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Coronavirus and travel

The U.S. government has announced a suspension of entry for travelers from several European countries, including Norway. The measure came into effect on March 13. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary. Norwegian citizens already travelling abroad should consider returning as soon as possible, in a calm and safe manner, and in dialogue with their travel agency or airline. There are still available tickets for flights to Europe, although departures are fewer.

For Norwegian citizens who are in the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) and are unable to return home due to COVID-19, it may in some cases be possible to apply for an extension of the validity of the ESTA: https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-offers-flexibility-departing-visa-waiver-program-travelers

Norway has closed the border to foreign nationals who lack a residence permit in Norway. They are turned away at the border under provisions of a Norwegian law relating to the control of communicable diseases. Temporary entry and exit controls have been introduced at the internal Schengen border. However, Norwegian airports are not closed. All Norwegian citizens and persons who live or work in Norway will continue to be let into the country: https://www.regjeringen.no/en/aktuelt/stricter-border-controls-being-introduced/id2693624/

For more details concerning guidelines for entry to Norway in light of the coronavirus, please consult the webpages of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) https://www.udi.no/en/about-the-corona-situation/, including their questions and answers section for citizens outside the EU/EEA: https://www.udi.no/en/about-the-corona-situation/currently-not-in-norway-questions-and-answers-for-nationals-outside-eueea/

If you have questions regarding flights, please contact your airline. If you have questions regarding the suspension of entry into the United States, please contact the U.S. government. See also: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html

For travel information from the Norwegian government regarding the United States: https://www.regjeringen.no/no/tema/utenrikssaker/reiseinformasjon/velg-land/reiseinfo_usa/id2417194/ 

For information from the U.S. government relevant for individuals and businesses, please visit https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus and https://www.cdc.gov