Travel advice

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel abroad that is not strictly necessary. There are exceptions for areas in Schengen/EEA with a low level of infection. You can travel freely in Norway.

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Will be updated with latest information of 7 August.

This article is updated regularly with the latest travel advice.

Travel advice will reduce the risk of persons residing in Norway are infected abroad and that infected people coming to Norway.

Prior to travelling it is important that you familiarize yourself with the current infection situation, both for the area where you live and for the area that you want to travel to. Pay attention to the advice for infection control. Keep in mind that the infection situation and the advice for infection control may change rapidly.

International leisure travel

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains the current travel advice and advises against international travel that is not strictly necessary until August 20th. This applies to all countries except areas in Schengen/EEA countries with an acceptably low level of infection. When travelling to these areas you will not be required to enter travel quarantine upon your return to Norway. See a map of the areas that are exempt from quarantine duty (fhi.no)

The travel advice is intended to reduce the risk of Norwegian citizens being infected abroad and of infected persons coming to Norway.

Anyone returning from an international travel outside areas in Schengen/EEA countries with an acceptably low level of infection, must stay in quarantine for 10 days after the date of their return to Norway. This is referred to as travel quarantine.

Persons travelling from Norway to other countries must familiarize themselves with the rules that apply at any given time in the country they are travelling to and relate to these.

Should the level of infection change while you are abroad with country specific travel restrictions re-introduced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and quarantine duty imposed upon return from the area that you are travelling to, the advice is to return home. You will then be required to stay in travel quarantine for 10 days after the date of your return to Norway.

Documentation requirements for persons with a quarantine obligation

Persons who are not residents in Norway and are subject to a quarantine obligation must, upon arrival in Norway, submit documentation of continuous residence at one registered address in Norway for the first 10 days in the country. For stays shorter than 10 days, the documentation requirement applies for the period the person is to stay in the country. The documentation requirement does not apply to persons residing in Norway.

Travel through areas with higher level of infection

You can drive your own vehicle or a tour bus through an area in the EU/EEA/Schengen with a higher level of infection/"red areas" on your way to or from Norway without having to enter travel quarantine upon your return to Norway. Conditions are that you do not stay overnight in this area, that you keep a distance to others if you must stop and that you take the shortest route.

If you have a flight transit in an area with a higher level of infection or in an area outside EU/EEA/Schengen countries, you must enter a travel quarantine upon your return to Norway.

Requirements for testing of health personnel arriving from Schengen/EEA

Employees, including new employees and substitutes, with work close to the patient who during the last 10 days have been traveling in countries outside the Nordic region that are not covered by the quarantine obligation ("green countries"), should inform the employer before re-entering / joining work . These employees should be tested for SARS-CoV-2, and not have work close to the patient until a negative test is available.

Links to advice

Advice before travelling to countries despite recommendations

Should you need to travel to certain areas despite the recommendations, several things should be considered.

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.

Preventive advice during 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.

Travel quarantine

Anyone returning from areas with a high level of infection, so-called "red countries", in the Schengen/EEA region or countries outside the Schengen/EEA region must stay in quarantine for 10 days after the date of their arrival in Norway. This is referred to as travel quarantine. See NIPH for an overview of the relevant countries.

If you are in travel quarantine, you should:

  • Stay at home or in another suitable place of residence.

    In order for a residence to be suitable for carrying out the quarantine, it must be possible to avoid contact with others that you do not live with. This means that accommodations where you have to interact with other guests are not suitable for quarantine. Stays in a caravan, tent or cabin on campsites are not accepted as an address for the implementation of the quarantine period if you have to share a toilet, kitchen or other rooms/facilities with people other than your close contacts/travel companions. The same applies to stays at addresses where you have to share rooms/facilities with others than those you usually live with, for example dormitories and other homes with shared bathrooms or kitchens.
  • You can only go outside your home or place of residence if you can avoid close contact with anyone other than those you normally live with. 

