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A man alpine skiing over Narvik town while spectacular northern lights
A man alpine skiing over Narvik town while spectacular northern lights
Narvik northern lights.
Photo: Michael Ulriksen
Narvik northern lights.
Photo: Michael Ulriksen

Coronavirus and travelling to Norway

Norway is open to more travellers from all over the world. It is quite easy to visit us if you have a digital, valid COVID certificate (by EU/UK/Schengen standards). In this case you then you don´t have to quarantine, but you will have to take a test on arrival or within 24 hours after arrival. 

All visitors will need to register prior to entry.

Updated December 2, 2021.

Norway has got a lot of space! Spectacular outdoor adventures, ski slopes and a lot of indoor kos await for you!
It is still quite easy to travel to Norway if you possess a valid, digital COVID certificate approved by EU, also when you bring your family. Below, we have listed important information you need to know before you go. 

Who can travel to Norway

Everyone who has a valid residence permit in Norway or a valid visitor’s visa, or who is entitled to visit Norway without a visitor’s visa, can enter Norway. Please note that you still might need to quarantine if you do not possess a digital, valid, EU-approved COVID certificate.

Registration of arrival to Norway

All travellers (including those who possess a valid COVID certificate) entering Norway must complete this entry registration form. Children under 16 are exempt. You will need to be able to present proof of entry registration for inspection on arrival.

I have a valid COVID certificate:

  • All travellers from European and other EU-approved third-party countries who are fully vaccinated or who have documentation that confirms they have been infected with COVID-19 during the last six months, and who have valid, digital documentation (approved by EU) of this, do not need to quarantine.
  • From Friday 3 December, you will have to take a test on arrival (usually free, test stations are available on all of the most important points of entry) or within 24 hours after arrival at entry points without test stations. 
  • Children can come along without having to quarantine, even if they don´t possess a valid COVID certificate. Children don´t need to take a test prior to arriving in Norway, but need to do so on arrival. Children under 16 are exempt if it would be unreasonably difficult for them to take the test. This will be determined at the test centre.  

Read important information about entry rules, quarantine, testing and what is considered a valid COVID certificate.

I don't have a valid COVID certificate:

If you don't have a valid certificate, the rules below apply:

Entry quarantine is required for the following travellers:

  • Travellers from red, dark red, purple and grey-rated countries (other third-party countries), remain subject to a duty to quarantine

Read more about the rules for quarantine upon arrival.

Travellers from some few non-EU countries affected by the Omnicron variant may face stricter entry, testing, and quarantine rules. 

Entry quarantine is not required for the following travellers:

  • Children under 18 years of age.
  • Travellers from green and orange-rated areas.

Colour-coded map

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


  • All adult travellers who don´t possess a valid, EU-approved COVID certificate must take a coronavirus test no more than 24 hours prior to arriving in Norway, in addition to a new test on arrival or within 24 hours after arrival. 
  • Children don´t need to take a test prior to arriving in Norway, but need to do so on arrival. Children under 16 are exempt if it would be unreasonably difficult for them to take the test. This will be determined at the test centre. 

Read more about test requirements.

Border crossings

All Norwegian border crossings are open. You will find test stations (free testing on arrival) at the airports with international flights, at the international ferry ports and at some of the main border crossings

Read more about border crossings and test stations. 

COVID passes in use in some parts of Norway

Some parts of Norway have seen an increase in infections this autumn. Both locals and travellers may therefore need to present valid COVID passes or certificates at restaurants, events, museums and other public places and gatherings in some cities, regions, or municipalities. Face masks may also be mandatory in crowded places. The use of certificates varies from place to place, depending on the local situation at any time. Please keep yourself updated and respect local regulations. 

Entry rules for Svalbard

All travellers, including Norwegians, need to provide a negative test before travelling to Svalbard. 

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 can 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 hotline 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 services by phone 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 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.