Article | Last updated: 14/06/2021 | Ministry of Justice and Public Security
As a general rule, only foreigners residing in Norway can enter. Norwegian citizens always have the right to enter. In order to limit import infection, we will continue to have strict entry restrictions.
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If you are among those who can travel to Norway now, you must familiarise yourself with the rules that apply by reading this page. If you have permission to enter Norway, you can then move on to entry registration.
At The National Institute of Puclic Health's webpage you will find a map of countries/areas covered by entry quarantine upon arrival in Norway. This map is updated weekly at 00:00 Monday night.
The following people cannot enter Norway (applies to all foreign nationals, including citizens of the EU/EEA and the Nordic countries):
- tourists, with a few exceptions. Foreigners residing in a country or area in the EEA / Schengen area that are not covered by the quarantine obligation will not be refused entry. The health authorities regularly update the overview of which countries or areas are covered by the quarantine obligation.
- more distant family, such as grandparents
- romantic partners or fiancés
- foreign nationals (including Nordic nationals) who are going to work or study in Norway, and who are not included among the exemptions below
- people who have a residence permit to work or study in Norway who do not already reside in Norway
- business travellers
- foreign nationals holding a Schengen visa but who are not included among the exemptions below
- people who own recreational property in Norway but are not residents of Norway
Here is a summary of the exemptions:
- foreign nationals who reside in Norway
- foreign nationals who reside in countries/areas that are not subject to a duty to quarantine (“yellow countries”).
- foreign nationals who have a family immigration permit
- foreign nationals who are visiting or will be staying with close family members in Norway
- 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
- asylum seekers and resettlement refugees
- people belonging to certain professions
- maritime and aeronautical personnel
- freight and passenger traffic
- diplomats and military personnel
- Sami people engaged in reindeer husbandry
- 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 on Svalbard or who need to travel via the Norwegian mainland on their way to or from their work or place of residence on Svalbard
Generally, mandatory testing, entry registration, a duty to quarantine, and a duty to stay at a quarantine hotel still apply for people who are exempt from the entry restrictions.
The following list defines critical societal functions:
Here is a simplified list:
- Governance and crisis management
- Law and order
- Health and care, including pharmacies and cleaning
- Rescue services
- Digital security in the civilian sector
- Nature and environment
- Security of supply
- Water and sewage
- Financial services
- Electrical supply
- Electronic communication
- Satellite-based services
In order to improve infection control, 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. 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.
Once you have completed the registration, you will receive a receipt which you must present to the police at border control.
Travellers are only asked to provide necessary information. The data is stored securely and will be deleted after 20 days. Only the Norwegian authorities have access to the data.
If you have any questions or need help with registration, please call +47 33 41 28 70.
Zarejestruj telefonicznie +47 33 41 28 70
Inregistrat de telefon +47 33 41 28 70
регистрируйтесь по телефону +47 33 41 28 70
Registruokitės telefonu +47 33 41 28 70
The general rule is that travelers arriving in Norway must quarantine at a suitable location or quarantine hotel.
Exemption from travel quarantine applies to people who have only visited countries/areas with a low rate of infection in the EEA/Schengen and the UK (‘yellow’ countries/areas). In addition, from 11 June at 3 pm, travelers that have undergone covid-19 in the last six months, or are fully vaccinated, are exempted from entry quarantine. The premise is that the vaccination/undergone covid-19 disease can be documented in a secure and verifiable way.
Travelers who have received one vaccine dose (and 3-15 weeks have elapsed since their first dose) and children under the age of 18 must, until further notice, go into travel quarantine. The quarantine can be terminated with a negative PCR test after three days. You still have to be tested at the border.
Other people in travel quarantine must take a PCR test on day 7 after arrival. If the PCR test for COVID-19 (not a rapid antigen test) comes back negative, they may leave quarantine.
In general, people who must quarantine following arrival in Norway must stay at a quarantine hotel for all or part of their quarantine.
All travellers arriving from countries outside the EEA/Schengen/UK must spend the entire quarantine period at a quarantine hotel.
Travellers arriving from countries/areas in the EEA/Schengen/UK with more than 150 new cases of COVID-19 per 100 000 inhabitants must stay at a quarantine hotel until they have a negative result from a PCR test taken no sooner than 3 days after arrival. 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.
Travellers arriving from countries/areas within the EEA/Schengen/UK that have less than 150 new cases of COVID-19 per 100 000 people in the last 14 days and where no more than 4 per cent of people tested have a positive test result, do not have to stay at a quarantine hotel. They must complete their quarantine at home or at another suitable place of quarantine.
Protected people do not have to stay at a quarantine hotel
Protected people do not have to stay at a quarantine hotel if they can provide documentation from helsenorge.no at the border that they are vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the past 6 months. Children do not have to stay at a quarantine hotel when they travel with people who are protected. Only documentation presented by logging to helsenorge.no is currently accepted. A printout or screenshot is not adequate.
A very narrow scheme has been introduced which allows people to provide documentation of compelling compassionate grounds for an exemption from the requirement to stay at a quarantine hotel when arriving in Norway. Very few people will be granted an exemption under this scheme. The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration processes these applications and can answer questions relating to the scheme. You can apply here (udi.no).
The place of quarantine for workers must have prior approval
Workers who are permitted to enter Norway must comply with very strict quarantine rules. As a rule, this group must stay at a quarantine hotel.
Exemptions apply where employers have made accommodation available at a location that has received prior approval by the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority. Documentation of such approval must be presented upon entry.
Duty to be tested
If you have visited a country or area within the last 14 days that triggers a duty to quarantine, you must be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival in Norway. This also applies to Norwegian citizens and, from 19 April, children under the age of 12.
People who refuse to be tested without reasonable grounds have the option to leave the country voluntarily or be fined.
All travellers, including Norwegian citizens and foreign nationals who reside in Norway, must present documentation of a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 taken less than 24 hours before arrival 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 are fully vaccinated and people who have had COVID-19 during the past 6 months, do not have to present documentation of a negative test taken before entry, but must still be tested at the border.
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.
List of open border crossings
Information helpline for entry, testing and quarantine:
- From Norway: 815 55 015
- From abroad: +47 21 89 80 42