The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
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- Norway has confirmed 8352 cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of May 24, 2020.
- International commercial flight options currently exist in Norway. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government has no plans to arrange repatriation flights in Norway at this time.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- On March 16, 2020, the Norwegian Government closed the border to foreign nationals who lack a residence permit in Norway. Temporary entry and exit controls have also been introduced at the Swedish border.
- However, Norwegian airports are not closing. The airports remain open for international flights enabling foreign nationals to depart.
- Many travelers are having trouble finding flights due to route suspensions and widespread flight cancellations. However, flights continue between many U.S. cities and transit hubs such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Doha among others with flight connections to Norway. Please continue to work with your airline and explore travel with other airlines that are offering flights to the United States.
- The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has posted a link with information for foreign nationals that cannot leave Norway due to COVID-19.
- The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs advise to avoid all unnecessary 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 August 20, 2020. Please see the press release regarding updated travel advice as of May 15 on the Norwegian Government website (in Norwegian only).
- Please contact your travel insurance company to check if your travel insurance is currently valid for travel during the COVID-19 situation. Many travel insurances are currently not valid for travel abroad.
- As a general rule for all infections, sick people should stay at home and not go to work/place of study/school/childcare center. If you have more serious symptoms, contact your doctor by telephone. If you cannot reach your doctor, call the emergency after-hours clinic (116 117).
- The Norwegian government is allowing symptom-free people in quarantine to leave Norway provided sound infection control measures are in place during transport from the place of quarantine to the place of departure. For more information, please see the Norwegian government’s guidance for foreign nationals without symptoms.
- Anyone that has traveled outside Norway in the past 14 days must follow home quarantine procedures. See the Health Norway travel advice page.
- For more information, see the NIPH’s site for general information to the public.
COVID-19 Prevention Measures:
- On May 7, the Norwegian government announced plans for further reopening of Norwegian society and easing COVID-19 restrictions. For more information, see the press release.
- Retail and grocery stores are open. Follow the advice of national security authorities (PDF 1171 KB) about what to keep at home.
- The transportation sector operates as normal. However, avoid travel unless strictly necessary.
- Daycare, primary, and secondary schools are open. Other education institutions continue remote teaching.
- Some restaurants and bars are open. Cultural events, sporting events, swimming pools, and gyms remain closed until June.
- Additional restrictions are in place for visitors to health institutions. Do not visit people at institutions in vulnerable groups, such as the elderly or the sick.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question – Will the Department of State or U.S. military be evacuating U.S. citizens?
- Answer – There are currently no plans to evacuate U.S. citizens from Norway. We are aware the governments of some other countries have announced suspension of air travel. In those countries, the State Department is considering all options to assist U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens should monitor our travel.state.gov website and enroll in STEP.state.gov for the most up-to-date information.
Question – Are Norway’s airports closed? Am I stranded in Norway?
- Answer – The Government of Norway issued a March 15 press release to clarify that it has implemented stricter border controls, but airports are not closed completely. Flights continue for the moment so Norwegian citizens and residents abroad may return and residents of other countries and foreign tourists may depart Norway. However, airlines have cancelled many international flights and availability of flights and routes is unpredictable.
Question – I am a U.S. citizen trying to fly home to Norway or the United States but cannot find a flight. What are your recommendations?
- Answer – Many travelers are having trouble finding flights due to route suspensions and widespread flight cancellations, but flights continue between many U.S. cities and transit hubs such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Doha with flight connections to Norway. Please continue to work with your airline and explore travel with other airlines that may still be offering flights to your destination.
Question – Do I need to wear a face mask during a flight to/from Norway?
- Answer – Several airlines now require passengers to bring and use their own face masks and may deny boarding to those who do not do so. If you plan on traveling, we advise that you consult with your airline about their specific requirements.
Question – Are healthy quarantined U.S. citizens allowed to leave Norway?
- Answer – Yes, the Norwegian government is allowing symptom-free people in quarantine to leave Norway provided sound infection control measures are in place during transport from the place of quarantine to the place of departure. For more information, please see the Norwegian government’s March 17 update for foreign nationals.
Question – Is there a quarantine for passengers upon arrival in the United States?
- Answer – We refer you to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Health and Human Services for questions regarding medical screening and quarantine for U.S. citizens entering the United States from other countries and jurisdictions. The Department of Homeland Security fact sheet on arrival restrictions indicates that passengers from designated COVID-19 affected countries will be required to arrive at one of 13 airports where the U.S. Government has implemented enhanced screening procedures and will be subject to a 14-day self-quarantine period.
Question – Is there a quarantine for passengers upon arrival in Norway?
- Answer – Yes, currently for passengers who have traveled abroad within the past 14 days or for those that appear to have COVID-19 symptoms. For more information about travel to and quarantine in Norway, see the following Quarantine Information from Helse Norge.
Question – What will happen if I overstay my visa in Norway due to quarantine or cancelled flights?
- Answer – The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration has jurisdiction over residency and length of stay in Norway. A March 20 statement from UDI notes that foreign nationals who are not able to depart Norway before their visa or residency permit expires will not face negative consequences. UDI’s Question and Answer page further explains that it is not possible to apply for an extension with the police closed and that you do not need to contact UDI, but that you should try to depart Norway as soon as possible. We advise that you document your efforts to depart.
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- Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet)
- The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Travel advice for COVID-19
- The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Utenriksdepartementet, in Norwegian)
- Emergency Preparedness Guide