COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 1/18/2022

*** Effective December 6, all air passengers aged two and above, regardless of vaccination or citizenship status, must show a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within 1 calendar day before departure to the United States. More information can be found on the CDC website. Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please find instructions on how to request an exemption here.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

*** Effective November 26, 2021, travelers from the United States (vaccinated or not) may travel to Norway. All travelers are required to complete entry pre-registration. Unvaccinated travelers and vaccinated travelers who cannot produce a verifiable COVID-19 certificate with a QR code that can be verified by the Norwegian authorities must also produce a negative COVID test taken 24 hours before arrival, must test upon entry, and must remain in travel quarantine for 10 days upon entry. It is possible to shorten the travel quarantine period with a negative PCR test taken no earlier than three days after arrival. See the Norwegian government’s press release here. See more details under Country-Specific Information.

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

*** Effective December 14, 2021, Norway implemented stricter national measures to limit infections. Please visit the Norwegian Government Press Release for the full list of new national infection control measures.

Country-Specific Information: 

  • As of November 26, 2021, all foreigners who have the right to enter Norway under the Immigration Act may now enter the country.
  • All travelers arriving in Norway are required to complete entry registration.
    • Children under the age of 16 and selected groups are exempt.
  • All travelers must show a verifiable digital certificate in conformity with the common framework for Digital Covid Certificates (DCC) set out in Regulation (EU) 2021/953.
    • Travelers who do not have such a COVID-19 certificate must present documentation of a negative COVID-19 test taken less than 24 hours before arrival. Travelers under the age of 18 are exempt.
    • Regardless of which country you are traveling from, there is a duty to get tested upon entry to Norway for travelers without an EU COVID-19 certificate.
    • For those required to get tested upon entry, they can take a rapid antigen test at a test center at the border.  If there is no test center at the border, or if the test center is closed, you must get tested at a different test center or take a self-test within 24 hours of arrival. If the rapid antigen test or self-test return a positive result, you must take a PCR test as soon as possible and no later than within 1 day.
  • For detailed information about travel to Norway, please see the Norwegian Government’s website. 
  • 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.

 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 one calendar day? 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. To get tested, you can schedule an appointment via your local municipality’s website here. For more information, please see 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? Yes, as of November 26, 2021.
  • 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 months and can document this showing a COVID-19 certificate linked to the EU’s platformAll other travelers to Norway, with a few exceptions, are subject to mandatory testing for COVID-19. Travelers must have a negative test taken less than 24 hours prior to arrival and 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 take a self-test or contact the local municipality or another test station to arrange testing within 24 hours after arrival. If a rapid antigen test or self-test result is positive, the traveler must take a PCR test within 1 day.
  • 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 suitable accommodation. The quarantine hotel program will remain as a service for people without other suitable accommodation. 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 able to prove this with a valid COVID-19 certificate linked to the EU’s platform, are exempt from travel quarantine. See exceptions to the travel quarantine here.

The travel quarantine period is 10 days with the possibility to complete quarantine after negative COVID-19 test taken on the third day after arrival. Please find frequently updated information about testing regime and quarantine rules on Health Norway’s website.  

 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: In accordance with COVID-19-related workplace staffing guidance recommended by the Government of Norway, the U.S. Embassy in Oslo has temporarily suspended routine visa services.  Visit our Nonimmigrant Visas page for more detailed information on visa services.

Restrictions for Entering the United States:

Effective December 6, 2021, all air passengers aged two and above are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day prior to departure, or documentation of recovery in the past 90 days. 

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

  • 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 www.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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