Entry into Norway

Article | Last updated: 22.12.2021 (This article has been translated from Norwegian to English with the aid of Google Translate - when an official translation is published this page will be updated)

Everyone who travels to Norway must register before arriving in Norway, this also applies to Norwegian citizens. Everyone who comes to Norway must be tested after arrival, regardless of vaccination status. Here you will find more information about entry registration, entry quarantine, testing and corona certificate upon entry.

Everyone who travels to Norway must register before arriving in Norway, this also applies to Norwegian citizens.
Everyone who comes to Norway must in principle test themselves after arrival, regardless of vaccination status.

From 26 November 2021, all foreigners who have the right to enter in accordance with the general rules of the Immigration Act can enter Norway. It is a prerequisite that the Immigration Act's conditions for entry are met. For example, there are visa requirements for those who come from countries with a visa requirement. Furthermore, the Immigration Act's requirements apply in which cases a residence permit is required. 

Documents required:

 

NOTE: THE SPECIAL ENTRY MEASURES AGAINST TRAVELERS FROM SOUTHERN AFRICA WILL BE DISCONTINUED AT MIDNIGHT, 22 DECEMBER. 

 

 

What is the definition of fully vaccinated? 

Those who are considered "fully vaccinated" are:

  • Those who have received a second dose of vaccine. Status as fully vaccinated applies from 1 week after the second vaccine dose. 
  • Those who have undergone illness and at least 3 weeks later have received a dose of vaccine. Status as fully vaccinated applies from 1 week after the vaccine dose.
  • Those who have been vaccinated with a single-dose vaccine, with effect from 3 weeks after vaccination
  • Those who received the first dose of vaccine and then, at least 3 weeks later, were diagnosed with covid-19 infection. Status as fully vaccinated applies from the time you are out of isolation. 
  • Those who by approved laboratory method have been detected antibodies to SARS-Cov-2 (with antibody serology at the microbiological laboratory), and then have received a dose of vaccine no earlier than the same day as the test date. Status as fully vaccinated applies from 1 week after the vaccine dose.

If the protection should decrease over time, the advice may change.

Fully vaccinated or have undergone covid-19, has a verifiable corona certificate

This applies to you who have been fully vaccinated or have undergone covid-19 during the last 6 months and can document this with a verifiable corona certificate :

  • Requirement for entry registration.
  • Requirements for testing after arrival. You will be tested for SARS-CoV-2 at the border crossing point in Norway. In cases where there is no test station at the border, the test station is not open or the authorities have instructed that testing should not be carried out at the border crossing point, you have a duty to test yourself at another test station or to take a self-test within 24 hours of arrival. In the case of a positive antigen rapid test or self-test, you must take a PCR test as soon as possible and no later than within 24 hours. Persons over the age of 12 must use face masks in cases where it is not possible to avoid close contact with other persons until there is a negative test result.

Fully vaccinated or have undergone covid-19, without verifiable corona certificate, over 18 years

This applies to you who have reached the age of 18 and have been fully vaccinated or have undergone covid-19 during the last 6 months, but can NOT document this with a  verifiable corona certificate:

  • Requirement for entry registration. 
  • Requirements for completed test for SARS-CoV-2 before departure to Norway. You must present a certificate showing negative test for SARS-CoV-2. Approved test method is PCR or antigen rapid test. The test must be taken during the last 24 hours before arrival in Norway. 
  • Requirements for testing after arrival. You will be tested for SARS-CoV-2 at the border crossing point in Norway. In cases where there is no test station at the border, the test station is not open or the authorities have instructed that tests should not be carried out at the border crossing point, you have a duty to test yourself at another test station or to take a self-test within 24 hours of arrival. In the case of a positive antigen rapid test or self-test, you must take a PCR test as soon as possible and no later than within 24 hours. Persons over the age of 12 must use face masks in cases where it is not possible to avoid close contact with other persons until there is a negative test result.
  • Requirements for entry quarantine if you come from an area with a quarantine obligation. You can test yourself out of the entry quarantine in the event of a negative test result by PCR test taken no earlier than three days after arrival. 

Not fully vaccinated, not reviewed covid-19, over 18 years

This applies to you who have reached the age of 18 and have not been fully vaccinated and have not undergone covid-19 during the last 6 months:

Not fully vaccinated, not reviewed covid-19, between 16-18 years

This applies to you who are between 16 and 18 years old, and have NOT been fully vaccinated or have not undergone covid-19 during the last 6 months:

  • Requirement for entry registration. 
  • You do NOT need to take a test before departure.
  • Requirements for testing after arrival. You will be tested for SARS-CoV-2 at the border crossing point in Norway. In cases where there is no test station at the border, the test station is not open or the authorities have instructed that testing should not be carried out at the border crossing point, you have a duty to test yourself at another test station or to take a self-test within 24 hours of arrival. In the case of a positive antigen rapid test or self-test, you must take a PCR test as soon as possible and no later than within 24 hours. Persons over the age of 12 must use face masks in cases where it is not possible to avoid close contact with other persons until there is a negative test result.
  • You should NOT be in the entry quarantine. It is still recommended to test 3 days after arrival.

