Domestic travel

Domestic travel that is not strictly necessary is discouraged. Business trips that are considered necessary can be carried out.

Recommendation on avoiding unnecessary domestic travel

Domestic travel that is not strictly necessary is discouraged. This recommendation is based the risk of the infection being spread if you travel from an area in Norway with a high level of infection to an area with a low level of infection.

How undertake travels that are necessary

Travels in connection with work can be carried out, but you should take extra care to follow the measures for infection control and keep a safe distance to others.

Travels to a holiday property, where you avoid close contact with others can be carried out. You should do your grocery shopping at home before going to the holiday property.

Travelling home for Christmas can be of importance to many and can therefore be carried out. You should take precautions for 10 days after arrival if you travel from an area with a high level of infection to an area with a low level of infection:

  • Reduce your number of close contacts
  • Keep a distance of 2 metres to persons who are in a risk group
  • Take extra care to maintain a good hand and cough hygiene
  • Be extra attentive to any symptoms developing
  • Do not hesitate to undergo testing if you experience symptoms or think you may have been exposed to infection

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.

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. 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 go into 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.

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 slight increase 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.
  • Proximity to those you travel with and with whom you are not normally in close contact, the number of persons you travel with and whether it will be possible also during the journey to have separate bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • Whether it will be easy to return home if someone should turn ill.
  • Access to health services during the journey.

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

Residents of mainland Norway can travel to Svalbard, and residents of Svalbard can travel to the mainland, without having to enter quarantine. 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. For more information, see the governor of Svalbard.