All foreigners who have the right to enter Norway under the general rules in the Immigration Act may enter Norway. The conditions regarding the right to enter Norway in the Immigration Act must be met. For example, a visa will be required for people who come from a country with a visa requirement. The requirements in the Immigration Act regarding the instances in which a residence permit is needed will also apply.
- In general, all people need to complete entry registration. An exemption will be made for children under the age of 16 and selected groups. If you have any questions or need help with registration, please call +47 33 41 28 70. This helpline is operated by the Norwegian Government. You can also email email@example.com.
- A visa if you come from a country with a visa requirement.
- A requirement of documentation of a negative test result taken prior to arrival for people over the age of 18 who cannot produce documentation showing that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months. People can document their fully vaccinated status or recovery from COVID-19 using a COVID-19 certificate or other certificate. Certificates documenting a negative test result, being fully vaccinated, or recovery from COVID-19 must be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French, or German.
Who needs to complete travel quarantine?
- Nobody – travel quarantine has been removed.
What is the definition of being fully vaccinated?
People who are ‘fully vaccinated’ are:
- People who have received their second vaccine dose. A person gains the status of being fully vaccinated 1 week after their second vaccine dose.
- People who have recovered from COVID-19 and have received 1 vaccine dose at least 3 weeks later. A person gains the status of being fully vaccinated 1 week after their vaccine dose.
- People who have received a single-dose vaccine, effective 3 weeks after vaccination.
- People who have received their first vaccine dose and then received a positive test result for COVID-19 at least 3 weeks later. They gain the status of being fully vaccinated once they leave isolation.
- People who have had the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 confirmed using an approved laboratory method (antibody serology testing at a microbiological laboratory), and who have then received 1 vaccine dose at the earliest on the same date as the test date. A person gains the status of being fully vaccinated 1 week after their vaccine dose.
The advice may change if the level of protection declines over time.
Where can you find your COVID-19 certificate?
People who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 and who can document this using a COVID-19 certificate or other certificate
Rules for people who are fully vaccinated or people who have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months, and who can document this using a COVID-19 certificate or other certificate:
Fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19, without a certificate or COVID-19 certificate, over the age of 18
This applies to people over the age of 18 who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months, but CANNOT document this with a COVID-19 certificate or other certificate:
- Requirement of entry registration.
- You are required to take a test for SARS-CoV-2 before departure for Norway. You must present a certificate showing a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2. The approved test method is PCR or rapid antigen test. It must have been taken less than 24 hours before arrival in Norway.
Not fully vaccinated, not recovered from COVID-19, aged 16–18
This applies to people aged 16–18 who are NOT fully vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months:
Under the age of 16
This applies to people under the age of 16:
- Entry registration is NOT required.
- You do NOT need to get tested before departure.
These rules apply regardless of whether you are a Norwegian or foreign citizen arriving in Norway.
- There is a requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result prior to departure for Svalbard from the mainland. This does not apply to people who can document that they are permanent residents of Svalbard or who can produce a COVID-19 certificate showing that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.
- All people who arrive in Svalbard must still get tested for SARS-CoV-2 within 24 hours of arrival.
More information about the requirement of entry registration
In general, all people over the age of 16 must complete entry registration before arrival in Norway.
However, you do not need to complete entry registration if you have been granted a blocked address. There are also exemptions for other groups like diplomats, critical police and military personnel, asylum seekers, etc.
Commuters and other people who regularly cross the border will be able to register several trips each time they complete entry registration. This means that they only need to complete the form once a week.
More information about the requirement to present a negative test result taken prior to arrival in Norway
In general, if you are over the age of 18 and cannot produce a COVID-19 certificate or other certificate as documentation that you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 during the past 6 months, you must get tested before arrival in Norway. Certificates documenting a person's fully vaccinated status or recovery from COVID-19 must be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French, or German.
If you do not have a COVID-19 certificate or other certificate that shows that you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19, you must be able to present a certificate upon arrival that shows a negative test result for COVID-19.
