The coronavirus situation: Questions and answers about entry to Norway

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, Norway has introduced strict entry restrictions for foreigners.



General questions and answers about entering Norway

The following groups can enter Norway at present:

  • foreign nationals who reside in Norway
  • foreign nationals who reside in a ‘green’ country or area in the EEA/Schengen area or in the UK, i.e. a country or area that is not covered by a duty to quarantine in accordance with section 4 subsection 1 (a) of the COVID-19 Regulations, see Appendix A to the Regulations. Persons who have travelled through a country  which is not “green” (including intermediately stops at airports), may be refused entry to Norway
  • foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months and who can document this with a COVID-19 certificate that is connected to the EUDCC gateway.
  • Minors travelling together with their parents who are exempt from the travel restrictions as a result of holding an COVID-19 certificate that is connected to the EUDCC gateway
  • foreign nationals who are visiting or will be staying with close family members in Norway: 
    • foreign nationals who have a family immigration permit
    • family members of an EEA citizen or EEA citizens with equivalent family ties to a Norwegian citizen, if the person is taking up residence in Norway
    • foreign nationals who have one of the following family relationships with a person residing in Norway: spouse, registered partner or cohabitant, minor child or step-child, or parent or step-parent of a minor child or step-child
    • foreign nationals who reside in the EEA or the UK/Switzerland, with one of the following relationships with a person residing in Norway: adult child or step-child, parent or step-parent of an adult child/step-child, grandparent or step-grandparent, grandchild or step-grandchild, romantic partner or the romantic partner’s minor child (under the application-based scheme for prior consent for visits from romantic partners). 
    • Foreign nationals who reside in a third country which has been considered by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and who have one of the following relationships with a person residing in Norway: adult child or step-child, parent or step-parent of an adult child/step-child, grandparent or step-grandparent, grandchild or step-grandchild, romantic partner or the romantic partner’s minor child (under the application-based scheme for prior consent for visits from romantic partners).
    • Foreigners who are spouses/registered partners/cohabiting partners, children or step-children (whether minors or adults) of Norwegian citizens when their family lives together outside of Norway and they are travelling to visit Norway together with the Norwegian citizen, or are joining this citizen in Norway.
    • Foreigners who are spouses/registered partners/cohabiting partners, children or step-children of EEA citizens travelling on business when travelling to Norway together with the EEA citizen, or are joining this individual in Norway.
    • EEA citizens who are visiting a close relative resident in Norway or are travelling together with a Norwegian relative.
  • foreign nationals who are arriving for a contact visit with their children
  • foreign nationals for whom there are special reasons for granting entry, such as special care responsibilities for people in Norway or other compelling compassionate grounds
  • foreign students and pupils who have been admitted to an approved educational institution.
  • Doctoral students at a Norwegian educational or research institution
  • asylum seekers and resettlement refugees
  • people belonging to certain professions: journalists, maritime and aeronautical personnel, freight and passenger traffic, diplomats and military personnel, Sami people engaged in reindeer husbandry, and researchers and crew on a marine research cruise
  • foreign nationals invited by the Norwegian authorities and employees of international organisations
  • foreign nationals in transit at an airport in Norway (both international airport transit and within the Schengen area)
  • foreign nationals working in critical societal functions
  • health workers from Sweden and Finland working in Norwegian health and care service
  • foreign nationals with permanent residence in Svalbard or who need to travel via the Norwegian mainland on their way to or from their work or place of residence in Svalbard
  • minors travelling to Norway together with their parents in cases where the parents are exempt from travel restrictions on grounds other than the COVID-19 certificate. 

Yes, foreign nationals that reside in countries/areas that are not subject to a duty to quarantine ("green" countries/areas) and have stayed there for the last ten days, can enter Norway. 

Persons who have travelled through a country  which is not “green” (including intermediately stops at airports), may be refused entry to Norway.

A few, but not all. It depends on the infection situation in the country they come from. Foreigners residing in a country or area in the EEA / Schengen/UK that are not covered by the quarantine obligation (pursuant to the covid-19 regulations § 4 first paragraph letter a, cf. appendix A of the regulations), will not be refused entry. The health authorities regularly update the overview of which countries or areas are covered by the quarantine obligation.

Foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months and who can document this with a COVID-19 certificate that has a QR code which can be verified by the Norwegian authorities, can travel to Norway.

  • Governance and crisis management
  • Defence
  • Law and order
  • Health and social care, including work related to pharmacies and cleaning
  • Emergency services
  • Digital security in the civilian sector
  • Nature and environment
  • Security of supply
  • Water and sewage
  • Financial services
  • Power supply
  • Electronic communications
  • Transport
  • Satellite-based services

Further details

Norwegian citizens are always permitted to enter Norway.

Measures including mandatory testing, entry registration, quarantine and quarantine hotels continue to apply to those who are not fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months and who can document this with a COVID-19 certificate that has a QR code which can be verified by the Norwegian authorities.

