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 does not apply to countries within the EEA / Schengen, the United Kingdom and countries on the EU list of third countries (purple countries) that are considered safe by the NIPH (the Norwegian Institute of Public Health). Read more about the global travel advice here (regjeringen.no).

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, both for the area where you live 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 determines 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 COVID-19 regulations define what countries and areas trigger quarantine duty at a quarantine hotel. This relates to the level of infection in the specific country/area. The regulations are updated on a regular basis and apply until they are changed. This means that even if the level of infection in a country changes from high to lower, you are not exempt from quarantine hotel 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.

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.

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

Read more about the COVID-19 certificate here.

COVID-19 certificate for foreigners travelling to Norway

You will be able to travel freely to 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 (linked to the EU-specific system). 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.

In Norway, you are considered as fully vaccinated when you have received two doses and more than one week has passed since the last dose.

Norway can verify the COVID-19 certificates of other countries within the EU/EEA, pending they are linked to the EU-specific system. Whether these countries have actually implemented the COVID-19 certificate and issued them to their citizens is unknown. 

England is not linked to the EU-specific system for COVID-19 certificates.

Read more about the COVID-19 certificate here.

Checklist for using a corona certificate:

Digital users:

  • Get to know your corona certificate on Helsenorge.no. Here you will also find the EU/EEA certificate, which is used for all trips abroad.
  • Remember to charge your mobile phone.
  • Make sure that the mobile screen is readable/not broken.
  • Feel free to take a screenshot of your corona certificate, in case of poor internet reception.

Non-digital users:

  • Get to know your corona certificate on Helsenorge.no. Here you will also find the EU/EEA certificate, which is used for all trips abroad.
  • 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?

You cannot travel to Norway if you are:

  • a tourist (does not apply to travellers from green countries or regions)
  • an EU/EEA citizen (including citizens of the Nordic countries) who is working or studying in Norway who is not exempt
  • a 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 Norway if you are:

  • a Norwegian citizen (irrespective of which country you live in)
  • a foreign citizen who is resident in Norway
  • foreign national resident in a country or region which is defined as green.
  • Foreigners that are residents of a country or area that is defined as green.
  • a foreign citizen with a European COVID-19 certificate that is valid in Norway and that shows that you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the preceding six months.
  • a foreign citizen who is about to spend time with their own children (contact arrangements for children)
  • a foreign citizen who commute from Sweden or Finland to attend kindergarten, primary or secondary school or work.
  • 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 foreign citizen living in the EU/EEA area, Switzerland, the United Kingdom or in a country categorized as purple who is a close family member of someone residing in Norway:
    • Spouse, registered partner or cohabitant
    • Minor children or stepchildren
    • Parents or step-parents of minor children or stepchildren
    • Adult children and stepchildren
    • Parents and step-parents of adult children/stepchildren
    • Grandparents and step-grandparents
    • Grandchildren and step-grandchildren
  • a foreign citizen who is a resident of another third country and who is a close relative to a person residing in Norway:
    • spouse
    • cohabitant with whom you have lived with for at least two years, or with whom you are expecting or have a child with
    • Minor children or stepchildren (under 18 years old)
    • Parents or step-parents if you yourself are a minor (under 18 years old)
  • a girlfriend/boyfriend who is 18 years or older from the EEA, Switzerland, the United Kingdom or a country categorized as purple, including their minor children. This requires an application to the UDI to enter the country. You will find information and the UDI application forms here.

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

Rules upon entry into Norway

If you are allowed to enter Norway, you will need to

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.

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. 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:

  • Persons who are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the last 6 months, as documented via their Norwegian or or European COVID-19 certificate.

Requirement for presenting a negative test result upon entry to Norway

Travelers to Norway must present documentation of a negative test for the coronavirus taken less than 24 hours prior 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. You are exempt from providing a negative test result if you arrive from a green county or area.

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 the Norwegian COVID-19 certificate at helsenorge.no, or European COVID-19 certificate.
  • 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

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 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:

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

Travel quarantine

Anyone returning from a red area or country 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.

Those that are fully vaccinated, have had COVID-19 and travelers from countries or areas referred to as green countries or areas are exempt from travel quarantine. 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 or another suitable accommodation if you are exempt.
  • 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 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 will be offered a test 3 days after arrival. If the test result is negative, you will be able to go home or to another suitable place of residence to complete your remaining travel quarantine duty period. 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. Alternatively, you will be offered a test on day 7 of your quarantine duty period.

