Norway (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 20 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from entry quarantine.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for some travelers.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Self-quarantine for 10 days required for some travelers.

Local Restrictions

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

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 14.09.2021
1. Until 1 October 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Norway;
– spouses, registered partners, unmarried partners, children, stepchildren, parents, stepparents of residents of Norway;
– passengers who are sons or daughters, parents or stepparents, grandchildren or step-grandchildren, grandparents or step-grandparents of residents of Norway;
– passengers with consent application issued by the Norway Directorate of Immigration (UDI) and who are boyfriends or girlfriends of residents of Norway and their minor children;
– passengers arriving from and residing in Czechia, Faroe Isl., Hungary, Poland, if in the past 10 days they have been in their country of residence;
– passengers who are residing in and in the past 10 days have been in specific green regions of Denmark, Finland and Sweden. Details can be found at https://www.helsenorge.no/en/coronavirus/international-travels/#what-is-the-colour-of-the-country-you-are-travelling-from ;
– merchant seamen;
– students studying in Norway. They must be enrolled at an approved educational institution or have a residence permit for students;
– passengers with:
– a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated; or
– a digital COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 6 months before arrival.
The certificate must be:
– an EU Digital COVID Certificate with a QR code issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland; or
– a certificate with a QR code issued by Denmark, Norway or Sweden; or
– an NHS Covid Pass with a QR code, issued in England, Northern Ireland or Wales (UK);
– more COVID-19 related information can be found at https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel-coronavirus-facts-advice/facts-and-general-advice/entry-quarantine-travel-covid19/
2. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: PCR, rapid antigen and RT-PCR. 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 Czechia, Faroe Isl., Hungary or Poland;
– passengers arriving from specific green regions of Denmark, Finland and Sweden. Details can be found at https://www.helsenorge.no/en/coronavirus/international-travels/#what-is-the-colour-of-the-country-you-are-travelling-from ;
– passengers with:
– a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated; or
– a digital COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 6 months before arrival.
The certificate must be:
– an EU Digital COVID Certificate with a QR code issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland; or
– a certificate with a QR code issued by Denmark, Norway or Sweden; or
– an NHS Covid Pass with a QR code, issued in England, Northern Ireland or Wales (UK);
– passengers with a diplomatic or service passport;
– merchant seamen;
– nationals and residents of Norway with no possibility of getting tested in the departure country;
– more exemptions can be found at https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel-coronavirus-facts-advice/facts-and-general-advice/entry-quarantine-travel-covid19/
3. Passengers and airline crew must complete a registration form before arrival. The form can be obtained at www.entrynorway.no
– This does not apply to:
– airline crew who are not leaving the aircraft;
– passengers younger than 17 years;
– passengers with:
– a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated; or
– a digital COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 6 months before arrival.
The certificate must be:
– an EU Digital COVID Certificate with a QR code issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland; or
– a certificate with a QR code issued by Denmark, Norway or Sweden; or
– an NHS Covid Pass with a QR code, issued in England, Northern Ireland or Wales (UK).
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.
– This does not apply to passengers with:
– a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated; or
– a digital COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 6 months before arrival.
The certificate must be:
– an EU Digital COVID Certificate with a QR code issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland; or
– a certificate with a QR code issued by Denmark, Norway or Sweden; or
– an NHS Covid Pass with a QR code, issued in England, Northern Ireland or Wales (UK).
5. Passengers could be subject to home or hotel quarantine.
– This does not apply to passengers with:
– a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated; or
– a digital COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 6 months before arrival.
The certificate must be:
– an EU Digital COVID Certificate with a QR code issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland; or
– a certificate with a QR code issued by Denmark, Norway or Sweden; or
– an NHS Covid Pass with a QR code, issued in England, Northern Ireland or Wales (UK);
– more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yoqc3omu

 

Detailed Tourist Information

If you live in the EU/EEA/Schengen area and have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have had COVID-19 in the last 6 months, you can enter Norway when you can document this with a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate or a valid Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish Covid certificate with a QR code. From Friday, September 3, at 17.00, Turkey, Ukraine, and Northern Macedonia will align with the EU certificate scheme. The vaccine you have been given must be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), or health authorities in the UK, USA , or WHO.

