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Information for Norwegian citizens about travel and the coronavirus

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is making an exemption from travel advice against non-essential travel to all countries. The exemption covers EEA/Schengen countries. On 15 June, the Foreign Ministry also introduced exemptions for travel to areas in the Nordic region where the infection rate remains within the Institute of Public Health’s criteria.

If you are a Norwegian citizen in need of urgent or special assistance, you should contact the nearest embassy or the Foreign Service Response Centre by phone on +47 23 95 00 00 or by e-mail: [email protected].

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to all countries. Exceptions are made for the following Nordic countries and regions and countries in the Schengen area/EEA:

Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Faeroe Islands and Greenland.

The following regions in Sweden: Blekinge, Kronoberg and Skåne.

Other countries in the Schengen area/EEA: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has determined that these countries and regions have a sufficiently low level of infection.

The list of countries will in principle be updated at least once every two weeks.

More information about the criteria and maps is available on the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

This travel advice currently applies until 20 August.

The global travel advice no longer applies to the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In addition, the regions of Blekinge, Kronoberg and Skåne in Sweden are excepted. Please note that this should not be taken as encouragement to travel. If the level of infection in a country rises above a certain threshold, the Ministry may reintroduce advice against travel to that country. If you return to Norway from a country with a high level of infection, you will have to go into quarantine on your return, even if this was not required for that country when you left to travel there. 

The Institute of Public Health has drawn up a set of objective scientific criteria as a basis for assessing the infection situation in the various countries. These criteria are applied to all countries in the same way, and the Institute of Public Health’s assessment of the infection situation determines which countries are covered by the Ministry’s travel advice. The regions of Blekinge, Kronoberg and Skåne in Sweden are excepted from the travel advice.

It is up to each country to take its own decisions regarding rules for entry and stays there. This applies to the US in the same manner as to Norway. Individuals must therefore keep themselves up to date on changes in restrictions related to entering and staying in the country where they intend to study, work or travel. Different countries have different rules, and these rules are subject to change, often at short notice. Information will be published on our webpages, but it is also important to obtain information directly from the authorities of the relevant country.

The requirement to go into quarantine for 10 days no longer applies to people who enter Norway from regions in the other Nordic countries that meet the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s criteria.

Norwegians travelling in the other Nordic countries must make sure that they know what the current rules are in the regions they are visiting and obey them.

There are currently no figures relating to the incidence of Covid-19 for these countries. Their main partner states – Italy, France and Spain – have been defined as green by the Institute of Public Health, and are consequently excepted from the travel advice.

For more information about this, please consult the Directorate of Immigration.

It is not possible for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to say when the travel advice for countries outside Europe will be changed. The Ministry does not maintain travel advice any longer than is necessary. In general, travel advice reflects the Ministry’s overall assessment of the safety and security situation in a country or region. During the coronavirus pandemic, we are particularly considering the infection situation, other countries’ travel restrictions and whether we are able to reach agreement with other countries on lifting travel restrictions.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues official travel advice whenever there is reason to advise people against travelling to a specific country, area or region, or to advise them to leave. Official travel advice is issued and rescinded on the basis of an overall assessment of the safety and security situation in a particular country or area. It is important to note that the Ministry’s travel advice is advisory; there is no ban on travel. The Ministry cannot guarantee that it is safe to travel or to stay somewhere. It is up to each individual to decide whether or not to travel.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not maintain travel advice any longer than is necessary. In general, travel advice reflects the Ministry’s overall assessment of the safety and security situation in a country or region.

During the coronavirus pandemic, we are particularly considering the infection situation, other countries’ travel restrictions and whether we are able to reach agreement with other countries on lifting travel restrictions. The Institute of Public Health will publish updated information about the countries/regions that meet its criteria on its website once every two weeks.

If the infection situation deteriorates so much that the country no longer meets the criteria set by the Institute of Public Health, you will have to go into quarantine when you return to Norway.

Travel advice is advisory. It is not a ban. However, if you travel to a country against the Ministry’s advice, there may be implications for your travel insurance. You should also be aware that the Foreign Service’s capacity to provide consular assistance may be limited in countries for which travel advice has been issued. At worst, the Foreign Service will not be able to provide consular assistance if you have problems.

