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Advice and rules for travel in and out of Norway

Here you will find information about advice and rules that apply when entering Norway.

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Here you will find information about advice and rules that apply when entering Norway.


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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs' global travel advice was repealed on 1 October 2021. However, both the prevalence of infection and local restrictions can change at short notice and there may be sudden updates and travel advice for individual countries. You should check the entry rules and status at your destination.

Advice if you are considering travel abroad

Measures and restrictions that can affect travellers are introduced in many countries, and you must also be prepared to answer questions about your health.

Check the advice from the local authorities at your destination and what is covered by travel insurance, including what applies if you become ill while travelling. Be aware that the advice can change at short notice.

Consider the following before travel:

  • Risk of being infected while travelling (destination, duration, contact with other people)
  • Risk of travel restrictions, curfews, quarantine or other measures in the country you are travelling to
  • Risk of capacity problems in the healthcare service at the destination if you become sick
  • Risk of lack of possibilities for return travel or medical repatriation 

The general infection control advice is;

  • People who are sick should stay at home
  • Good hygiene
  • Good cough and sneezing etiquette
  • Keep a distance where possible
  • Follow the national guidelines for face mask use

 

Long-term stays

Students and other people 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 educational institutions/employers.

Useful advice about travel abroad: 

Advice and rules for entry into Norway

From 12.02.2022 there are no requirements for testing, quarantine or registration upon arrival in Norway.

History

03.06.2022: Added link to "good advice for safe travel"

15.02.2022: Added link to page regarding covid-19 sertificate at helsenorge.no.

14.02.2022: Requirements for entry to Norway have been discontinued. General infection control advice when travelling during covid-19 has been added to the article.

02.02.2022: Test duty upon arrival ended, change in requirements for documentation in relation to test before arrival, cf. regulatory change on 1 February 2022.

26.01.2022: The requirement for entry quarantine expired on January 26 2022 at 00.00 a.m.

24.01.2022: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

17.01.2022: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

09.01.2022: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

04.01.2022: Removed sentence about South Africa that had not been removed with the last change.

23.12.2021: Due to a change in the COVID-19 regulations, the section dealing with stricter entry measures for eight countries in southern Africa has been removed. §4b and §4e were repealed on 23 December 21

20.12.2021: Added sentences: No changes are planned to be made about which countries and regions require entry quarantine during the Christmas and New Year period. The next country assessment will apply from week 2 in 2022.

20.12.2021: Updated map.

03.12.2021: Added test duty on arrival for all travellers, after regulatory changes 3 December

27.11.2021: Specified that entry registration upon arrival in Norway also apply to travellers who have a COVID-19 certificate, are fully vaccinated, have had COVID-19 og or have a negative test result.

26.11.2021: Updated according to regulatory changes 26.11.21, added; obligation to negative test before arrival, entry registration for all over 16 years, obligation to test on arrival also for travellers from green and orange countries, removed overview of purple countries. Minor revisions of text.

22.11.2021: Updated map.

15.11.2021: Updated map.

08.11.2021: Updated map.

01.11.2021: Updated map.

25.10.2021: Updated map.

18.10.2021: Updated the quarantine map.

04.10.2021: Updated section on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel advice (repealed 1 October).

04.10.2021: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

25.09.2021: Updated in accordance with amendments to the regulations on entry measures (relaxation of entry restrictions and measures) which apply from 25.9 at 16. Added rules and advice for quarantine, suitable quarantine place and advice for quarantine place where many live together, this has been moved from previous chapter "Quarantine and isolation ".

25.09.2021: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions applying from 25th September at 4 p.m.

20.09.2021: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

16.09.2021: Travel advice extended to 1 October 2021

06.09.2021: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

30.08.2021: Updated text about accepted COVID-19 certificates and added link to list of accepted COVID-19 certificates (Lovdata)

30.08.2021: Updated the map and table with new quarantine decisions.

23.08.2021: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

17.08.2021: Updated sentence about travellers from purple countries on EU's third countries list with regards to testing and quarantine, as per Norwegian version.

16.08.2021: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

13.08.2021: Added that NHS England and Wales' digital COVID certificate can be verified by the Norwegian authorities.

09.08.2021: Updated the map and table.

02.08.2021: Updated the map and table with new quarantine decisions.

26.07.2021: Updated the map and table with new quarantine decisions.

21.07.2021: The content has been simplified, links have been updated, some existing content has been specified.

