department of Immigration in…

Cambodia suspends tourist visa from 30 March 2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia published an official regulations statement regarding Covid-19 situation on 27 March 2020. The Royal Government of Cambodia is monitoring Covid-19 situation on daily basis and agreed to suspend tourist visa, visa on arrival, e-visa to all Foreign citizens from 30 March until 30 April 2020.…

International ski conference in Pattaya moved

The International Ski Federation FIS has decided to move its world congress planned for May 17-23 in Pattaya, Thailand due to the corona crisis. The Congress gathers every year over 1000 participants from national skiing federations around the world. Norwegian Ski Federation’s President Erik Röste has from the beginning strongly opposed holding the congress in…