    Close contact refers to being two metres or closer to others for 15 minutes or more, being in direct physical contact or in direct contact with secretes such as saliva, sweat, snot, mucus and tears from other persons. You should not go to work while in travel quarantine, but you can work from home.

If you are in quarantine and develop symptoms of a cold such as cough, fever or breathing difficulties, you should stay at home and not go out until you have fully recovered (with no symptoms). You should also be tested. Contact your doctor or the healthcare services if you need medical attention. If you are tested for COVID-19 you should stay at home until the test result has come back negative and you are free of symptoms.

See also information on quarantine (travel or transmission quarantine) at helsenorge.no.

See also questions and answers on travel quarantine at regjeringen.no (in Norwegian).

Exceptions to the quarantine rules

From 15 July 2020, you will not receive the travel quarantine if you arrive in Norway from one of the countries that has a satisfactory infection situation, also called "green countries".

Crossing borders between countries in the Schengen/EEA area and Norway in connection with work

You are exempt from quarantine duty if you cross the border between areas in Schengen/EEA with a high level of infection and Norway when you travel between home and your workplace, or while at work. This applies to residents in Norway who work in or are on a business trip to an area in the Schengen/EEA area with a high level of infection. It also applies to those from a country in the Schengen/EEA area with a high level of infection who are in Norway for work.

  • The exception applies only during the time you are travelling between your home and place of work and while at work.
  • Avoid close contact with other persons as far as possible, both at work and when travelling to and from work.
  • If you have time off in Norway - either between work sessions or prior to leaving – you must stay in travel quarantine during this time off. 
  • You must be in travel quarantine when not working for 10 days from when you last crossed the border entering Norway.

You do not need to apply to be exempt. The exception is valid independent of for how long you are in Norway for work. In other words, the exception is valid both for daily commute, longer working periods and for individual assignments.

Neither do you need any special type of documentation, but you must be able to prove that the exception applies to you. For example, your employer may provide you with a written confirmation of your employment in Norway and that you live in another country within the Schengen/EEA area. This can be shown when you cross the border.

When you travel to another country in the Schengen/EEA area for work you must relate to the current rules that apply for the specific country.

Exemption from quarantine for persons who have undergone COVID-19 infection

Persons who have undergone COVID-19 infection are predominantly likely to be protected against a recurrence of the disease, but it is not yet known for how long this protection will last.

It has therefore been decided that persons who have clinically recovered from COVID-19 infection, are exempted from quarantine if they can document that they have undergone the infection within the last six months. The documentation shall include a positive COVID-19 diagnostic test from a medical laboratory. The presence of SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) should be confirmed by the presence of viral RNA detected by molecular testing (PCR). The positive test should be at least four weeks old. Diagnostic tests from all approved laboratories can be accepted as documentation regardless of which country the laboratory is situated in. 

Anyone showing symptoms of an acute respiratory infection shall – like everyone – stay at home for an additional 24 hours after being free of symptoms.

Mandatory testing of health personnel arriving from Sweden

Health personnel arriving from Sweden must undergo testing upon entry to Norway. This is a requirement of the COVID-19-regulation from July 1st, 2020. 

Two tests are required after entry into Norway, with a minimum of 48-hours in between. The person is under quarantine duty until the first test comes back negative. If the first test is negative, the person can work without being hindered by quarantine duty but must be in quarantine during leisure time. If the second test also comes back negative, the person is exempt from travel quarantine both during work and leisure time.

Exceptions apply for health personnel who commute every day, yet the requirements are that they do not simultaneously work within the Swedish health services. These persons are subjected to quarantine duty during any leisure time they might have while in Norway.

Testing of employees from the Schengen-/EEA-areas

Persons who enter Norway from Schengen-/EEA-areas in order to work can be exempt from quarantine duty provided that their employer ensures that two corona-tests are performed after entry into Norway. The first test must be negative prior to the person starting work. Two tests are required after entry into Norway, with a minimum of 48-hours in between. The second test should be performed on day five at the earliest.

