The Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains the current travel advice and advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary until August 20th. In this situation, the advice from the ministry is closely linked to quarantine regulations and entry restrictions.
The travel advice is intended to reduce the risk of Norwegian citizens being infected abroad and of infected persons coming to Norway.
At the same time, the authorities are trying to ease the restriction:
- Within June 15th, exemptions from the travel advice for the Nordic countries will be considered.
- 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 the coronavirus.
If tourists arrive in Norway, they may be turned away at the border and returned to their home country.
Some EEA-citizens can now visit Norway
On May 12th, the rules for EU/EEA citizens traveling to Norway were changed.
As a consequence, family members of EEA-citizens and EEA-citizens who are family members of Norwegian citizens can travel to Norway. This means that EU/EEA citizens can now travel to Norway to visit their spouse, cohabitant or children under the age of 18. Children under the age of 18 can also visit their parents in Norway.
Furthermore, EEA-citizens who own property in Norway, including holiday properties, can now visit.
Please note that everyone entering Norway must adhere to the at any given time applicable quarantine rules.
Quarantine for persons arriving in Norway from abroad
Anyone returning from an international travel must stay in home quarantine for 10 days after the date of their return to Norway.
If you are in quarantine and develop symptoms such as cough, fever or breathing difficulties, you should stay at home and not go out for at least 24 hours after full recovery. Contact the healthcare services if you need medical attention.
How should tourists relate to the recommendation to stay at home for 10 days upon arrival in Norway?
Anyone who arrives in Norway must familiarize themselves with the situation.
If tourists come to Norway, they may be turned away at the border and returned to their home country.
Exceptions to the quarantine rules
The quarantine rules do not apply to persons who cross the border between Norway, Sweden and Finland during the time they are travelling between home and their place of work, and the time they are at work. They must simultaneously relate to current rules in Sweden or Finland.
Persons who cross the border between Sweden and Norway or Finland and Norway to perform maintenance that is strictly necessary and supervision to avert major material damage to holiday properties in Sweden or Finland are exempt from quarantine upon returning to Norway. Exceptions do not apply if the person stays overnight at the holiday property or somewhere else in Sweden or Finland prior to returning to Norway. Nor do the exceptions apply if the person has visited stores or malls etc. in Sweden or Finland or has been in close contact with anyone who is not part of their own household.
Persons who cross the border in order to be with children as part of access and contact arrangements between parents and children or children living in two homes are exempt from quarantine.
The entity's management can make exceptions from the quarantine rules for persons who are essential to maintain the proper operation of critical public functions related to matters of life and health.
Functions related to matters of life and health refers to:
- duty shifts performed in the health and care services
- safety work (police, fire and rescue preparedness)
- the senior management of critical public functions
Exceptions do not apply during leisure time, only while at work or during the time you are travelling between home and your place of work by other means than public transport. Avoid close contact with other persons as far as possible.
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:
- Those that are returning and have a residence permit in Norway.
Seasonal workers from within the EEA who will be working in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and the food industry. Seasonal workers must provide documentation that they will be working in Norway.
People who 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.