The measures will be continued until further notice. These changes are the result of the current level of infections and outbreaks involving coronavirus mutations, and they are intended to serve as a temporary measure in order to bring the situation back under control. 

These groups can enter Norway now:

  • Foreign nationals who reside in a ‘green’ country or area in the EEA/Schengen area or in the UK, i.e. a country or area that is not covered by a duty to quarantine in accordance with section 4 subsection 1 (a) of the COVID-19 Regulations, see Appendix A to the Regulations
  • foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months and who can document this with a COVID-19 certificate that has a QR code which can be verified by the Norwegian authorities

Regarding yellow and red areas/countries: Grandparents and romantic partners who come from red or yellow areas / countries in the EU / EEA / Schengen and the United Kingdom, who have the following relationship with a person living in Norway, can also travel to Norway now:

Adult child or step-child, parent or step-parent of an adult child/step-child, grandparent or step-grandparent, grandchild or step-grandchild, romantic partner or the romantic partner’s minor child (under the application-based scheme for prior consent for visits from romantic partners).

Purple countries / areas: The main rule is that persons from the EU's selected third countries (countries on the EU third country list that have an infection situation that provides a basis for somewhat milder entry rules), do not have the right to enter, but there are exceptions:

Foreigners residing in a purple country and who have a close relationship with a person residing in Norway are allowed to enter. However, these travelers have the same requirements for testing and quarantine on arrival as travelers from red countries / areas.

This applies to foreign nationals with one of the following relationships with a person residing in Norway:

  • Adult child or step-child, parent or step-parent of an adult child/step-child.
  • Grandparent or step-grandparent, grandchild or step-grandchild.
  • Romantic partner over the age of 18 or the romantic partner’s minor child. The relationship must have lasted for at least 9 months, and the parties must have met physically before.

The access to entry for romantic partners presupposes that you have obtained prior consent. This is done through an application to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). The scheme is fully automated and without fees.

Yes, students and pupils from abroad with a study place / school place at a Norwegian educational institution will, from 1 August, be exempted from the entry restrictions, and can travel to Norway and start their studies. The general rules on entry visas and residence permits in Norway will continue to apply.

Doctoral students who are employed and receive a salary from a university, institute or similar in Norway, are not covered by this exemption.



Question and answers for those who are permitted to enter Norway:

Anyone returning from red countries must stay in quarantine for 10 days after the date of their arrival in Norway. Those who travel from an EU or EEA country with an EU Covid-19 certificate that is verifiable by QR code and shows they have been fully vaccinated or have had Covid-19 in the past six months can enter Norway regardless of the country’s colour code.

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Fully vaccinated, or those who have undergone covid-19 in the last six months, will, from 11 June at 3 pm, be exempted from entry quarantine. The premise is that the vaccination/undergone covid-19 disease can be documented with a secure and verifiable solution with a QR code.

Travelers who have received one vaccine dose and children under the age of 18 must, until further notice, have to go into travel quarantine. The travel quarantine can be terminated with a negative PCR test after three days. You still have to be tested at the border.

Fully vaccinated and those who have undergone corona disease the last six months must use approved and open border crossing points when entering Norway. These people must also be registered at the border and show their corona certificate at the border control.

The rate of infection in the country travellers have visited during the 10 days prior to arrival in Norway determines whether the first part of their travel quarantine must be completed at a quarantine hotel. Layovers are also considered a visit in this context. People who must stay at a quarantine hotel must do so at the place of arrival in Norway.

The list of countries which trigger a duty to stay at a quarantine hotel follows from Appendix B to the COVID-19 Regulations. People who have visited an area listed in Appendix B will have a two-part travel quarantine. They must stay at a quarantine hotel until a negative result from a PCR test taken no sooner than 3 days after arrival is presented. The rest of the travel quarantine may be completed in their own home or other suitable accommodation where it is possible to avoid close contact with others and stay in a private bedroom with a separate bathroom and kitchen or food service. People in travel quarantine who have not visited areas listed in Appendix B during the 10 days prior to arrival in Norway, and have their own home or other suitable accommodation where it is possible to avoid close contact with others and stay in a private bedroom with a separate bathroom and kitchen or food service, are exempt from the duty to stay at a quarantine hotel.

Regardless of the rate of infection in the country a person has visited, there are also exemptions from the duty to stay at a quarantine hotel. 

No, you don't.

People who provide documentation to the competent authority that they are protected are exempt from the duty to stay at a quarantine hotel pursuant to section 5 subsection 4 (g) of the COVID-19 Regulations. The definition of protected people follows from section 3 subsection 5 of the COVID-19 Regulations, and includes people who:

  1. have been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2
  2. have received the first vaccine dose, and 3–15 weeks have elapsed since vaccination
  3. have received a positive test result for SARS-CoV-2 using an approved laboratory method, from the time of leaving isolation until 6 months after the test

Instead, they will complete travel quarantine in their own home or other suitable accommodation where it is possible to avoid close contact with others and stay in a private bedroom with a separate bathroom and kitchen or food service.

