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Risk Ratings  

    LOW MEDICAL RISK for Norway

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Very Low -

Health and security constraints to business operations are broadly similar to pre-COVID-19.

The medical systems are at similar operating levels to pre-COVID-19, and the authorities are able to respond to medical and security threats as before. BCP should include response for potential COVID-19 disruption as standard within existing operational planning and clear escalatory indicators.

RestrictionsInboundEntry restrictions
A) Inbound travel for EU/EEA/Schengen nationals
Only those with Norwegian citizenship or residency, an essential reason, or from a 'Yellow list' country is allowed to enter the country (please see the exemptions sections).

B) Inbound travel for 'third country' nationals
No one except those with an essential reason or Norwegian citizenship or residency is allowed to enter the country (please see the exemptions sections)

D) Border closures
The land border with Sweden is controlled by the two countries’ military and police.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements
A) Who needs to test?
All travellers entering Norway (except Norwegian citizens and residents when getting hold of such document is not feasible or disproportionately difficult. More information on exemptions below).

B) Type of test and number of hours
• A negative PCR or antigen test taken no later than 24 hours before departure to Norway. Persons who are travelling by plane can have the test done within the last 24 hours before the scheduled departure time for the first part of the flight.
• If a traveller was in an area within the last ten days that required quarantine, the traveller must take a COVID-19 test (antigen) upon arrival at the border or the airport.

C) What information needs to be included with the test result?
• The certificate must be in Danish, English, French, German, Norwegian or Swedish
• Name of the person who has been tested
• When the test was performed
• Whether the test performed is an antigen, PCR or LAMP test
• The test result
• Issuer of the certificate
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements
All travellers (unless exempt*) must quarantine for ten days when entering Norway.

Those arriving from countries with high infection rates must stay in a quarantine hotel. The cost of staying at a quarantine hotel is NOK 500 (approximately US$60) per night for both private individuals (adults) and employers. This includes:
- All travellers coming from outside the EEA/Schengen area. These travellers can exit hotel quarantine after day seven if they obtain a negative test result.
- Travellers from the UK and EEA/Schengen countries where the infection rate is higher than 150 in 100,000 people must go into hotel quarantine. These travellers have the option to take a test after three days at the earliest, and if negative, can complete the rest of their quarantine at home or in another suitable location. They can take an additional test to end quarantine altogether after day seven at the earliest.
- Travellers from European countries with particularly high infection rates must be in quarantine hotels until they obtain a negative test. This can be done after day seven at the earliest. The authorities will release more information about this group later.

Some people will be able to quarantine at home or in another suitable location. This includes:
- Travellers from European countries where the infection rate is lower than 150 in 100,000 people in the last 14 days, and where a maximum of 4% of those tested are positive.
- Employers who can make accommodation available to foreign national workforce for their quarantine. They must must obtain prior approval from the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority.

*The following categories of travellers are exempt from quarantine obligations:
- Travellers from ‘yellow’ list countries do not need to quarantine. Currently this includes: Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, as well as the districts of Central Ostrobothnia, Lappi, North Karelia and Ita-Savo (all Finland).
- Those entering on compassionate grounds, such as visiting a relative who is dying or attending a funeral. More information available here: https://www.regjeringen.no/no/tema/Koronasituasjonen/sporsmal-og-svar-om-koronasituasjonen/koronasituasjonen-ofte-stilte-sporsmal-om-karantene/id2702867/#tocNode_2
- Fully-vaccinated travellers, as well as those that have recovered from COVID-19 in the six months prior to entry.
(until further notice)
All passengers will need to fill in a passenger locator form no earlier than 72 hours prior to entry to Norway: https://reg.entrynorway.no/
(Until further notice)
Exemption from entry ban
• Foreign nationals residing in Norway
• Travellers entering from a 'yellow list' country
• Foreign nationals with an invitation from the Norwegian authorities and employees in international organisations
• If special reasons dictate that the foreign nationals is given the right to enter, such as special care responsibility for persons in Norway or other strong welfare considerations
• Foreign nationals who are immediate family members to spend time with children
• Close family members of persons residing in Norway, ie. spouse / registered partner / cohabitant, minor children or stepchildren, parents or step-parents of minor children or stepchildren
• Journalists and other personnel on assignment for a foreign media institution
• Foreign nationals who are going to stop over at an airport in Norway (both in international airport transit and within Schengen)
• Sailors and personnel in aviation
• Foreign nationals who carry out goods and passenger transport
• Foreign nationals who work within critical social functions
• Health personnel from Sweden and Finland who work in the Norwegian health and care service
• Sami people can travel into Norway during reindeer herding.

The following industries are considered essential:
- Journalists
- Sailors
- Aviation personnel
- Goods and passenger transport
- Diplomats
- Military personnel
- Researchers and crew members participating on marine research cruises

Exemptions from testing
• Persons in transit
• If you can document that you have had COVID-19 during the last six months.
• For medical or professional emergencies: travellers will be tested upon entry and may continue to their destination before receiving the result and will be contacted later should the test be positive.
• Regular commuters from Sweden or Finland

Further details can be found at: https://lovdata.no/dokument/SF/forskrift/2020-03-27-470/KAPITTEL_7#%C2%A716a
(Until further notice)
There are no transit requirements in place.
(Until further notice)
OutboundTravellers going to Svalbard need to take a COVID-19 test within the 24 hours prior to departure from mainland Norway.
(Until further notice)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to all countries.
(Ends 1 July 2021)
Internal / DomesticAll businesses are allowed to open with strict sanitary measures.

Bars and restaurants can operate, but people must be seated one metre apart. In catering facilities, food and alcohol can be served until 00.00.

A maximum 20 people are allowed at private gatherings indoors and 30 when outdoors. A maximum of 100 people are allowed at funerals.

ll universities, colleges, vocational schools, colleges and primary schools should have digital education if possible.

Everyone who can work from home should do so.
(Until further notice)
Specific measures apply in some municipalities. Further details can be found at: https://lovdata.no/dokument/SF/forskrift/2020-03-27-470/KAPITTEL_7#%C2%A716a
(Until further notice)
In Bergen, face masks are also required in public areas including shops when social distancing cannot be maintained.
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Norway

COVID-19 information for Norway

Dedicated COVID-19 website


Norway is one of the safest countries in the world. Petty crime may represent a problem in the capital Oslo. Some roads are closed during the winter months, particularly in the north.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Norway
Hepatitis AMany travel health professionals recommend
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Hepatitis BRecommended for health care workers and anyone
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Tickborne encephalitisMay be recommended for those visiting forests,
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Routine Vaccinations

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