COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 11/27/2020

Country-Specific Information: 

  • Updated national and local COVID-19 prevention measures went into effect on November 9, 2020. Please see the Norwegian Government’s Press Release from November 5, 2020 (in English).
  • New national and local COVID-19 prevention measures went into effect on October 28. Please see the Norwegian Government’s Press Release from October 26, 2020 (in English) for more information.
  • In municipalities with high infection rates (including Oslo) masks are required on public transport, in indoor public spaces where 1 meter distance cannot be maintained (e.g. grocery stores, shopping malls) and restaurants (when not seated).
  • Commercial, public, and government services are widely open, though some have restricted capacities to adhere to social distancing policies.
  • 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 June 1, 2021.

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? Yes. All travelers coming from “red” countries must present a certificate of negative COVID-19 test when they arrive in Norway. The test must be taken less than 72 hours prior to entry. If the person does not present such a test, he or she may be refused entry.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No. A negative COVID-19 test is required for entry.

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.

Effective November 9, 2020, persons who come to Norway must have a permanent residence in the country, or a guarantee of a suitable place of residence upon arrival in Norway from their employer. Persons arriving in Norway, including tourists and visitors, who do not have their own residence or employer in Norway must stay in quarantine hotels and test themselves during the quarantine period. This also applies to family members who come to visit relatives in Norway. More information about quarantine hotels is available on the Government of 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.

COVID-19 Testing:

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. 

Transportation Options:

  • 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.

Are you a U.S. citizen traveling to the United States? 

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.  

 

Consular Operations:

  • 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 to exempted applicants or those that qualify for exceptions granted by later proclamations (student and exchange visitor visas, crew visas, and cases involving National Interest Exceptions)

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