Under 16 years

This applies to you who are under 16 years old:

  • NO requirement for entry registration.
  • You do NOT need to take a test before departure. 
  • Requirements for testing after arrival. You will be tested for SARS-CoV-2 at the border crossing point in Norway. In cases where there is no test station at the border, the test station is not open or the authorities have instructed that testing should not be carried out at the border crossing point, you have a duty to test yourself at another test station or to take a self-test within 24 hours of arrival. In the case of a positive antigen rapid test or self-test, you must take a PCR test as soon as possible and no later than within 24 hours. Children under the age of 16 should not be tested where it is disproportionately demanding to have the test taken by the child. Persons over the age of 12 must use face masks in cases where it is not possible to avoid close contact with other persons until there is a negative test result.
  • You should NOT be in the entry quarantine. It is still recommended to test 3 days after arrival.

These rules apply regardless of whether you are a Norwegian citizen or a foreigner arriving in Norway. Which area or country you come from is relevant to the question of entry quarantine.

More about entry registration requirements

As a general rule, everyone who has reached the age of 16 must register in the entry registration system before entering Norway.

However, you do not need to register in the entry register if you have granted a blocked address. Exceptions also apply to some other groups such as diplomats, personnel worthy of protection, asylum seekers etc.

For commuters and others who cross the border regularly, it will be possible to register several journeys at each completion of entry registration. This means that these only need to fill in the form themselves once per year. week.

More about requirements for negative testing before arrival in Norway

If you are over 18 years of age and can not document with a verifiable corona certificate that you have been fully vaccinated or during the last six months have undergone covid -19, you must as a general rule be tested before arrival in Norway. Upon entry, you must be able to present a certificate showing a negative test for covid-19.

  • Approved test method is PCR or antigen rapid test.
  • The test must be taken during the last 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 time for the first part of the flight.
  • The flight can be a direct flight to Norway or a continuous flight to Norway with stopovers at other airports.
  • The certificate must be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French or German.

Violation of this requirement can be fined. Foreigners who do not have a certificate of negative testing may be expelled, cf. regulations on entry restrictions for foreigners for reasons of public health § 4 c with exceptions that appear from this provision.

Some people are still exempt from the requirement to test themselves before entry. Exceptions apply to people who:

  • is strictly necessary to be able to maintain the proper operation of critical societal functions or take care of the population's basic needs
  • is in transit
  • border commuters between Norway and Sweden or Finland
  • arrives in Norway from Sweden or Finland to work or go to school
  • carries out commercial freight and passenger transport
  • sailors, aviators
  • diplomats, the foreign service, defense personnel etc.
  • has performed strictly necessary maintenance etc. on property in Sweden or Finland

More about requirements for testing on arrival in Norway

Everyone who comes to Norway must test themselves after arrival.

As a general rule, you must test for covid-19 at the border crossing point in Norway.

The test must be antigen fast test. PCR testing can only be used in exceptional cases. Persons who have been tested with an antigen rapid test must wait at the test station until the test result is available as far as is practicable based on the conditions on site. In the case of a positive antigen rapid test, a PCR test must be taken. The authorities may in the border control instruct the traveler to test himself at another public test station or by means of a self-test within 24 hours of arrival.

 In cases where there is no test station, the test station is not open at the border crossing point or the authorities have instructed the traveler not to take the test at the border crossing point, he must test at another test station or by self-test within 24 hours of arrival. In the case of a positive antigen rapid test or self-test, the person must take a PCR test as soon as possible and no later than within 24 hours.

Persons who are obliged to test themselves and who without reasonable cause will not be tested and do not leave Norway voluntarily, are punished with fines.

Children under the age of 16 should not be tested where it is disproportionately demanding to have the test taken by the child.

Some people are still exempt from the requirement to test themselves on arrival. Exceptions include:

  • professional drivers in cross-border commercial transport and train personnel pursuant to section 6b, fifth paragraph,
  • persons who are strictly necessary to be able to maintain proper operation of critical societal functions or take care of the population's basic needs, cf. § 6e, if it is not practically possible to carry out testing,
  • foreigners who are mentioned in the Immigration Regulations § 1-4 or § 1-5, and who can present a diplomatic or service passport, possibly a national passport in combination with a Norwegian ID card issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or in combination with a Schengen residence card for embassy staff, side accredited diplomats and diplomatic couriers, cf. regulations on entry restrictions for foreigners for reasons of public health § 3 letter f.
  • flight personnel and train personnel pursuant to section 6g, first and second paragraphs

Information telephone about entry, testing and quarantine:

  • From Norway: 815 55 015
  • From abroad: +47 21 89 80 42

Questions and answers about entry measures

Can all foreigners now travel to Norway?

