Foreign travellers to Norway
We want both you as a visitor and the Norwegian communities that you visit to be safe. Follow the advice for infection control.
It is expected that you follow the current advice for infection control in order to limit the level of transmission in Norway and that you get tested if you develop symptoms of COVID-19.
Can I travel to Norway?
If you arrive from a country or area within the EU/EEA/Schengen with a sufficiently low level of transmission (referred to as yellow areas/countries) you can enter Norway without having to go into quarantine. If you arrive from a country or area within the EU/EEA/Schengen with an increased level of transmission (referred to as red areas/countries) or from another country, you will need to go into quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.
Yellow and red areas are marked in this map from NIPH (fhi.no).
Not sure if you can enter Norway? Please check the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration's website for the latest information about travelling to Norway.
Quarantine policies will be updated as and when required. Violation of the quarantine duty is a criminal offence.
Stop the spread
The coronavirus is transmitted mainly from person to person via droplet transmission.
How to prevent infection:
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and lukewarm water. Use an alcohol-based disinfectant if soap and water is not available.
- Keep a distance of at least 1 metre to others.
- Be attentive to symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- If you have a confirmed coronavirus infection or think you might have COVID-19, isolate yourself from other people.
The use of face masks
Wearing a face mask is mandatory if you are over 12 years of age when:
- You travel by public transport from the place of arrival to the place where you will be in quarantine
- You leave Norway prior to completing your quarantine duty period and travel by public transport to your place of departure
- The municipal doctor specifically assesses your situation while you are in transmission quarantine to travel by public transport in order to reach a suitable place of residence.
Read more about face masks.
Quarantine and isolation
Anyone arriving in Norway from countries/areas with a high level of infection (referred to as red areas) must enter a 10 days travel quarantine. Find out if this applies to you by checking this map at FHI.no.
If you have confirmed COVID-19 or have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19 you need to be in isolation.
Read more about quarantine and isolation.
Documentation requirements for quarantine duty
Anyone under quarantine duty who is not a resident in Norway must provide proof of residency for a continuous stay at one registered Norwegian address for the first 10 days after arriving in Norway. A hotel booking confirmation or a signed letter from a private host are examples of accepted documentation. For stays shorter than 10 days, you will still need to provide documentation for the days that you are staying in Norway.
Testing for the coronavirus
Get tested if you are sick
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 you should get tested as soon as possible. If you are in quarantine while you develop the symptoms, you are required to get tested.
To get tested, you are required to call 116 117. You can also visit the webpages of the local government to find out if they offer additional testing services.
Test centres upon entry into Norway
You will be offered a test for the coronavirus when you arrive in Norway via selected airports, border controls and ports. The offer is valid for those arriving from both red, yellow and green areas. Testing is voluntary and free of charge, as part of the efforts to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection being imported into Norway. Tourists as well as Norwegian citizens can be tested at the test centres.
If your test comes back negative after arriving from a red area/country, you will still need to complete your 10 days travel quarantine duty.
The test result will be available within 3 days at the latest. We do not have the means to issue all the negative test results. If you have not heard from us within 3 days, this implies that you have tested negative. If you are a permanent resident of Norway you can find the test result at Helsenorge.no. In some municipalities, travellers who are not resident in Norway will be sent a login link by SMS. Support is not available for login problems.
If the test confirms that you have COVID-19, you will be contacted and monitored by the health services in the municipality where you reside or are staying. To avoid transferring the disease to others and stop the spread, you will need to enter isolation.
If you have additional questions about the coronavirus, call the information hotline on (+47) 815 55 015.
Further information from the Norwegian authorities:
- The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI):
questions and answers for EU/EEA nationals.
- The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI):
questions and answers for citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA who are residents in Norway.
- The Norwegian Customs service:
questions related to the movement of goods and entering/exiting Norway (toll.no).