Travel to countries and areas that are included in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues travel advice when there are reasons why Norwegian citizens should avoid travelling to a particular country or area. The advice is based on an overall assessment of safety and security. During the coronavirus pandemic, the advice against non-essential travel abroad has also served as an infection control measure.

See Travelinformation - choose country (Norwegian language only) for more information concerning the country you wish to travel to and to find out whether travel advice applies to this destination.

The Ministry’s travel advice is not legally binding. No one will be prosecuted for travelling to a country that is included in the travel advice. However, you should be aware that deciding to travel may have certain consequences.

As a general rule, most insurance companies will not provide travel insurance to people travelling to countries included in the travel advice. Insurance companies decide for themselves who they will grant insurance. If you travel abroad without travel insurance, you should be aware that you could end up being personally responsible for major medical costs, for instance if you need to go to hospital. Hospital capacity in many countries has been greatly reduced due to the pandemic. Anyone who chooses to travel should contact their insurance company to find out if they have valid insurance.  

If you travel to a country or area that is included in the Ministry’s travel advice, it may be difficult for the Foreign Service to provide assistance. Hostilities, the security situation, travel restrictions and other circumstances make it more difficult for us to carry out our work. Therefore it may be not be possible for us to provide you with a new passport if you lose it, or help you if you become ill or are arrested.  

Only you can decide whether or not a trip is essential. The Ministry cannot decide this for you. If you do choose to travel, you should always make sure to do the following:

  • Contact your insurance company and ensure that you have the best travel insurance possible
  • Register your trip on (Norwegian language only).
  • Ensure that you have sufficient funds for travelling and accommodation
  • Check that your passport is valid for a long enough period. Some countries require that its validity extends far beyond the duration of your trip.

If you have questions, please contact the Foreign Service Response Centre by email or telephone (+47) 23 95 00 00.


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