19.07.2021: Information regarding updates on the EU list of third countries. Additional information regarding quarantine requirements for travels from green countries and regions that applies if the traveler has been in transit in, or stayed in orange/red/purple/grey countries and regions within the past 10 days.

19.07.2021: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

12.07.2021: Corrected map so islands are shown with correct color

12.07.2021: At 00:00: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

09.07.2021: Added link to the press release from Government.no (only available in Norwegian at the moment).

08.07.2021: Replaced the map of Europe with a map of the world.

06.07.2021: Updated map and table of entry quarantines in Europe, added list of purple countries and changed text that mentions threshold values. General review of text.

05.07.2021: 00:00 Updated map and table of green, red, dark red, purple and grey areas in Europe from 5 July.

29.06.2021: Clarified about entry quarantine for children under 16 years.

28.06.2021: At 00:00: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

24.06.2021: Small clarifications, including changes linked to introduction of EU's COVID-19 certificate

23.06.2021: Added that the Swedish COVID-19 certificate is not yet ready for this use.

22.06.2021: Minor changes to table about entry and quarantine to make the advice clearer.

21.06.2021: Updated map and table of green and red areas in Europe from 21 June. Updated table of countries in Europe that require quarantine hotels. Changed from "yellow land and areas" to "green land and areas". Added that registration and testing of everyone at the border has been introduced regardless of where they come from, but exceptions for vaccinated /have had COVID-19.

20.06.2021: Added "Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish certificates". Updated table about main rules to reflect updates in Norwegian text.

19.06.2021: Updated according to Government's reopening plan. Removed list of countries that require quarantine hotel as there are currently no countries there.

18.06.2021: From 19 June at 12pm, travellers from countries within the EEA and Schengen with fewer than 500 new cases of infection per 100,000 in the last two weeks are exempt from the requirement for quarantine hotels and that minors do not go to quarantine hotels. Travellers from countries outside the EEA and Schengen must stay in quarantine hotels until a negative PCR test result is available, taken no earlier than three days after entry.

14.06.2021: Updated documentation requirements.

14.06.2021: At 00:00 Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

11.06.2021: From 11.6, fully vaccinated and people who have had COVID-19 in the last 6 months will not have to go into entry quarantine. Updated information about exemptions from the quarantine according to this.

10.06.2021: Added a link to the article "Exemption from travel quarantine from Friday 11 June at 3 pm" at regjeringen.no.

07.06.2021: Added sentence: Currently, the only secure and verifiable way to document status as protected is to log in to helsenorge.no.

04.06.2021: At 3 pm: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

04.06.2021: 15:00: Added table of European countries and areas that do not require quarantine hotels, and updated overview of European countries and areas that require quarantine hotels. As well as a link to regjeringen.no to an article shortening the entry quarantine for protected persons and children under 12 years of age.

03.06.2021: Added clarification that from 3 June, people who are protected against covid-19 (fully vaccinated, 3-15 weeks after the first vaccine dose or have undergone illness in the last 6 months) are exempt from quarantine hotels and can carry out the quarantine period at another suitable quarantine location. Posted a link to an article on regjeringen.no which discusses verifiable corona certificate and temporary solution until 11 June, which means that travelers from 03.06.2021 at 12 o'clock must not be in quarantine hotels, but can take the quarantine at home or in another suitable place, if they at the border can document on helsenorge.no that they have been vaccinated or have had covid-19 in the last six months.

02.06.2021: Added explanation about supporting data for the map of yellow/red countries in Europe

01.06.2021: Added clarification that the overview of European countries / areas that require quarantine hotels in the future will be updated every Monday at 00:00. First update: Monday 7 June. Clarifications to text about quarantine hotels.

31.05.2021: At 00:00: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

27.05.2021: Removed the distinction between necessary and unnecessary travel, and added that from 27.5, travellers from European countries who have fewer than 150 new infections per 100,000 in the last 14 days and a maximum of 4 per cent of those tested do not need to stay in quarantine hotels . From 27.5, the infection situation in the United Kingdom will be assessed as for other countries in the EEA / Schengen.

24.05.2021: At 00:00: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

18.05.2021: Added to the EEA and Schengen area or the United Kingdom, cf. Amendments to the COVID-19 regulation from 13.5.

17.05.2021: At 00:00: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

10.05.2021: On 7 May 2021, the Government announced changes to quarantine hotels. Travellers who have stayed in countries outside the EEA / Schengen must go to a quarantine hotel upon arrival in Norway. This applies regardless of whether the trip was essential or not. The changes took effect from Sunday 9 May 2021 at 12 p.m.

