Norway (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for some countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Self-quarantine for 10 days required for some countries

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: No
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 04.05.2021
1. Until 12 May 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Norway;
– spouses, registered partners, minor children or stepchildren, parents or stepparents of minor children or stepchildren of residents of Norway. They must present a proof confirming the relationship;
– merchant seamen;
– more COVID-19 related information can be found at .
2. Passengers and airline crew must complete a registration form before arrival. The form can be obtained at .
– This does not apply to airline crew who are not leaving the aircraft.
3. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in Danish, English, French, German, Norwegian or Swedish.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers arriving from Denmark (only Greenland and Faroe Isl.), certain hospital districts in Finland or Iceland. More details can be found at ;
– passengers with a diplomatic or service passport;
– passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 14 days and at most 6 months before arrival. They must not be traveling to Longyearbyen (LYR);
– merchant seamen;
– nationals and residents of Norway with no possibility of getting tested in the departure country;
– more exemptions can be found at .
4. Passengers are subject to:
– a COVID-19 antigen test and a PCR test upon arrival; or
– a COVID-19 antigen test or PCR test upon arrival.
5. Passengers could be subject to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days. More details can be found at .


Detailed Tourist Information

At present, most people cannot travel to Norway without belonging to one of the exceptions. This applies to citizens of all countries, including citizens from the EU/EEA and Nordic citizens. This includes:

Family members not listed under the Exceptions: close family members section
boyfriend/girlfriend or fiancé;
EU/EEA citizens (including Nordic citizens) who are going to work or study in Norway, and who do not belong to any of the exceptions listed below
persons who have been granted a residence permit to work or study in Norway and who are not already resident here
business travelers
foreigners who have been granted a Schengen visa, but who do not belong to any of the exceptions below
persons who have leisure property in Norway, but are not resident here

Some of the exceptions:

foreigners residing in Norway
foreigners who have been granted a family immigration permit
foreigners who will visit or live with close family members in Norway
spouse or registered partner
foreigners who are going to have scheduled contact with their children
journalists and other personnel on behalf of a foreign media institution
foreigners who are going to stopover at an airport in Norway (both in international airport transit and within Schengen)

Complete list of exceptions (

The testing, travel registration, quarantine, and quarantine hotel requirements will remain in force for travellers who are exempt from the entry restrictions.

Vaccination does not currently affect quarantine requirements or test recommendations.

All travellers allowed to enter Norway from countries or regions that are defined as high-risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days in a designated hotel. The requirement to stay in a designated hotel does not apply to people who reside in Norway or own a home or holiday home in Norway, as well as a suitable place to stay during the quarantine period. When you arrive in Norway from a high-risk country, you should travel directly to an appropriate place to stay during the quarantine period, preferably by private transport. If you need to use public transport, wearing a face mask throughout the journey is strongly required. Map with risk classification

Travellers coming from high-risk areas must provide a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test taken less than 24 hours before entry. The certificate must be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French or German. Foreign nationals who cannot document a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival can be refused entry to Norway. This requirement does not apply to Norwegians, people living in Norway, people in transit or people who frequently cross the border from Sweden and Finland for work purposes.

If you have visited an area that triggers quarantine duty during the last 10 days, you are required to take a test for the coronavirus upon arrival to Norway.

The test must be taken at the airport or when crossing the border.

Travellers from Great Britain, South Africa or Brazil are subject to specific rules for testing.

Lockdown Details

In municipalities with high infection rates (including Oslo) masks are required on public transport, in indoor public spaces where 1 meter distance cannot be maintained (e.g. grocery stores, shopping malls) and restaurants (when not seated).

Commercial, public, and government services are widely open, though some have restricted capacities to adhere to social distancing policies…

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