International travels to Norway
Entry to Norway – information in several languages
Anyone travelling to Norway is required to familiarize themselves with the rules for entry. Violation of the rules can be prosecuted. The opportunity for foreigners to enter Norway from certain countries outside of the EU/EEA, Switzerland and the United Kingdom is still limited. Please refer to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.for further information.
Prior to travelling you should familiarize yourself with the rules that applies both for Norway and for your travel destination. Refer to Re-open EU for information on the rules that apply in the European countries. You can also download the app "Reiseklar" from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Both travel info, travel advice and travel registration is presented in this app. Read more about the app here.
What is the colour of the country you are travelling from?
The colour of the country you are arriving from will determine whether you will need to go into travel quarantine and what rules you must follow when entering Norway.
See the colour of the country you are travelling from in the list below. Once you have found 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.
Valid COVID-19 certificates when entering Norway
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
If you have been fully vaccinated or had COVID-19 during the past six months and are able to prove this through a valid COVID-19 certificate linked to the EU’s solution, you will be able to enter Norway freely regardless of the country you are travelling from. You will not have to go into quarantine, take a test before arrival and at the border, or register upon entering Norway.
Who can travel to Norway?
There are still some limitations as to who can enter Norway.
You can travel to Norway if:
- You are 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 a citizen of or are residing in the EU/EEA, Switzerland or the United Kingdom or a purple country or area and have been there for 10 days prior to entering Norway. For an overview, visit the UDI Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.
Unless you belong to one of the two above mentioned group, you will have to be covered by one of the exceptions in order to be allowed to enter Norway:
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.
- 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 testing 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.
Arriving from a green or orange country or area
You are exempt from travel quarantine, registering your entry as well as testing upon arrival if you arrive from a green and orange country or regions and have spent the last 10 days there prior to arrival to Norway.
Anyone arriving from a red, dark red, purple or grey country or area and who is not fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the preceding six months period should as a rule of thumb 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
- Persons who are granted an undisclosed address
See the full list of exceptions in the COVID-19-regulations
Anyone arriving from a red, dark red, purple or grey country or region is as a rule of thumb 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 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.
If there is no test center at the point of entry or the test center is closed, you must get tested within 24 hours of entry. You can get testes at a public test center in the municipality you are staying in. The test can still be a rapid antigen test.
There are some exceptions to the requirement, including:
- Children under the age of 12 years old where it is disproportionately difficult to take the test.
- 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).
See the complete list of exceptions to the test requirement in the COVID-19 regulations (in Norwegian)
Anyone arriving from a red, dark red, purple or grey country or region 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.
You should complete your travel quarantine in your own home or another suitable place of residence. If you do not have suitable accommodation, you will be offered accommodation at a quarantine hotel.
If you arrive via a green or orange area your travel quarantine is shortened relative to the number of days you have been in this area.
Violation of the quarantine duty is a criminal offence.
How to complete the travel quarantine
As a rule of thumb, 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 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.
Testing when in travel quarantine
If you take a PCR test no earlier than three days after arriving in Norway and the test result is negative, you can end your travel quarantine. You must be able to document the test result. This can for example be done via the test results page at Helsenorge.no.
If you are staying at a quarantine hotel, you will be offered a test by the municipality.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 while in travel quarantine
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 while implementing 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 still lingers.
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
Access and contact arrangements between parents and children
Children under the age og 18 years old are now exempt from travel quarantine, but are recommended to take a PCR-based test three days after arrival to Norway.
As a rule of thumb, adults (over 18 years of age) can now take a test on day three after arrival to Norway at the earliest and end the quarantine if the test result comes back negative. There is therefore no longer a need for specific exceptions in connection with contact with children.
Parents can spend time with their child during the quarantine period.
Advice before travelling abroad
If you are going to travel abroad, several things should be considered. You should e.g. check what your travel insurance will cover.
Each country have their own rules for entry, and may introduce measures that might have consequences for you as a traveller.
You will need to familiarize yourself with the general travel advice for the country you are travelling to. 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.
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.