Last updated: 07/26/2021
*** 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.
*** The Department of State has updated its travel advisory for Norway to Level 3: Reconsider Travel.
- Currently, most people residing in the EU/EEA/Schengen or the United Kingdom may visit Norway. Some exceptions exist for people residing outside of these areas, including students coming to Norway to begin their studies. Residents of the United States are not permitted to enter Norway, with limited exceptions. For detailed information about travel to Norway, please see the Norwegian Government’s website.
- All arriving travelers to Norway must register their entry.
- 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 generally open, though some have restricted capacities to adhere to social distancing policies. Regions with higher infection rates, e.g. Oslo and Viken, may have additional restrictions for commercial businesses.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary. This global travel advice remains in effect until August 10, 2021, with the exception of countries and regions in the Nordic region and Schengen area/EEA.
- 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 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? 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.
- Is a curfew in place? No.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
Effective May 9, 2021: everyone who has been on a trip to a country outside the EEA/Schengen area must spend the entry quarantine at a quarantine hotel. This applies regardless of the purpose of the trip. There are a few exceptions.
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 yellow countries or areas are exempt from travel quarantine. You must be able to document this via the COVID-19 certificate at helsenorge.no. 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 as early as day seven if they receive two negative tests, the first taken upon arrival and the second is a PCR test taken no earlier than day seven.
More information about quarantine and 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.
- 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:
- 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 March 2, 2020.
- 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 page for 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 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.
- 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.
- View U.S. Embassy Oslo’s Most Recent Alerts
- Information and advice about the coronavirus situation from Norwegian authorities
- 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