Travel advice

This travel advice is intended to reduce the risk of Norwegians being infected abroad and of infected persons coming to Norway.

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Norway's Institute of Public Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs provide travel advice related to the coronavirus. Their recommendations can change quickly.

Anyone who came travelling from abroad should be in quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in Norway. This is regardless of whether you have symptoms or not. From 17.03.20 this also applies to Sweden and Finland but without retroactive effect.

People developing symptoms of cold or flu, such as coughing, fever or shortness of breath, must be kept isolated from symptoms started until 7 days after symptoms have ceased. isolation means you should stay in your own home or another suitable place.

Authorities have given an exception to the quarantine rules. People who are deemed essential for maintaining critical functions in society and ensure the public's basic fundamental needs are met, including people who transport goods and passengers, may be exempted. Such exemptions are subject to consideration by the management of the company concerned. People included in such exemptions must as far as practically possible avoid close contact with other people.

Why are flying and shipping restrictions being introduced?

The Norwegian Directorate of Health is not presently welcoming arrivals from areas where the risk of infection is high – meaning from countries about which the Institute of Public Health has issued travel advice. Exceptions are made for persons returning to Norway or who have residence in Norway. Measures are being implemented to prevent undesired entry. Travellers are being either returned or placed in quarantine. To operationalise this, the Directorate of Health will contact the affected countries and municipalities with airports and ferry ports. This applies to aircraft, cruise ships and other boat traffic.

I have been out of the country. Must I remain at home?

People arriving in Norway from countries other than Sweden or Finland must be quarantined for 14 days, whether or not they are experiencing any symptoms.

People arriving in Norway from Sweden or Finland, and who have been in other countries during the previous 14 days, must also be quarantined for 14 days after arrival in Norway, whether or not they are experiencing any symptoms.

This means:

  • Do not go to work.
  • Avoid travel.
  • Do not use public transport.
  • Avoid places where close contract with others is likely.
  • Avoid being in close proximity to others.

If tourists come to Norway, they will be asked to return their home country.

How are tourists to comply with the recommendation to stay at home for 14 days after arriving in Norway?

All who are in Norway must familiarise themselves with the situation here.

What if I land at a Norwegian airport and plan to fly onwards within the country?

People free of illness and symptoms may fly to their final destination in order to be quarantined in their own home.

Persons with symptoms may be transported to their place of residence – by private car, for example – on the instructions of the municipal health officer. An emergency solution would be to hold the person in quarantine in the municipality where the airport is located.

This policy has retroactive effect and is applicable from Thursday 27 February.

​Can I use public transportation?

  • Public transport will continue, to allow people with critical society functions can get to and from work
  • It is important to keep a distance to your fellow passengers
  • Wash your hands after travelling
  • Avoid public transport if you can

If I stay at home, will I receive sick benefits?

You are entitled to sick leave if in a doctor's opinion you must remain at home because you might be infected by the coronavirus. The same is true if the doctor is unsure whether you are carrying the virus.

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

What about Norwegians planning to return home from abroad. Should they remain in the other country?

Norwegians abroad must heed the recommendations of the local authorities. Questions regarding entitlement to financial reimbursement must be addressed to an individual's own insurance company.

What about people in Norway who have been abroad, and who have been at work or school since returning home? Are they subject to quarantine?

Yes, the retroactive period is 14 days, meaning people must be quarantined if the date of arrival was within that period.

Are health professionals permitted to travel?

Decision taken under section 4-1, first paragraph, of the Health Preparedness Act on prohibiting international travel by health personnel who work in patient care: Health personnel who work in patient care are prohibited from travelling abroad. The prohibition applies to both official travel and private travel.

Why are health professionals prohibited from travelling?

This is done to maintain the necessary level of health and care services in the present situation.

How long will the prohibition last?

The decision applies to the period from 12 March to the end of April 2020.