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Norway introduces its strictest entry rules since March 2020

To limit the risk of transmitting the significantly more contagious variant of the coronavirus, the Government is imposing far stricter rules on foreign nationals who seek entry to Norway. In general, only foreign nationals who reside in Norway will be permitted to enter.

The following groups of people no longer have access to the country:

  • 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;
  • 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.

The following list prepared by the Directorate for Civil Protection may be used as a starting point in determining which public functions are considered critical:

  • Administration and crisis management
  • Defence
  • Law and order
  • Health and care services, including pharmacy and maintenance
  • Rescue service
  • Digital security in the civilian sector
  • Nature and the environment
  • Security of supply
  • Water and wastewater
  • Financial services
  • Power supply
  • Electronic communications
  • Transport
  • Satellite-based services

The testing, travel registration, quarantine and quarantine hotel requirements will remain in force for travellers who are exempt from the entry restrictions. 

To be clear, all Norwegian nationals may continue to travel into Norway.

The changes will take effect at 12 a.m., the morning of Friday 29 January 2021. Foreign nationals who have already begun a journey to Norway before the restrictions take effect will be granted entry.