Domestic travel that is not strictly necessary is discouraged. Travels in connection with work that are considered necessary can be carried out.
Winter vacation in Norway
You can go on a winter vacation in Norway, meaning you can travel to a holiday property (rented or owned cabin) and hotel. You should avoid public transport if possible. The infection situation can change rapidly, and we should all be prepared for possible changing of plans for the winter vacation.
You should prepare for the possibility of having to enter a quarantine during or after the vacation. This is especially relevant if you are staying at a hotel, where the infection situation can change rapidly.
It is important that you familiarize yourself with the rules that apply in the municipality you are traveling to - and that you adhere to these. If you are traveling to a municipality with less stringent measures compared to the situation in your own municipality, you should as a rule of thumb follow the advice that are valid in your own local municipality.
The general advice is that we all reduce our number of contacts, and that we are extra attentive to those in risk groups. This also applies during the winter vacation.
Visits at the cabin
You can have up to 5 guests visit you at the cabin. If all guests are part of the same household they can all visit – even if there are more than five of them.
It should be possible for those that are not part of the same household to keep a distance of at least one metre. You should therefore not have more guests than space allows for at the cabin. Limiting overnight stays is recommended, and persons from different households should not share a bedroom.
Maintain good hygiene and proper cleaning, especially if persons from separate households need to share the same bathroom.
Social gatherings and activities
The risk of spreading the infection is lower if we meet up outdoors rather than indoors. It is therefore recommended that we arrange for outdoors activities and social gatherings.
Make all purchases in your own municipality before you leave. If you still need to buy necessary items elsewhere - choose a time of day when there are not too many people in the grocery store.
Remember the advice for infection control when you are out skiing, in the ski lift or at the pool etc. Avoid crowded places where many people gather.
Activities to enjoy during the winter vacation
Traveling abroad is not a good option these days. Yet a winter vacation at home or at a holiday property can also offer a lot of fun. Here are some suggestions for activities:
- Spring is just around the corner, with plenty of options for a couple of hours of daylight outdoors. Whether you prefer longer ski trips or spending some time in front of a bonfire, the winter vacation is a perfect time for this.
- You can go to the cabin - whether it is owned or rented. The restrictions apply here as well but going downhill skiing or getting together for a board game is a good option.
- Meaningful conversations and spending time with those you love is still possible. Whether you prefer to communicate via digital channels or meeting up outdoors.
- Eating a late breakfast, go for a long morning walk or watching a good movie are just som examples of simple ways to create everyday luxury.
- Dive into your interests. Try a new dish, take up knitting or pick up on your rusty guitar skills. The possibilities are unlimited - be creative!
- Maybe there is something you have put off doing or you previously just haven't found the time? Whether it is painting the living room, cleaning the garage or to give that car a wash - now might be the time to get back on track.
- Treat yourself to some quality time and self-care. How about a spa-session at home with some good music? Lower those shoulders!
- Explore the possibilities of digital communications! Invite some friends for a digital meetup, maybe a quiz or watching a film together.
- If you prefer to be physically active and move that body, there are numerous opportunities outdoors. Go skating, go on a sleigh ride, go for a walk. 20 to 30 minutes outdoors activity will lower your stress level as well.
- In many cities there is a rich selection of cafes and restaurants that offer take-away. What is available in your area? Maybe you will find a new favourite?
Recommendation on avoiding unnecessary domestic travel
Domestic travel that is not strictly necessary is discouraged. This recommendation is based the risk of the infection being spread if you travel from an area in Norway with a high level of infection to an area with a low level of infection.
How undertake travels that are necessary
Travels in connection with work can be carried out, but you should take extra care to follow the measures for infection control and keep a safe distance to others.
Travels to your place of study can be carried out, but you should take extra care to follow the measures for infection control and keep a safe distance to others.
Travels to a holiday property can be carried out, but only along with persons in your own household and where you avoid close contact with others. You should do your grocery shopping at home before going to the holiday property.
Do not travel if you are ill, in quarantine or in isolation – nor should you go to a holiday property. Exceptions apply if you show no symptoms and staying at the holiday property is the only way to avoid close contact with a member of your household who is ill with COVID-19.
Please note that there might be local measures implemented in the municipality that you are travelling to. You should therefore refer to the website of the municipality prior to travelling. You should also consider what to do if you should turn ill and will have to go into isolation, or if you are required to enter a quarantine.
Health care requirements
You are entitled to receive necessary health care in the municipality where you live, or where you currently reside. If you are on holiday/a tourist in another municipality and turn ill, call the emergency out-of-hours clinic on 116 117 to get access to necessary health care. Visit the webpages of the local municipality for information on COVID-19 testing.
Travel advice for persons in risk groups and their relatives
Advice for persons in risk groups is collated in a separate article on risk groups. An explanation as to
of who has a slightly increased of risk and who has a higher risk is also given in that article.
Persons in risk groups should keep a distance of at least two metres to others when visiting or spending time with someone who is not part of their own household. If you need to travel domestically, you should consider the following factors:
- Travel duration.
- Whether it will be easy to return home if someone should turn ill.
- Access to health services during the journey.
Recommendations for public transport and flights
When travelling by public transport, we often gather in crowds and it can be difficult to keep sufficient distance to others. This may contribute to further transmission. It is therefore recommended to limit the use of public transport.
Transmission can occur prior to (waiting area, bus-stop, boarding), during or after (disembarking, baggage claim) travelling by public transport.
Travel advice for public transport:
- Do not travel if you are ill.
- Avoid face-to-face contact.
- Keep the recommended distance of at least one metre to your fellow passengers throughout the journey.
- Wearing a face mask is recommended or compulsory in some situations. Refer to the article on face masks.
- If crowded, consider postponing your trip.
- You should stand/sit with sufficient distance to your fellow passengers. You can sit next to persons considered to be you closest contacts.
- If there is available space both for standing and seating, you should - if possible - take a seat during your journey.
- Avoid coughing or sneezing in the direction of your fellow passengers. If you need to cough or sneeze you should use a paper tissue that you then dispose of, or the crook of your elbow.
- Keep a good hand hygiene prior to, during and after your journey.
- Avoid unnecessary touching of surfaces.
- If you take a taxi, you should sit in the back seat. Face masks are recommended if there is more than one passenger in the back seat and the passengers are not part of the same household or cohort.
Read the full Infection control guidelines for public transport (bus, train, tram, etc) (in Norwegian).
A separate guideline for infection control in aviation connected to the COVID-19 outbreak (in Norwegian) has been prepared.
Persons with an acute respiratory tract infection should stay at home, even when the symptoms are only mild. Persons who are in quarantine or isolation should not be at the airport or travel by air. This applies both to passengers and employees.
Overview of confirmed coronavirus cases in public transport
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is maintaining a list of cases where coronavirus transmission has been confirmed on flights, ships, trains or buses (in Norwegian).
If you are traveling 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. Valid test methods are the standard PCR-based analysis or the rapid antigen-based test.
Residents of mainland Norway can travel to Svalbard, and residents of Svalbard can travel to the mainland, without having to enter quarantine. 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. For more information, see the governor of Svalbard.