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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

The Norwegian borders are still closed for most travellers. Only Norwegian nationals and foreign nationals who reside in Norway will be permitted to enter the country, with a few exemptions. Travellers from some European areas with low infection rate are now allowed to enter the country. 

Updated 8 June 2021

New entry rules

The Norwegian borders are still closed to foreign citizens from countries and areas with a high infection rate (so-called "red" areas). 

As a main rule, only Norwegian nationals and foreign nationals who reside in Norway are allowed to enter the country, but Norway is now opening its borders to foreigners residing in countries in EEA/Schengen/UK that meet the criteria for low infection levels, listed as "yellow" or "green" areas. Read important information about who can travel to Norway.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)’s official website has a colour-coded map and the latest information about which countries that are "red", "yellow or "green", as well as information on quarantine regulations and testing. The map is updated every Monday.  

Those permitted to travel to Norway from all other areas abroad must quarantine, or in most cases, stay in a quarantine hotel for at least 3 to 10 days, depending on the level of infection in the area they are travelling from, and provide an additional negative test before the end of the quarantine period. There are a few exceptions for people travelling for work. 

Please see the main rules for entry quarantine and quarantine hotel stays.  

Norwegian citizens holding a valid covid-19 certificate may use this to enter Norway without having to stay at quarantine hotel. The certificate is available at helsenorge.no. This quarantine exemption does not yet apply to foreign citizens. 

Mandatory COVID-19 tests

If you travel from or have visited an area that triggers quarantine duty ("red country/area") during the last 10 days, you have to present a negative SARS-CoV-2 test certificate when you arrive in Norway. The test must be taken within 24 hours of departure. You can be denied entry if you cannot provide this documentation.

You also have to take a mandatory COVID-19 test at the Norwegian border, Norwegian citizens included.

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

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

Read more about detailed information about the updated rules for testing.

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.


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

If you don’t have to stay at a quarantine hotel, it is important to remember that you still have to complete your quarantine at a suitable place. You should also avoid close contact with others in that residence, for instance, your family.

More detailed information

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.

For the latest information and advice about the coronavirus situation and travel, see the Government’s Q&A page and the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI)’s official website.

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

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.

  1. Norway is waiting for you

Norway is slowly opening up for more and more travellers. In the meantime, start planning some great 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.