Norway has reopened its borders for tourism to most European countries since July of 2020. But due to the increasing cases of Covid-19 infections around the world and the rapid spread of virus variants of concerns in Europe, the country has imposed some of the strictest entry restrictions. Norwegian authorities also advise its citizens against all international travel that is not necessary.
At present, the entry of foreigners into Norway is quite restricted. The country has established a color-coded scheme to determine whether they can allow the entry of travelers or not. Depending on the color category of the country with which a traveler came from, he or she will either undergo testing, go on quarantine, or be banned from entry. If you’re traveling to Norway during this Covid-19 pandemic, here are the entry restrictions that you need to be aware of.
Who Can Travel To Norway?
As mentioned, Norway has implemented a color-coding scheme to categorize countries based on their Covid-19 risk. The entry restrictions imposed on travelers will be based on which color category they came from. Take note that Norway is only allowing the entry of travelers coming from within the EU countries at the moment. But there have been a few third-countries whose citizens and residents are allowed to enter Norway. These third countries are categorized under “Purple”.
According to Norwegian authorities, any traveler who came from an area that’s under the green list will not be subject to any testing and quarantine requirements, whether they have been vaccinated or not. That’s because they believe that the risk of infection in these countries is extremely low.
At present, here’s a list of countries and regions in Norway’s “green category”.
- Czech Republic
- Finland ( Länsi-Pohja SVD, Mellersta Österbotten SVD, Östra Savolax SVD, Norra Karelens SVD, Södra Karelens SVD, Syd-Österbottens SVD, Egentliga Finlands SVD and Åland)
- Sweden (Blekinge, Dalarna, Gävleborg, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Södermanland, Uppsala, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Västmanland and Örebro)
Norwegian authorities have also emphasized that anyone who has been from any of the countries or regions categorized as orange, red, or purple in the past ten days has to stay self-isolated for ten days even if they are a citizen or resident of those countries in the green list. However, if they transited without using public transport or without staying overnight in any of the orange, red, or purple country/regions, they do not need to self-isolate.
Orange & Red List
In contrast to the travelers arriving from countries on the “green list”, anyone arriving in Norway who came from an orange or red country will have to adhere to some strict restrictions.
All unvaccinated travelers or those who have not been infected and recovered from the virus must present a negative Covid-19 test certificate before entry. They will also be required to fill in the registration form, go into quarantine, or undergo testing at the border. However, Norwegian authorities have emphasized that those who are fully vaccinated and have recovered from the virus are exempted from these measures for as long as they can show proof.
Currently, here’s a list of countries and regions belonging to Norway’s orange and red list.
- Faroe Islands
- San Marino
- Vatican City
- Denmark (Capital Region of Denmark, Central Jutland Region, North Jutland, Zealand and Region of Southern Denmark)
- Finland (Birkalands SVD, Centrala Tavastalands SVD, Egentliga Finlands SVD, Helsingfors och Nylands SVD, Kajanalands SVD, Kymmenedalens SVD, Lapplands SVD, Mellersta Finlands SVD, Norra Karelens SVD, Norra Savolax SVD, Norra Österbottens SVD, Päijat-Häme SVD, Satakunta SVD, Södra Karelens SVD, Södra Savolax SVD, Vasa SVD and Åland )
- Sweden (Gotland, Halland, Norrbotten, Skåne, Stockholm, Västra Götaland, Värmland and Östergötland)
Dark Red List
Countries that are categorized under Norway’s “dark red” list are those that have registered high rates of infection in the past few weeks. Norwegian authorities believe that travelers coming from these areas are highly infectious. Therefore, they have imposed the strictest restrictions for anyone arriving from these areas.
Here’s a list of the countries and regions categorized as “dark red”.
- United Kingdom
- Greece: Crete, the southern Aegean islands
- France: Corsica
- Spain: the Balearic islands
All unvaccinated travelers and those who have not been infected and recovered from the virus will be required to submit a negative Covid-19 test certificate before entry, fill out the registration form, undergo testing at the border, and stay isolated at a government-approved quarantine hotel for three days. The self-isolation period can be completed in another suitable accommodation after three days.
Fully vaccinated travelers, including those who have been infected and recovered from the virus, are exempted from these measures for as long as they can show proof.
As per the recommendation of the EU council, Norwegian authorities will allow the entry of travelers coming from a few third countries. These countries are considered safe or have a low risk of infection.
Here’s the current list of countries under Norway’s Purple category:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- Saudi Arabia
All travelers coming from the purple list of countries will be subject to the same rules as that of the orange and red countries. This means that unvaccinated travelers must present a negative test certificate before entry, fill out the registration form, undergo testing at the border, and go into quarantine upon entry.
Vaccinated travelers will be exempted from these restrictions if they can show proof of full vaccination. The same rule applies to those who have been infected and were able to recover from the virus.
What’s Open in Norway?
Most of the following tourism-related businesses in Norway have resumed opening. Such as hotels, restaurants, spas, shops, malls, and tours.Sports event (including competition, cup, and match), but not organized training (see separate guide for infection control for sports ).
Cultural events (including concerts, exhibition openings, opera, ballet, theater and cinema), but not organized rehearsals, trainings, and rehearsals (here the recommendation for private gatherings applies) have also opened.
Other events (including seminars, courses, trade fairs, temporary markets, birthdays, confirmations, weddings, funerals, and religious gatherings), but not income-generating flea markets have also opened.
Gatherings of up to 200 people are now acceptable in public spaces. In addition, people can now host up to 20 people at private events at home. However, a social distance of 1 meter between people must be maintained.
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