In order to be exempt from the duty to stay at a quarantine hotel, you must be able to provide documentation that you are protected in a way specified in Appendix D of the COVID-19 Regulations

No. From 3 June, children do not need to stay at quarantine hotels when traveling with a person who has either been vaccinated or has undergone covid-19 disease. Children who travel alone do not need to stay at quarantine hotels either.

 

The website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health contains constantly updated information about the status of the different countries. Please note that the situation can change.

People arriving in Norway from countries/areas that are subject to a duty to quarantine must register before crossing the border. This also applies to Norwegian citizens, but not to people who are fully vaccinated and people who have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months. Travellers must complete their registration prior to their arrival in Norway and may only register their journey in the 72 hours before their time of arrival.



You are required to take a test for the coronavirus upon arrival to Norway. This also applies to Norwegian citizens and children under the age of 12. 

Persons who are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the last 6 months, as documented via the QR-code found in their COVID-19 certificate, are are exempt from the test requirement.

People who refuse to be tested without reasonable grounds have the option to leave the country voluntarily or be fined.

In addition, travellers must present a negative result from a SARS-CoV-2 test upon arrival. It must have been taken less than 24 hours before arrival in Norway. This also applies to Norwegian citizens and foreign nationals who reside in Norway. For people arriving by plane, the test may have been taken during the last 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the first part of their flight. People who arrive from green countries/areas, people who are fully vaccinated and people who have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months do not need to produce a negative test taken before arrival or take a test at the border. This needs to be documented via the QR-code found in their COVID-19 certificate. The COVID-19 certificate must be connected to the EUDCC gateway.

The requirement of proof of a negative test result does not apply if it has been impossible or disproportionately difficult to obtain such a proof.

People who are in transit from the mainland to Svalbard no longer need to present a negative result from a SARS-CoV-2 test before departure if they can provide documentation of their protected status and can present a COVID-19 certificate. 

Yes, persons undergoing entry quarantine are required to stay at the quarantine hotel at the initial point of entry. This entails that they are not permitted to travel onward from e.g., Oslo Airport before quarantine has been completed.

 

As a main rule, entry quarantine shall take place at a quarantine hotel at your point of entry to Norway. Persons who travel to Norway to perform work or assignments, and who can document that their employer is providing them with a suitable accommodation are not required to stay at a quarantine hotel. The employer must have received pre-approval for the accommodation. It must be possible to avoid close contact with other people, accommodations must have a private room with a TV and internet access, separate bathroom, and separate kitchen or food service.

  • The same requirements will apply in terms of accommodation whether this is for quarantine upon arrival in Norway, due to infection or isolation.
  • The government has therefore set out the same requirements in a statutory regulation:
    • It should be possible to avoid close contact with others, and there should be a private bedroom, dedicated bathroom facilities and a separate kitchen or dining area.
    • It is nevertheless important to recognise that the requirements in place for those who are isolating, as opposed to undergoing quarantine, are far stricter. They must isolate from all other persons in their own home or accommodation, and from other members of their household insofar as this is possible.

  • Municipalities will offer accommodation free of charge to those persons who are infected and must isolate when it is not appropriate for them to remain at home on the grounds of infection control. This will also apply to those in quarantine in quarantine hotels following their arrival in Norway.
  • It is important that municipalities quickly evaluate whether infected persons are able to remain in quarantine hotels or whether they should be moved elsewhere.

People staying at a quarantine hotel must pay a set charge of NOK 500 per night for private individuals and NOK 500 per night for employers. The remaining expenses will be covered by the municipalities who will in turn be reimbursed by the state.

 

The set charge to stay at a quarantine hotel is NOK 500 per person per night for adults. Children under the age of 10 stay for free with their parents, while the charge for children between 10-18 years is NOK 250 per child per night.

Yes, this charge covers full board, including meals.

No. On arrival in Norway, the Police will inform you of the requirement to stay at a quarantine hotel and, in cooperation with the municipality, you will be instructed which hotel to travel to.

This varies from place to place. Some municipalities arrange transport, while others do not. Travelling by public transport from the airport, port or border crossing to the hotel is permitted, but you must follow the rules related to infection control and prevention.

You will be provided with information about the quarantine hotel’s rules related to infection control and prevention on arrival. You must follow these rules, as well as the general advice about social distancing, wearing face masks and washing your hands thoroughly. You must avoid places where it is difficult to maintain distance. You should not visit public places like shops and cafés. However, you can leave the hotel to carry out necessary errands at the supermarket or pharmacy, but ensure you maintain a distance of at least one metre from other people and avoid queues.

 

No, there is no option of reserving a place at a specific quarantine hotel in advance. Upon arrival in Norway, the police will inform of the duty to stay at a quarantine hotel and will, in cooperation with the municipality, inform you of what hotel you should travel to.

If your employer or contracting authority does not have a suitable accommodation, your employer or contracting authority may reserve a suitable accommodation at a hotel on its own. However, this is not part of the quarantine hotel scheme, and such an agreement would be between the employer, employee and the hotel in question.