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COVID-19 Information
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February 26, 2020

Last updated:   06/11/2022

***  As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information: 

  • As of February 12,2022, the travel-restrictions upon entry into Norway have been lifted. The same rules as prior to the corona pandemic now apply. There are no requirements for testing, quarantine or registration upon arrival in Norway. Visit the Norwegian government website for further updates regarding testing, isolation and workplace guidance etc.
  • For detailed information about travel to Norway, please see Health Norway’s (FHI) 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
  • COVID-19 testing is widely available in Norway.
  • Only adults with symptoms are recommended 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. 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.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? The remaining entry restrictions, i.e. the duty to complete entry registration and to produce a negative test prior to arrival, are being removed. Testing before and after arrival in Svalbard will continue.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No.
  • 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?  No.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.

Fines for Non-Compliance:  Not applicable anymore.

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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