Latest Update: November 1, 2020
As of July 15, 2020, Norway reopened for tourism to most European countries. In addition, Norwegians will also be able to take summer vacations to places such as Ireland, the UK, Germany, and Austria without having to quarantine on when returning home to Norway.
Please note that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel that is not strictly necessary to all countries. The travel advice is valid until 1 October. However, exceptions have been made for countries and regions in the Nordic countries and countries in the EEA / Schengen area that meet the National Institute of Public Health’s criteria for the low spread of infection. Changes in both the prevalence of infection and local restrictions can change quickly and make the situation unpredictable.
The borders of Norway will remain closed to third-country citizens until at least June 2021. For now, authorities will only allow the entry of those who are traveling for essential purposes and to visit family members. Travelers from the EU/EEA/Schengen area can enter, but mandatory quarantine is required for those who came from high-risk countries.
Who Can Travel To Norway?
Here’s the list of countries permitted to travel to Norway without a 14-day quarantine:
To clarify, Norway will not allow any third-party countries without a 10-day quarantine. However, they are making exceptions for the following:
- Workers with an employment contract
- Students set to begin a course in the 2020 and 2021 academic year
- People from any country who hold a work or residence permit in Norway (10-day self-quarantine required)
Is There Any Tests/Quarantine required:
For the countries above, no tests or quarantine should be done.
However effective August 15th, Norway will be requiring a 10-day quarantine for any arrivals, nationals or tourists, flying from:
In conclusion, travelers arriving from a country/region with high infection rates, will need to quarantine for 10 days and prove evidence of their quarantine plan.
September 4 update: Norway has added Italy, San Marino, Slovenia, and the Vatican to its list of “red” or high-risk countries. Starting midnight on September 4, anyone arriving in Norway from these countries must go into quarantine.
As of October 20, authorities in Norway have categorized several regions in Finland as “high-risk”. These include Central Häme, Southwest Finland, Lapland, Länsi-Pohja, Central Ostrobothnia, and Southern Ostrobothnia. All travelers from these areas will have to quarantine for ten days upon arrival in Norway.
Certainly, please note that the list of countries traveling to Norway is ever changing.
Other Travel Restrictions in Norway
All travelers may also get the opportunity to undergo tests for the coronavirus (for free) upon arrival. Test centers are at several airports, border crossings, and ports.
All travelers should also follow precautionary guidelines, such as frequent hand-washing. In addition, the advice of at least one-meter distance applies both indoors and outdoors, but not for people in the same household.
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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