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In order to limit the risk of infections imported from abroad, the government further tightened non-Norwegian citizens’ entitlement to enter Norway.

Only those non-Norwegian citizens who are residents of Norway are permitted to enter the country. This also applies to citizens of the EEA.

Mandatory testing, entry registration, quarantine, and quarantine hotels continue to apply to the few who can enter Norway (who are exempt from entry restrictions). Familiarize yourself with what applies by reading down on this page. Then you can go to entry registration.

More languages further down on this page.

The following groups are no longer permitted to enter the country:

  • Foreign citizens resident in the EEA and EEA citizens resident in third countries (unless they are covered by an exemption as these also apply to third country citizens).
  • Relatives who are not immediate family members of both EEA citizens and others. This means that grandparents, grown-up children, the parents of grown-up children and boyfriends/girlfriends are no longer permitted to visit.
  • Foreign citizens from countries outside the EEA who have been granted residence permits by virtue of their employment or studies (including seasonal workers and students).
  • Foreign citizens who are working on the production of films and television series, or as researchers, and who exempt from the requirements to hold a residence permit.

There are still exemptions in place for some groups. The following groups are among those still permitted to enter the country:

  • Non-Norwegian citizens resident in Norway.
  • Non-Norwegian citizens where there are specific grounds to allow such persons to enter the country, such as when exercising specific caring responsibilities for persons in Norway or for other significant welfare reasons.
  • Non-Norwegian citizens who are exercising visitation rights with their children.
  • Immediate family members of persons residing in Norway. These include spouses/registered partners/cohabitants, children or step-children who are minors, and the parents or step-parents of children or step-children who are minors.
  • Journalists and other personnel on assignment for foreign media organisations.
  • Non-Norwegian citizens who are connecting from one flight to another at a Norwegian airport (both those in international transit and those within Schengen).
  • Seafarers and aviation personnel.
  • Non-Norwegian citizens involved in the transportation of goods and passengers.
  • Non-Norwegian citizens working in essential society-critical roles.
  • Health personnel from Sweden and Finland who are employed in the Norwegian health and care services.
  • Children who cross the border to Norway daily to go to school
  • The government has establish a very limited application-based scheme for individuals that were crucial to ensuring ongoing operations in industry. This scheme incorporates foreign employees with technical skills who are wholly necessary for the installation, removal, inspection, repair or maintenance of machinery and technical equipment, or who may otherwise provide informed training relating to these. The employee must be an employee of or contractor to the company that submits the application. It is also a requirement of the scheme that the work in question is strictly necessary in order to ensure continued activities in the business.
    The scheme is administered by the Norwegian Maritime Authority
  • Day commuters from Sweden and Finland are able to come to work in Norway under a strict test and control regime.
    Day commuters must cross the border at an open border station within the station's opening hours

The following list should be consulted for an indication of which roles are considered to be society-critical:

  • Governance and crisis management
  • Defence
  • Law and order
  • Health and social care, including work related to pharmacies and cleaning
  • Emergency services
  • Digital security in the civilian sector
  • Nature and environment
  • Security of supply
  • Water and sewage
  • Financial services
  • Power supply
  • Electronic communications
  • Transport
  • Satellite-based services

Further details

For the sake of clarity, it should be emphasised that all Norwegian citizens are still permitted to enter Norway.

These changes are the result of the current level of infections and outbreaks involving coronavirus mutations, and they are intended to serve as a temporary measure in order to bring the situation back under control. 

Measures including mandatory testing, entry registration, quarantine and quarantine hotels continue to apply to those persons who are exempt from the restrictions on entering Norway. 

Entry registration

In order to improve infection control, all persons arriving in Norway from red countries must register prior to crossing the border. This also applies to Norwegian citizens. 
Travellers must register prior to their arrival in Norway and may only register their journey within 72 hours of their time of arrival. Additional information is provided further down this page. 

You must register digitally. Once you have completed the registration, you will receive a receipt which you must present to the police at the border control. 

Zarejestruj telefonicznie +47 33 41 28 70
Inregistrat de telefon +47 33 41 28 70
регистрируйтесь по телефону +47 33 41 28 70
Registruokitės telefonu +47 33 41 28 70

Quarantine

All persons travelling to Norway are required to quarantine for ten days. At the earliest, it is possible to end quarantine on day seven if a person tests negative for Covid-19 twice after arrival in Norway.

Quarantine hotels

The main rule is that all persons travelling to Norway have a duty to undergo a quarantine period at a quarantine hotel. Persons arriving in Norway to carry out work or contract assignments and who are able to prove that their employer has placed pre-approved accommodation at their disposal are not required to stay in a quarantine hotel. More information below.

Quarantine location for employees must be pre-approved

Employers who make accommodation available to foreign employees must have this location pre-approved by the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority.

Upon entry into Norway, it is necessary to quarantine if you arrive from a country with high levels of infection. As a general rule, quarantine must be undertaken in a quarantine hotel. Persons arriving in Norway to carry out work or contract assignments and who are able to prove that their employer has placed pre-approved accommodation at their disposal are not required to stay in a quarantine hotel.

When applying to the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority for approval of accommodation, the employer must document that it is possible to reside in that location without coming into contact with other people. Employees must have their own bathroom and their own kitchen or dining facilities, as well as access to a private room offering television and internet facilities.

Duty to be tested

Mandatory testing has been introduced at the border. If you have been in a country or area within the last 14 days that necessitates quarantine, you must take a Covid-19 test upon your arrival in Norway. This also applies to Norwegian citizens. 

All persons who have been in the UK, South Africa, Ireland, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Brazil must undergo a PCR test at the Norwegian border (rapid Covid-19 tests may not be used).

Persons who refuse to be tested without reasonable grounds may leave the country voluntarily or may be fined.

Non-Norwegians travellers must also present a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2. This test must have been taken within the 24 hours prior to their arrival in Norway. Persons arriving Norway by air may have taken the test within the 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure of the first segment of their journey by air. The journey by air may be a direct flight to Norway or a connecting itinerary to Norway including connections at other airports.

Overview of open border crossings

Information hotline for entry, testing and quarantine:

Some groups are exempt from these rules, such as socially critical personnel and children under 12 years of age.