Travel to Norway
A collection of miscellaneous facts about Norway is available in the publication Minifacts about Norway, issued each year by Statistics Norway.
Norway is a popular tourist destination with amazing experiences such as the northern lights or the midnight sun north of the Arctic Circle, the world-famous Norwegian fjords, spectacular mountains and glaciers. In addition Norway offers shopping, exciting food, music, art and culture.
The official tourist website for Norway is VisitNorway.com. There you can find information regarding places to see, things to do, accommodation, transport, maps, travel tips and much more. Many places in Norway also have their own version of the website, e.g. VisitOslo.com, VisitBergen.com, VisitSvalbard.com etc.
Norwegian Customs has two main tasks; to protect the Norwegian society and to secure revenues for the state. This is done by stopping illegal import and export of goods and by collecting customs and excise duties.
Comprehensive information regarding Norwegian customs regulations is available on the Norwegian Customs' website. Here you can find information about the quotas for bringing goods, food, alcohol, tobacco and currency when travelling to Norway.
The website also provides information regarding reimbursement of VAT for tourists and the special regulations that apply if you are travelling to Norway to take up residency.
If you cannot find that the information you are looking for on the website, please contact Norwegian Customs directly. Their contact details are available on their website.
When travelling to Norway, you may bring medicines for personal use. There are limits to the amounts you can bring with you. Information on how much you can bring with you and documentation requirements when travelling is available at Importing medicines for personal use or you can contact the Norwegian Medicines Agency directly.
If you are travelling with pets to or from Norway, you should contact the Norwegian Food Safety Authority prior to the trip in order to establish which rules apply.
As a tourist from a country outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland, you are not entitled to reimbursement by the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme for medical treatment you receive. Nor are you entitled to subsidisation of your return journey to your home country. You may however have certain entitlements from your own country. You should investigate this before you travel. In all events, we recommend that you take out travel insurance.
If you are a resident of Australia on holiday in Norway, you are entitled to urgent necessary medical treatment in accordance with the special agreement between Norway and Australia.
You can also be reimbursed for necessary expenses on giving birth and for oxygen therapy and dialysis. Note that the agreement does not apply to students or diplomats.
People coming to Norway from countries outside the EEA can use their foreign drivers licence for up to three months after residence in Norway has been registered with the Norwegian authorities. After three months, the foreign licence must be exchanged for a Norwegian licence. It is not possible to apply for an extension of driving entitlements after the three months have expired.
These rules apply both to short term visitors and to people who take up residence in Norway.
For more information, please see the Norwegian Public Roads Administration’s website.
The Norwegian requirements for transportation of urns are as follows:
The ashes must be transported in a tightly closed urn. A certified copy of the official death certificate and an attestation that the ashes derive from the person referred to in the death certificate must accompany the cinerary urn.
The embassy would also advise relatives to check with the airline and the customs agencies they will encounter, as we understand container and documentation requirements may vary.
For information and approval for scattering the ashes in Norway, please contact the County Governor ("Fylkesmannen").