You can travel freely in Norway if you can avoid spreading the infection. We all share the responsibility to follow the advice for infection control.
To travel in a way that will prevent you from spreading the infection means that you:
- Do not travel if you are ill, nor to a holiday property.
- Maintain good hand and cough hygiene.
- Keep at least one metre distance to others not considered to be your closest contacts.
- Undergo testing for the coronavirus in the municipality you are currently staying in, should you develop symptoms.
Plan your trip
Planning trips with the aim to avoid transmission is advisable. Limit travels that involve close contact with a large number of people. Travels where you spend time mainly with family members or other close contacts - and where you avoid close contact with others - will pose a lower risk of transmission.
You should not travel if you are in quarantine, 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.
It is particularly important for all leisure travels to follow the general advice:
- Should you develop symptoms, you should undergo testing for the coronavirus in the municipality you are currently in and stay in quarantine until you receive the test results.
- Keep a distance to others that are not your close contacts.
- Avoid crowded stores that are designed to accommodate fewer people.
- Limit the use of public transport in areas with a high level of infection (see recommendations for public transport in general.)
Advice on sound infection control for businesses that offer accommodation, dining, activities and equipment rental etc. have been prepared.
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.
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.
The Government has introduced cruise restrictions for Svalbard, initially valid through to November 1st, 2020. Read more at regjeringen.no (in Norwegian).
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.
When the level of infection in society is low and your risk level is only slightly increased, you can basically travel like others do while taking extra care to follow the general advice on infection control. As an example, this may imply that grandparents can spend vacation time with their family.
For persons with a definite elevated level of risk but with only a low level of infection in society, you need to make an individual assessment on whether you should travel or not, and with whom you can travel.
Conditions to be considered:
- 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.
Persons in risk groups will in many situations be able to plan for trips with children, grandchildren or others close contacts, in a way where the risk of transmission can be reduced. If the level of infection in society increases, those with only a slightly increased level of risk should also consider whether or not to travel, while those at a higher level of risk for a more severe disease progression are discouraged from travelling under such circumstances. For more on this, refer to the article on risk groups.
Recommendations for public transport
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.
- Try to keep a distance of at least one metre to your fellow passengers throughout the journey. Distance is the most important factor when on a longer journey. For public transport of shorter duration (e.g. under an hour) the general recommendation on keeping a distance of at least one metre can be deferred as long as the other measures are followed.
- 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.
If you are in quarantine or isolation you should not travel by public transport.
Read the full Infection control guidelines for public transport (bus, train, tram, etc) (in Norwegian).
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 preparing a list of cases where coronavirus transmission has been confirmed on flights, ships, trains or buses (in Norwegian).