Travel to Norway

Here is information about entry registration, travel quarantine, testing, and the COVID-19 certificate when arriving in Norway

Everyone who travels to Norway must register before arrival in Norway, this also applies to Norwegian citizens.

All foreigners who have the right to enter Norway under the general rules in the Immigration Act may enter Norway from 26 November 2021. This requires that the conditions regarding the right to enter Norway in the Immigration Act have been met. For example, a visa will be required for people who come from a country with a visa requirement. The requirements in the Immigration Act regarding the instances in which a residence permit is needed will also apply. 

Documents required:

  • In general, all people need to complete entry registration. Children under the age of 16 and selected groups are exempt from this requirement.
  • A visa if you come from a country with a visa requirement.

The entry registration requirement also applies to Norwegian citizens.

Fully vaccinated or has recovered from COVID-19, with verifiable COVID-19 certificate

Rules for people who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months, and can document this with a verifiable COVID-19 certificate:

Fully vaccinated or has recovered from COVID-19, without verifiable COVID-19 certificate

Rules for people over the age of 18 who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months, but CANNOT document this using a verifiable COVID-19 certificate:

  • Requirement to complete entry registration
  • You are required to take a test for SARS-CoV-2 before arrival in Norway. You must present a certificate showing a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2. The approved test methods are PCR or a rapid antigen test. The test must have been taken less than 24 hours before arrival in Norway. 
  • You are required to take a test upon arrival. You must take a test for SARS-CoV-2 at the border crossing point in Norway. If there is no test centre at the border or the test centre is closed, you are under an obligation to take a rapid antigen test at a public test centre within 24 hours of arrival. 
  • Requirement of travel quarantine if you come from an area that triggers a duty to quarantine. You can end travel quarantine early following a negative PCR test taken no sooner than 3 days after arrival. 

Not fully vaccinated, not recovered from covid-19, over the age of 18

Rules for people over the age of 18 who are not fully vaccinated and have not recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months:

  • Requirement to complete entry registration.
  • You are required to take a test for COVID-19 before arrival in Norway. You must present a certificate showing a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2. The approved test methods are PCR or a rapid antigen test. The test must have been taken less than 24 hours before arrival in Norway.
  • Requirement to get tested upon arrival. You must take a test for COVID-19 at the border crossing point in Norway. If there is no test centre at the border or the test centre is closed, you are under an obligation to take a rapid antigen test at a public test centre within 24 hours of arrival.
  • Requirement of travel quarantine if you come from an area that triggers a duty to quarantine. You can end travel quarantine early following a negative PCR test taken no sooner than 3 days after arrival. You can find more information about travel quarantine below.

Not fully vaccinated, not recovered from covid-19, aged 16-18

Rules for people aged 16–18 who are NOT fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months:

  • Requirement to complete entry registration
  • You do NOT need to get tested before departure.
  • You are required to take a test upon arrival. You must take a test for SARS-CoV-2 at the border crossing point in Norway. If there is no test centre at the border or the test centre is closed, you are under an obligation to take a rapid antigen test at a public test centre within 24 hours of arrival. 
  • You are NOT required to go into travel quarantine. We nonetheless recommend that you get tested 3 days after arrival.

Under the age of 16

Rules for people under the age of 16:

  • You do NOT need to complete entry registration.
  • You do NOT need to get tested before departure. 
  • You are required to take a test upon arrival. You must take a test for SARS-CoV-2 at the border crossing point in Norway. If there is no test centre at the border or the test centre is closed, you are under an obligation to take a rapid antigen test at a public test centre within 24 hours of arrival. Children under the age of 16 should not be tested if it is disproportionately difficult to test the child. 
  • You are NOT required to go into travel quarantine. We nonetheless recommend that you get tested 3 days after arrival.

These rules apply regardless of whether you are a Norwegian or foreign citizen arriving in Norway. The area or country you arrive from will impact on whether you must complete travel quarantine.

EU:

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Austria

Non-EU: 

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Faeroe Islands
  • Georgia
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • Liechtenstein
  • Morocco
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • United Kingdom
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Vatican City

 

More information about the requirement to complete entry registration

In general, all people over the age of 16 must complete entry registration before arrival in Norway.

However, you do not need to complete entry registration if you have been granted a blocked address. There are also exemptions for other groups, like diplomats, police and military personnel who are deemed critical, asylum seekers, etc.

Commuters and other people who regularly cross the border will be able to register several trips each time they complete the entry registration form. This means that they only need to complete the form once a week.

