Last updated: 10/16/2020
- Norway has confirmed 16,136 cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of October 16, 2020.
- 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 January 15, 2021. Please see the September 24, 2020 press release.
- Commercial, public, and government services are widely open, though some have restricted capacities to adhere to social distancing policies.
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? No.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes. You will be offered a test for the coronavirus when you arrive in Norway via selected airports, border controls and ports. The offer is valid for those arriving from both red, yellow and green areas. Testing is voluntary and free of charge, as part of the efforts to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection being imported into Norway. Tourists as well as Norwegian citizens can be tested at the test centers. If your test comes back negative after arriving from a red area/country, you will still need to complete your 10 days travel quarantine duty.
- Is a curfew in place? No.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes. Anyone arriving in Norway from abroad shall be in quarantine for 10 days, with the exception of specified countries in Europe with sufficiently low transmission. 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.
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 government to find out if they offer additional testing services. For more information, visit Health Norway’s website.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes.
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 2 March 2020.
- American Citizen Services: U.S. Embassy Oslo is open for limited U.S. citizen passports, notaries, and Consular Report of Birth Abroad services. Visit our American Citizen Services information page for the most up-to-date information on consular operations.
- Visa Services: U.S. Embassy Oslo is open for student and exchange visitor visas, crew visas, and cases involving National Interest Exceptions.
- View U.S. Embassy Oslo’s Most Recent Alerts
- 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