International travels

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary.

Entry to Norway – information in several languages

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary. This global travel advice from UD is valid until May 24th, 2021. Read more about the global travel advice here (regjeringen.no).

At present, the opportunity for foreigners to enter Norway is very limited.

The travel advice and rules for entry are intended to reduce the risk of those travelling to bring the infection with them to Norway. Prior to travelling you should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply, both for the area where you live and for the area that you want to travel to. Keep in mind that the infection situation and the advice for infection control may change rapidly.

Who can travel to Norway?

You cannot travel to Norway if you are:

  • tourist
  • a family member who is not exempt 
  • a girlfriend/boyfriend or fiancée of a resident in Norway
  • a EU/EEA citizen (including citizens of the Nordic countries) who is working or studying in Norway who is not exempt
  • business traveller
  • a foreign citizen with a Schengen-visa who is not exempt
  • a person who has a leisure property in Norway but who is not a resident.

You will be granted an exception and allowed to enter into Norway if you are:

  • a foreign citizen who is resident in Norway
  • a foreign citizen who is about to spend time with their own children (contact arrangements for children)
  • a child or pupil who commute from Sweden or Finland to attend kindergarten, primary or secondary school. Persons who undertake necessary travels between their home and kindergarten or school are also exempt
  • a close family member of persons who are resident in Norway:
    • Spouse, registered partner or cohabitant
    • Minor children or stepchildren
    • Parents or step-parents of minor children or stepchildren.
  • a foreign citizen who is resident in Sweden or Finland and commute on a daily basis in connection with work in Norway.

Refer to the complete list of exceptions at UDI and further information about entry into Norway.

Those allowed to enter Norway must follow the rules upon entry into Norway as listed below.

Rules upon entry into Norway

If you are allowed to enter Norway, you must keep the following in mind:

It might be exceptions, and it is your duty to familiarize yourself with the rules including potential exceptions. If you do not meet the requirements or comply with the rules, you might be denied entry or be prosecuted.

Travel registration form when entering Norway

Everyone travelling to Norway must complete the registration form prior to crossing the border. This also applies to Norwegian citizens.

After completing the digital registration, you will receive a receipt which you must then present to the police at the border control. You cannot register your journey any earlier than 72 hours prior to the time of arrival.

You will find the travel registration form here (regjeringen.no). Choose your language via the drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner.

If you have questions or require assistance in connection with the registration, please call +47 33 41 28 70. This service is operated by the Government. 

The lines are open 24/7. Guidance in Polish, Russian, Lithuanian and Romanian is also available between 08:00-22:00.

Requirement for presenting a negative test result upon entry to Norway

Travellers to Norway, must present documentation of a negative test for the coronavirus taken less than 24 hours prior upon entry. This does not apply to Norwegian citizens and persons who are resident in Norway when getting hold of such documentation is not feasible or disproportionately difficult.

The test must be taken less than 24 hours prior to entry.

If you arrive in Norway by air the test can be taken less than 24 hours prior to departure time. If your journey involves connecting flights, departure time refers to the first flight of your flight itinerary.   

Valid test methods are the standard PCR-based analysis or the rapid antigen-based test. The documentation must be issued in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, English, French or German.

There are some exceptions to the requirement, including:

  • Persons in transit
  • Persons who are permanent residents of Svalbard
  • Children who are under 12 years old.
  • Persons who regularly travel/commute to Norway from Sweden or Finland in order to work or study. (Separate requirements apply for healthcare professionals.)
  • Personnel in critical public functions related to matters of life and health can be exempted.

For a complete list of exceptions, see the COVID-19 regulations (lovdata.no).

Testing for the coronavirus upon arrival to Norway

If you have visited an area that triggers quarantine duty during the last 10 days, you are required to take a test for the coronavirus upon arrival to Norway.

Persons who - without due reason - are not willing to undergo testing when arriving in Norway can choose to leave the country or be fined. 

The test must be taken at the airport or when crossing the border. You will take the rapid antigen-based test and then wait for the test result before proceeding. If your test is positive you will need to take the PCR-based test within 24 hours of your arrival. If you arrive from a country outside the EEA / Switzerland and your test is positive, you will immediately need to take the PCR-based test - at the place of arrival.