More information about the requirement to present a negative test taken prior to arrival in Norway

In general, if you are over the age of 18 and cannot produce a verifiable COVID-19 certificate to provide documentation that you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months, you must get tested before arrival in Norway. You must present a certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival.

  • The approved test methods are PCR or a rapid antigen test.
  • The test must have been 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.
  • The flight may be a direct flight to Norway or a single destination flight to Norway with layovers at other airports.
  • The certificate must be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French, or German.

A breach of this requirement is a finable offence. Foreign citizens who do not have a certificate showing a negative test result can be refused entry, see section 4 c of the Regulations relating to Entry Restrictions for Foreign Nationals out of Concern for Public Health, with exemptions pursuant to this provision.

Nonetheless, some people are exempt from the requirement to take a test before arrival. The exemption includes people who:

  • are strictly necessary in order to maintain sound operation of critical societal functions or safeguard the basic needs of the population;
  • are in transit;
  • commute between Norway and Sweden or Finland;
  • arrive in Norway from Sweden or Finland to work or pursue education;
  • perform haulage or passenger transport;
  • maritime and aeronautical personnel;
  • diplomats, people in the foreign service, defence personnel, etc.;
  • have performed strictly necessary maintenance, etc. on a property in Sweden or Finland.

More information about the requirement to take a test upon arrival in Norway

In general, if you cannot produce a verifiable COVID-19 certificate to provide documentation that you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months, you must get tested for COVID-19 at the border crossing point in Norway.

People who have taken a test using a rapid antigen test must wait for the test result at the test centre, insofar as this is practically feasible, based on the situation at the centre. If the result of a rapid antigen test is positive, people who have visited a country or area outside the EEA and Schengen area during the 10 days before arrival in Norway must take a PCR test at the border crossing point. Other people who receive a positive rapid antigen test result must take a PCR test within 1 day of arrival. At border control, the authorities may give instructions as to which test centre the traveller is under an obligation to visit immediately upon arrival in order to get tested.

If there is no test centre at the border or the test centre is closed, people who are under an obligation to take a test under section 1 must take a rapid antigen test at a public test centre within 24 hours of arrival. People who receive a positive rapid antigen test result must take a PCR test within 1 day.

People who are under an obligation to take a test and who refuse to get tested without reasonable grounds, and who do not leave Norway voluntarily, will be liable to fines.

Children under the age of 16 should not be tested if it is disproportionately difficult to test the child.

Nonetheless, some people are exempt from the requirement to take a test upon arrival. The exemption includes:

  • transnational hauliers and train staff under section 6 b subsection 5;
  • people whose presence is strictly necessary in order to maintain sound operation of critical societal functions or safeguard the basic needs of the population, see section 6 e if it is not practically feasible to conduct testing;
  • foreigners as stipulated in sections 1-4 or 1-5 of the Immigration Regulations, and who 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, diplomats with dual accreditation, and diplomatic couriers, see section 3 f of the Regulations relating to Entry Restrictions for Foreign Nationals out of Concern for Public Health;
  • aeronautical personnel and train staff under section 6 g subsections 1 and 2.

Information helpline for entry, testing, and quarantine:

  • From Norway: 815 55 015
  • From abroad: +47 21 89 80 42

Questions and answers about entry restrictions

Can all foreigners enter Norway now?

All foreigners who have the right to enter Norway under the Immigration Act may enter the country from 26 November 2021. Stricter entry restrictions will be introduced on that date. 

How long will these entry restrictions last?

The changes will enter into effect on 26 November 2021. The health authorities expect the need for this type of entry restrictions to last for a considerable period of time, probably through the winter.

What sanctions do you risk if you do not comply with the restrictions?

Foreigners who do not comply with the rules regarding entry registration, travel quarantine, and testing in connection with entry into the country may be refused entry. People who are unable to document compliance with these rules may also be refused entry. All travellers, including Norwegians, can be reported to the police and in some cases fined for a violation of the obligations associated with entry into the country.

Will all people be checked upon arrival?

The police will conduct routine border control of all travellers arriving from outside the Schengen area. During the pandemic, this control has been expanded to include checks and guidance on the current requirements regarding registration, testing, and quarantine. For travellers arriving from the Schengen area, the police will continue its current knowledge-based border control of the interior border.

Questions and answers about travel quarantine

Which areas and countries trigger a requirement to complete travel quarantine?

The requirement to complete travel quarantine does not apply to people who are fully vaccinated or people who have recovered from COVID-19 and can document this using a verifiable COVID-19 certificate. 

