Entry to Norway – information in several languages
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary. This does not apply to countries within the EEA / Schengen, the United Kingdom and countries and areas that are considered safe (purple countries and areas). Read more about the global travel advice here (regjeringen.no).
Anyone travelling to Norway is required to familiarize themselves with the rules for entry. Violation of the rules can be prosecuted, or you might have to leave the country. At present, the opportunity for foreigners to enter Norway is limited.
The travel advice and rules for entry are intended to reduce the risk of Norwegian residents to be infected while abroad and for those travelling to bring the infection with them to Norway. Prior to travelling you should familiarize yourself with the rules that, both for Norway and for the area that you want to travel to. Refer to Re-open EU for information on the rules that apply in the European countries.
Keep in mind that the infection situation and the advice for infection control may change rapidly.
What is the colour of the country you are travelling from?
The colour of the country you are travelling from will determine whether you will need to complete a travel quarantine and what rules you must follow when entering Norway.
In the list below you will see how the country you are traveling from is categorized. After you have identified the colour of the country, you can read more about the rules that apply to you here.
Overview of countries and areas
How are the colours of countries and areas defined?
The colour of the specific country or area follows from the COVID-19 regulations. This relates to the level of infection in the specific country and area. The regulations are updated on a regular basis and apply until an updated regulation is passed. This means that even if the level of infection in a country changes, the colour of the country does not change until this has been adopted in the COVID-19 regulations. Pay attention to the above list for updates.
What applies to your situation?
The list below presents an overview of a handful of different situations and the corresponding rules that apply.
If you travel as a group, e.g. with children, you will need to check what applies for each person in the group.
What applies to you?
About the COVID-19 certificate
COVID-19 certificate for Norwegian residents
You can find your COVID-19 certificate at helsenorge.no if you live in Norway and have a Norwegian social security number or d-number. Use the EU/EEA tab of the COVID-19 certificate when travelling abroad. This certificate has a blue colour.
If you travel abroad, you must familiarize yourself with the rules that apply in the country you are traveling to. As an example, different definitions of what is considered fully vaccinated might be used in different countries.
For an overview of the rules that apply in the different countries within EU/EEA, please refer to reopen.europa.eu
Testing for the COVID-19 certificate
Testing for the COVID-19 certificate is free of charge. This also applies if you need a negative test result for your COVID-19 certificate prior to abroad travels. You can take the test at the test centre in your local municipality, or at a private operator.
Even if the test is only valid for 24 hours in the Norwegian part of the COVID-19 certificate, the test result will be visible in the EU/EEA part of the COVID-19 certificate for 7 days.
When entering Norway, you must be able to present a valid COVID-19 certificate to verify that you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the preceding six months.
The COVID-19 certificate must have a QR-code that can be verified by the Norwegian authorities. The following certificates can be used upon entry to Norway:
- Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish COVID-19 certificate
- The EU digital COVID certificate
- NHS COVID-pass from England and Wales
- COVID certificate from Northern-Ireland
- COVID-19 Vaccination certificate from Scotland
Visit the webpages of the EU-commission for an overview of which countries within or outside of the EU that are part of the EU digital COVID-19 certificate.
COVID-19 certificate for foreigners travelling to Norway
You will be able to travel freely to When entering Norway - irrespective of which country you travel from - if you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the preceding six months and can document this via a valid COVID-19 certificate. You will not have to enter a travel quarantine, you will not need to take a test in advance or at the border, nor do you need to complete the registration form.
Checklist for using a COVID-19 certificate:
- Familiarize yourself with your COVID-19 certificate at Helsenorge.no. Here you will also find the EU/EEA certificate, which is used for all travels abroad. This certificate has a blue colour.
- Remember to charge your mobile phone.
- Make sure that the screen of your mobile is readable/not broken.
- Preferably take a screenshot of your COVID-19 certificate, in case of poor internet reception.
Non-digital (Norwegian) users:
- See if you can log on and access helsenorge.no to find your COVID-19 certificate. Ask someone in your family or a friend for help if required.
- You can call the Information hotline (815 55 015) to arrange for the COVID-19 certificate to be sent to you by regular mail.
- We recommend printing the certificate well in advance of your departure.
- The paper version of the certificate is sensitive and will not work if folded, curled or wet.
- We, therefore, recommend protecting the certificate by putting it in a plastic folder, or similar.
Who can travel to Norway?
There are limitations as to who can enter Norway.
You can travel to Norway if you:
- You must be able to document that you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the previous six months via a valid COVID-19 certificate.
- You are residing in a green country or area and have been there for 10 days prior to entering Norway
Unless you belong to one of the two above mentioned group, you will have to be covered by one of the following exceptions in order to be allowed to enter Norway:
- See who can enter the country from red or orange countries in the EU/EEA/Schengen and the United Kingdom here (UDI).
- See who can enter the country from countries outside of the EU/EEA/Schengen hre (UDI).
Rules upon entry into Norway
If you are allowed to enter Norway and are not fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the previous six months, you will need to:
- Complete the registration form prior to travelling.
- Present documentation of a negative test result for the coronavirus taken less than 24 hours prior to entry.
- Undergo testing upon arrival in Norway.
- Enter a 10 days quarantine period.
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 prosecuted.
Fully vaccinated or undergone COVID-19
You do not need to present a negative test result, fill in the registration form, undego teting upon arrival or enter a travel quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the preceding six months period. You must be able to document this via a valid COVID-19 certificate.
Anyone who is not fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the preceding six months period should complete the travel registration form prior to crossing the border. Certain exceptions apply, see the below list.
