International travels to Norway

Prior to travelling you should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply, both when travelling domestically and when travelling abroad. 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 an 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

What applies to your situation?

The list below presents an overview of a handful of different situations and the corresponding rules that apply.

You are considered non-protected if you are unable to provide documentation of your vaccination status or undergone COVID-19 via a valid COVID-19 certificate.

For an overview of valid COVID-19 certificates, see here

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 and travel

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.

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 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.

Vaccines that can be verified upon entry into Norway

Upon entry into Norway, the following vaccines can be verified:

  • Comirnaty (Pfizer)
  • Spikevax (Moderna)
  • Vaxzevria (Astra Zeneca)
  • Janssen
  • Covishield
  • Sinovac-CoronaVac 

Please refer to the webpages of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health for detailed information.

Who can travel to Norway?

The restrictions on who can enter Norway was lifted as of midnight the night leading into November 26th. The rules that apply are now the same as prior to the coronavirus pandemic. See the webpages of the  Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) for further information.

Rules upon entry into Norway

Anyone arriving Norway must as a rule of thumb:

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

Anyone over the age of 16 years old must complete the travel registration form and get tested when entering Norway.

You do not need to present a negative test result prior to entry 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.

Documentation of a negative test result prior to entry

Anyone above the age of 18 years old should as a rule of thumb provide documentation of a negative test result for the coronavirus on a test taken less than 24 hours prior to entry to Norway. You do not need to provide such documentation if you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the last six months as documented via a valid COVID-19 certificate.

Test requirements:

  • Test method: PCR-based test or rapid antigen-based test
  • Must be taken less than 24 hours prior to arrival to Norway
  • Language: Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French or German

If you arrive by air, the test can be taken during the last 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure time of the first flight of your itinerary.

Certain exceptions apply. Please refer to the COVID-19 regulations for further information (in Norwegian).

Travel registration form when entering Norway

Anyone over the age of 16 years old entering Norway should as a rule of thumb complete the travel registration form prior to crossing the border.

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 support@entrynorway.no

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:

  • 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

Testing for the coronavirus upon arrival to Norway

As a rule of thumb, everyone is 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 take a rapid antigen-based test at a public test center or a self-test within 24 hours of entry.

There are some exceptions to the requirement, including:

See the complete list of exceptions to the test requirement in the COVID-19 regulations (in Norwegian)

Travel quarantine

Anyone arriving from a red or dark red country or region, or a country or region outside of the EU/EEA and 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.

Read more about the symptoms of COVID-19 here.

Quarantine at home or another suitable place of residence?

Exceptions to the travel quarantine

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

Omicron – Travel rules

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs now advises against all travels to South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Lesotho, Eswatini and Malawi that are not strictly necessary. 

In order to limit and delay the spread of the new virus variant Omicron the following measures apply to anyone arriving from the above-mentioned countries:

  • You must take a test (PCR-based test or antigen-based rapid test) prior to travelling. The test must be taken less than 24 hours before arriving in Norway. If you arrive by air, the test can be taken during the last 24 hours prior to the first scheduled flight of your itinerary. The documentation of the test result must be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French, or German.
  • All travellers above the age of 16 will need to fill in a travel registration form upon entry in Norway.
  • You must take an antigen-based rapid test upon arrival and wait for the test result at the test centre. If there is no test center at the point of entry or the test center is closed, you will have to take a test immediately when arriving at the quarantine hotel.
  • You will have to take a PCR-based test within 24 hours after arrival in Norway.
  • You will have to enter a 10-day travel quarantine at a quarantine hotel. If you take a negative test (no virus detected) on day 3 you will be able to leave the quarantine hotel and implement your remaining quarantine duty period at home or at another suitable location. See the housing requirements that must be met here.
  • You will have to take another PCR-based test no sooner than 7 days after you arrived in Norway. You can end your quarantine if the test result comes back negative.

These measures apply whether or not you are fully vaccinated, have had COVID-19 during the last six months or are exempt under the COVID-19 regulations (requirement for testing prior to, upon and after arrival, travel quarantine duty or other exceptions).

Minors under the age of 18 and diplomats can implement their travel quarantine duty at home or at another suitable location. They will still have to comply with the requirements for testing.

If you have been to any of the above-mentioned countries after November 16th and arrived in Norway prior to November 27th you will have to take a PCR-based test as soon as possible. You should take the test also if you took a test prior to November 27th. Entering a 10-day travel quarantine (counting from the date of your arrival) is recommended.

See information from The Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Norwegian citizens in the mentined countries here. (in Norwegian)

About the virus variant

The virus variant detected in South Africa rises concern as it appears to spread very quickly. The experts also fear that the level of immunity after vaccination is insufficient against the virus variant. Whether the virus variant causes a more severe disease is not yet known. Conclusion cannot yet be drawn as the virus variant was detected only very recently, but the situation is followed closely by the health authorities.

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

  • See Re-Open EU for updated information on EU countries' rules and restrictions
  • Information regarding how the coronavirus situation affects entering and residing in Norway, see UDI.no