In general, all other people over the age of 18 must complete 10 days of travel quarantine after arrival from a country or area within the EEA/Schengen area or the UK which is red or dark red; i.e. countries or areas with a high infection rate. All countries outside the EEA/Schengen area and the UK trigger travel quarantine. Appendix A to the COVID-19 Regulations lists the countries and areas which trigger quarantine and which countries and areas do not.

What are the travel quarantine requirements?

You must stay in your 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. You can only go outdoors if you can avoid close contact with other people. You cannot go to a workplace where other people are present, to a school, or to a kindergarten.

The quarantine hotel programme will be kept as a service for people without other suitable accommodation.

How long does travel quarantine last?

In principle, travel quarantine lasts for 10 days after arrival in Norway. All people can now end travel quarantine early, following a negative PCR test taken no sooner than 3 days after arrival.

The possibility of taking a test to end quarantine early only applies to people who take tests in accordance with the requirements in the COVID-19 Regulations.

The opportunity to shorten travel quarantine by taking a test is not a right; it depends on the municipality the person lives in or private providers having testing capacity, or on employer taking responsibility for the testing.

Time spent in green or orange countries or areas after leaving an area that triggers a duty to quarantine before arrival in Norway will be deducted from a person's quarantine period. This is practical for people who holiday by car. Whether a country or area triggers a duty to quarantine will depend on the infection rate in the country or area in question. If you travel from a country that does not trigger a duty to quarantine, but have a layover in a country that does, you will be subject to the duty to quarantine. If you travel from a country that triggers a duty to quarantine, but becomes green or orange later, your travel quarantine will end on the date that the country changes colour.

What are the exemptions from the duty to complete travel quarantine?

Sections 6 a to 6 n of the COVID-19 Regulations list a number of exemptions from travel quarantine. In these cases, travel quarantine is replaced with a test regime. There are exemptions for groups like cross-border commuters, people in functions that are critical to society, crew on scheduled passenger ships, etc.

How often are the lists and the map updated?

We constantly monitor the situation in countries in the EEA/Schengen area and the UK. In principle, we update the information once a week if a country or region changes status and a duty to quarantine is introduced, but we can update it more often if necessary. Every second week we assess whether a country or region changes status, with the effect that the duty to quarantine is removed.

Which criteria are applied to define whether a country or area triggers the duty to complete travel quarantine?

Areas are defined as not requiring travel quarantine based on the following criteria:

<200 confirmed cases per 100 000 inhabitants and fewer than 4% positive test results during the past 2 weeks or

<75 confirmed cases per 100 000 inhabitants and more than 4% positive test results during the past 2 weeks.

Denmark, Finland, and Sweden are assessed at the regional level. Iceland and other EU/EEA/Schengen area countries and the UK are assessed at the national level. Regional assessments are also made for selected islands and archipelagos in Europe.

Will I be subject to travel quarantine if I travel by ship from Norway to a country that triggers a duty to quarantine, and I do not leave the ship?

People who board a vessel in Norway and remain on the vessel for the full duration of the journey are exempt from the duty to quarantine even though the vessel crosses into international waters during the journey. This exemption only applies if the passengers or crew have not disembarked at a foreign port. This exemption applies regardless of the size of the vessel. The exemption applies even if personnel in critical societal functions and people performing haulage from a foreign port board the vessel. The shipping company must prepare and be able to present documentation that the people who board are kept separate from other passengers and avoid close contact with the crew. The shipping company must check the documentation of the people who board at a foreign port and set a cap on the number of passengers that can be on board the vessel for operations to be safe in terms of infection control.

Can a person in travel quarantine work if no other people are at the workplace?

Yes, but with one key proviso. The requirement to avoid close contact applies to all activity outside the place of quarantine. This means that the person must also be able to go to the workplace without having close contact with anyone else.

Can I drive a car through areas that trigger a duty to quarantine without having to complete travel quarantine when I return home?

Yes, you can drive through areas/countries that trigger a duty to quarantine when travelling to or from Norway or other areas in the EEA/Schengen area or the UK that are exempt from a duty to quarantine without having to go into travel quarantine. This requires that you have not taken public transportation, spent the night in the area, or had close contact with anyone other than the people you live with. Both the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health are of the opinion that the risk of transmission associated with this is low.

Can I have a layover at an airport in a country that triggers a duty to quarantine en route to Norway, and be exempt from the duty to quarantine?

No. If you have a layover in a country that triggers a duty to quarantine, you will need to complete 10 days of travel quarantine when you arrive in Norway. All people can now end travel quarantine early, following a negative PCR test taken no sooner than 3 days after arrival.

