COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 01/15/2021

Country-Specific Information: 

  • All arriving travelers to Norway must register their entry. Travelers must be able to confirm that they have suitable accommodation for quarantine purposes.
  • Updated information about national and local COVID-19 prevention measures, as well as information about quarantine and testing is available on Health Norway’s website.
  • In municipalities with high infection rates (including Oslo) masks are required on public transport, in indoor public spaces where 1 meter distance cannot be maintained (e.g. grocery stores, shopping malls) and restaurants (when not seated).
  • Commercial, public, and government services are widely open, though some have restricted capacities to adhere to social distancing policies.
  • The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs advise to avoid all unnecessary international travel.  The advice, which includes an entry ban for travelers that are not Norwegian citizens or residence permit holders to Norway, has been extended until March 1, 2021.

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No, unless the traveler qualifies for a travel exception. The complete list of border closure exceptions and most up-to-date information can be found on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration COVID-19 information page.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? All travelers to Norway are subject to mandatory testing for COVID-19. The test must be done as soon as possible and within 24 hours after arrival at the latest. Travelers must enter Norway through border stations with testing facilities or through border stations with police control.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes. Testing should be done at the airport or other border stations. If that is not possible, the traveller must contact the local municipality or another test station to arrange testing. Testing is free of charge.
  • Stricter infection control measures for travelers from the United Kingdom: Norway implemented stricter infection control measures for travelers arriving from the United Kingdom. 

Please see the Norwegian government’s website for an exhaustive list of questions and answers about entry to Norway.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

Quarantine Information: 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.

Travel quarantine period is 10 days if you arrive in Norway after having visited a red area/country. Persons who are to be quarantined upon arrival to Norway must stay in quarantine hotels. You do not need to carry out the travel quarantine at a quarantine hotel if you can document that:

  • You have a permanent residence in Norway, regardless of whether your place of residence is owned or rented.
  • You have a suitable place to stay where it is possible to avoid close contact with others, with a private room with TV and internet, a private bathroom, and a separate kitchen or food service.
  • You are married or have joint children with a person who has a permanent residence in Norway. Then you can carry out the quarantine in the home of the spouse or the other parent. This also applies to their minor children.
  • The employer provides a suitable place to stay where it is possible to avoid close contact with others, with a private room with TV and internet, a private bathroom, and a separate kitchen or food service.
  • You are a professional driver in long-distance transport, train personnel who do not work on freight trains or military personnel, and you are exempt according to the COVID-19 regulations.

Download and fill out the self-declaration form required for entry here.

New Quarantine Rules: On December 29, 2020, the Norwegian Government introduced new quarantine rules to contribute to more people being tested and to improve compliance with the quarantine rules. Travellers arriving in Norway from abroad may, at the earliest, end quarantine on day seven if they test negative for Covid-19 twice after arrival. The first test must be taken within three days of arrival, and the second, at the earliest, seven days after arrival.

More information about quarantine is available on Health Norway’s website. An up-to-date list of countries the Norwegian authorities consider “red” or “yellow” can be found on the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s COVID-19 information page.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 you should get tested as soon as possible. If you are in quarantine while you develop the symptoms, you are required to get tested. To get tested, you are required to call 116 117. You can also visit the webpages of the local government to find out if they offer additional testing services. For more information, visit Health Norway’s website. 
  • New testing requirements for travelers arriving from the United Kingdom: A series of measures is applicable to travelers arriving from the United Kingdom until 10 January. The main rule requiring a quarantine period of 10 days will continue to apply. Additionally, the following requirements will be in place:
    • A PCR test (Covid-19-test) must be taken within 24 hours of arrival in Norway, followed by a new test no sooner than day 7 after arrival from the United Kingdom.
    • A PCR test must be taken as soon as possible by all travelers who entered Norway from the United Kingdom within the past 2 weeks.
    • Travelers entering the country must register their arrival.
    • Travelers must notify the municipality in which they will be staying.
    • The current exemptions from quarantine upon arrival in Norway will not apply to travelers arriving from the United Kingdom, with the exception of certain provisions.

COVID-19 Vaccines:

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

Both negligent and intentional violations of the quarantine regulations are punishable by fines and imprisonment for up to 6 months. Further information on the level of punishment and enforcement of breaches of the quarantine obligation can be read in the Attorney General’s updated guidelines and directives regarding Covid-19 dated 2 March 2020.

Are you a U.S. citizen traveling to the United States? 

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19, effective for inbound travelers beginning January 26, 2021.
  • Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel.  See the CDC Proof of Negative Test Result page to view the order, complete the attestation, and to see FAQs. Airlines must deny boarding to passengers who do not meet these requirements. U.S. citizens in countries where robust COVID-19 testing is not available or who may not be able to satisfy the requirements should depart immediately or prepare to be unable to return to the United States until such time as they can meet the requirements.
  • We recommend you look up state specific travel regulations using the CDC Travel Planner for information on local requirements for testing, quarantine, and other resources.
  • For more general travel information, please see the websites from CDC, The Department of Homeland Security and The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  

Consular Operations:

  • American Citizen Services: U.S. Embassy Oslo remains open for emergency American citizen services appointments on a case-by-case basis.  Visit our U.S. Citizen Services information page for the most up-to-date information on consular operations.
  • Visa Services: U.S. Embassy Oslo is open for emergency and mission critical visa services to exempted applicants or those that qualify for exceptions granted by later proclamations (student and exchange visitor visas, crew visas, and cases involving National Interest Exceptions)

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