Alta in northern Norway has some spectacular views. Photo: FN Sambandet Norge/Wikimedia Commons
“The police have expelled four German citizens for entering Norway illegally as a result of the current Covid-19 regulations,” the police in Finnmark said on Twitter.
Stein Kristian Hansen from the Finnmark police told the VG newspaper that the family in the van had claimed to be unaware of Norway's border regulations.
“There were two adults and two minors in a camper van with German plates. We got a tip off from the public and met them in downtown Alta,” Stein Kristian Hansen from the local police told the paper.
The family claimed that they did not know the entry rules in Norway.
Norway currently only allowed tourists to enter the country if they are residents of regions in the Nordic countries where infection rates are sufficiently low, which in practice means only tourists from Denmark, Iceland and Finland are allowed.
The government is set to open up to tourists from other country's in the European Union and Schengen countries from July 15th, with a list of countries deemed sufficiently safe published on July 10th.
Hansen told VG that the local police had been stopping and turning back a small number of international tourists almost every day.
“There are about one to two tip-offs on this every day,” he said. “They are mainly German tourists, but also some Swiss, and they often come across the border from Finland and explain that they do not know the regulations, but most people understand it when we turn them away.”