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Infection control advice for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic

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.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs' global travel advice was repealed on 1 October 2021.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 rapidly and there may be rapid updates and travel advice for individual countries. Everyone must consider the necessity of travelling, and check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' page about what applies to the country they have planned to travel to.  

General infection control advice for travel

The general infection control advice is;

  1. People who are sick should stay at home.
  2. Good hygiene. 

See general advice for the public here: 

Advice if you are considering travel abroad

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

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 

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.

Smittestopp app

Remember to download the SmitteStopp app before you travel abroad. Smittestopp is connected to other contact tracing apps in the EU and EEA. You will then be notified if you have been near others who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and you can make sure that those you have been near abroad will be notified if you are diagnosed.

Questions and answers about travel abroad: 

History

03.12.2021: Updated according to advice and recommendations from the government.

25.09.2021: Updated according to changes with move towards normal daily life with increased preparedness

03.09.2021: Updated according to changes in travel advice, and updated link to regjeringen.no (information about travel abroad)

21.06.2021: Added information that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' global travel advice applies until and including 5 July 2021. From 5.7, the travel advice will be lifted for the EEA / Schengen, the United Kingdom and the countries on the EU's third country list NIPH consider safe. The article is shortened, and slightly restructured, and mainly deals with advice if you have to travel abroad. The section on risk groups has been removed, and general information has been shortened.

21.05.2021: Added text about Smittestopp app

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.