In principle, yes. But if the infection situation deteriorates so much that the country no longer meets the criteria set by the Institute of Public Health, you will have to go into quarantine when you return to Norway.

Yes. You are free to travel through Sweden by car. You should choose the fastest route and remember to comply with the infection control rules whenever you stop. You will not have to go into quarantine when you return home to Norway. 

No. Finland will not allow leisure travellers to enter Finland via Sweden by car.

Yes, you may take the ferry from Finland to Sweden and then drive through Sweden to Norway without having to go into quarantine, provided you do not stay overnight in Sweden.

Yes, as long as these countries are defined as green you will not have to go into quarantine provided that you take the fastest route to Norway in your own car and do not stay overnight in Sweden.

More information about restrictions on entry into Norway can be found here (in Norwegian only).

 

Information in English from the Norwegian health authorities can be found on helsenorge.no on Coronavirus. Infection control advice related to travel can be found on the website of the Institute of Public Health.

You may make a day trip to Sweden to carry out essential maintenance on your cabin, without having to go into quarantine on your return. But please note that if you go to your cabin in Sweden and stay overnight, you must go into 10 days’ quarantine when you return to Norway. The regions of Blekinge, Kronoberg and Skåne in Sweden are excepted from the travel advice.

Questions about entry to Norway should be directed to the Directorate of Immigration. More information can be found Currently in Norway: Questions and answers for citizens of countries outside the EU/EEAere (UDI).

We encourage all Norwegian citizens travelling abroad to register their trips on reiseregistrering.no (in Norwegian only). This will make it possible for the Ministry to get important information to you.

The health authorities publish up-to-date information on quarantine, which can be found on helsenorge.no Travel advice.

Travel advice is advisory. There is no ban on travel. It is up to each individual to decide whether or not to travel abroad. This applies to students too. Students should contact their insurance company for information about insurance terms and conditions.

Norwegians on trips abroad should monitor the Ministry’s travel information and information and updates about the coronavirus situation from the Norwegian authorities (Norwegian only). You should also follow any advice and instructions issued by the authorities in the country where you are staying. In addition, you should register your trip using the travel information portal www.reiseregistrering.no so that the Ministry can reach you with updates and information. You should also make sure that your travel insurance is valid at all times.

 

If you are a permanent resident of another country, you should keep abreast of the situation in the country concerned and follow the advice and instructions of the country’s authorities. You should also make sure that you have the necessary health insurance, and register your information on reiseregistrering.no.

Everyone should make sure they have valid travel insurance. For Norwegian citizens living abroad, various rules apply. More information about health rights abroad is available on helsenorge.no. Tourists and people intending to make short visits to EEA countries or Switzerland should obtain a European Health Insurance Card, which entitles holders to healthcare services on the same conditions as residents of the country they are visiting. More information about the right of pensioners who have moved to another country to hold a European Health Insurance Card can be found on  Pensjonister og Europeisk helsetrygdkort (in Norwegian only).

Any questions about travel insurance should be directed to your travel insurance company.

Many Norwegian embassies and consulates have had to reduce staff as part of their infection control measures. They have temporarily had to close their premises to members of the public. Some matters, for example passport applications, require you to visit the mission in person. This is unfortunately not possible now that they are closed to the public. As soon as it is possible to reopen their services to the public, the embassies and consulates will publish information about this on their websites.

Norwegian embassies and consulates will do what they can to assist you. In areas where Norway does not have a mission, we cooperate with the other Nordic countries in order to be able to provide consular assistance to Nordic citizens. This means that you can contact another Nordic embassy if you are in a country where Norway has no representation.

Changes to the travel advice will be published on the Ministry’s travel information pages, in the media and on social media.  

 

You can find travel information for specific countries on the Ministry’s travel information pages (in Norwegian only).

All countries are free to impose measures and restrictions to try to prevent the spread of infection. The Norwegian authorities are not able to influence the rules in other countries.

Before the Ministry issued its global travel advice advising against non-essential travel to all countries, there was travel advice in place for a number of countries and areas based on security and safety assessments. Travel advice issued previously still applies. For many of these countries/areas, the travel advice is stricter than the advice introduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

No, European overseas territories outside Europe are not excepted from the travel advice.

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