If the first test comes back negative, the exception to the travel quarantine applies only during work and during travel to and from work. You should be in quarantine during leisure time. If the second test also comes back negative, you are exempt from travel quarantine both during work and leisure time. For more information, see the COVID-19-regulation.

This exception does not apply to employees who come from countries outside the EEA/Schengen area, they must be quarantined for 10 days.

In connection with maintenance that is strictly necessary

If you cross the border between areas of Sweden that are subjected to quarantine duty and Norway after having performed maintenance that is strictly necessary and supervision to avert major material damage to holiday properties in Sweden, you are exempt from quarantine upon your return to Norway. 

Exceptions do not apply if you stay overnight at the holiday property or somewhere else in Sweden prior to returning to Norway. Nor do the exceptions apply if you have visited stores or malls etc. or have been in close contact with anyone in Sweden who is not part of your own household.

Access and contact arrangements between children and parents

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 duty.

The exception applies to contact arrangements between one of the parents and the child when the parents are divorced or do not live together, or when the Child Welfare Services is responsible for the care of the child and the child travels to be with the parents. This does not open for the opportunity to visit family in another country and then avoid travel quarantine when returning to Norway.

Opportunity for the entity's management to grant exemptions

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.

Read more about the exceptions to quarantine duty upon arrival in Norway on the Government's webpages and Helsedirektoratet.no (in Norwegian).

See also questions and answers about travel quarantine from the Government (in Norwegian).

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.

Domestic leisure travel

You can travel freely in Norway if you can avoid spreading the infection. We all share the responsibility to follow the advice for infection control.

To travel in a way that will prevent you from spreading the infection means that you:

  • Do not travel if you are ill, nor to a holiday property
  • Maintain good hand and cough hygiene
  • Keep at least one metre distance to those you do not live with

The above-mentioned advice will help prevent and limit the transmission and spread of COVID-19.

The key measure for infection control is that you stay at home if you are ill. Good cough etiquette and social distancing is crucial in order to limit droplet transmission. Reduced contact between people, by keeping distance and avoiding larger crowds, reduces the risk of transmission – also prior to symptoms developing. Good hand hygiene, and in particular avoiding touching your face with hands that might carry infection, is important to avoid indirect contact transmission.

Plan your trip

Planning trips with a view to avoid transmission between places is advisable. Limit travels that involve close contact with many people, perhaps at several locations. Travels where you are mostly with your own family members or others who you would already have been in contact with at home pose less risk of transmission.

It is important to follow the general advice for leisure travel:

  • If you are ill with symptoms of respiratory infection or fever you should not travel for leisure. Stay at home if you are ill. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health recommends that all persons with symptoms of COVID-19 are tested, read more about testing.
  • Make sure you keep at least one metre distance to others as recommended by the health authorities. As far as possible, you should only spend time with those you usually are with and are travelling with.
  • Avoid crowded stores that are designed to accommodate fewer people.
  • Avoid public transport if you can (see recommendations for public transport in general.)
  • You should not travel or go to a holiday property if you are in quarantine. Exceptions apply if you show no symptoms and overnight stay at the holiday property is the only way to avoid close contact with a member of your household who is ill with COVID-19.
  • Should you turn ill while travelling or while at a holiday property you should go home, if your state of health permits you to do so. Avoid using public transport if you can.
  • Companies providing public transport should prepare their own routines for longer journeys on how to handle a passenger who falls ill during the journey. If a passenger is suspected to have COVID-19, the passenger should be separated from the other passengers by a minimum of one metre and preferably two metres. Persons who are ill should cover their mouth and nose by using a paper tissue or by wearing a non-medical face mask to reduce the risk of transmitting the disease onto others. When the use of a toilet is required, this should then not be used by others without first being cleaned.

Advice on sound infection control for businesses that offer accommodation, dining, activities and equipment rental etc have been prepared.

Requirements for health care

You are entitled to the necessary health care in the municipality where you live, or where you currently reside. If you are on holiday/tourist in a municipality and become sick, call the emergency room on 116 117 to get health care or an appointment for COVID-19 testing.