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. You can also send an email to email@example.com.
The lines are open 24/7. Guidance in Polish, Russian, Lithuanian and Romanian is also available between 08:00-22:00.
There are exceptions to this requirement, including for:
- Persons who are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the last 6 months, as documented via a valid COVID-19 certificate.
- Children under the age of 16 year old traveling with an adult who is required to register
- Persons who are granted an undisclosed address
See the full list of exceptions in the COVID-19-regulations
Anyone who is not fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the preceding six months period should present documentation of a negative test for the coronavirus upon entry. This also applies to Norwegian citizens and persons who are resident in Norway, unless getting hold of such documentation is not feasible or disproportionately difficult. Certain exceptions apply, see the below list.
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 this requirement, including:
- Persons who are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the previous six months, as documented via a valid COVID-19 certificate.
- Children who are under 12 years old
- Norwegian citizens or persons residing in Norway when it is not feasible or disproportionately difficult to access such documentation. This will be strictly assessed at the border.
- Persons in transit
- Persons who are permanent residents of Svalbard
- Children arriving in Norway as part of access and contact arrangements between parents and children under the COVID-19-regulations
- 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).
Anyone who is not fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the preceding six months period is required to take a test for the coronavirus upon arrival to Norway. Certain exceptions apply, see the below list.
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 need to 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 rapid antigen-based test is positive, you will immediately need to take the PCR-based test - at the point of arrival.
There are some exceptions to the requirement, including:
- Persons who are exempt from quarantine duty during working hours and leisure time as per § 6a of the COVID-19 regulations (lovdata.no).
- Persons who regularly commute to Norway from Sweden or Finland in order to work or study and are exempt from quarantine duty as per § 6b of the COVID-19 regulations (lovdata.no).
- Professional long-haul truck drivers and train personnel who do not work on a freight train as per § 6b of the COVID-19 regulations (lovdata.no).
- When testing is practically impossible; personnel whose jobs are strictly necessary to maintain proper operation of critical public functions or meet the basic needs of the population, as per § 6e of the COVID-19 regulations (lovdata.no).
See the complete list of exceptions to the test requirement in the COVID-19 regulations (in Norwegian).
Anyone who is not fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the preceding six months period must as a rule of thumb stay in quarantine for 10 days after the date of their arrival in Norway. See exceptions to the travel quarantine here.
Where to complete the travel quarantine will depend on which country or area you arrived from when entering Norway. See an overview of where to complete your travel quarantine here.
Violation of the quarantine duty is a criminal offence.
How to complete 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 the quarantine hotel, alternatively at home or another suitable location if you are exempt. See where to complete your travel quarantine 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 but ensure that you maintain a sufficient distance to others.
- Avoid having visitors. 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 to 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
Children and youth under 18 years of age
Children and youth under the age of 18 years old can take the test (PCR-based) three days after arrival and end their quarantine of the test result comes back negative.
One dose of the vaccine more than three weeks ago
If you have received one dose of the vaccine and more than three weeks have since passed, you can take the test (PCR-based) three days after arrival and end your quarantine of the test result comes back negative. You must be able to document that you have received one dose of the vaccine more than three weeks ago via a valid COVID-19 certificate.
Not vaccinated nor having had COVID-19 during the preceding six months
If you are not fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the preceding six months period, 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 a test centre or the local municipality to arrange for an appointment for testing.
If you are staying at a quarantine hotel you will be offered a testing at the hotel. You will be offered a test 3 days after arrival. If the test result is negative, you will be able to complete your travel quarantine duty either in your own home or at another suitable place of residence. For a place of residence to be suitable, it must be possible to avoid close contact with others, with a private room, private bathroom and separate kitchen or possibility for serving food. When staying at a quarantine hotel, you will also be able to take a test (PCR-based) on day 7 of your quarantine duty period and end the quarantine if the test result comes back negative.
Quarantine is mandatory until you can document a negative test result.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 while in travel quarantine
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 during the time of your travel quarantine, you will need to 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.
Where to implement your travel quarantine will depend on the colour of the country / area you have been to. See what the colour of the country or area is here.
Green countries or areas: You do not need to enter a travel quarantine.
Red and orange countries or areas: You will be able to implement your full travel quarantine period at home or another suitable place of residence.
Purple countries or areas: You will be able to implement your full travel quarantine period at home or another suitable place of residence.
Dark red countries or areas: You will have to implement the first part of you travel quarantine period at a quarantine hotel. You can take a PCR-based test after 3 days. If the test result comes back negative, you will be able to leave the quarantine hotel and implement the remaining travel quarantine period at home or another suitable place of residence.
Additional third countries: You will have to implement the first part of you travel quarantine period at a quarantine hotel. You can take a PCR-based test after 3 days. If the test result comes back negative, you will be able to leave the quarantine hotel and implement the remaining travel quarantine period at home or another suitable place of residence.
Definition of certain terms
Certain exceptions to the travel quarantine rules apply. 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
Exceptions to travel quarantine rules
Advice before travelling despite recommendations
The clear recommendation at present is to not travel abroad.
Should you still need to undertake travel that is strictly necessary, several things should be considered. You should check what your travel insurance will cover.
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.
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. See Re-Open EU for updated information on EU countries' rules and restrictions.
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
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary.
- See Re-Open EU for updated information on EU countries' rules and restrictions
- Please refer to advice related to infection protection and travel from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
- Information regarding how the coronavirus situation affects entering and residing in Norway, see UDI.no
- For questions related to the movement of goods and entering/exiting Norway visit the webpage of Norwegian Customs.