- The approved test method is PCR or rapid antigen test.
- It must have been taken less than 24 hours before arrival in Norway.
- For people arriving by plane, the test may have been taken during the last 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the first part of their flight.
- The flight may be a direct flight to Norway or a flight to Norway with layovers at other airports.
- The certificate must be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French, or German.
A breach of this requirement is a finable offence. Foreign citizens who do not have a certificate showing a negative test result can be refused entry, see section 4 c of the Regulations relating to Entry Restrictions for Foreign Nationals out of Concern for Public Health, with exemptions pursuant to this provision.
Nonetheless, some people are exempt from the requirement of taking a test before arrival. The exemption includes people:
- whose presence is strictly necessary in order to maintain sound operation of critical societal functions or safeguard the basic needs of the population;
- who are in transit;
- who commute between Norway and Sweden or Finland;
- who arrive in Norway from Sweden or Finland to work or go to school;
- whose occupation is the transportation of goods and passengers;
- maritime and aeronautical personnel;
- diplomats, people in the foreign service, defence personnel, etc.;
- who have performed strictly necessary maintenance, etc. on a property in Sweden or Finland.
More information about the requirement to get tested upon arrival in Norway
- The requirement to get tested at the border has been removed.
Questions and answers about entry restrictions
If a person has tested positive for COVID-19 abroad, when can they fly home?
You must wait until you have recovered or have completed the statutory Norwegian isolation period. If you receive a positive test result for COVID-19, you must isolate for at least 4 days, which means that you cannot travel or spend time outside your home. You also need to follow the rules in the country you are visiting. Airlines may have different rules regarding boarding of passengers. For example, they may require a negative test result.
Can all foreigners enter Norway now?
All foreigners who have the right to enter Norway under the Immigration Act may enter the country from 26 November 2021.
What sanctions do you risk if you do not comply with the restrictions?
Foreigners who do not comply with the rules regarding entry registration and testing in connection with entry into the country may be refused entry. People who are unable to document compliance with these rules may also be refused entry. All travellers, including Norwegians, can be reported to the police and in some cases fined for a violation of the obligations associated with entry into the country.
Will all people be checked upon arrival?
The police will conduct routine border control of all travellers arriving from outside the Schengen area. During the pandemic, this control has been expanded to include checks and guidance on the current requirements regarding registration and testing. For travellers arriving from the Schengen area, the police will continue its current knowledge-based border control of the interior border.
Questions and answers regarding the COVID-19 certificate when arriving in Norway
What are the implications of the Norwegian COVID-19 certificate connecting to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) gateway?
Norway is connected to the EUDCC gateway. The COVID-19 certificate can be used in the EU/EEA/Schengen area and in other countries that connect to the EU's gateway. Anybody who chooses to travel must familiarise themself with the quarantine and infection control rules for the country they are travelling to. This will vary from country to country. The entry rules for different countries can be found at https://reopen.europa.eu/en. You can also find information about the infection rate in these countries. The information is constantly updated, and is available in 24 languages.
EU/EEA/Schengen area citizens who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months, and who can document this using a verifiable COVID-19 certificate that is connected to the EUDCC gateway, must complete entry registration prior to arrival in Norway. The same applies to citizens with a verifiable COVID-19 certificate with a QR code issued in England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland.
More and more countries outside the EU/EEA have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate system, and their COVID-19 certificates are accepted by the European Commission. Norway accepts such certificates.
Do the same rules apply to Norwegians and foreigners?
Yes. The same rules apply to people who have a COVID-19 certificate that can be verified for the purpose of checks.
For more information:
Information helpline for entry, testing and quarantine:
- From Norway: 815 55 015
- From abroad: +47 21 89 80 42
The COVID-19 Regulations contain rules regarding entry registration and testing before arrival in Norway.
Amendment on 2 February 2022: new rules added.
Amendment on 25 January 2022: updated with new transmission quarantine rules.
Amendment on 20 January 2022: added question about when a person can fly home after testing positive for COVID-19 abroad.