COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 10/26/2021

*** Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. For the full list of requirements and exemptions, please review the language in the Order listed on www.cdc.gov

Exceptions to this policy will be extremely limited:

  • children under 18
  • people medically unable to receive the vaccine
  • emergency travelers who do not have timely access to a vaccine

Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight’s departure. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight. For additional information, please visit the FAQ page on www.travel.state.gov.

For purposes of entry into the United States, the accepted vaccines will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. (Please see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html.)

*** The Department of State has updated its travel advisory for Norway to Level 4: Do Not Travel.

*** Effective September 25, 2021, Norway entered a new stage of a more normal everyday life with increased emergency preparedness.  Except for the requirement to isolate if tested positive with COVID-19, all domestic restrictions are removed.  Find more information below under Country-Specific Information and in the Norwegian Government Press Release

*** Effective September 12, 2021, boyfriends/girlfriends, and additional family members from countries outside of the EU/EEA will be permitted to travel to Norway. See more details under Country-Specific Information.

*** Effective November 8, 2021, before boarding a flight to the US from a foreign country, all air passengers- 2 years or older – are required to present a negative COVID-19 viral test result, within a time period based on their vaccination status (see more information in this link), or present documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently asked questions.

Country-Specific Information: 

  • As of September 12, 2021, only residents of the United States with the below relation to a Norwegian resident will be permitted to enter Norway:
    • Adult children and stepchildren, including parents and stepparents to adult children/stepchildren
    • Grandparents, step-grandparents, grandchildren, and step-grandchildren
    • Girlfriends/boyfriends over the age of 18 and their minor children.
  • People residing in the EU/EEA/Schengen, and the United Kingdom may visit Norway.  However, some exceptions exist for people residing outside of these areas:
    • Students coming to Norway to begin their studies and PhD students. 
    • U.S. residents who are fully vaccinated and who can document this with a verifiable COVID-19 certificate connected to the EUDCC gateway.
    • Minors traveling with their parents, if parents have a COVID-19 certificate or exempt from travel restrictions on other grounds.

For detailed information about travel to Norway, please see the Norwegian Government’s website.  

  • Travelers to Norway who do not have a COVID-19 certificate must register their entryThis includes children under age 16 whose parents have COVID-19 certificates.
  • 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.
  • Commercial, public, and government services are open.
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary. This global travel advice remains in effect until October 1, 2021, with the exception of countries and regions in the Nordic region and Schengen area/EEA.

 COVID-19 Testing 

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Norway?  Yes 
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours?  Yes 
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: Please note that COVID testing is widely available in Norway.
  • 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 municipal government to find out if they offer additional testing services. For more information, Health Norway´s website    
  • Fit for flight” tests have been offered at private clinics in Norway since summer 2020. Private clinics should be used prior to travel and paid for by the traveler, as the public test centers are for symptomatic patients and contact tracing. If a person is symptomatic or is classified as a close-contact, the test may be carried out at a public lab, free of charge, however results may not be available within 72 hours. More information can be found here: Testing, symptoms and close contacts . 
  • Private clinics are usually able to carry out the test the same day, or next day. At least one clinic (Legevakt Vest in Oslo) is open for testing every day, including weekends. It usually takes an average of 24-48 hours, but in some cases can take up to 72 hours, depending on the number of tests being processed. 
  • The test costs approximately 1,000 – 1,500 NOK at most private clinics, but can cost up to 3,100 NOK at some locations for same-day results. Test result delivery methods vary. Most clinics appear to offer electronic delivery, but please contact the medical provider directly for information regarding test result delivery. Below are some examples of private clinics that provide COVID testing:
  • Legevakt Vest (Oslo)
  • Volvat (Oslo, Bergen, Drammen, Fredrikstad)
  • Aleris (Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, Tromsø, and Strømmen)
  • Dr. Dropin at Oslo Airport Gardermoen
  • Søm Medical Clinic (Kristiansand)

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Norway approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Norway for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Norway? Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson&Johnson with general practitioners approval.
  • For information regarding the priority order to qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine, please see the The Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s website.  For municipal level information on receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, please see the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s Municipality Overview for Coronavirus Vaccination.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

 Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No, unless the traveler qualifies for a travel exception such as close family members and persons in an established relationship with a resident of Norway. 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? No, not if you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 during the preceding six monthsAll other travelers to Norway, with a few exceptions, are subject to mandatory testing for COVID-19. Travelers must have a negative test taken 24 hours prior to departure and must also take a test upon entry.  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 traveler must contact the local municipality or another test station to arrange testing. 
  • For more information regarding visa extensions for residents and/or tourists, please consult the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. 
  • 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, unless they have a verifiable COVID-19 certificate connected to the EUDCC gateway.

Persons who are to be quarantined upon arrival to Norway must stay in a quarantine hotel or or another suitable accommodation if you are exempted. Each night at a quarantine hotel costs 500 kroner (approximately $60) for adults and 250 kroner (approximately $30) for children ages 10-18.

Those that are fully vaccinated, have had COVID-19, and travelers from a handful of countries or areas referred to as green or orange countries or areas are exempt from travel quarantine. However, you must be able to document this with a verifiable COVID-19 certificate connected to the EUDCC gateway. See exceptions to the travel quarantine here.

The travel quarantine period is 10 days if you arrive in Norway after having visited a red area/country. Travelers from abroad may complete quarantine earlier, but the rules are subject to sudden change. Please find frequently updated information about color of the country you are arriving from, testing regime and quarantine rules on Health Norway’s website.  

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

 Transportation Options: 

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

 Fines for Non-Compliance: 

 Consular Operations: 

  • American Citizen Services: The U.S. Embassy in Oslo is open for a limited number of scheduled routine appointments. Emergency American citizen services appointments are available 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 are currently offering limited appointments for certain visa categories. Visit our Nonimmigrant Visas page for more detailed information on visa services.

 Restrictions for Entering the United States:

Effective November 8, 2021, before boarding a flight to the US from a foreign country, all air passengers- 2 years or older – are required to present a negative COVID-19 viral test result, within a time period based on their vaccination status (see table below), or present documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true.

Time Period for Testing for Air Passengers to Obtain a Negative COVID-19 Viral Test:

Type of Air Passenger
(2 years or older)
Number of Days to get a COVID-19 Viral Test Before a Flight’s Departure to the US
Fully vaccinated No more than 3 days
Not fully vaccinated No more than 1 day
  • For the full list of requirements and exemptions, please review the language in the Order listed on www.cdc.gov. You can also find further information on CDC.gov regarding FAQ for travel and COVID-19 and testing. International travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants. CDC recommends delaying international travel until you are fully vaccinated. 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.
  • Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis. However, COVID-19 testing in Norway is widely available. Please see this website for more information.
  • 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.   

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