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A woman standing at the top of a mountain in Senja in Northern Norway during winter
A woman standing at the top of a mountain in Senja in Northern Norway during winter
Winter in Senja, Northern Norway.
Photo: Kristin Folsland Olsen / Visitnorway.com
Winter in Senja, Northern Norway.
Photo: Kristin Folsland Olsen / Visitnorway.com

Coronavirus and travelling to Norway

To limit the spread of the coronavirus mutation, the Norwegian borders are closed. Only Norwegian nationals and foreign nationals who reside in Norway will be permitted to enter the country, with a few exemptions.

Updated 1 March 2021

Norway’s strict entry rules are extended

Due to the outbreak of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, the Norwegian government has decided to close the borders to prevent spreading this virus.

The new and much stricter entry rules took effect at 12 a.m. Friday 29 January 2021. Only Norwegian nationals and foreign nationals that reside in Norway are allowed to enter the country.

There are a few exemptions, for instance for journalists, seafarers, and foreign nationals who perform commercial transport of goods and passengers.

For more information about travelling to Norway and exemptions to the entry rules, see the government's website.

It is important to note that these entry rules are in addition to the already existing border control system.

Mandatory COVID-19 tests

Anyone arriving from “red” countries must present a negative SARS-CoV-2 test certificate when they arrive in Norway. The test must be taken within 24 hours of departure. You can be denied entry if you cannot provide this documentation.

All persons who travel to Norway from a country with a high level of transmission (“red countries”) must take a mandatory COVID-19 test at the Norwegian border, including Norwegian citizens.

Note that border crossings that do not have the capacity to test incoming travellers will be closed.

Due to the coronavirus mutation, travellers from certain countries are also required to undergo a PCR test at the Norwegian border.

For detailed information about the updated rules for testing, see the government's press release from 23 January.

Note that some of the rules outlined above do not apply to people in transit or people who frequently cross the border into Norway from Sweden and Finland to work.

Registration of arrival to Norway

To help with disease detection and tracking, you will also have to register your entry to Norway on the Government’s website before you arrive. If you do not wish to register online, you can submit a paper-based form to the police at the border control.

Quarantine

People travelling to Norway from abroad shall be in quarantine for 10 days, with a few exceptions for people travelling for work. Note that as of 25 January, there are fewer exemptions and also an increase in the testing requirements that apply to persons subject to exemptions.

If you travel to Norway and do not have a place of residence, you must stay in quarantine at a hotel for 10 days after arrival. The cost of staying at a quarantine hotel is NOK 500 per night for both private individuals (adults) and employers.

For more information about rules and exemptions, see The Norwegian Directorate of Health’s official website or the Government’s Q&A page, which answers questions about entry to Norway. If you don’t have to stay at a quarantine hotel, it is important to remember that you still have to complete your 10-day quarantine at a suitable place. You should also avoid close contact with others in that residence, for instance, your family.

More detailed information 

On the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)’s official website, you’ll find a colour-coded map and the latest information about quarantine regulations. It also includes information for workers from Sweden and other countries in the EU/EEA/Schengen area that arrive in Norway. The page will be updated at least every second week.

Please notice that both national and local rules and regulations related to the coronavirus and travelling in Norway change frequently and on short notice. All travellers, both international and domestic, are therefore encouraged to seek out the most updated information by visiting the relevant websites. You should also follow precautionary guidelines, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, and respect regulations in place.

Due to the corona situation, there might be restrictions in the Norwegian ski resorts this winter. Do not visit our resorts if you feel unwell or are in quarantine. Make sure you read up on Fnugg’s corona measures in Norwegian ski resorts before you start planning your ski holiday.

For further details on who can travel to Norway, how you can travel to get here, quarantine rules, and Q&A, see the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI)’s official website.

For health advice, useful links, and other relevant information, see The Norwegian Directorate of Health’s official website (helsenorge.no).

For the latest information and advice about the coronavirus situation and travel for Norwegians, see the Government’s official website.

For updated information related to travel and COVID-19, see The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)’s official website.

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.

Dream now, visit later

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Get to know us

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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.