There are some exceptions to the requirement, including:

If you are a diplomat, have a service passport or have been invited to the country by the Norwegian authorities and during the last 10 days before arriving in Norway have been in a country outside the EEA or Schengen, you are not exempt from quarantine hotels.

See the complete list of exceptions to the test requirement in § 4d of the covid-19 regulations (in Norwegian).

Travel quarantine

Anyone returning from international travels must as a rule of thumb stay in quarantine for 10 days after the date of their arrival in Norway. This is referred to as travel quarantine.

Only a handful of countries or areas are exempt from travel quarantine. See NIPH for an overview of the relevant countries.

Violation of the quarantine duty is a criminal offence.

How to implement the travel quarantine

Your travel quarantine period is 10 days starting from the day of your arrival to Norway.

If you are in quarantine you should:

  • Stay at one of the locations described here .
  • Not go to work, school or kindergarten.
  • Not travel domestically.
  • Not seek places where it is difficult to keep a sufficient distance to other people.
  • Not use public transport (with the exception of traveling from your place of arrival to the place where you will be in quarantine, or the opposite direction when leaving Norway prior to completing your quarantine duty period. Anyone over the age of 12 should then wear a face mask.)
  • Not seek out public places such as shops, pharmacies and cafes. If unavoidable, you can conduct necessary errands in the store or pharmacy.
  • Avoid having visitors in your home. Children cannot meet up with playmates other than those who are part of the same household.

You can go for a walk but keep a good distance to others. Children and young people should have the opportunity for play. Accompanying children for outdoor activities at least once a day is encouraged.

Many shops, suppliers and restaurants offer online shopping, home delivery or sound solutions for picking up goods.

Testing when in travel quarantine

You need to undergo testing for the coronavirus on day seven after arrival to Norway. If you are not implementing your quarantine duty at a quarantine hotel you will need to contact the local municipality to arrange for an appointment for testing.

If you are staying at a quarantine hotel you will be offered testing at the hotel.

You can reduce the length of the travel quarantine if you test negative for the coronavirus on a test (PCR-based test) taken seven days after arrival at the earliest. Quarantine is mandatory until you can document a negative test result.

Members of the same household as someone who is in travel  quarantine

You are encouraged to enter quarantine if you live with a person who is implementing their travel quarantine and keeping a distance of 2 metres or with separate bedrooms and bathrooms is not possible.

Furthermore, you should also undergo testing on day seven of his/her travel quarantine period, irrespective of whether or not you are in quarantine or keeping a distance.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 while in travel quarantine

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 while implementing your travel quarantine, you shall contact the local health services for testing. If the test result is negative, you must still complete the rest of your quarantine period.

If you have lingering symptoms after completing your quarantine period you must stay at home until you have recovered (meaning you feel well and do not have a fever), even if some symptoms of a respiratory tract infection lingers.

Read more about the symptoms of COVID-19 here.

Exceptions to the travel quarantine

As a rule of thumb, you will need to go into quarantine upon your arrival to Norway but with some exceptions. Some exceptions apply both during work and leisure time, while other exceptions apply only during work.

During work refers to the time a person spends at work / school or while travelling between the place of work / school and the home or other place of residence. Leisure time refers to the time not spent at work or while travelling for work as defined above.

Even if you are exempt from quarantine duty, you should avoid close contact with others than those you live with as far as possible.

The exemption from quarantine duty ceases to apply If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or a doctor suspects that you are infected.

Exceptions to travel quarantine rules for persons who are not travelling in connection with work

Exceptions to travel quarantine rules in connection with work

Quarantine hotel

The rule of thumb is that anyone arriving in Norway after what is not considered a necessary travel must implement their travel quarantine at a quarantine hotel when and where they enter Norway.

See exceptions to quarantine hotel here.

You can end the travel quarantine and proceed to your final destination after documenting a negative test result (PCR-based test) on a test taken no sooner than on day seven after your arrival to Norway.

Allocation of quarantine hotel and registration

The municipality is responsible for organising the quarantine hotel. You will be offered a test for the coronavirus at the quarantine hotel upon arrival. Even if your test result comes back negative, you will need to complete your full quarantine period.

The municipality is responsible for organising the transport from your point of arrival to the hotel. This can be e.g. by taxi or by bus. Maintaining proper measures for infection control during the transport is important. Those arriving by car can drive to the quarantine hotel.