From 26 November 2021, anyone who has the right to enter Norway, according to the Immigration Act, can enter. Entry measures will be tightened from this date. 

How long will these entry measures last?

The changes will take effect on 26 November 2021. The health authorities expect that there will be a need for such entry measures over time, probably through the winter.

What sanctions do you risk if you do not comply with the restrictions?

Foreigners who do not comply with the rules on entry registration, entry quarantine and testing in connection with entry may be expelled. Lack of documentation on this could also lead to expulsion. All travelers, including Norwegians, can be reported and possibly fined for violating the obligations upon entry.

Will everyone be checked upon entry?

The police carry out ordinary entry checks of all travelers coming from outside Schengen. This control has been extended during the pandemic to include control and guidance of current registration, testing and quarantine obligations. In the case of travelers from Schengen, the police will continue the knowledge-based entry control at the internal border, as today.

Questions and answers about the entry quarantine

Which areas and countries do the entry quarantine provide?

The requirement for entry quarantine does not apply to fully vaccinated and those who have undergone covid-19, and can document this with a verifiable corona certificate.

As a general rule, all other persons over the age of 18 must be in the quarantine of entry for 10 days after arrival from a country or area within the EEA, the Schengen area or the United Kingdom that is red or dark red, ie has a high number of infected people. All countries outside the EEA, Schengen and the United Kingdom provide entry quarantine. Which countries and areas entail and do not entail entry  quarantine follows from Appendix A to the covid-19 regulations.

What are the requirements for entry quarantine?

You must stay in your own home or in another suitable place to stay where it is possible to avoid close contact with others, with private rooms, your own bathroom and your own kitchen or food service. You can only stay outside the quarantine site if you can avoid close contact with others. You can not be in a workplace where others are also staying, at school or in kindergarten.

The quarantine hotel scheme is continued for those who do not have a suitable quarantine location during the quarantine period.

How long does the entry quarantine last?

The quarantine period is basically 10 days after arrival in Norway. Everyone can now test themselves out of quarantine if they have a negative PCR test taken no earlier than three days after arrival.

The possibility to test oneself to get out of quarantine earlier only applies if the person tests himself in accordance with the requirements of the covid-19 regulations.

The possibility of shortening the entry quarantine during testing is not a right for the individual and is dependent on the municipality of residence or private individuals having the capacity to carry out the tests, or that the employer is responsible for the tests.

Deductions must be made during the quarantine period for the time you may have stayed in green or orange countries or areas in the period from the time you leave an area that entails a quarantine obligation, until you arrive in Norway. This can be handy for car holidays. Which countries and areas entail and do not entail a quarantine obligation depends on the infection situation in the country / area. If you come from a country that does not have a quarantine obligation, but stops in a country with a quarantine obligation, it will mean that you are covered by the quarantine obligation. If you travel from a country that entails a quarantine obligation, but which later turns green or orange, you no longer have a quarantine obligation from the time the country turns green or orange.

What exceptions are there from the entry quarantine?

In the covid-19 regulations §§ 6a to 6n , there are a number of exceptions from the entry quarantine. What characterizes these exceptions is that the entry quarantine has been replaced by a test regime. There are, among other things, exceptions for border commuters, personnel in socially critical functions, for crews on passenger ships on a fixed route, etc.

How often are the lists and map updated?

We continuously monitor developments in countries within the EEA, Schengen and the United Kingdom. The starting point is that we update every 7 days if a country or region changes status and a quarantine obligation is introduced, but we can update more often if necessary. Every 14 days, it is assessed whether a country or region changes its status, which means that the quarantine obligation ceases.

What criteria apply to define whether a country or territory entails requirements for entry quarantine?

Areas are defined as not requiring entry quarantine based on the following criteria:

<200 confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks and the number of positive samples is less than 4 percent, or

<75 confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks and the number of positive samples is over 4 percent

Denmark, Finland and Sweden are assessed at regional level. Iceland and other EU / EEA / Schengen countries as well as the United Kingdom are assessed at national level. Regional assessments are also made for selected islands and archipelagos in Europe.

Do I get the entry quarantine if I take a boat from Norway to countries that are not exempt from the quarantine obligation, and do not leave the boat?