Am I exempt from quarantine if I have a layover in a green or orange country en route to Norway after having visited a country that triggers a duty to quarantine?

No. The duty to quarantine following a layover in a green or orange country en route to Norway will continue to apply, just as if you had flown directly from an area that triggers a duty to quarantine. In other words, if you fly from a country that triggers a duty to quarantine and you have a layover in a green or orange country, you will need to complete 10 days of travel quarantine after you arrive in Norway. All people can now end travel quarantine early, following a negative PCR test taken no sooner than 3 days after arrival.

I arrived from a country that triggered a duty to quarantine right before the country changed to ‘green’ or ‘orange’. Do I need to remain in travel quarantine now that the duty to quarantine has been removed?

No. If you have visited a country or region that triggers a duty to quarantine and you are therefore in travel quarantine, and this country turns green or orange, you will be exempt from quarantine. 

This naturally requires that you have no symptoms of COVID-19.

Can people with a duty to quarantine as a result of visiting a country that triggers a duty to quarantine take public transport home from a Norwegian airport?

People who arrive in Norway and are going into travel quarantine can take public transport from the airport, port or other place of arrival to the place of quarantine. It is nonetheless best if they can travel home in their own car or are collected.

People who arrive from a country that triggers a duty to quarantine and who have symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately contact the health service for testing and possible isolation. If people develop symptoms while travelling to Norway, they should notify the staff (for example, cabin crew on a plane or the conductor on a train). People with symptoms should not use public transport to travel home.

Can I use public transport in Norway to travel while I am in quarantine?

In general, use of public transport when you are in quarantine is prohibited. However, there are a few exemptions.

People who arrive in Norway and are in travel quarantine can take public transport from the airport, port or other place of arrival to the place of quarantine. People who leave Norway during the quarantine period may use public transport in connection with their departure.

Questions and answers regarding the COVID-19 certificate when arriving in Norway

EU:

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Austria

Non-EU: 

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Faeroe Islands
  • Georgia
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • Liechtenstein
  • Morocco
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • United Kingdom
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Vatican City

 

What are the implications of the Norwegian COVID-19 certificate connecting to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) gateway?

Norway is connected to the EUDCC gateway. The COVID-19 certificate can be used in the EU/EEA/Schengen area and in other countries that connect to the EU's gateway. Anybody who chooses to travel must familiarise themself with the quarantine and infection control rules for the country they are travelling to. This will vary from country to country. The entry rules for different countries can be found at https://reopen.europa.eu/en. You can also find information about the infection rate in these countries. The information is constantly updated, and is available in 24 languages.

EU/EEA/Schengen area citizens who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months, and who can document this using a verifiable COVID-19 certificate that is connected to the EUDCC gateway, are able to enter Norway freely. These people are exempt from the duty to quarantine, testing at the border, and the requirement of entry registration. The same applies to citizens with a verifiable COVID-19 certificate with a QR code issued in England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland.

More and more countries outside the EU/EEA have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate system, and their COVID-19 certificates are accepted by the European Commission. Norway accepts such certificates. People who cannot present such a certificate must go into quarantine when they arrive in Norway.

Do the same rules apply to Norwegians and foreigners?

Yes. The same rules apply to people who have a COVID-19 certificate that can be verified for the purpose of checks.

Do people who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 have to go into quarantine when they arrive in Norway?

People who can document this in a way that is consistent with Appendix D of the COVID-19 Regulations are exempt from quarantine, testing before arrival, and testing upon arrival. They must nonetheless complete entry registration.

The following certificates are currently accepted:

  • Norwegian COVID-19 certificate with a QR code that can be verified by the Norwegian authorities.
  • Certificate that is equivalent to the EU Digital COVID Certificate, see Article 3 of Regulation 2021/953 on the EU Digital COVID Certificate.
  • NHS COVID Pass from England and Wales with a QR code that can be verified by the Norwegian authorities.
  • COVID certificate from Northern Ireland with a QR code that can be verified by the Norwegian authorities.
  • COVID-19 vaccination certificate from Scotland with a QR code that can be verified by the Norwegian authorities.

People who cannot present such a certificate must go into quarantine when they arrive in Norway.

For more information:

Information helpline for entry, testing and quarantine:

  • From Norway: 815 55 015
  • From abroad: +47 21 89 80 42

The COVID-19 Regulations contain rules regarding entry registration, testing before arrival and testing after arrival in Norway.