The digital NHS Covid Pass for England, Wales and Northern Ireland is also valid. From Friday, September 3 at 17.00, those traveling with a valid Scottish Covid certificate, verifiable with a QR code, are also permitted to enter Norway, subject to the same conditions described above.

You will not have have to quarantine, undergo any tests, or register when you enter Norway this way. Please note that a traditional paper vaccination card is not accepted as valid documentation.

If you arrive by plane or ferry, the arrival procedure is normally quick and easy. At some main border crossings, for example between Sweden and Norway at Svinesund, you can expect some queues if you come by car.

Unvaccinated children may enter Norway if their parents possess a valid Covid certificate, but they must take a test upon arrival (children under 12 may be exempt from this under certain circumstances). Unvaccinated children also need to quarantine, but may end their quarantine if they test negative no earlier than three days after arrival. The same applies to persons who received their first vaccine dose between three and 15 weeks prior to their date of arrival.

Read more about entering Norway with a Covid certificate from the EU/EAA/UK (https://bit.ly/2WUzore)

Entry from green areas in Europe

If you reside in a green area or a country in most of Europe, you can also enter Norway without having to quarantine or take a test before arrival (although you will need to take a mandatory test at the border). For this to apply, you need to have stayed in a green area for the last 10 days prior to entering Norway.

Important information about travellers coming from green areas and how they can travel to Norway.

See which areas are green, orange, red, dark red and purple, and read more about entry, quarantine, duty to register on arrival, and testing rules on The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)’s official website. Changes to colour ratings are usually announced on Fridays and new regulations take effect at midnight on the following Monday.

Please note that colour ratings can change at short notice if there is an outbreak or if the virus situation changes.

Travellers may experience longer waiting times than normal on arrival at airports and border controls in Norway, due to the need for testing and increased checks. Remember to arrive at the airport in good time before your departure. More information about flying to and from Norway is available at Avinor’s website.

Registration duty on arrival to Norway
To help with coronavirus tracking and tracing, most travellers who do not possess a valid COVID certificate will be required to register their entry to Norway on the Norwegian government’s website before arrival. If you do not wish to register online, you can submit a form to the police at the border.

Entry from non-green areas and countries outside Europe
If you live in an area that is not rated green, or arrive from most other countries outside the EU/EEA, you are currently not permitted to enter Norway unless you possess a valid EU COVID certificate or an other type of approved certificate, or if one of the exemptions on this page applies to you.

From September 12, close family members and those in an established relationship, who arrive from outside the EU/EEA may be permitted to enter Norway in certain circumstances.

The EU and Norway will also soon approve more vaccines commonly used outside the EU and vaccination certificates from other countries outside Europe. The Norwegian government is currently in the process of approving Covishield, Sinophram and Sinovac. When the vaccines are approved, travellers from other countries outside Europe will also need to present a valid, digital COVID certificate with a QR-code, in line with EU standards, to be able to enter the country. Please note that it will still take some time before these systems are in place.

Travellers who are permitted to enter Norway from areas that are exempt or who travel via non-green areas (including transit or by public transportation), and who don’t possess a valid EU COVID certificate or other approved certificate, must quarantine at a quarantine hotel or at an approved location.

Quarantine
If you are arriving from or have visited an area requiring quarantine during the last 10 days, please see more detailed information about the rules for quarantine and testing upon arrival.

The cost of staying at a quarantine hotel is NOK 500 per night for both private individuals (adults) and employees.

If you are not required to stay at a quarantine hotel, it is important to remember that you are still required to complete your quarantine at a suitable location. During your quarantine, you should avoid close contact with others sharing the space, such as family members.
 

Lockdown Details

Commercial, public, and government services are generally open, though some have restricted capacities to adhere to social distancing policies. Regions with higher infection rates, e.g. Oslo and Viken, may have additional restrictions for commercial businesses
 

Sources

https://www.helsenorge.no/en/coronavirus/international-travels#rules-upon-entry-into-norway
Data Source: covidcontrols.co