Updated: foreign travel advisory continues until 20 Aug. Reconsider travel between neighboring EU countries before 20 July. Closed borders for foreign nationals without permanent residence in Norway.; 12/03/2020 Healthcare professionals working with patient treatment are prohibited from travelling abroad. The ban applies to both business travel and leisure travel. The decision is effective from today until end of April 2020. As of 7th May: The prohibition against foreign travel for health personnel is repealed. However; the Government still advises against foreign travel. Anyone who has travelled outside Norway must go into quarantine when they return.
09/11/2020: Travellers from red countries must present a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test when they arrive in Norway. The test must have been taken less than 72 hours before entry. Norwegian citizens; Norwegian residents; people in transit; commuters from Sweden/Finland and society-critical personnel are exempt of this requirement; 02/01/2021: within the first 24 hours upon arrival to Norway; all arriving travellers are obliged to take COVID-19 test.; 01/04/2021: From midnight; night to 1 April; those waiting for test results have a duty to wait at the test station at the border until the test result is available. In addition; From 1 April; Norwegian citizens and foreigners residing in Norway must also present a corona test at the border when they arrive in Norway from an area with a quarantine obligation. The test must be taken during the last 24 hours before arrival in Norway.; 18/04/2021: children under the age of 12 will also be tested at the border.; 11/06/2021: Everyone must continue to be tested upon entry; including those who are now exempt from entry quarantine.; 08/07/2021: All travellers arriving in Norway must take a test at the border. All travellers arriving in Norway must register before they cross the border; 27/08/2021: The government has decided not to introduce entry restrictions for new countries or regions. For Åland in Finland; entry restrictions and quarantine requirements are lifted and for some countries in Europe and selected archipelagos; requirements for quarantine hotels are lifted.; 03/09/2021: The government has decided to introduce entry restrictions including test requirements for Romania.; 25/09/2021: Requirements for testing at border crossing/arrival are settled for travellers from green and orange countries.; 26/11/2021: Rules on entry tightened: a) All entrants over the age of 16 must register in the entry registration system b) Reintroduction of the requirement for a negative test certificate taken within 24 hours before entry for those who cannot document with a verifiable corona certificate that they have been fully vaccinated or have undergone covid-19 in the last six months c) Obligation to be tested on entry regardless of where you arrive in Norway from; as long as you have not been fully vaccinated or have undergone covid-19 in the last six months - and can document this with a verifiable corona certificate.;27/11/2021: Persons who have resided in areas where the omicron variant has been confirmed; after 16 November 2021 and arrived in Norway before 27 November 2021 must take a PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 as soon as possible.; 16/12/2021 Everyone who travels to Norway must register before arriving in Norway; this also applies to Norwegian citizens. Everyone who comes to Norway must be tested after arrival; regardless of vaccination status.; 22/12/2021 The strict measures that generally apply when entering Norway are continued but the special measures aimed at travellers from the eight countries in southern Africa; which will be held on 22 December at 24.00 are discontinued.; 17/01/2022 There are requirements for entry quarantine upon entry from Romania. All countries in red and dark red level have still requirements for entry quarantine.; 01/02/2022 The requirement to test oneself at the border for immigrants to Norway is removed.;1/03/2022: The Norwegian government has decided to discontinue the requirement of a negative test for Covid-19 prior to departure to; and after arrival in Svalbard.; 08/03/2022 Regulated requirements for negative testing before entry and requirements for entry registration on arrival in Norway have been repealed.;
Since January 2021: Government established three-level system for measures to be implemented in a municipality and surrounding municipalities in the event of an outbreak of infection. There are three measure levels: Measure level A; B and C; measure level A being the most stringent measures; while measure level C has the least strict measures. Governments keeps website listing which municipalities are under a specific level and thus which measures apply. Link included above; 27/05/2021: Domestic travel can now be carried out; but it is important that travellers plan the trip so to avoid spreading the virus between places as much as possible. This is especially important for those traveling from areas with high infection pressure; 28/07/2021 Recommendations for internal travel remain the same.; 26/11/2021 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel that is not strictly necessary to Botswana; Eswatini; Lesotho; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; South Africa and Zimbabwe and Norwegian citizens residing in these countries are encouraged to follow local infection control measures and to follow developments in local and international media.; 22/12/2021: This travel advice was rescinded on 22 December 2021.