Article | Last updated: 13/09/2021 | Ministry of Justice and Public Security
To limit the number of imported cases of COVID-19, we will continue to have entry restrictions. However, the infection situation means that certain measures can be eased. The current rules are provided below.
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 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/Switzerland, 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
- Minors travelling together with their parents that are exempt from the travel restrictions on other grounds than COVID-19 certificate
- foreign students and pupils who have been admitted to an approved educational institution.
- doctoral students at a Norwegian educational or research institution
- foreign nationals who are visiting or will be staying with close family members in Norway:
- foreign nationals who have a family immigration permit
- foreigners who are spouses / registered partners / cohabitants, minors or adult children or stepchildren of Norwegian citizens, when the family lives together abroad, and they travel to Norway with the Norwegian citizen, or join this in Norway.
- Foreigners who are spouses/registered partners/cohabiting partners, children or step-children of EEA citizens/citizens of the UK/Switzerland travelling on business when travelling to Norway together with the EEA citizen/citizen of the UK/Switzerland, or are joining this individual in Norway.
- foreigners, regardless of which country they are citizens of or live in, who have the following relationship with a person resident in Norway: Spouse / registered partner / cohabitant, minor or adult children / stepchildren, parents and stepparents of minor or adult children / stepchildren, grandparents and grandparents, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, romantic partners over 18 years (via an application-based scheme for prior consent) and romantic partners minor children
- foreign nationals who are arriving to carry on contact 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: 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
- foreigners who are strictly necessary to be able to maintain the proper operation of critical social functions or take care of the basic needs of the population
- 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)
- 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
If you are among those who can travel to Norway, you must familiarise yourself with the requirements that apply by reading below:
Mandatory testing, entry registration, a duty to quarantine and, in certain cases, a duty to stay at a quarantine hotel still apply for people who are allowed to enter Norway, but there are exemptions for certain groups.
People who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months, and who can document this with a verifiable COVID-19 certificate that is connected to the EUDCC gateway, will be able to enter Norway freely, regardless of which country they are travelling from.
These people are exempt from the duty to quarantine, testing prior to arrival, testing at the border, and the requirement of entry registration.
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.
If the parents themselves do not have to register, parents must fill out on behalf of children under 16 years of age.
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.
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All arriving travellers to Norway must quarantine at a suitable location or quarantine hotel. There is an exemption from travel quarantine for people who have only visited areas/countries with a low rate of infection in the EEA/Schengen area and the UK/Switzerland (‘green’ areas/countries, i.e. countries with fewer than 25 cases per 100 000 inhabitants during the past 2 weeks and fewer than 4% positive tests) and for people who are fully vaccinated and people who have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months. This must be documented with a verifiable COVID-19 certificate that is connected to the EUDCC gateway.
Protected people who have received their first dose within the past 3–15 weeks and children under the age of 18 must complete travel quarantine if they come from a red or dark red country.
On 5 July, when Norway changes the threshold values, a ‘green’ country will be one with fewer than 50 cases per 100 000 inhabitants and fewer than 1% positive tests.
- Map of Nordic regions/Europe with status for entry quarantine (Norwegian Institute of Public Health)
- Entry quarantine and rules upon arrival in Norway – Norwegian Institute of Public Health
- Information regarding quarantine hotels
Quarantine at home or at a hotel?
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 for people who:
- are protected and can document this in a secure and verifiable way as described in Appendix D to the COVID-19 Regulations
- are minors
- can provide documentation upon arrival that the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority has approved suitable accommodation for them
- have received approval of their application the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration on compelling compassionate grounds or on the basis of other weighty considerations
- are asylum seekers or resettlement refugees
- are crossing the border in connection with an arranged or scheduled contact visit with a minor child, in accordance with the Children Act and the Child Welfare Act
- are able to provide documentation that they are covered by sections 6b, 6d subsection 3, 6f, 6h subsection 3 or 6i of the COVID-19 Regulations – this includes groups with special arrangements for completion of quarantine, for example, long-distance hauliers, allied military units, employees on vessels at Norwegian ports, elite athletes, and people who commute between Norway and Sweden/Finland, and who meet the conditions in section 6b
- are foreigners as stipulated in sections 1-4 or 1-5 of the Immigration Regulations, and can produce a diplomatic/service passport or national passport together with a Norwegian ID card issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or in combination with a Schengen residence card for embassy personnel – the same applies to diplomats with dual accreditation, and diplomatic couriers
- police officers returning from international service
A very narrow exemption scheme has been introduced which allows people who are able to document compelling compassionate grounds to apply for an exemption from the requirement to stay at a quarantine hotel upon arrival in Norway. Very few people are granted an exemption under this scheme. The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration processes these applications and can answer questions regarding the scheme. Application page.
- Visit the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s web pages for information about the COVID-19 situation around the world.
- COVID-19:Information regarding quarantine hotels
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. See further information in the section above.
Workers and quarantine rules
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 the approval must be presented upon arrival.
- The application form is available at arbeidstilsynet.no
- More information for employers and employees at arbeidstilsynet.no
Duty to be tested
Requirement to take a test for COVID-19 upon arrival
People who are fully vaccinated, or who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months and who can document this with a verifiable COVID-19 certificate that is connected to the EU's gateway, do not need to take a test for COVID-19 upon arrival in Norway. Everyone else needs to take a test at the border. This also applies to Norwegian citizens, travellers arriving from green countries/areas, and 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.
Requirement of proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 before arrival:
Travellers arriving from green countries/areas, people who are fully vaccinated, or who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months and who can document this with a verifiable COVID-19 certificate that is connected to the EU's gateway, are exempt from the requirement of a negative test result for COVID-19 before arrival in Norway. Everyone else must present such proof upon arrival in this country. This also applies to Norwegian citizens, but not to children under the age of 12.
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 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.
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.
Overview of approved and open border stations
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.
However, some groups of travelers may use border crossings that are not on the list of approved cross-border crossing points within the Schengen border:
People who live in Sweden and who commute to work in Norway can use the old Svinesund bridge when crossing the border. Likewise, travelers with a valid corona certificate or those who have undergone covid-19 in the last six months, can pass over the old Svinesund bridge.
Children, as long as they are not covered by their own exceptions in the covid-19 regulations in connection with commuting across the border, must still use the new Svinesund bridge, in addition to travelers who have goods to decleare.
Border control of pleasure boats arriving in Norway from abroad
This summer, pleasure boats that arrive in Norway from abroad will be subject to ordinary border control with the same testing and quarantine rules that apply to travellers arriving by car or plane.
Temporary restrictions are being introduced to the harbours that can be used this summer when arriving from abroad in a pleasure boat.
The following harbours are specified as legal border crossing points for travellers arriving in a pleasure boat:
- Port of Oslo
The changes will enter into effect on Sunday 21 June at 12 pm, and apply until 30 September 2021.
Information helpline for entry, testing and quarantine:
- From Norway: 815 55 015
- From abroad: +47 21 89 80 42