The Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains the current travel advice and advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary until August 20th. Exceptions apply for Denmark after June 15th, for specific criteria see questions and answers at Regjeringen.no.
Norwegian citizens who travel to Denmark must familiarize themselves with the rules that apply at any given time in Denmark and relate to these. See Coronasmitte.dk.
The travel advice is intended to reduce the risk of Norwegian citizens being infected abroad and of infected persons coming to Norway. Health professionals can travel abroad as the temporary ban on international travels was lifted May 7th.
Anyone returning from an international travel, except for leisure travels to Denmark after June 15th, must stay in quarantine for 10 days after the date of their return to Norway. This is referred to as travel quarantine.
At the same time, the authorities are trying to ease the restrictions:
Within June 15th, exemptions from the travel advice for the Nordic countries will be considered. Exceptions already apply for Denmark from June 15th.
Within July 20th, exemptions from the travel advice for some nearby European countries will be considered. This will be assessed in consultation between the foreign, health and justice authorities.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs provide travel advice related to covid-19. The advice can be adjusted and change rapidly.
If tourists arrive in Norway, they may be turned away at the border and returned to their home country.
Advice before travel (if you must travel)
As part of the preparations, you should check what is covered by your travel insurance, including what applies if you become ill during your journey.
Each country may introduce measures and restrictions to prevent further transmission, e.g. transport restrictions, quarantine or other measures that can have consequences for travellers. Several countries and airports have introduced control measures and with borders closed to people who are not resident in the country. Travellers should be prepared to answer questions about their health and might be denied entry or be placed in quarantine.
Consider the following before travel:
- Risk of being infected while travelling (destination, duration, contact with other people).
- Risk of travel restrictions, curfews, quarantine or other measures in the country you are travelling to.
- Risk of capacity problems in the healthcare service at the destination if you become ill.
- Risk of lack of possibilities of return travel or medical repatriation.
- Risk of home quarantine in Norway on your return.
- Risk of not being able to work during the first 10 days after travel (applies to healthcare personnel in particular, but other employees may also have rules about this).
Travellers belonging to risk groups should be vaccinated against seasonal influenza within 14 days before departure.
It is also important to familiarize yourself with the general travel advice related to vaccines for other infectious diseases as well as other preventative measures.
Advice during travel (if you must travel)
- Thorough hand washing with soap and water is an important preventative measure to limit further transmission. Alcohol-based hand disinfection may be an alternative if hand-washing facilities are not available.
- Avoid contact with persons who are ill, especially those with symptoms of a respiratory tract infection.
- Avoid coughing onto others, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid travelling if you are ill.
Students and other people who are staying in areas with widespread transmission over a longer period should follow the advice from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, local health authorities and the educational institution/employer.
Why are restrictions on entry imposed, including air traffic and shipping?
Comprehensive measures have been implemented in order to reduce the risk of infection, including measures to prevent entry. People will either be turned away or quarantined. This also applies to aircrafts, cruise ships and other vessels.
Exempted from the entry ban are:
People who now arrive in Norway must stay in quarantine for 10 days from the date of arrival, also if they are exempt from the entry ban.
What if I arrive at a Norwegian airport and have a connecting domestic flight?
Healthy persons without any symptoms can travel onwards to their final destination and then stay in quarantine in their own home.
Persons with symptoms can be transported – e.g. by private car – to their place of residence based on guidance from the municipal health officer. An alternative emergency measure would be to keep the person in quarantine in the municipality where the airport is located.
What about Norwegians who will be returning from abroad?
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges all Norwegian citizens on abroad travels to consider going home as soon as possible - in a safe and calm manner - in consultation with their travel agency or airline.