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel that is not strictly necessary to all countries. The travel advice is valid until 15 January. Exceptions have been made for countries and regions in the Nordic countries and countries in the EEA / Schengen area that meet the National Institute of Public Health's criteria for low spread of infection. Changes in both the prevalence of infection and local restrictions can change quickly and make the situation unpredictable; 23/03/2021: Travel abroad is not recommended unless strictly necessary. Avoid unnecessary travel in Norway; 27/05/2021: The distinction between necessary and unnecessary travel is removed when entering Norway so that travelers from the United Kingdom and EEA/Schengen countries with low infection do not have to be in quarantine hotels. Instead; the requirements for quarantine etc are based on infection rate from place of departure. Also; entry restrictions of non-Norway residents still applies; 08/07/2021: International travel is not advised; unless strictly necessary; 10/8/2021: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against all unnecessary travel to all countries outside the EU/EEA; Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Exceptions are made for certain countries and areas outside the EU.; 1/10/2022: The global advice against all non-essential travel was rescinded on 1 October 2021.
17/03/20: Entry ban for individuals other than citizens from countries in the European Union; European Economic Area; and United Kingdom; long-term residents and people with long-term visa or residence permits; family members of EU and EEA citizens; medical personnel and people responsible for transport of goods.; 1/03/2022: The European Union recommends that its member nations remove any non-essential travel bans for vaccinated tourists arriving from third countries starting March 1; 2022.
01/02/2022 People who have been fully vaccinated; and people who have undergone covid-19; no longer have to be tested before leaving for Svalbard; 12/02/2022: Regulated requirements for negative testing before entry and requirements for entry registration are repealed except from Svalbard where requirements for testing before departure to and after arrival will be continued for the time being.; 01/03/2022 The test obligation before departure and on arrival in Svalbard is removed.;
27/01/2021: To limit the risk of import infection; the government has further tightened foreigners' access to Norway. In principle; only foreigners residing in Norway are given the opportunity to enter Norway. This also applies to EEA citizens. Mandatory testing; entry registration; quarantine; and quarantine hotels will continue to apply to those who are exempt from entry restrictions and who may enter Norway. Entry registration can be found further down on this page. 19th February: travel abroad is not recommended; 28/02/2021: To limit the risk of import infection; the government has further tightened foreigners' access to Norway. In principle; only foreigners residing in Norway are given the opportunity to enter Norway. This also applies to EEA citizens; 01/03/2021: From Monday 1 March; day commuters from Sweden and Finland will once again be able to come to work in Norway under a strict test and control regime. The exemption from the entry restrictions applies to foreigners residing in Sweden or Finland who commute to work in Norway. Day commuting includes evening and night work; as long as you travel home after work. This solves what has been a difficult situation for many commuters from our neighboring countries Sweden and Finland; 09/03/2021: until 15 April; the travel council applies not to travel abroad; unless it is strictly necessary. This means that people living in Norway should not go abroad during the Easter holidays; 29/03/2021: only foreigners who are resident in Norway can travel into Norway now. This also applies to EEA citizens. 20/04/2021 The Government has decided that the tightening of the entry restrictions that were implemented with effect from 29 January 2021 will be continued until further notice; in the first instance up to and including 12 May; 05/05/2021: The tightening of entry restrictions that were implemented with effect from 29 January 2021 will be continued until further notice; in the first instance up to and including 24 May. 21/05/2021: entry restriction continues; 08/07/2021: Entry into Norway is permitted for some people from the EEA with relations to people who reside in Norway; for instance parents; adult children; or a partner over the age of 19; 28/07/2021: Entry restrictions still apply. The entry restrictions and quarantine rules are classified based on the infection situation with the color codes green; orange; red; dark red and purple. Certain groups of people can enter Norway; 25/09/2021: Persons from other countries residing in the EEA area and persons residing in the United Kingdom and Switzerland can now enter Norway. Entry restrictions still apply to people coming from all other countries (so-called gray countries); 06/10/2021: All border crossings will open.
