COVID-19 Information

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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 Country-Specific Information: 

  • Norway has confirmed 9,132 cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of July 28, 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: 

  • The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs advise to avoid all unnecessary international 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 May 15 press release.
  • As of 15 July, 2020, the Norwegian Government lifted restrictions on entry into Norway for residents of Schengen/EEA countries with an acceptable level of infection.  In addition, travelers entering Norway from these countries are not subject to quarantine.  Please see the July 10 press release.
  • As of 15 June, 2020, the Norwegian Government opened for travel between Norway and the Nordic countries, but maintains the requirements for quarantine and entry restrictions from regions with high level of infection. The countries that meet the Norwegian Government’s criteria for removal of travel restrictions are the following: Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the Faeroe Islands, and Denmark. For more information and possible exceptions, please see the June 12 press release.
  • The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has posted a link with information for foreign nationals that cannot leave Norway due to COVID-19.
  • 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.

Quarantine Information: 

  • 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 must follow home quarantine procedures.  As of 15 June, the requirements to quarantine does not apply when entering Norway from areas in the Nordic countries with a low level of infection.  From 15 July, the requirement to quarantine does not apply when entering Norway from certain Schengen area/EEA countries with an acceptable level of infection.  See the Health Norway travel advice page.
  • NIPH has created a detailed informational sheet regarding social distancing and quarantine procedures in Norway. Please find it here. (PDF 469 KB)

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 1171KB) about what to keep at home.
  • The transportation sector operates as normal.  However, avoid travel unless strictly necessary.
  • To visit institutions with people in vulnerable groups, such as the elderly or the sick, we ask that you contact the institution directly.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Question – I am a U.S. citizen currently in the U.S. and I would like to travel to Norway.  Will I be allowed to enter?

  • Answer – Norway is currently restricting entry to Norway to only allowing Norwegian citizens, residents of Norway, residents of certain European countries, and certain exceptions to enter the country.  For exceptions and more information, please visit the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration website.

Question – Is there a quarantine for passengers upon arrival in Norway?

  • Answer – Yes, for passengers who appear to have COVID-19 symptoms or have traveled abroad within the past 10 days, with the exception of certain European countries.  For more information about travel to and quarantine in Norway, and the list of approved countries, see the following Quarantine Information from Helse Norge.

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 indicates that passengers from designated COVID-19 affected countries will be required to arrive at one of the 15 airports where the U.S. government has implemented enhanced screening procedures and will be subject to a 14-day self-quarantine period.

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 – 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.  We ask that you study the March 20 statement from UDI and contact UDI directly for questions you have in your specific case. You may also find the UDI’s Question and Answer page helpful if your residence permit has or will expire.

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