Svalbard

Tourists from mainland Norway may travel to Svalbard without entry quarantine. Foreign nationals residing in Svalbard can travel to mainland Norway on the same terms as prior to the corona-crisis. For more information, see the governor of Svalbard.

Travel advice for persons in risk groups and their relatives

Advice for persons in risk groups is collated in in a separate article on risk groups. An explanation of who has a slight increase of risk and who has a higher risk is also given in that article.

When the level of infection in society is low and you have only a slightly increased risk, you can basically travel like others do while taking extra care to follow the general advice on infection control. As an example, this may imply that grandparents can spend their vacation with their family.

For persons with a definite elevated risk but only a low level of infection in society such as at present, you need to make an individual assessment on whether you should travel or not, and with whom you can travel.

Conditions to be considered:

  • Travel duration
  • Proximity to those you travel with and with whom you are not normally in close contact, the number of persons you travel with and whether it will be possible also during the journey to have separate bedrooms and toilets
  • Whether it will be easy to return home if someone should turn ill
  • Access to health services during the journey

Persons in risk groups will in many situations be able to plan for trips with children, grandchildren or others they are close to but do not usually spend time with, in a way where the risk of transmission can be reduced. If the level of infection in society increases, those with only a slightly increased risk should also consider whether or not to travel, while those at a higher risk of a more severe disease progression are discouraged from travelling under such circumstances. For more on this, refer to the article on risk groups.

Recommendations for public transport

When travelling by public transport, people often gather in crowds and it can be difficult to keep sufficient distance to others. This may contribute to further transmission. It is therefore recommended to limit the use of public transport.
Transmission can occur prior to (waiting area, bus-stop, boarding), during or after (disembarking, baggage claim) travelling by public transport.

Public transport

Recommendations for public transport journeys:

  • Do not travel if you are ill.
  • Try to keep adequate distance to other passengers and avoid contact face to face. It is recommended to keep a one-meter distance to other passengers throughout the trip. Distance is most important when traveling for a longer period of time. If crowded, consider postponing your trip.
  • Passengers should stand/sit with sufficient distance to each other. You can sit next to the people closest you in life.
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing in the direction of your fellow passengers. If you need to cough or sneeze you should use a paper tissue that you then dispose of, or the crook of your elbow.
  • Keep a good hand hygiene prior to, during and after travelling.
  • Avoid unnecessary touching of surfaces.
  • Be considerate of your fellow passengers and other who travel, in particular elderly people.
  • When you take a taxi, you should sit in the back seat if possible.

Persons who are in quarantine or home isolation should not travel by public transport.

Read the full Infection control guidelines for public transport (bus, train, tram, etc) (in Norwegian).

Flights

A separate guideline for infection control in aviation connected to the COVID-19 outbreak (in Norwegian) has been prepared.

The use of face masks during flight are not included in the advice given by the authorities. This is up to the airlines to decide themselves.

Persons with an acute respiratory tract infection should stay at home, even if the symptoms are only mild. Persons who are in quarantine or home isolation should not be at the airport or travel by air. This applies both to passengers and employees.

​Swimming, beach life and outdoor activities

Water parks and swimming pools were able to open to the general audience from June 15th, provided that sound measures for infection control are followed.

There is no risk of COVID-19 transmission via the water during swimming in fresh- or sea water. Yet it is important to keep the general advice on hygiene and social distancing in mind. Try to find beaches or swimming areas without too many others.

For outdoors activities such as camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding etc, the general advice for infection control applies.

Camping, farm holidays and other types of adventure holidays can be carried out as long as you follow the general measures for infection control.

​Will I receive sickness benefits if I must stay at home?

You are entitled to sick leave if a doctor recommends you stay at home because you are infected, presumed to be infected or in quarantine. Self-notification must always be considered before sick leave.

The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) can approve sick leave without personal examination in the case of an infectious disease of significance to public health. More information is available on NAV's webpages (in Norwegian).