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25 September at 4 pm entry restrictions for the EEA/Schengen area and purple countries (countries outside the EEA/Schengen area which the Norwegian Institute of Public Health considers to have an acceptable rate of infection) was lifted. This means that EEA nationals, people from other countries who reside in the EEA, and people residing in the UK and Switzerland may enter Norway.
Entry restrictions will continue to apply for people coming from all other countries (grey countries).
However, there are several exemptions:
- 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 verifiable COVID-19 certificate that is connected to the EUDCC gateway (see Appendix D of the COVID-19 Regulations)
- minors travelling together with their parents, if the parents are exempt from travel restrictions because they have a COVID-19 certificate
- minors travelling to Norway together with their parents, if the parents are exempt from travel restrictions on grounds other than a COVID-19 certificate
- foreign students with a place at a Norwegian educational institution
- PhD students at Norwegian educational or research institutions
- foreign nationals who are visiting or will be staying with close family members in Norway:
- foreign nationals who have a family immigration permit
- foreign nationals who are the spouse/registered partner/cohabitant, minor or adult child or step-child of Norwegian citizens, if the family lives together abroad and they are travelling together with the Norwegian citizen or are joining this person in Norway
- foreign nationals who are the spouse/registered partner/cohabitant, minor or adult child or step-child of a foreign worker who is an EEA national who does not reside in Norway, when these family members travel to Norway together with the EEA national or are joining this person in Norway
- foreign nationals, regardless of the country they are a citizen of or reside in, that have one of the following relationships with a person residing in Norway: spouse/registered partner/cohabitant, minor or adult child and step-child and parent and step-parent of a minor or adult child/step-child, grandparent and step-grandparent, grandchild and step-grandchild, romantic partner over the age of 18 (this is following an application-based scheme for prior approval for visits from romantic partners) and a romantic partner’s minor child
- 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: Journalists, 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 whose presence is strictly necessary in order to maintain sound operation of critical societal functions or safeguard 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)
- 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 on Svalbard
The general conditions regarding the right to enter and stay in Norway in the Immigration Act must be met. For example, foreign nationals who are subject to a duty to hold a visa must be granted such a visa before they can travel here.
Are you eligible for entry into Norway?
If you are among those who may travel to Norway, you must familiarise yourself with the rules that apply. Requirements regarding mandatory testing, entry registration, and quarantine continue to apply in some cases.
Only travellers who are subject to the duty to quarantine and/or the duty to take a test must register. Children under 16 years and those who are either fully-vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 during the past six months are exempt from this requirement. The latter must be able to document this by means of a verifiable COVID-19 certificate that is connected to the EUDCC gateway. Once you have completed the registration, you will receive a receipt which you must present to the police at border control.
No travel quarantine is required for travellers arriving from green and orange countries and areas, but travellers arriving from red, dark red, purple (countries which the Norwegian Institute of Public Health considers to have an acceptable infection rate) and grey countries (all other countries) must quarantine. People who are either fully-vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 during the past six months are exempt from this requirement. They must be able to document this by means of a verifiable COVID-19 certificate that is connected to the EUDCC gateway.
The quarantine must be completed in their own home or other suitable accommodation. The 10-day quarantine period can be shortened upon presentation of a negative PCR test taken no sooner than 3 days after arrival. Without such a test, the quarantine period is 10 days. The duty to stay at a quarantine hotel is lifted, but travellers may stay at a quarantine hotel if they have no other suitable accommodation.
You can find an overview of quarantine hotels in different municipalities here.
The duty to quarantine for children and young people under the age of 18 will be removed, but children should take a PCR test after 3 days.
- A map of the countries/areas in Europe that trigger the duty to quarantine upon entry into Norway (Norwegian Institute of Public Health)
- Entry quarantine and rules for arrival in Norway – Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Employees and quarantine
Foreign employees and contractors who have been granted entry under the application-based programmes managed by the Norwegian Maritime Authority and the Norwegian Agriculture Agency must complete their travel quarantine at suitable accommodation approved by the Labour Inspection Authority. Travellers may stay at a quarantine hotel if they have no other suitable accommodation. You can find an overview of quarantine hotels in different municipalities here.
- The application form is available at arbeidstilsynet.no
- Application for exemption from entry restrictions (Norwegian Maritime Authority)
Duty to be tested
Travelers arriving from green and orange countries and areas are not required to take a test at the border, while travelers from areas that trigger a duty to quarantine, have to be tested, unless they have recovered from COVID-19 or are fully vaccinated. They must be able to document this using a verifiable COVID-19 certificate that is connected to the EUDCC gateway.
As a general rule, travelers that have a duty to be tested, shall do so at the border.
If there is no test station at the border or the test station is closed, one must get tested with antigen rapid test at a public test station as soon as possible, and no later than 24 hours after arrival.
There will still be a requirement to test at the border at border crossings where there is a test station. This will apply, for example, to all airports with foreign traffic, like Svinesund and Storskog.
There is no change concerning the requirement that travel quarantine must be completed on the mainland before onward travel to Svalbard. Travellers will no longer be required to take a negative test prior to departure to Svalbard.
Border control and test centres
The government has decided to open all border crossings to Norway from October 6th. There are still requirements for testing at the border for some groups of travelers. See information above.
Information helpline for entry, testing and quarantine
- From Norway: 815 55 015
- From abroad: +47 21 89 80 42