Information for Norwegian citizens about travel and the coronavirus

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is maintaining its global advice against all non-essential travel to all countries. This advice currently applies until 15 January 2021. Exceptions have been made for countries and regions in the Nordic region and in the Schengen area/EEA that meet the criteria for infection levels set by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The infection situation and local restrictions can change very quickly. Anyone considering a trip abroad should think carefully about whether it is necessary to travel.

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: 247@mfa.no. We recommend that Norwegian citizens who travel abroad register their trips in the travel information portal, www.reiseregistrering.no, and update the information as necessary (service in Norwegian only).

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to all countries. Exceptions have been made for the following areas in the Nordic countries:

In Denmark: The Faroe Islands and Greenland.

In Finland: The Central Ostrobothnia Hospital District, Itä-Savo Hospital District, Kainuu Hospital District, Kanta-Häme Hospital District, Lappi Hospital District, Pohjois-Savo Hospital District, Satakunta Hospital District, South Karelia Hospital District, South Ostrobothnia Hospital District, and Åland.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has determined that the rate of transmission is sufficiently low in these countries and regions/areas.

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

A map showing the status for entry quarantine of countries/areas and more information about the criteria is available on the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

The global travel advice currently applies until 15 January 2021.

The following areas are excepted from the global travel advice:

In Denmark: The Faroe Islands and Greenland.

In Finland: The Central Ostrobothnia Hospital District, Itä-Savo Hospital District, Kainuu Hospital District, Kanta-Häme Hospital District, Lappi Hospital District, Pohjois-Savo Hospital District, Satakunta Hospital District, South Karelia Hospital District, South Ostrobothnia Hospital District, and Åland.

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. 

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, the Vatican State, and certain areas  of Denmark and Finland. See the list published by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

If you travel to a country or region that has been classified as ‘red’ you must go into quarantine when you return to Norway. This applies regardless of whether the country or region that you have visited allows Norwegians to enter and move about freely.

Based on the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s assessment of the Covid-19 situation, the Government has decided to change the status of the areas listed here from ‘yellow’ to ‘red’. From midnight on Friday 4 December, anyone entering Norway from these areas will be required to go into quarantine for 10 days:

The following hospital districts in Finland: the Central Ostrobothnia Hospital District, Kainuu Hospital District, Kanta-Häme Hospital District, Pohjois-Savo Hospital District, Satakunta Hospital District, South Karelia Hospital District and South Ostrobothnia Hospital District.

From now on, countries will only be referred to as red or yellow. Countries that were formerly referred to as green are now yellow. This is to remind people that the risk of infection remains high in all countries, and that their status can quickly change to red. The change from green to yellow will not affect the Ministry’s travel advice. The Ministry will only issue travel advice for countries classified as red. The Ministry provides information on the situation in different countries on its travel information pages (Norwegian only).

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.

Individuals must 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. It is important to obtain information directly from the authorities of the relevant country. For more information about the situation for Norwegians studying abroad, see here: Korona og norske utenlandsstudenter (Norwegian only).

In the current extraordinary situation, the Ministry’s travel advice is based on recommendations and assessments from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The Institute is assessing the infection situation at country level in the Schengen area/EEA and at regional level in the Nordic countries. 

Gibraltar is a British overseas territory. It is not included in the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s assessment, and is therefore classified as ‘red’.

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.

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.

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.

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.