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Information about travel restrictions to Norway

Entry restrictions for foreign nationals:

The following groups of people have no longer the possibility to enter Norway:

  • foreign nationals residing in the EEA and EEA nationals residing in third countries (unless covered by exemptions that also apply to third-country nationals);
  • family members apart from nuclear families in which the children are minors, for both EEA nationals and others, meaning that grandparents, adult children, parents of adult children and romantic partners may no longer visit;
  • foreign nationals from countries outside the EEA who are granted a residence permit in connection with work or study, including as a seasonal worker or student;
  • a foreign national who is to work with film or series production or as a researcher who is exempt from the requirement of a residence permit.

Exemptions are still provided for some groups. Groups with permission to enter include:

  • foreign nationals who reside in Norway;

    You can document that you are a resident of Norway by showing a residence certificate that you can order from the National Population Register (external website) If you cannot document population registration as a resident, you must document that you own or rent a place of residence in Norway. If you rent a place of residence, you must submit a rental contract which shows that you had a place of residence when you left Norway, and that you have a place of residence when you now want to enter again.Leisure property is not considered permanent residence.

    As a clear rule, a lease that was ongoing at the time of departure is required. If you do not have it, you must submit additional documentation that makes it probable that you are resident in Norway. It can be an employment contract or confirmation of study or school place. If you are not registered as a resident in the population register, you must also make it probable that you will return to Norway after a trip abroad or temporary stay abroad. One can, for example, present a plane ticket for the departure. More info can be found here.
  • foreign nationals for whom special reasons indicate they should be granted the right to enter, such as specific care responsibilities for persons in Norway or other compelling welfare considerations;
  • foreign nationals who are to carry out agreed or formalised parent-child contact;
  • close family members of persons residing in Norway, i.e. spouses/registered partners/cohabitants, minor children or stepchildren, parents or stepparents of minor children or stepchildren;
  • journalists and other personnel on assignment for a foreign media institution;
  • foreign nationals who plan an airport stopover in Norway (both in international airport transit and within Schengen);
  • seafarers and aviation personnel;
  • foreign nationals who perform commercial transport of goods and passengers;
  • foreign nationals who work in critical public functions;
  • health personnel from Sweden and Finland who work in the Norwegian health and care services.

You will find updated news from the Government on the Topic Page The coronavirus situation and at Helsenorge.no

Mandatory test prior to entry

Starting from 1 April, all nationals travelling to Norway are required to present a negative Covid-19 test. The test must be taken no later than 24 hours prior to arrival. All foreign nationals arriving by plane can take the test within 24 hours prior to the scheduled flight departure time. 

The certificate must be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French or German. Approved test methods are PCR and antigen rapid test.

Upon arrival, travelers must take a antigen rapid test at the airport or border and wait at the test station until the result is known. 

For more information and exceptioms to the rule can be found here

Travel registration 

All travellers must complete a registration form prior to crossing the border. This also applies to Norwegian citizens. You can do this digitally here or in paper form here. You cannot register your journey digitally any earlier than 72 hours prior to the time of arrival. If you have questions or require assistance in connection with the registration, please call +47 33 41 28 70. This service is operated by the Government. 

Mandatory testing at the Norwegian borders

The Norwegian government has introduced mandatory testing at border crossings for persons who have been to an area that necessitates quarantine upon arrival in Norway. Tests are free of charge. 

Quarantine/Quarantine Hotel

Norwegian authorities require all travelers, including Norwegian nationals and permanent residents, returning from red countries to quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel. 

Arrivals from countries/areas in the EEA/Schengen from red countries with high infection pressure must be in quarantine hotels, but can test themselves out of quarantine hotels at the earliest on day 3 or day 7, depending on infection pressure in the country / area you have been to. See map from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health here

This applies regardless of whether the trip has been necessary or not. This also applies to travelers who have been in a country outside EU/EEA/Schengen the last 10 days before arriving in Norway. See the latest information from the Norwegian Government about quarantine hotels here.

Travelers who are vaccinated in Norway or who have undergone Covid-19 during the past 6 months are excempt from the travell quarantine rules. This has to be documentated through login at Helsenorge.no. Paper prints and screenshots are not sufficient. Children are also exempt to the rule when traveling with people who have been vaccinated or have undergone Covid-19 the last 6 months. See more information here

Updated information about current travel restrictions, we ask you to visit the following web portals: 

We kindly ask you to look up information on these pages before contacting the Embassy and Consulates with your questions.

Residents in Norway planning to visit Croatia are advised to visit our travel information page (in Norwegian language only).