Domestic travel

Domestic travelcan be carried out, even those that are not considered necessary.

Domestic travel

Domestic travel can be carried out after May 21st.

Please note that there might be local measures implemented in the municipality that you are travelling to. You should therefore refer to the website of the municipality prior to travelling.

If you live in a municipality with a higher level of measures than the one you will be travelling to, you should follow the rules and recommendations that apply in your home municipality. As an example, if the restaurants are closed in your home municipality, you should not go to a restaurant in another municipality either. This does not apply to persons who are protected.

Do not travel if you are ill, in quarantine or in isolation – nor should you go to a holiday property. Exceptions apply if you show no symptoms and staying at the holiday property is the only way to avoid close contact with a member of your household who is ill with COVID-19.

You should also consider what to do if you should turn ill and will have to go into isolation, or if you are required to enter a quarantine.

Health care requirements

You are entitled to receive necessary health care in the municipality where you live, or where you currently reside. If you are on holiday/a tourist in another municipality and turn ill, call the emergency out-of-hours clinic on 116 117 to get access to necessary health care. Visit the webpages of the local municipality for information on COVID-19 testing.

To limit patient travel to and from areas with a higher level of infection, your doctor may consider referring and advising on a more local assessment / treatment. The decision should always be made in collaboration with the individual patient. Feel free to ask your doctor for advice.

Due to challenging logistics and vaccine distribution based on population size, you will not be offered a vaccine locally based on short-term work assignments or leisure stays. Persons who have a permanent residence at a holiday property or do not have another relevant residential address in Norway will normally be covered by the municipality's duty to provide vaccines.

Travelling to a holiday property

You can travel to a holiday property (owned, borrowed or rented) when measures for infection control are followed both while travelling and during your stay.

Keep in mind that the infection situation may change rapidly, and hence you need to prepare for change of plans. If you have taken a test for the coronavirus, you should hold off on your travels until you receive your test result. You need to be prepared for having to enter a quarantine, or for turning ill - in which case you will need to travel home to take a test. 

It is important that you familiarize yourself with the measures for infection control that apply in the municipality that you are traveling to.

Visits at home or at a holiday property

We should all limit the number of persons we meet up with in person. In a private home, at a holiday property or in the garden we should follow the national recommendations for social gatherings.

Those that are not part of the same household should keep a distance of at least one metre. You should therefore not have more guests than you have room for. It is recommended to limit overnight stays and that people from different households do not share bedrooms.

Good hygiene and proper cleaning is important, especially if people from different households have to share a bathroom.

Social gatherings and events

The risk of infection is lower when meeting up outdoors, and outdoors activities are therefore preferred. Even if outdoors you should still keep a distance of at least one metre to others.

If you are travelling from an area with a higher level of infection and higher level of measures, you should:

  • not go to venues serving food or alcohol, if such venues are closed in your local municipality. 
  • not go to activities that are closed due to infection control measures in your local municipality.

Travel advice for persons in risk groups and their relatives

Advice for persons in risk groups is collated in a separate article on risk groups. An explanation of who has a slightly increased level of risk and who has a higher risk is also given in that article.

Persons in risk groups should keep a distance of at least two metres to others when visiting or spending time with someone who is not part of their own household.  If you need to travel domestically, you should consider the following factors:

  • Travel duration
  • Whether it will be easy to return home if someone should turn ill
  • Access to health services during the journey

Persons who are vaccinated and/or protected are exempt from measures at social gatherings. See the exceptions here.

Recommendations for public transport and flights

When travelling by public transport, we often gather in crowds and it can be difficult to keep sufficient distance to others. This may contribute to further transmission. It is therefore recommended to limit the use of public transport.

Transmission can occur prior to (waiting area, bus-stop, boarding), during or after (disembarking, baggage claim) travelling by public transport.

Travel advice for public transport:

  • Do not travel if you are ill.
  • Avoid face-to-face contact.
  • Keep the recommended distance of at least one metre to your fellow passengers throughout the journey. 
  • Wearing a face mask is recommended or compulsory in some situations. Refer to the article on face masks.
  • If crowded, consider postponing your trip.
  • You should stand/sit with sufficient distance to your fellow passengers. You can sit next to persons considered to be you closest contacts.
  • If there is available space both for standing and seating, you should - if possible - take a seat during your journey.
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing in the direction of your fellow passengers. If you need to cough or sneeze you should use a paper tissue that you then dispose of, or the crook of your elbow.
  • Keep a good hand hygiene prior to, during and after your journey.
  • Avoid unnecessary touching of surfaces.
  • If you take a taxi, you should sit in the back seat. Face masks are recommended if there is more than one passenger in the back seat and the passengers are not part of the same household or cohort.

Read the full Infection control guidelines for public transport (bus, train, tram, etc) (in Norwegian).

Flights

A separate guideline for infection control in aviation connected to the COVID-19 outbreak (in Norwegian) has been prepared.

Persons with an acute respiratory tract infection should stay at home, even when the symptoms are only mild. Persons who are in quarantine or isolation should not be at the airport or travel by air. This applies both to passengers and employees.

Overview of confirmed coronavirus cases in public transport

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is maintaining a list of cases where coronavirus transmission has been confirmed on flights, ships, trains or buses (in Norwegian).

Svalbard

If you are traveling to Svalbard you need to undergo testing for the coronavirus during the last 24 hours prior to your departure from mainland Norway. As an example, if your flight leaves Oslo with a connecting flight in Tromsø, you should be tested for the coronavirus no more than 24 hours prior to your departure from Tromsø. Valid test methods are the standard PCR-based test or the rapid antigen-based test.

The test is free of charge for residents of Svalbard. To get a free test, you must present documentation that you are registered in the population register for Svalbard.

Anyone arriving in Norway from a red area/country need to complete their full quarantine period in mainland Norway prior to travelling on to Svalbard. This applies to all who want to travel to Svalbard, including residents.