Persons who board vessels in Norway, and who only stay in the vessel during the voyage, are exempt from the quarantine obligation even if the vessel has crossed Norway's territorial boundaries during the voyage. For the exemption to apply, passengers or crew may not have been ashore in a foreign port. This exception applies regardless of the size of the vessel. The exception applies even if the vessel takes on board socially critical personnel and persons who carry out goods transport from a foreign port. The shipping company shall arrange and be able to present documentation that those who board are kept separate from other passengers and avoid close contact with the crew. The shipping company shall check documentation from those who board a foreign port and determine a maximum number of passengers that may be on board in order for it to be professionally sound.

Can a person who is in the entry quarantine still work if the workplace is such that no one else stays there?

Yes, but with an important clarification. The requirement to avoid close contact applies to all activity outside the quarantine site. This means that the person must also be able to get to the workplace without coming into close contact with others.

Can I drive through quarantine areas without being quarantined when I return home?

Yes, you can travel through countries / areas with a quarantine obligation on the way to or from Norway or other areas in the EEA / Schengen / United Kingdom that are exempt from a quarantine obligation, without this entailing entry quarantine. This is provided that you do not use public transport, do not spend the night in the area and that you do not have close contact with anyone other than those you live with. Both the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the National Institute of Public Health believe that there is little risk of infection.

Can I stopover by plane in a country with a quarantine obligation on the way to Norway, and be exempt from a quarantine obligation?

No, if you stop in a country with a quarantine obligation, you must be in the 10-day entry quarantine when you arrive in Norway. Everyone can now test themselves out of quarantine if they have a negative PCR test taken no earlier than three days after arrival.

Will I be exempted from quarantine if, after staying in a country with a quarantine obligation, I stop in a green or orange country on my way to Norway?

No, for stopovers in green or orange countries traveling to Norway, the quarantine requirement applies as if the aircraft came straight from an area with a quarantine obligation. If you are flying from a country with a quarantine obligation and stopover in a green or orange country, you must therefore be in a 10-day entry quarantine when you arrive in Norway. Everyone can now test themselves out of quarantine if they have a negative PCR test taken no earlier than three days after arrival.

I came from a country with a quarantine obligation just before the country became "green" or "orange". Do I still have to sit in the entry quarantine now that from this point onwards there is no longer a quarantine obligation?

No. If you have been in a country or region that entails a quarantine obligation and are in the entry quarantine because of this, and this country or region turns green or orange, you will be exempt from the quarantine. 

This of course presupposes that you have no symptoms that you are infected.

Can those who have a quarantine obligation because they have stayed in a country with a quarantine obligation take public transport home from a Norwegian airport?

Those who come to Norway and are in entry quarantine, can use public transport from the airport, port or similar place of arrival to the quarantine place .. It is still best if they can travel home in their own car or be picked up.

People who arrive from countries with a quarantine obligation and have symptoms of covid-19 should immediately contact the health service for testing and possible isolation. If people experience symptoms during transport to Norway, they should notify the staff (for example, the cabin crew on a plane or a conductor on a train). People with symptoms should not use public transportation to travel home.

Can I use public transport to travel in Norway when I am in quarantine?

As a general rule, it is not permitted to use public transport when you are in quarantine. However, there are some exceptions.

Those who come to Norway and are in entry quarantine can use public transport from the airport, port or similar place of arrival to the quarantine place. People who leave Norway during the quarantine period can use public transport during the departure.

Questions and answers about corona certificate upon entry

What does it mean that the Norwegian corona certificate is linked to the European solution?

Norway is connected to the EU's solution. The corona certificate can be used in the EU / EEA / Schengen, as well as other countries that join the EU solution. Those who choose to travel must familiarize themselves with the rules for quarantine and infection control in the country they are going to. This will vary from country to country. You will find entry rules that apply to different countries at  https://reopen.europa.eu/en . The infection situation in the countries is also shown here. The information is continuously updated and is available in 24 languages.

EU / EEA / Schengen citizens who have been fully vaccinated or have undergone coronary heart disease in the last six months, and who can document this through a verifiable coronary certificate that is connected to the EU solution, must register before arriving in Norway and test at the border, but do not quarantine. The same applies to citizens with verifiable corona certificates with QR codes issued in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Note that a quarantine obligation has been introduced for travelers from eight countries in southern Africa.

Corona certificates from more and more countries outside the EU / EEA are considered to comply with the EU 'EU digital COVID Certificate' and are approved by the EU Commission. Norway accepts such certificates. Persons who cannot present such a certificate must be quarantined on arrival in Norway.

Are the rules the same for Norwegians and foreigners?

Yes, for those who have a corona certificate that can be verified for control.

For more information:

Information telephone about entry, testing and quarantine:

  • From Norway: 815 55 015
  • From abroad: +47 21 89 80 42

The Covid-19 regulations have rules on entry quarantine , entry registration , tests before and upon arrival in Norway.