Open for entry from residents in Schengen and EAA starting 15 July with exceptions for countries with high infection rates.; 27/01/2021: In order to limit the risk of spreading the significantly more contagious variant of the coronavirus; the government is tightening restrictions on foreigners' access to Norway. In principle; only foreigners residing in Norway will have the opportunity to enter Norway.
09 Nov: National recommendation that everyone in the coming weeks must stay at home as much as possible and limit social contact with other people; 3rd Jan 2021: National stay-at-home recommendation not reflected in national measures anymore. Rather; the general population asked to 'Avoid having guests in the home. Wait 14 days for private visits.' Since January 2021: Government established three-level system for measures to be implemented in a municipality and surrounding municipalities in the event of an outbreak of infection. There are three measure levels: Measure level A; B and C; measure level A being the most stringent measures; while measure level C has the least strict measures. The government keeps a website listing which municipalities are under a specific level and thus which measures apply. Link included above.
Avoid unnecessary domestic travel. Work travel that is considered necessary and trips to leisure properties that can be carried out without contact with others are exempt. Since January 2021: Government established three-level system for measures to be implemented in a municipality and surrounding municipalities in the event of an outbreak of infection. There are three measure levels: Measure level A; B and C; measure level A being the most stringent measures; while measure level C has the least strict measures. Governments keeps website listing which municipalities are under a specific level and thus which measures apply. Link included above. 23 March: Recommend that all non-essential travel be postponed with the following exceptions: Travel to and from work when home office is not possible / Travel home to the family for students without family where they study / Travel to cottage and holiday home with own household. 27th May: Domestic travel can now be carried out; but it is important that you plan the trip so that you spread the spread of infection between places as much as possible. This is especially important for those traveling from areas with high infection pressure.
Closed borders for foreign nationals without permanent residence in Norway (air; land and port). 15 July - borders open.
Healthcare professionals working with patient treatment are prohibited from travelling abroad. The ban applies to both business travel and leisure travel. The decision is effective from today until end of April 2020. As of 7th May: The prohibition against foreign travel for health personnel is repealed. However; the Government still advises against foreign travel. Anyone who has travelled outside Norway must go into quarantine when they return.
First published website 6 March; last update on 19 March. Recommendation to avoid unnecessary travel within Norway; 15th May: Holiday and leisure travel in Norway permitted as long as travel in a way to avoid spreading infection.
Updated: foreign travel advisory continues until 20 Aug. Reconsider travel between neighboring EU countries before 20 July. Closed borders for foreign nationals without permanent residence in Norway.