10.05.2021: At 00:00: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

03.05.2021: At 00:00: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

29.04.2021: New sentences under test on arrival: In the case of a positive result from a rapid antigen test, those who have stayed outside the EEA and Schengen area during the last 10 days must take a PCR test at the border crossing point. Other people with a positive result from a rapid antigen test must take a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival.

28.04.2021: Added information about stricter entry measures for travellers from Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Nepal and Pakistan. Moved paragraph about quarantine hotel under paragraph about entry requirements.

26.04.2021: At 00:00: Updated map and the table with new quarantine decisions

18.04.2021: At 00:00: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions

12.04.2021: At 00:00: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

31.03.2021: Added information about the requirement for a negative test taken 24 h before arrival also applies to Norwegian citizens and residents in Norway from 1 April 2021.

30.03.2021: Test on arrival shall be a rapid antigen test, PCR can only be used in exceptional cases. It is no longer possible to end time in a quarantine hotel with a negative test result 3 days after arrival.

29.03.2021: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

25.03.2021: Added information about essential travel, with link to Helsenorge.no

25.03.2021: Removed text about PCR tests on the border for travellers from specific countries (repealed section in regulations)

22.03.2021: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions

19.03.2021: Updated information about quarantine hotels

15.03.2021: Added link to government decisions about quarantine hotels

14.03.2021: At 23:59: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

11.03.2021: Added new recommendations from the Government

08.03.2021: At 23:59: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

23.02.2021: Added a requirement that persons in entry quarantine who do not stay in quarantine hotels must be tested with a PCR test seven days after arrival day.

21.02.2021: At 23:59: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

14.02.2021: At 23:59: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

31.01.2021: At 23:59: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

28.01.2021: Added information on stricter rules on foreign nationals who seek entry to Norway from January 29. 

25.01.2021: Updated "Rules and requirements when entering Norway"

24.01.2021: At 23:59: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

18.01.2021: Added text about mandatory testing from 18 January

17.01.2021: At 23:59: Updated the map and the table with new quarantine decisions.

15.01.2021: UK marked as red striped area in the map (UK should have been red striped when the map was updated 11.01.21).

11.01.2021: Clarified point under testing requirements:
Test upon arrival: From 2 January, there is an obligation to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival in Norway. The obligation applies to everyone who has stayed in an area with quarantine duty during the last 14 days before arrival in Norway.  This also applies to Norwegian citizens. The test should be taken as soon as possible and no later than 24 hours after arrival in Norway.

10.01.2021: at 23:59: Added the link to the information hotline for assistance with registration form, updated map and table with new quarantine decisions,. Added the sentence "From the new year, the UK is no longer a member of the EU, and as a result will no longer be included in this assessment and will be required to have quarantine duty as for other countries outside EU/EEA/Schengen (known as third countries)." 

05.01.2021: Restructured the first two paragraphs about test obligation and entry quarantine. No changes to advice.

02.01.2021: Text about flight ban on direct flights from UK to Norway is changed. The ban will be lifted from January 2nd at 5 p.m. Added text and links about Mandatory testing for travellers to Norway from January 2nd.

31.12.2020: The Government is introducing mandatory testing for COVID-19 for travellers to Norway from 2 January 2021. Read more about this here: Mandatory testing for travellers to Norway  (government.no). Fhi.no will be updated when the measure is introduced. Added explanatory section on changes in the entry quarantine from 29.12.2020 at 8 a.m. People who come to Norway can be quarantined after day seven at the earliest if they test negative for COVID-19 twice after arrival.

28.12.2020: Added "The Government is introducing new quarantine rules that will contribute to more travellers being tested, and strengthen compliance with the quarantine rules. This applies from 29 December at 08.00."

22.12.2020: Added text about UK flights

20.12.2020: At 23:59: Updated map and table with new quarantine decisions.

17.12.2020: Added link to Tallgrunnlag for innreisekarantene for uke 49 og 50.

14.12.2020: Adjusted sentence: The test must be taken during the last 72 hours before arrival in Norway. Added link to news article about changes in rules for quarantine hotels.

11.12.2020: At 23:59: Updated map and table with new quarantine decisions.

07.12.2020: Moved content about infection control advice for travel to separate article: Infection control advice for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic

04.12.2020: At 23:59: Updated map and table with new quarantine decisions.

27.11.2020: At 23:59: Updated map and table with new quarantine decisions.

