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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 from 15 July. 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 is maintaining its global advice against non-essential travel to all countries, with the exception of countries in the Nordic region and, from 15 July, the Schengen area/EEA. This travel advice currently applies until 20 August.

The Ministry advises against non-essential travel to regions of the other Nordic countries where the level of infection is high. 

From 15 July, the Ministry will also advise against non-essential travel to countries in the Schengen area/EEA where the level of infection is high.

More information about the criteria and the countries/regions where travel restrictions have been relaxed is available on the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Yes. Anyone arriving in Denmark must have booked accommodation for six nights in an area that is not densely populated. Norway does not currently have any similar restrictions in place for visitors from Denmark. This could change if the infection situation changes. The Institute of Public Health publishes updated information about this at least once every two weeks.

Information about restrictions on entry to and rules in Denmark can be found on the Danish authorities’ website https://politi.dk/en/coronavirus-in-denmark.

From 15 July, we plan to lift travel restrictions for a number of countries/regions in Europe. The global travel advice will no longer apply to these countries. Exactly which countries will depend on the infection situation.   

The health authorities are monitoring the infection situation closely. An up-to-date list of countries that are no longer covered by the global travel advice will be available on the Institute of Public Health website.

As a rule, you will not have to go into quarantine when you return to Norway from these countries. However, this is dependent on the infection situation not worsening. If the situation deteriorates so much while you are abroad that the Ministry reintroduces advice against travel to that country/region, you will have to go into quarantine when you return to Norway.  

From 15 June, the requirement to go into quarantine for ten days will no longer apply to people who enter Norway from regions in the other Nordic countries that meet the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s criteria. This will apply both to Norwegian nationals and residents who have visited Finland, Iceland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland and to people resident in those regions visiting Norway on holiday.

Anyone 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.

 

Any exceptions to the current global travel advice will be made on the basis of the health authorities’ assessment of the infection situation. This will be reviewed at least once every two weeks. An up-to-date list of the countries to which the global travel advice no longer applies can be found at the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health

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 is keeping the travel advice under constant review, based on the latest infection control advice from the Institute of Public Health and an overall safety and security assessment.   

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’s travel advice is guided by the criteria set by Institute of Public Health. Once a country meets the criteria for acceptable levels of infection set by the Institute of Public Health, the Ministry will change its travel advice accordingly. 

The Institute of Public Health will publish updated information about the countries/regions that meet its criteria on its website at least once every two weeks.

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. 

If the infection situation deteriorates so much while you are abroad that the Ministry reintroduces advice against travel to that country/region, 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 while you are abroad that the Ministry reintroduces advice against travel to that country/region, 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 travelers 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.

Norwegian citizens who travel by plane from Finland via Sweden to Norway will be required to go into quarantine. This also applies to some groups of non-Norwegian citizens, including those who already have residency in Norway. However, most non-Norwegian citizens who travel for leisure from Finland via Sweden to Norway via plane will not be allowed entry to Norway.

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.  

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 Nordic countries have signed an agreement that allows all EEA/EU citizens to travel through the other Nordic countries in order to return to their home country. You should contact your travel company, airline or insurance company for information about travelling through other countries. You can also read the travel information for different countries on regjeringen.no (in Norwegian only).  

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. 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 on 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 and keep an eye on what flights are available.

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.

Anyone who has registered their information on www.reiseregistrering.no will receive a text message or an email if any changes are made to the travel advice. Changes to the travel advice will also 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.

 

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