National movement restrictions: Free
Restrictive measures mandatory between 05 November 2020 to TBD
UPDATE 5 November 2020: recommendation that everyone in the coming weeks as much as possible must stay at home and limit social contact with other people. In private homes, gardens or cottages, one should not have more than 5 guests in addition to household members. If all the guests are from the same household, there can be several. Two families can meet even if they have many children. The restriction that you should not have more than 5 guests does not apply to kindergarten or primary school cohorts. Young people and adults who have been with friends and in other situations where there has not been a distance of one meter, should keep a distance of two meters to people in the risk group. Recommendations to avoid unnecessary domestic travel. Business trips that are considered necessary and trips to leisure properties that can be carried out without contact with others are excluded. ONLY FOR OSLO, AS OF 10 NOV 2020: - All social gatherings outside private homes are prohibited. Exceptions are funerals and burials. - All leisure activities for adults are closed. - All businesses where cultural and leisure activities take place are closed, with the exception of the library. - Facemasks are required in taxis in the same way as in the rest of public transport. The following measures on facemasks continue: mandatory for facemasks indoors in public places where it is not possible to maintain at least 1 meter distance; mandatory for facemasks indoors at restaurants for employees and guests in all situations where you do not sit at a table. - Stores, shopping centers and the like must ensure that customers can be two meters away, and provide the necessary security. - The number of contacts during a week should not exceed 10 people in social contexts. The exceptions are those in the same household, kindergarten and primary school cohorts and colleagues. UPDATE 27 October 2020: in private homes, one should not have more than five guests who are not from the same household. You may have a visit from another family that is more than five. Children who go to primary school or kindergarten should be able to have a birthday or Halloween party with friends with whom they already spend a lot of time with. Everyone should be with fewer people in one week. At private events, the limit on the number of participants goes from 20 to 50. SPECIFICALLY FOR OSLO: - Mandatory with a face mask in public places where it is not possible to keep a distance of one meter. - Mandatory to wear a face mask in restaurants when not sitting at a table. - Ban on more than 20 people at indoor events without fixed seats. - Avoid contact with more than 10 people a week. - Home office is the main rule. UPDATE October: in cities, some movement restrictions apply. For example, in Oslo they have mandatory use of facemasks on public transport when 1 metre distance can’t be upheld, closed alcohol-serving after a certain hour, more restrictive rules on events/gatherings than national guidelines. Facemask use is mandatory in Oslo on public transport and when 1 metre can’t be upheld. Children under 12 don’t have to and children under 2 should not wear it at all. Nationally it is only recommended on public transport, especially in the region surrounding Oslo. UPDATE August: On 7 August 2020 the government announced a tightening of the containment measures against Covid19 spread. Due to the recently observed increase in infection in society, the following is recommended: - PUBLIC TRANSPORT: the number of passengers in public transport during rush hour must be reduced in relation to the normal situation in order for it to be safe for those who have to use public transport at that time. The government encourages everyone who has the opportunity to walk or cycle to work and school. Employers must facilitate that half as many use public transport, and state and municipal employers should lead by example. - HOME OFFICE: it is recommended that employers facilitate the use of a home office 2-3 days per week for everyone who has the opportunity to do so. Shifted working hours are recommended for all employees who do not have to be at work during normal hours, and who do not have children of compulsory school age or kindergarten. Meetings can be held electronically. Home office days should be spread evenly over the different days of the week. - USE OF FACE MASK: the government stated that face masks do not protect as well against the spread of infection as at least one meter social distancing. But in some situations it is difficult to comply with this rule; then a face mask can be a supplement. On behalf of the government, FHI is currently considering whether it may be relevant to use face masks in certain, specific situations. The government is waiting for a good and professional assessment before moving on to the question of using a face mask in different situations. The Norwegian Directorate of Health and the National Institute of Public Health will create campaigns on the correct use. More detailed advice will come on 14 August. The government already warned that people must be prepared for the fact that there may be recommendations on the use of bandages during rush hour on public transport. A recommendation for the use of a face mask in some situations in Norway will not be able to replace the general requirements of keeping at least one meter distance, washing your hands often and being at home if you are ill.
