COVID-19 Information

 

Last updated: 04/07/2021 

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently asked questions. 

 Country-Specific Information: 

  • Effective January 29, 2021, the Government of Norway imposed new, stricter rules on foreign nationals who seek entry to Norway. In general, only foreign nationals who reside in Norway are permitted to enter. For more information, please see the Norwegian Government’s website.  
  • All arriving travelers to Norway must register their entry. Travelers must be able to confirm that they have suitable accommodation for quarantine purposes.  From March 12, 2021, anyone undertaking unnecessary leisure travel abroad must stay at a quarantine hotel upon entry to Norway. Please review the Norwegian government’s announcement for more information.
  • 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 generally open, though some have restricted capacities to adhere to social distancing policies. Regions with higher infection rates, e.g. Oslo and Viken, have additional restrictions for commercial businesses, e.g. closure of commercial business except essential services. Grocery stores, pharmacies and some other essential businesses remain open.
  • The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs advise to avoid all unnecessary international travel.

 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: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html. 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): Corona test Legevaktvest 
  • Volvat (Oslo, Bergen, Drammen, Fredrikstad): Corona test Volvat  
  • Aleris (Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, Tromsø, and Strømmen): Corona test Aleris
  • Dr. Dropin at Oslo Airport Gardermoen: Corona test Dr. Dropin 

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 AstraZeneca (currently on hold).
  • 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. 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? Yes. All travelers to Norway 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 traveller 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. 

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 as early as day seven if they receive two negative tests, the first taken upon arrival and thsecond is a PCR test taken no earlier than day seven.  Persons who are to be quarantined upon arrival to Norway must self-fund their stay in quarantine hotel.  Each night at quarantine hotel costs 500 kroner (approximately $60) for adults and 250 kroner (approximately $30) for children ages 10-18. You do not need to complete 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. 

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. 

 Transportation Options: 

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes. 
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes. 
  • Travel is not recommended unless necessary. Face coverings are recommended on public transit.  Wearing a face covering is mandatory when recommended social distancing cannot be maintained.  If taking a taxi, passengers are advised to wear a mask and avoid sitting in the front passenger seat. 

 Fines for Non-Compliance: 

 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.  Visit our Nonimmigrant Visas pagefor more detailed information on visa services.

 Restrictions for Entering the United States: 

  •  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 providea 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. 
  • 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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