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. 

Children and youth under the age of 18 years old can take the test (PCR-based) three days after arrival and end their quarantine if the test result comes back negative. This also applies to those who have received one dose of their vaccine and more than three weeks have since passed.

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.

Read more about the symptoms of COVID-19 here.

Exceptions to the travel quarantine

As a rule of thumb, you will need to enter 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 as far as possible avoid close contact with others than those you live with.

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 or quarantine at home?

Where you may stay during your travel quarantine will depend on which country / area you have been to. You may be exempt from completing your quarantine duty at a quarantine hotel e.g. if you are protected or if there are strong welfare considerations. See all exceptions here.

You must take a PCR-based test for the coronavirus no earlier than 3 days after arrival in Norway. You can leave the quarantine hotel if the test result comes back negative (no virus detected) and complete your quarantine duty at home or another suitable place of residence. You can end the travel quarantine if the test result is negative.

Allocation of quarantine hotel and registration

The municipality is responsible for organising the quarantine hotel. You will be referred to a quarantine hotel with capacity within a reasonable distance from your point of arrival. A car / bus ride of up to 2 hours is considered to be at a reasonable distance.

The municipality is responsible for organising the transport from your point of arrival to the quarantine hotel. Persons who arrive from countries outside the EEA, Switzerland or the United Kingdom shall not use public transport. Maintaining proper measures for infection control and prevention during the transport is important. Those arriving by car can drive to the quarantine hotel themselves.

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.

Costs

  • NOK 500 per night for individuals above the age of 18 and for employers.
  • NOK 250 per night for children between the ages of 10 and 18
  • Free of charge for children under the age of 10 when living with their parents.

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.

Students and travel quarantine

The same rules apply for students as for other travelers when it comes to where to complete the travel quarantine.

If you are a Norwegian student abroad, you will be exempt from the deductible payment.

Quarantine hotel exceptions

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

You can complete your quarantine duty period in your own home or another suitable location if you belong to one of the following groups:

  • You arrive from a country within the EEA, Switzerland or the United Kingdom with a lower level of infection. Read more about the exception here.
  • You can document via a valid European COVID-19 certificate that you are protected, have access to a residence with the possibility to keep a distance to others, with a separate room, bathroom and a separate kitchen or the possibility for serving food. The police at the border are responsible for verifying the digital information. See the definition of being protected here.
  • Minor children.
  • If you arrive in Norway in connection with work and your employer provides a suitable accommodation. The accommodation should be approved by the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority prior to entry. You can document this e.g. via a copy of the approval.
  • If you upon arrival can document strong welfare considerations or other compelling reasons (see further details below) and are able to complete your quarantine duty at another suitable location while avoiding close contact with others. You will need to apply for an exception to the quarantine hotel rule from the Directorate of Immigration (UDI). Read more about who can apply and how to apply here
  • If you arrive as part of access and contact arrangements between parents and children or children living in two homes under the Children Act or the Child Welfare Services. For those who belong to this group there is no need to apply with the UDI for an exemption from implementing the quarantine at a quarantine hotel.  

If you apply for an exemption from staying at a quarantine hotel on behalf of a combined travel party, the exemption will only apply to those in the travel party who have an approved exemption.

Some occupational groups are exempt from carrying out travel quarantine at a quarantine hotel. See the overview at Helsedirektoratet.no.

Regardless of where you complete your quarantine, you must fill out the entry registration form prior to entry.

What do strong welfare considerations and compelling reasons entail?

If there are strong welfare considerations or compelling reasons, you must apply to the UDI for an exemption from staying at a quarantine hotel. 

The opportunity to apply for an exemption is not available if you travel out of Norway for other reasons than strong welfare reasons. If you travel out of Norway in order to attend a funeral or visit a family member abroad who is ill, you will not be granted an exception from the UDI on implementing your travel quarantine at a quarantine hotel upon return to Norway.

For further information on strong welfare considerations , compelling reasons and the application process, please refer to the UDI.

Definition of certain terms

Definition of permanent housing and suitable place of residence

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.

If you are protected you are exempt from the requirement to present documentation of a negative test, the same applies to children under the age of 12.

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. 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