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Entry quarantine upon arrival in Norway
All persons travelling to Norway from abroad, except countries/regions in the EEA/Schengen/United Kingdom which have a sufficiently low infection rate (green countries/regions shown on the map below) must go into entry quarantine for up to 10 days, unless they are covered by the exemption provisions of the COVID-19 Regulation. Persons arriving from green countries and regions must also go into quarantine if they have visited or transited through an orange/red/purple country or region during the past 10 days. However, if you are arriving from a green country/region having travelled via an orange/red country/region without using public transport, without staying overnight there and without having had close contact with anyone other than members of your own household, you do not need to go into quarantine after arriving in Norway.
- Quarantine and testing in Norway: These rules apply to you (helsedirektoratet.no)
Fully vaccinated persons and persons who have had COVID-19 during the past six months are exempt from entry quarantine. Protected persons who received their first vaccine dose between three and 15 weeks ago and children under 18 must go into entry quarantine, but may end their quarantine if they test negative no earlier than three days after arrival.
Currently, only presentation of a COVID-19 certificate (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish or EU digital COVID certificate) with a QR code which can be verified by the Norwegian authorities is considered to be a secure and verifiable way of proving vaccination or previous illness. More information about the COVID-19 certificate:
- Verifiable COVID-19 certificate (regjeringen.no, in Norwegian)
- See your COVID-19 certificate (helsenorge.no)
It is important that travellers familiarise themselves with the rules that apply before they arrive in Norway. This applies to entry restrictions, registration requirements, testing, quarantine rules and requirements regarding documentation of exemption. It is also important to be aware that the rules may change at short notice and that it is the traveller themselves who is responsible for ensuring they are up-to-date regarding the rules that apply at the time of entry. Here, you will find more detailed information about the rules that apply:
- Registration of entry to Norway (regjeringen.no)
- Travel to and from abroad (helsenorge.no)
- Information sheets in many languages concerning entry provisions (helsedirektoratet.no)
- Requirements regarding quarantine accommodation
Map of entry quarantine
Updated travel advice will take effect no earlier than the day after the day on which a decision is taken by the government, but it may also take several days from the date of the decision until the travel advice takes effect. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) updates the information that applies to Norway on this page from the date on which the advice actually takes effect.
The figures on the ECDC's website, overviews from individual countries and NIPH's pages can therefore sometimes differ.
Press release from the Norwegian Government:
- Endringer i innreiserestriksjoner, karantenekrav og krav om karantenehotell for flere land og områder - landvurdering uke 31 (30.07.21, regjeringen.no, in Norwegian)
Map and table with countries/regions covered by quarantine upon entry to Norway
The map and table will be updated every Sunday night at 00:00, last update: July 26, 2021:
In "green countries/regions", the infection rate is considered to be so low that there is no requirement for quarantine, even though these regions may also entail greater risk. If you are arriving in Norway from a green country/region (without a stopover and stay in countries/regions subject to a quarantine obligation), you do not need to go into quarantine. However, if you are arriving from an orange/red/purple/grey country/region, you must go into quarantine (certain exemptions apply). In red/orange countries/regions, the spread of infection is higher, and when you arrive in Norway from an orange or red region, you should go straight to suitable accommodation in order to complete your quarantine. If you are arriving from a dark red or grey country/region, the general rule is that you must stay at a quarantine hotel for three days, after which you can complete the rest of your quarantine in other suitable accommodation.
List of purple countries/regions that may have somewhat milder entry restrictions:
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
Countries within EEA/Schengen/UK that require 3 days in a quarantine hotel:
- Balearic Islands, Spain
- Crete, Greece
- United Kingdom
Travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
With effect from Monday 5 July 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will withdraw the travel advice for countries in the EEA/Schengen/United Kingdom. The travel advice has also been revoked for some countries and regions on the EU's third country list, known as purple countries and regions. This list is reviewed every week. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs still advises against all travel that is not strictly necessary to all other countries. The travel advice is valid until 10 August 2021 and is independent of the quarantine obligation.
Regions of Europe
With effect from 5 July, selected islands and archipelagos in Europe will be assessed at regional level. This applies to:
- Canary Islands
- Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera)
- Ionian Islands (Corfu, Ithaki, Kefallonia, Kythira, Lefkada, Paxos, Zakynthos)
- South Aegean Islands (Andros, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kea-Kythnos (Kea, Kythnos, Makronisos), Kos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Rhodos, Syros, Santorini, Tinos)
- North Aegean Islands (Chios, Lesbos and Samos)
If the infection situation satisfies the requirements for green countries/regions, it will be possible to travel to these regions without having to go into quarantine when you return home.
The EU’s selected third countries (purple countries and regions)
With effect from 5 July, countries and regions on the EU’s third country list which are considered to meet the criteria for green countries will be classified as countries that may be subject to slightly less strict entry rules. These countries and regions will be colour-coded purple. Visitors from these countries and regions are subject to the same testing and quarantine requirements upon arrival as travellers from red countries/regions. However, they are not required to stay at a quarantine hotel.
Please note that restrictions apply on who is permitted to enter Norway from purple countries and regions.
- Who is permitted to enter Norway? (helsenorge.no)
NIPH does not have sufficient reliable data for some countries on the EU’s third country list, and these third countries are colour-coded pale grey. The same rules for entry from these pale grey countries will apply as for other countries outside the EEA/Schengen/United Kingdom.
Countries outside the EEA/Schengen/United Kingdom and overseas regions
You must go into quarantine upon entering Norway from countries outside the EEA/Schengen/United Kingdom and overseas regions. You will normally be required to stay at a quarantine hotel until you get a negative result to a test taken no earlier than after three days. The rest of the entry quarantine may be completed in your own home or other suitable accommodation.
Overseas regions, including Gibraltar, are not covered by the travel advice for countries in the EEA/Schengen/United Kingdom. Overseas regions are subject to the same entry restrictions and quarantine rules as other countries outside the EEA/Schengen/United Kingdom. Examples of overseas regions are land areas in the Caribbean and North Africa which are governed by a Schengen country, without belonging to the Schengen area as a result.
Countries and regions with a sufficiently low infection rate
There is no quarantine duty obligation from countries in the EEA/Schengen/United Kingdom or from regions in the Nordic countries which have a sufficiently low infection rate. These regions are indicated in green on the map at the top of this page and are updated every week.
Numerical basis for assessing the infection situation in the EEA/Schengen/United Kingdom and the EU's third country list
Every Thursday, NIPH prepares a report in order to assess which countries and regions in Europe require quarantine upon entry. The figures in the report are mainly taken from ECDC. The report is prepared in accordance with assignment number 116, sub-assignment 3. An assessment is also carried out of the countries on the EU’s third country list regarding countries and regions which could qualify for less strict entry restrictions (purple countries and regions). This assessment is carried out every Thursday:
Even-numbered weeks - reviews of countries and regions:
- where it is appropriate to change from green to red/orange and from red/orange to green
- where it is appropriate to change from purple to grey and from grey to purple
Odd-numbered weeks - reviews of countries and regions:
- where it is appropriate to change from green to red/orange
- where it is appropriate to change from purple to grey
On the basis of the report, the government then decides which countries and regions require entry quarantine and which countries must be assessed. Updated travel advice will take effect from no earlier than the day after the day on which the government adopts a change.
After the report has been assessed, it will be published on fhi.no:
Criteria for assessing the infection rate
The threshold values were altered with effect from 5 July.
Green countries in the EEA/Schengen/United Kingdom or regions in the Nordic countries are considered to have sufficiently low infection rates. This means that these countries/regions have had:
- fewer than 50 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents during the last two weeks, and an average of less than 4% positive test results during the last two weeks
- fewer than 75 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents during the last two weeks, and an average of less than 1% positive test results during the last two weeks
In addition, an overall assessment of the countries will be carried out, based on trends in infection figures and other relevant information.
The assessment can be made at regional level where health authorities can carry out comprehensive infection control assessments concerning the infection rates in individual regions.
FAQ about entry quarantine and travel abroad
- FAQs (regjeringen.no)
- Chat service (helsenorge.no)
- Telephone 815 55 015 (Mon-Fri 08.00-15.30)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Alphabetical list of countries and the rules that apply when travelling to a country.
- Re-open EU - EUs official website for travel regulations for different countries in the EU and the Schengen area
Infection control advice for travellers
Earlier versions of maps
Information for the general public
Information helpline for questions about coronavirus: 815 55 015 (weekdays 08-15.30)
The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration has answers to many frequently asked questions about travelling to Norway, and a helpline 23351600 that is open on weekdays from 10:00-14:00.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also has answers to many frequently asked questions.
If you need acute medical attention, contact your doctor. If you cannot reach your doctor, contact the emergency out-of-hours clinic on 116117. If life is in danger, call 113.