23.11.2020: Added sentence about quarantine hotels

20.11.2020: At 23:59: Updated map and table with new quarantine decisions.

16.11.2020: Informed of error in position of map for two Finnish regions - problem being rectified. Itä-Savo and Etelä-Savo have swapped places on our map. In reality, Itä-Savo is on the eastern side of Etelä-Savo. The error was corrected at 1 PM.

13.11.2020, 23:59: Change under "criteria for assessment of transmission" to "From 10th November, the threshold values will be changed. There are now exemptions from entry quarantine for travellers from EEA countries and Switzerland where there are fewer than 25 confirmed cases per 100 000 inhabitants during the last two weeks (evaluated on a national level), and fewer than 4 per cent positive tests on average per week over the last two weeks." Added paragraph about domestic travel.

10.11.2020: Added link to information letters at Directorate of Health

06.11.2020: Updated map and table with new quarantine decisions.

30.10.2020: At 23:59: Updated map and table with new quarantine decisions

24.10.2020: Updated map and table with new quarantine decisions.

17.10.2020: Updated map and table with new quarantine decisions.

15.10.2020: Added link to news story about change in entry quarantine that apply from 17th October 2020.

08.10.2020: Added link to news story about change in entry quarantine that apply from 10th October 2020. 

03.10.2020: Correction of the date in the table.

02.10.2020: Updated map and table with new quarantine decisions that apply from midnight.

25.09.2020: Updated map and table with new quarantine decisions that apply from midnight.

21.09.2020: On the map published 19th September the Swedish region Västmanland was wrongly marked yellow. The region is red, this was corrected 21st September 2020, at 10:20 am. 

18.09.2020: Added new map and updated table of countries at midnight. Countries (from yellow to red): Estonia. Regions (from yellow to red): Zealand and North Jutland in Denmark, Etelä-Savo in Finland. Countries (from red to yellow): Island, Liechtenstein. Regions (from red to yellow): Kalmar and Blekinge in Sweden, Kainuu in Finland.

17.09.2020: Added link to news story about change in entry quarantine that apply from 19th September 2020. 

15.09.2020: Shortened the description of exemption from the COVID-19 regulations

14.09.2020: Updated the wording, and added a paragraph about NIPH weekly assessing the infection situation in the EU, EEA and Schengen countries.   

11.09.2020: Added new map and updated table of countries at midnight. Countries: Hungary and Slovakia. Regions: Southern Denmark in Denmark, Jämtland and Örebro in Sweden, and Kainuu in Finland.

09.09.2020: Added link to news story about change in entry quarantine for travellers from Slovakia and Hungary that apply from 12th September 2020. 

04.09.2020: Minor text adjustments that do not alter the advice. Added new map and updated table of countries at midnight.

28.08.2020: Added under section about Countries and areas "Employees with household members who have symptoms, but who are not probable or confirmed COVID-19 cases, can go to work but should follow the advice given here." Map and table that applies from midnight added.

26.08.2020: Added link to news story about change in entry quarantine for travellers from Germany and Liechtenstein that apply from 29th August 2020. 

24.08.2020: Added Gibraltar to paragraph about overseas regions. Removed regions for Iceland and moved Iceland to the main list of countries.

21.08.2020: Added link to Norwegian page with list of departures where passengers have been confirmed to have COVID-19

20.08.2020: Added link to Directorate of Immigration questions and answers.

19.08.2020: Updated with changes to red and yellow countries that apply from 22nd August 2020.

14.08.2020: Emphasised that the Government advises against all non-essential travel and reorganised the earlier versions of the maps so they are easier to find.

13.08.2020: Corrected error in colour code for Zealand and Southern Denmark

12.08.2020: New map and updated tables regarding changes that apply from 15th August, red and yellow areas. Added explanation about new category, yellow areas. Travel advice extended from 20th August to 1st October 2020.

10.08.2020 Added sentences: Upon arrival in Norway, you should travel straight to an appropriate place to stay during quarantine, preferably with private transport. If you must be in a public place or use public transport, use a face mask during the journey until you arrive at your destination. added sentence: The Government recommends that inhabitants of Norway should avoid unnecessary travel abroad. Added sentences: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is advising against all travel abroad that is not strictly necessary, this applies until 20th August. An exception was made on 15th June for Nordic countries for Nordic countries that satisfy certain infection control requirements. From 15th July, exemption was extended for travel to countries in EU/EEA/Schengen area that satisfy these requirements.

