Norway is one of the European countries that has kept some of the strictest restrictions in place in order to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 within its territory.
The country still continues to do so and advises against all international travel that is not necessary, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
However, the advice does not apply to countries that are part of the EEA/Schengen Area, the United Kingdom or other third countries that are placed in Norway’s purple list.
At present, the possibility for foreigners to enter Norway is quite limited. As such, in order to make it easier for travellers to check whether they can enter the latter’s territory or not, the Norwegian authorities have established a colour-coded scheme.
Consequently, based on the colour of the list a country is placed on, it is determined whether travellers need to undergo testing, quarantine, and be informed on the rules they need to follow.
Travelling to Norway From Countries Placed on Green List
According to the Norwegian authorities, travellers arriving from a European country that is placed on the green list are not subject to the testing and quarantine requirements, regardless of their vaccination status, since the infection rate in these areas is extremely low.
Those who have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 and the ones who have recovered from the disease during the last six months are also exempt from the testing requirement upon entry, and they do not need to fill out the travel registration form, provided that they present a valid Norwegian or European COVID-19 Certificate.
“Currently, only presentation of a COVID-19 certificate (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish or EU digital COVID certificate) with a QR code which can be verified by the Norwegian authorities is considered to be a secure and verifiable way of proving vaccination or previous illness,” the Norwegian Institute of Public Health notes.
At present, the green list of Norway includes the following countries and regions:
- 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
It has been emphasised that persons arriving from green countries/regions are required to stay self-isolated for ten days upon entry in Norway if they have visited or transited through orange, red, or purple country/region in the past ten days.
Nonetheless, those who have travelled without using public transport or without staying overnight in an orange/red/purple country do not need to follow such rules.
Travelling to Norway From Countries Placed on Orange & Red List
In contrast to arrivals from countries placed on the green list, persons arriving in Norway from an orange or red country need to follow several rules.
According to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), all unvaccinated and previously unrecovered travellers arriving in Norway from one of the countries mentioned below must have with them a negative test certificate before entry, fill out the registration form, undergo testing at the border, and go in quarantine.
However, it has been emphasised by the Norwegian authorities that those who have been fully vaccinated and the ones who have recovered from the COVID-19 disease are exempted from all these measures, regardless of which country they are travelling from.
Norway’s orange and red list currently includes these countries and regions:
- Faroe Islands
- San Marino
- Vatican City
- Denmark: Capital Region of Denmark, Central Jutland Region, North Jutland, Zealand and Region of Southern Denmark (Funen and South Jutland)
- 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
Previously, Iceland, Italy and San Marino were part of the green list, but they have been moved to this list due to a worsening of COVID-19 situation.
Travelling to Norway From Countries Placed on Dark Red List
Countries that are placed on Norway’s dark red list have registered high infection rates lately and are considered highly infectious. For this reason, Norway keeps in place the strictest restrictions against arrivals from the following countries/regions:
- United Kingdom
- Greece: Crete, the southern Aegean islands
- France: Corsica
- Spain: the Balearic islands
The same rules as those imposed against arrivals from orange and red-listed countries apply to persons arriving from a country placed in the dark red list.
The only difference is that unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers arriving from one of the countries/regions mentioned above need to stay self-isolated at a quarantine hotel for three days, and then the self-isolation period can be completed in another suitable accommodation.
Similar to travellers arriving from the other categories, those who have been fully vaccinated or recovered from the COVID-19 disease are not subject to testing and quarantine rules.
“Have you been fully vaccinated or have undergone covid-19 in the last six months and can document it with a valid Norwegian or European corona certificate with a QR code? Then you can travel to Norway, you are exempt from entry quarantine and do not need to have a negative test certificate, fill out an entry registration form or take a test at the border. This applies regardless of which country you come from.”
Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that the Norwegian government has decided to extend the advice against all non-essential travel to all countries until September 1. Nonetheless, such a decision will not apply to travel to the EU, Schengen Area, and the UK.
Travelling to Norway From Epidemiologically Safe Third Countries Placed on Purple List
Except for all EU/EEA/Schengen Area countries mentioned above, travellers arriving from the following third countries that are placed under Norway’s purple list are also permitted entry into the country.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- Saudi Arabia
All persons arriving from these third countries are subject to the same rules as arrivals from red countries. Children under 18 also have to follow entry requirements.
“Children under 18 years old coming from outside an EU Member State, who are not holding a EUDCC, must undergo a mandatory quarantine. The quarantine can end if they show the negative result of a PCR test taken no earlier than three days after arrival,” the statement of the authorities reads.
Travel from other countries that were not mentioned in any of the lists is not allowed and is highly discouraged.
What Is Open for Tourists in Norway?
According to a press release issued by Norway’s Government on August 2, tourist attractions are open in the country while restrictions still continue to remain in place.
Consequently, all persons arriving in Norway will find most places open, including shopping centres, hotels, galleries, and cinemas. Bars, restaurants, and café are also open until midnight.
In addition, sports events, cultural and recreational activities are also being held in the country, provided that adult group sizes in indoor spaces are no larger than 30 persons. As for outdoor areas, 40 persons are allowed in the same environment.
Vaccination Passport of Norway
Norway has started to accept and issue the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate since June 24. This means that all Norwegian citizens, as well as citizens of other countries who hold the EU Digital COVID-19 pass, can travel freely and within the European countries and Norway without being subject to strict restrictions.
The EU Digital COVID-19 Passport has been created by the EU Commission with the aim of facilitating travel within Europe and is distinguished by these features:
- A one-page document
- Issued in digital or paper format
- Provided in national language and English
- Free of charge
- Safe and secure
- Recognised in all EU countries
Don’t Forget Your Travel Insurance When Travelling to Norway
All holidaymakers who plan to visit Norway or any other EU country amid the COVID-19 pandemic are highly encouraged to purchase travel insurance packages that cover epidemic and pandemic situations.
Such a purchase ensures all travellers that in case their trip gets cancelled due to an unpredicted upsurge in COVID-19 cases, most of their money spent to book the trip is refunded.
Reasonably priced travel insurance for Norway can be purchased from MondialCare, AXA Assistance or Europ Assistance.
COVID-19 Situation & Vaccination Rate in Norway
According to World Health Organization (WHO) figures, as of August 11, Norway has identified 140,830 COVID-19 infection cases, with 1,051 new cases reported only in the last 24 hours. Additionally, since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has reported 804 deaths related to Coronavirus health implications.
In regards to the vaccination rate, Norway has administered at least 5,666,199 COVID-19 vaccine doses until now. Assuming that each person needs two doses to be considered vaccinated, it means that 37.6 per cent of the country’s entire population has been fully immunised.
Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Other EU Countries Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
European countries currently keep in place different rules and restrictions. If planning to travel to other EU countries except for Norway this summer, the following guides provide all the information you need to know before booking a trip: