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Infection control advice for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Infection control advice for travel is updated continuously and can change quickly. Familiarise yourself with the advice that applies to travel in Norway and abroad, and which advice applies to risk groups.

Infection control advice for travel is updated continuously and can change quickly. Familiarise yourself with the advice that applies to travel in Norway and abroad, and which advice applies to risk groups.

National and local infection control measures

The Government has initiated the first step of the plan for a gradual reopening of society. The new national measures will apply from 16 April 2021.

Municipalities can introduce stricter measures locally according to the infection situation. Check your municipality's website for information on local measures.

The Government advises against non-essential domestic and international travel. 

General infection control advice for travel

The general infection control advice is;

  1. People who are sick should stay at home.
  2. Good hygiene. 
  3. Limit contact between people, keep at least 1 metre distance to those you do not live with or your closest circle of contacts.

Travel where you are mostly with your own family members, or others who you would already have been in contact with at home, poses less risk of transmission. Consider what you would do if you become sick and need to be isolated or go into quarantine. Remember travel insurance and check in advance whether it applies for where you will travel. 

It is good advice to plan trips to avoid transmission between places, e.g., by limiting travel that involves close contact with many people, perhaps at several locations.

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.


Advice for risk groups and their relatives

The article on risk groups gives infection control advice for people in risk groups and explains who is at increased risk.

In many cases, people in risk groups will be able to plan for trips with their children, grandchildren or others they are close to but who they do not usually in contact with, in a way where the risk of transmission can be reduced. 


  • When there is little transmission in society, people with a slightly increased risk can travel. However, they should be extra careful to follow the general infection control advice.
  • For people with a higher risk, an individual assessment on whether or not to travel should be made, and with whom you can travel.
  • If there is increased transmission at the destination, people at slightly increased risk should also consider whether or not to travel, while those at a higher risk of a more severe disease progression are discouraged from any travel under such situations.
  • In addition to the advice above, people with a higher risk should consider proximity to those they are travelling with, who they are not normally in close contact with, the number of people they are travelling with and whether it will be possible to have separate bedrooms and toilets during the journey.

Travel and holidays in Norway

The Government is encouraging less travel - also domestic travel within Norway. When travelling from an area in Norway with high infection levels to an area with lower infection levels, you should:

  • limit the number of contacts in the first 10 days
  • pay particular attention to symptoms and hand hygiene
  • keep two metres away from people in risk groups.

Anyone who develops symptoms or believes they have been exposed to infection are encouraged to take a test.

More about domestic leisure trips in Norway:

Swimming, beach life and outdoor activities in Norway

There is no risk of COVID-19 transmission via the water when bathing in fresh or sea water. However, it is important to have good hand hygiene and to keep a distance to anyone who is not in your closest contact circle. Try to find beaches or swimming areas with fewer people.

For outdoors activities such as camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, farm holidays and other types of adventure holidays within Norway can be carried out as long as you follow the general measures for infection control.

Advice before you travel abroad

Check the quarantine rules that apply when you arrive in Norway. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is advising against all non-essential travel abroad, this applies until 15th January 2021. An exception was made for countries in the Nordic region and EU/EEA/Schengen area that have sufficiently low transmission. 

Measures and restrictions to prevent transmission of COVID-19 are introduced in many countries, for example, transport restrictions, quarantine duty or other measures that can affect travellers. Travellers must also be prepared to answer questions about their health and may be refused entry or be put in quarantine.

The transmission situation in Europe can change rapidly, and before travelling abroad, take into account that there may be local outbreaks of COVID-19, or outbreaks may arise while you are away. 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.

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 
  • Risk of home quarantine in Norway on your return.
  • Risk of not being able to work during the first 10 days after travel. 

The quarantine rules are based on these regulations: Forskriften om smitteverntiltak ved koronautbrudd, paragraf 5: karanteneplikt ved ankomst til Norge (lovdata.no).

Questions and answers about travel abroad: 


16.03.2021 Added link about Easter holidays.

07.12.2020 Information extracted from article about travel advice that now focuses only on travel quarantine. New article created.

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