When arriving at the quarantine hotel you will be registered. This is mandatory. You will also be informed about testing, routines and measures for infection control in connections with your stay.

There is no need for separate rooms when implementing the travel quarantine at a quarantine hotel if you travel to Norway with your spouse, partner or children and are part of the same household.

Children and youth

Minor children who arrive in Norway alone and need to stay at a quarantine hotel shall have the opportunity to have an accompanying caregiver at the quarantine hotel.

Children and young people should have the opportunity for play. Accompanying children for outdoor activities at least once a day is encouraged. The hotel should also be able to have food available for children and young people outside of mealtimes, as well as access to laundry when required.

Costs

The cost of staying at a quarantine hotel will be NOK 500 per night for individuals above the age of 18 and for employers. The cost for children between the ages of 10 and 18 is NOK 250 per night, while children under the age of 10 are free of charge when living with their parents.

Quarantine hotel exceptions

Although you may be exempt from implementing your travel quarantine at a quarantine hotel you must follow the rules on testing and registration when entering Norway.

You can implement your quarantine duty period at another suitable location if you belong to one of the following groups:

  • You are a resident in Norway, your travel was defined as necessary, and you are staying at your residence or another suitable residence during your quarantine duty period. You will need to be able to document that you are a registered resident in Norway and the necessity for travelling. See the definition of necessary travels here.
  • You have a permanent residence in Norway (rented or owned), your travel was defined as necessary, and you are staying at this residence during your quarantine duty period. The lease must be of a duration of a minimum of six months. You must be able to document the ownership or tenancy as well as the necessity for travelling. See the definition of necessary travels here.
  • In situations where there are specific welfare considerations to be taken, quarantine duty can be implemented at another suitable place of residence provided it will be possible to avoid close contact with others. The location must provide separate rooms, a separate bathroom and a separate kitchen or the possibility for serving food. You must be able to present documentation issued by the person providing the accommodation that the residence meets the requirements for implementing the travel quarantine.
  • If you arrive in Norway in connection with work, your employer provides a suitable place of residence. The accommodation should be approved by the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority prior to entry. It should be possible to avoid close contact with others, with a separate room with TV and internet, a separate bathroom, and a separate kitchen or catering services. See further information about approved accommodation below.

There is no need for separate rooms for implementing the travel quarantine duty if you travel to Norway with your spouse, partner or children.

Certain occupational groups are exempt from travel quarantine duty at a quarantine hotel See Helsedirektoratet.no.

Irrespective of where you will be implementing your quarantine duty you will need to complete the travel registration form prior to entry. This includes documentation of the place of residence meeting the requirements for implementing the travel quarantine. 

If you - without due reason - do not undergo testing when arriving in Norway, you will need to implement your quarantine duty at a quarantine hotel.

Necessary travels

If you are a resident or have a permanent residence in Norway and your travel was defined as necessary, you will be able to implement your travel quarantine at home. You must be able to document that the journey was necessary.

The following travels are considered necessary:

  • Travel in connection with work
  • Travel to and from Norway for people who live in Norway but temporarily work abroad
  • Travel due to specific welfare considerations, such as contact arrangements with minor children, the birth of your child, visiting a close relative who is seriously ill or dying, or to participate in a funeral of a close relative.
  • International travel in connection with study for students at a Norwegian campus.
  • Travel to and from Norway for students who live in Norway but are studying abroad.

If you travel abroad in order to visit a spouse, girlfriend or other close relative who is not seriously ill, this will not be defined as specific welfare considerations.

The following documentation requirements apply:

  • Travel in connection with work: Documentation of the necessity for travelling issued by the employer or client.
  • Specific welfare considerations: Examples of documentation of specific welfare considerations are e.g. access and contact arrangements or a medical certificate. In cases where other documentation is difficult to provide, the documentation requirement can be met by self-declaration.
  • Travels in connection to study: Documentation of the necessity for travelling from the study institution.
  • Study abroad: Can be documented by a student certificate issued by the study institution.

If you are exempt from travel quarantine duty on the basis of your commuting from Sweden or Finland to Norway you do not need to document the necessity for travelling.

Definition of suitable place of residence

Resident in Norway

You will be defined as a resident if you are a registered resident in Norway.

This also applies to students who were resident in Norway prior to studying abroad, and also to Norwegian students in the other Nordic countries who have had to change their place of residence due to specific Nordic rules.

