Information about international travel and the coronavirus

The global advice against all non-essential travel was rescinded on 1 October 2021. The infection situation and local restrictions can change very quickly. Therefore, travel advice may be issued for specific countries if major challenges related to the pandemic emerge again. 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 and update the information as necessary in the travel information portal, www.reiseregistrering.no, or in the travel app, Reiseklar, which can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play (Norwegian only).

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 Official travel advice is issued and rescinded on the basis of an overall assessment of the safety and security situation in a particular country or area.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 can never 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 has issued travel advice for roughly 50 countries and regions based, among other things, on security risks in countries or areas affected by conflict or where a natural disaster has occurred. Problems relating to the Covid-19 pandemic may also be a factor when we are determining whether to issue travel advice for a country or region. See here for an overview of countries for which the Ministry has issued travel advice (Norwegian only).

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against all non-essential travel to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. 

On 26 November 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued travel advice against all non-essential travel to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia,  South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The new travel advice has been introduced in response to the emergence of a new variant of concern of the coronavirus (Omicron, B.1.1.529) in several countries in southern Africa.

You should first contact your travel agent and/or insurance company for information about travel routes and what kind of coverage applies.

The situation will vary for each individual. Some people may have good reasons for trying to return to Norway, while for others it may be safer to remain where they are. It is up to the individual to decide which course of action to take based on their own situation. 

We recommend that you contact your travel agent for information about relevant travel routes. It is also wise to check what your travel insurance will cover. 

The rules relating to entry and quarantine requirements vary from country to country. Find out about the rules that apply in the countries you will be travelling to or through. More detailed information is available here on the government website and on the Ministry’s app, Reiseklar, which you can download from the App Store and Google Play (Norwegian only). You should also check the information provided by the local authorities in the individual countries involved.    

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs rescinded its global travel advice from 1 October following a comprehensive, overall assessment of input provided by Norwegian diplomatic and consular missions and the advice and guidance of the Norwegian health authorities. When necessary, the Ministry may consider issuing travel advice for individual countries or regions based on an overall assessment of the situation, including:

  • high infection levels;
  • the emergence of virus mutations in the country or region that give cause for concern;
  • pressure on or the collapse of the relevant health services;
  • comprehensive restrictions or infection control measures.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs first issued global travel advice against non-essential travel to all countries on 14 March 2020.

Starting on 15 June 2020, exceptions to the travel advice have been made for Nordic countries and areas meet the criteria for infection levels set by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

From 15 July 2020, exceptions have been made for countries and regions in the EU/EEA/Schengen area/UK that meet the criteria for infection levels set by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

From 5 July 2021, the travel advice was rescinded for the EU/EEA/Schengen area/UK, and for certain countries and regions on the EU’s list of epidemiologically safe third countries.

The global travel advice was rescinded on 1 October 2021.

Since 1 October 2021, the Ministry has issued pandemic-related travel advice for specific countries or regions based on an ongoing overall assessment.

On 26 November 2021 the Ministry issued travel advice against all non-essential travel to eight countries in southern Africa.

The situation in many countries has not yet normalised. Ministry of Foreign Affairs assesses the need to issue travel advice for areas that have high infection levels, high pressure on relevant health services or new virus mutations that give cause for concern, This is an ongoing process.

Strict entry restrictions and infection control measures are still in effect in many places. Individuals are responsible for their own safety when travelling, and must check the entry restrictions and Covid-19 status at the planned destination. You should also check whether your travel insurance is valid, and what coverage it provides. Please note that the Ministry had issued travel advice for some 50 countries and regions prior to the outbreak of the pandemic, based, among other things, on security risks in countries or areas affected by conflict or where a natural disaster has occurred. This travel advice still applies. See here for an overview of countries for which the Ministry has issued travel advice (Norwegian only).

 

The entry restrictions for travellers from the Schengen area/EEA, United Kingdom and countries classified as ‘purple’ (countries on the EU’s list of epidemiologically safe third countries that meet the criteria for infection levels set by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health) was rescinded on 25 September 2021. This means that EEA nationals, nationals from other countries who reside in the EEA and people living in Switzerland and the United Kingdom can enter Norway. Entry restrictions will still apply for people arriving from all other countries (classified as ‘grey’ countries), although, certain exceptions may apply. Some people will still be required to undergo mandatory testing, entry registration and travel quarantine upon entering Norway. 

 

Changes to the travel advice may affect your travel insurance coverage. You should contact your travel insurance company to check whether your travel insurance is still valid for the country you are in, and what coverage it provides.

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. For more information, see the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

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, among other things. 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 while you are travelling.

Updated information on questions regarding quarantine and entry to Norway can be found on these web pages: Regjeringen.noFolkehelseinstituttetHelsenorge.no and UDI.

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

We encourage all Norwegian citizens travelling abroad to register their trips on reiseregistrering.no on the Ministry’s app, Reiseklar, which you can download from the App Store and Google Play (in Norwegian only). This will make it possible for the Ministry to get important information to you.

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 or on the Ministry’s app, Reiseklar, which you can download from the App Store and Google Play. This will enable the Ministry to 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 or on the Ministry’s app, Reiseklar, which you can download from the App Store and Google Play.

 

 

 

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 when 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. You can also contact the Foreign Service Response Centre by phone on +47 23 95 00 00 or by e-mail: 247@mfa.no.

 

You can find travel information for specific countries on the Ministry’s travel information pages and on the Ministry’s app, Reiseklar, which you can download from the App Store and Google Play. (in Norwegian only).