The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary. If you absolutely need to travel, you should familiarise yourself with the current infection situation, both for the area where you live and for the area that you want to travel to. Updated information is provided by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health: Infection control advice for travel and entry quarantine.
The rules listed below apply to all researchers, whether they are residents from within the EEA/Schengen area, or reside elsewhere. (Additional information – in Norwegian only.)
While we strive to keep the information on this page updated, regulations can change on short notice. We therefore recommend that you consult with official Norwegian websites (primarily The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), and Helse Norge) and with your country’s embassy in Oslo prior to planning your travels.
If travel is absolutely necessary, the following rules apply for entry to Norway:
- From January 2nd 2021, the government has imposed mandatory testing for Covid-19 for all travellers to Norway. The test must be done as soon as possible and within 24 hours after arrival at the latest. Travellers must enter Norway through border stations with testing facilities or through border stations with police control. Several smaller border stations will be closed. Test capacity at the borders will be increased and there will be restrictions when crossing the border. Testing should be done at the airport or other border stations. If that is not possible, the traveller must contact the local municipality or another test station to arrange testing. Testing is free of charge. (See Mandatory testing for travellers to Norway.)
- Anyone arriving in Norway from abroad shall be in quarantine for a minimum of seven days, provided they test negatively for Covid-19 twice after arrival. The first test should be taken within three days of arrival, and the second test should be taken at the earliest seven days after arrival. If testing is unavailable due to capacity restraints, the quarantine period is ten days. Travellers who have visited Great Britain within the last 14 days prior to arrival in Norway are required to submit to a Covid-19 test, and must remain in quarantine for ten days even in the case of a negative test.
- Anyone entering Norway (including Norwegian) will be required to register their name, contact details, place of quarantine and employer (if applicable) and any other information requested. Pending the implementation of a digital solution, a registration form must be filled in and printed out on paper and submitted at the border. The digital solution is expected to be up and running by early 2021. Detailed information and a link to the registration form is available here.
- Anyone required to be in quarantine after entering Norway shall stay at a quarantine hotel. (Official information about quarantine hotels.)
- Anyone arriving in Norway must present a certificate of negative COVID-19 test upon arrival in Norway. The test must be taken less than 72 hours before entry. Failure to present a certificate may result in refusal of entry to Norway. (The same exceptions as described in bullet point 1 apply.) Valid test methods are the standard PCR-based analysis or the rapid antigen-based test. The documentation must be issued in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, English, French or German.
- There are no additional restrictions for travellers going to Svalbard. However, note that the full quarantine period must be completed in mainland Norway prior to travelling on to Svalbard. This applies to all who want to travel to Svalbard, including residents. For additional information, please see the web pages of the Governor of Svalbard.
- There are no additional restrictions for travellers going to Ny-Ålesund. However, for the first five days after arrival in Ny-Ålesund you are required to have your meals at a separate table in the mess hall. During these five days you are not permitted to use the gym or the sauna. Also, to allow for extra cleaning measures in Ny-Ålesund, there will be an added cost per day for all visitors to Ny-Ålesund. Updated information on Kings Bay’s web site. General rules (social distancing, good hand hygiene etc) apply. In the event that you experience any flu/cold or covid-19 symptoms, you are required to be quarantined, and then tested.