Permanent housing

Permanent housing refers to a residence in Norway where you live and that you either own or rent, alone or with others. This also applies to people who are moving to Norway but have not yet registered their new permanent housing with the National Population Register. The residence should include a separate bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen that you can only share with your spouse, partner, or children. This applies even if the residence was originally rented with others.

A holiday property does not fall under the definition of permanent housing as these typically are not a permanent residence. The same applies to student housing that is made available by the Student Association. Student housing must meet the requirement for a suitable place of residence.

Upon arrival in Norway you are required to document relevant housing ownership or tenancy. Ownership can be documented via:

  • tax information
  • information on payment of fees etc.
  • information from the land registry that shows that you own the residence. this can be downloaded from the Norwegian Mapping Authority's pages by logging in via Altinn.

The lease can be presented as documentation of the tenancy. The lease must be of a duration of a minimum of six months.

Suitable place of residence

It should be possible to avoid close contact with others for a residence to be suitable for implementing your quarantine. A separate room with a separate bathroom and a separate kitchen or the possibility for serving food is required.

Persons who are part of the same household and who travel to Norway together can implement their travel quarantine at the same place of residence with no requirement for private rooms.

Approved accommodation for employees

An approved accommodation refers to a suitable place of residence for the employee as provided by the employer. The accommodation should be approved by the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority prior to the employee arriving in Norway.

It should be possible for the employee to avoid close contact with others, to stay in separate rooms with a TV and internet, and with a separate bathroom and a separate kitchen or the possibility for serving food.

You will find information on the requirement for approved accommodation, on who needs to apply for approval,  application requirements and where to apply at the webpages of the the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority (Arbeidstilsynet.no) (in Norwegian).

Rules for travellers from all countries outside the EEA / Schengen

Quarantine hotel is now compulsory for all travellers arriving from all countries outside the EEA / Schengen. This means that anyone arriving from any of these countries must implement their travel quarantine at a quarantine hotel – even if the travel was considered necessary. These persons must not use public transport to travel from their point of arrival in Norway to the quarantine hotel. 

You will be exempt from quarantine hotel duty if you:

  • can document specific welfare consideration and can prove that you will be implementing your travel quarantine at a suitable place of residence.
  • are seeking asylum or are a refugee in resettlement (transfer refugee)
  • are a non-Norwegian citizen as mentioned in The Immigration Act § 1-4 or § 1-5,  and hold a diplomatic passport
  • arrive in connection with access and contact arrangements between parents and children or children living in two homes under the Children Act and Child Welfare Act (in Norwegian).

Travels to 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.

If you are travelling to Svalbard you need to undergo testing 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. 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.

Read more about the documentation requirements and reimbursement of test expenses for travels to Svalbard at Helsedirektoratet.no. (in Norwegian)

Advice before travelling despite recommendations

The clear recommendation at present is to not travel abroad.

Should you still need to undertake a travel that is strictly necessary, several things should be considered.

As part of the preparations, you should check what is covered by your travel insurance, including what applies if you should turn ill during your journey.

Each country may introduce measures and restrictions to prevent further transmission, e.g. transport restrictions, quarantine or other measures that might have consequences for you as a traveller. Several countries and airports have introduced control measures and have closed their borders to people who are not resident in the country.

Consider the following risk factors before travel:

  • Being infected while travelling (destination, duration, contact with other people).
  • Travel restrictions, curfews, quarantine or other measures in the country you are travelling to.
  • Capacity limitations in the healthcare services at the destination if you should turn ill.
  • Lack of possibility for return travel or medical repatriation.
  • Not be able to visit a health care institution

Travellers who are part of a risk group should be vaccinated against seasonal influenza within 14 days before departure during the flu season.

It is also important to familiarize yourself with the general travel advice related to vaccines for other infectious diseases as well as other preventative measures.

If you are going to travel or study in Europe, you should bring your European Health Insurance Card

Preventive advice during travel

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly. An alcohol-based disinfectant can be a good alternative.
  • Keep a good distance to others that are not your close contacts.
  • Cough into the crook of your elbow or a paper tissue.

Students and others who are staying in areas with widespread transmission over a longer period should follow the advice from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, local health authorities and the educational institution/employer.

Links to further advice