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A woman enjoying the view from a hill at Kamheia
A woman enjoying the view from a hill at Kamheia
Kamheia in Værøya in Lofoten.
Photo: Vidar Moløkken / Visit Norway
Kamheia in Værøya in Lofoten.
Photo: Vidar Moløkken / Visit Norway

Coronavirus and travelling to Norway

All travellers from the EU/EEA and several other countries outside the EU are now allowed to enter Norway. All children under 18 years from these areas will no longer have to quarantine. 

Updated October 6, 2021

Norway opens to travellers from more countries

From Saturday, 25 September at 16:00, Norway is permitting entry for all EU/EEA citizens, including people from other countries who reside in the EEA and in the UK and Switzerland, in addition to citizens of purple-rated countries outside the EEA/Schengen Area.

I have a valid COVID certificate:

  • All travellers from European and other approved (purple-rated) countries who are fully vaccinated or who have documentation confirming that they have been infected with COVID-19 during the last six months, and who have valid, digital documentation of this, do not need to quarantine or undergo testing.

Read more about entering Norway and about what is considered a valid COVID certificate.

I don't have a valid COVID-19 Certificate:

Then these rules apply (if you come from a European country or a purple-rated country):

Entry quarantine

  • Entry quarantine shall no longer apply to children under 18 years of age.
  • Travellers from green and orange-rated areas do not need to quarantine.
  • Travellers from red, dark red, purple and grey-rated countries (other third party countries), remain subject to a duty to quarantine. Adults can leave entry quarantine if they have received negative results on a PCR test taken at the earliest 72 hours after arrival. The duty to take a PCR test seven days after arrival no longer applies.
  • You can quarantine for the mandatory period at a suitable location or at a quarantine hotel, if you so wish. During your quarantine, you should avoid close contact with others, with the exception of the people with whom you are travelling.

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

Read more about rules for quarantine and testing upon arrival.


  • It is no longer a requirement for any travellers to take a coronavirus test prior to arriving in Norway.
  • You don't have to take a test at the border if you are travelling from a green or orange-rated country/area, only from areas with a colour code that is subject to a duty to quarantine. This also applies for children, and a further test after 72 hours is also recommended for them.

Travelling from all other countries

If you live in most other countries outside the EU/EEA (including the US), and the country is not purple-rated, you are currently not permitted to enter Norway, unless one of the exemptions on this page applies to you.

Border crossings

All Norwegian border crossings are open as of October 6, 2021. This means that it is possible to cross the border more easily and quickly.

Starting on the same date, a minor change shall also apply to travellers who have a duty to test themselves for COVID-19. As a main rule, travellers who have a duty to test themselves still need to test themselves at the border. If there is no test station at the border, or if the test station is closed, one must take a rapid antigen test at a public test station as soon as possible, and within 24 hours of arrival, at the latest. Those who are feeling ill, or who are arriving in Norway from red and dark red-rated countries and areas without being fully vaccinated, have a duty to test themselves. 

You can find information from the Norwegian authorities about the opening here.

Registration of arrival to Norway

Individuals entering Norway from an area with a quarantine obligation must provide all necessary information to the authorities. All persons with a registration obligation must therefore submit their own registration form here. One must also be able to provide confirmation of a suitable place to stay during the mandatory quarantine period.

The following are exempt from entry registration:

  • Children under the age of 16 years
  • Travellers arriving from an area without a quarantine obligation
  • Travellers arriving from an area with a quarantine obligation, who are fully vaccinated, or have been infected with covid-19 in the last six months and can document this by presenting:
    • A Norwegian, Swedish or Danish COVID certificate with a QR code
    • An EU digital COVID certificate
    • An NHS Covid Pass from England or Wales with a QR Code, or a COVID certificate from Northern Ireland or Scotland with a QR Code

Colour-coded map

Changes to colour ratings are usually announced on Fridays and new regulations take effect at midnight on the following Monday.


Further information

Please read the latest updated information and important advice about the Coronavirus situation and travel before you go:

The Government’s travel information pages about entry to Norway. Here you also find links to travel information in many other foreign languages, including Polish, Arabic, Russian, Somali, Urdu, Turkish and more. 

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI)’s official website.

The Norwegian Directorate of Health’s official website (helsenorge.no).

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)’s official website.


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Questions about the coronavirus

If you have questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19) while travelling in Norway, please call the national information telephone at (+47) 815 55 015.

If you have symptoms

If you are experiencing symptoms like fever, sore throat, chest pain and breathing difficulties, please stay in your hotel room and contact guest service by telephone or call the 24-hour Norwegian medical service at 116 117 for guidance and assistance.

  1. Norway is waiting for you

Norway is opening up for more and more travellers. Come and experience some amazing adventures!

Get to know us

Before we finally get to meet, learn the noble art of “kos” (cosiness) or check out our weird and wonderful food. And you can’t miss the introduction to our outdoor lifestyle called “friluftsliv.”

See it for yourself

Bring out the popcorn and enjoy the sight of our beautiful country from the sofa.

Explore the regions

Our country is large and incredible varied. So, while you wait to visit, spend some time to find your favorite among Norway’s small, large, bustling and off the beaten track destinations.