06.08.2020: Updated map and table regarding quarantine upon arrival in Norway from abroad. Sweden: Uppsala, Södermanland, Dalarna and Västerbotten changed from red to green. Kronoberg and Skåne changed from green to red. Europe: France, Monaco, Switzerland and Czech Republic changed from green to red.

05.08.2020: Updated paragraph about health personnel returning from a visit/stay in "green"  regions/countries outside Norway. Testing and awaiting a negative result recommended for health personnel before returning to/starting clinical work. 

30.07.2020: Updated map. Belgia has been marked in red and is covered by the entry quarantine. 

24.07.2020: Minor edits that do not affect the content. Updated map and table with green and red regions and countries.

23.07.2020: Clarification of testing x1 for health personnel with patient-centred work who during the past 10 days have stayed in, or been travelling in "green" regions and countries outside the Nordic region, and that when travelling in green regions and countries in the Nordic region, testing is not required by health professionals.

17.07.2020: Added paragraph about overseas regions governed by Schengen countries but that are not part of the Schengen area. 
New paragraph added about updating of map/country list, that the Government decides on the advice, and that the new advice will apply from the following day, at the earliest.

13.07.2020: Areas with sufficiently low transmission - Specified that it was the government who decided the exemptions.

10.07.2020: Changed order of some paragraphs, updated sections about criteria and quarantine rules when arriving in Norway from abroad. 6 p.m.: clarified work quarantine advice. 7 p.m.: updated version of map.

25.06.2020: Added paragraph about Workers from Schengen and EEA countries under the section about Exemption from quarantine duty. Updated table with Gotland (now red). Added paragraph about EU and EEA countries.

22.06.2020: Added sentence about quarantine for people arriving in Norway is the same as for close contacts who have to go into quarantine. Added title "Exemptions from quarantine duty"

18.06.2020
Edited to make it clearer what are the rules for entry into Norway and where to find the regulations for entry into other countries.

12.06.2020
Added that after June 15, it will be allowed to enter Norway without quarantine duty on arrival after travelling in areas in the Nordic countries that are considered to have a low infection rate. Maps and tables with an overview of which areas in the Nordic countries are excluded from the entry quarantine will be updated every 14 days. Criteria for assessing which areas in the Nordic region can be excluded from the entry quarantine are included.

04.06.2020 Added Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands to the list of countries with exemptions for quarantine duty while commuting. Does not apply for transit from other countries.

29.05.2020: Added link to Government website about impending changes to quarantine rules. Added link about re-opening for travel to Denmark.

15.5.2020: Revised text.

08.05.2020

Changed quarantine days from 14 to 10 days, according to decision from Norwegian government 07.05.2020.

06.05.2020
Updated text about domestic travel as per Norwegian version.

17.04.2020

Removed sentence about official advice to avoid unnecessary travel until 14th April. As of 15th April, this applies until further notice.

23.03.2020
Removed paragraph about home quarantine as per Norwegian version

16.03.2020
Added paragraph from government. Applies to Sweden and Finland.

14.03.2020
Updated according to Norwegian text:

Advice to avoid non-essential travel to all countries. From 14th March 2020, the Norwegian authorities are advising against non-essential travel to all countries. The advice applies until 14th April. Travellers should follow news and travel information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the advice may be updated rapidly. Everyone travelling from outside Sweden and Finland will be in quarantine for 14 days, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.  This has retroactive effect from 27th February.  This also applies to people arriving in Norway from Sweden and Finland who have stayed in other countries during the last 14 days. Travellers who arrive in Norway can choose to return to the country they left instead of having to be in quarantine.

13.03.2020

Updates according to Norwegian text. Changed name of paragraph "advice after travel" to "advice about home quarantine, added information about everyone being in quarantine after travel outside Nordic region

09.03.2020
Updated text according to Norwegian text. Advice after travel and areas with widespread transmission

04.03.2020
Updated text according to Norwegian text. General changes throughout article.

25.02.2020:
Added link to page with "areas of presumed ongoing transmission. Revised preventive advice during travel. 

17.02.2020
New text: "Furthermore The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advices against unnecessary travel to mainland China due to the effect of the virus outbreak on society in China in general. The situation is being continually assessed. (Includes now mainland China as to earlier only Zhejiang).

14.02.2020:
Updated paragraphs "Avoid travel to Hubei province and unnecessary travel to Zhejiang in China" and "Advice after travel", according to changes in Norwegian text.

13.02.2020: 
Changed the name of the virus from "2019-nCoV" to "COVID-19".