International movement restrictions: Partially banned
Restrictive measures mandatory between 09 November 2020 to TBD
UPDATE 5 November 2020 on quarantine and traveling: - Business travellers who in the last 10 days before coming to Norway have stayed in areas with a particularly high level of infection, can no longer use the scheme with testing every three days, cf. the covid-19 regulations § 6 c. The main rule on entry quarantines will therefore basically apply to workers from these areas. - For employees who can make use of the exception in § 6 c, changes have been made to the provision: employees who have the quarantine of leisure shall be tested every three days and be accommodated in private rooms for the first ten days in the country. The employer must facilitate distance to others when the employee is in leisure-time quarantine. The exception no longer provides an exemption for entry quarantine in leisure time. - Travelers from red countries must present a certificate of negative covid-19 test when they arrive in Norway. The test must be taken less than 72 hours before entry. If the person does not present such a test, he or she may be refused entry. This will be implemented from midnight, night to Monday 9 November. The requirement shall not apply to Norwegians, persons domiciled in Norway or persons in transit. The requirement does not apply to people who regularly come to Norway from Sweden and Finland to work. The requirement applies to health personnel who commute to Norway and who have been outside Norway for more than seven days. Personnel in critical social functions may be exempted when necessary to avoid danger to life and health. - Persons who come to Norway must have a permanent residence in the country, or the employer or client must provide a guarantee of a suitable place of residence upon arrival in Norway. Persons, including tourists and visitors, who do not have their own residence or employer or client in Norway must stay in quarantine hotels and test themselves during the quarantine period. This also applies to family members who come to visit relatives in Norway. The Norwegian Directorate of Health is commissioned to study how these requirements can be introduced. Until this is established, border control will be strengthened in accordance with existing regulations. UPDATE 27 October 2020: - Foreign workers from what the EU calls red countries will no longer be exempt from the quarantine obligation but must be quarantined for ten days. - Other workers from abroad must test negative every three days and stay in solitary confinement for the first few days. UPDATE October: international travels are open, but quarantine when entering from red countries or regions in Sweden, Denmark and Finland that are classified as red. Norway do not (yet) regionalise for other countries than Scandinavia and Finland. All countries outside Europe are red by default. UPDATE September: the government now recommends to avoid unnecessary travel abroad (regjeringen.no). Anyone arriving in Norway from abroad shall be in quarantine for 10 days, with the exception of specified countries in Europe with sufficiently low transmission. These countries are marked in a map which is updated once a week. The Government decides which countries require ten days travel quarantine. UPDATE August: On 7 August 2020 the government announced a tightening of the containment measures against Covid19 spread. Due to the recently observed increase in infection in society, the following is recommended/decided: - TRAVELS ABROAD: anyone arriving in Norway from abroad shall be in quarantine for 10 days, with the exception of specified countries in Europe with sufficiently low transmission ("green" countries in the reference map, updated by the national authorities every 14 days, at least). As of 8 August, the government recommends Norwegian citizens to avoid unnecessary travel abroad - also to green countries. The Norwegian Directorate of Health is now working on establishing testing centers at selected airports, border crossings and ports. Travelers arriving from red countries must wear a bandage when they arrive in Norway and are on their way home in quarantine. Currently, the "red" countries for Norway are: Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Czech Republic, Belgium, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Monaco and Switzerland, plus some regions of Sweden. Since increased travel activity has led to increased infection in Norway, the government advises against all unnecessary travel abroadand do not open for travel from countries outside the EU / EEA area immediately. UPDATE July: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs still advises against travel that is not strictly necessary to all countries for which no exceptions have been made. This travel advice is valid until 20 August. The exceptions from the travel advice are not an invitation to travel. Everyone should think carefully before they travel. Those planning a trip must familiarize themselves well with restrictions and infection control rules for the country you are planning to travel to. The development of infection in Europe is still confusing and can change rapidly. Each individual should think carefully about whether it is necessary to travel. If there is a new spread of infection and a country or region no longer meets the criteria, the entry quarantine can be reintroduced. This means that you can risk being quarantined when you return home, even if the country was green when you left. From 15 July, the following countries and regions will be exempt from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel advice: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria and the regions Blekinge, Kronoberg and Skåne in Sweden. The exceptions from the travel advice apply to countries and regions that satisfy the National Institute of Public Health's infection criteria. Based on the criteria, the countries are assessed every 14 days as "red" or "green". The criteria can be adjusted if the development in the infection situation so dictates. The countries in the EEA / Schengen area that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs still advises against travel that is not strictly necessary are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, parts of Sweden (see exceptions above) and Hungary. For travelers residing in countries or regions within the EEA / Schengen area with too high a level of infection, or from countries that cannot provide sufficient documentation of the infection situation, rules on entry quarantine will also apply after 15 July. This means that it is where you live that is decisive, not what kind of citizenship you have. For example, an American living in Italy will now be able to travel to Norway, while an Italian living in the USA will not be allowed to come.
Domestic prohibition to stay in leisure property (expections allowed) in other municipality than the main residence.