Coronavirus and travelling to Norway


Updated 23 March 2021

Norway’s strict entry rules are extended

Due to the outbreak of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, the Norwegian government has decided to close the borders to prevent spreading this virus. Anyone that returns to the country from an unnecessary leisure travel abroad must stay at a quarantine hotel when they return to Norway, starting from 00.00 on 29 March.

Only Norwegian nationals and foreign nationals that reside in Norway are allowed to enter the country. 

There are a few exemptions, for instance for journalists, seafarers, and foreign nationals who perform commercial transport of goods and passengers.

For more information about travelling to Norway and exemptions to the entry rules, see the government’s website[1].

It is important to note that these entry rules are in addition to the already existing border control system.

Mandatory COVID-19 tests

Anyone arriving from “red” countries must present a negative SARS-CoV-2 test certificate when they arrive in Norway. The test must be taken within 24 hours of departure. You can be denied entry if you cannot provide this documentation.

All persons who travel to Norway from a country with a high level of transmission (“red countries”) must take a mandatory COVID-19 test at the Norwegian border, including Norwegian citizens.

Note that border crossings that do not have the capacity to test incoming travellers will be closed.

Due to the coronavirus mutation, travellers from certain countries are also required to undergo a PCR test at the Norwegian border.

For detailed information about the updated rules for testing, see the government’s press release from 23 January[2].

Note that some of the rules outlined above do not apply to people in transit or people who frequently cross the border into Norway from Sweden and Finland to work.

Registration of arrival to Norway

To help with disease detection and tracking, you will also have to register your entry to Norway[3] on the Government’s website before you arrive. If you do not wish to register online, you can submit a paper-based form to the police at the border control.

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