Information regarding international travel to Norway (incl. Svalbard)
The Norwegian Government’s web pages on the Corona Virus situation provides travellers with the most recent official information on rules and regulations.
Helsenorge provides detailed information regarding international travels to Norway here.
Similarly, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health is a valuable source of updated information with short and to-the-point explanations of which rules apply for travellers from within the EU/EEA/Schengen area, as well as from overseas regions and countries outside EU/EEA/Schengen; how to register for arrival in Norway, what rules apply for quarantine hotels etc.
The Q & A page set up by the Norwegian Government (The coronavirus situation: Questions and answers about entry to Norway) provides concrete answers to frequently asked questions.
The Norwegian Directorate of Health has set up a quarantine check to help you find out the rules that will apply if, for example, you arrive in Norway from a country or region which is subject to a quarantine obligation, have come into close contact with someone who is infected, live with someone who is in quarantine, or have recovered or been vaccinated.
Entry registration upon arrival in Norway
All travellers over the age of 16 are obliged to register on arrival in Norway.
Testing before arrival in Norway
Travellers over the age of 18, who cannot present a COVID-19 certificate with a QR code that can be verified by the Norwegian authorities as proof that they have either been fully vaccinated, or have had COVID-19 in the last 6 months, must be tested before departure to Norway. A negative test for SARS-CoV-2 must be documented with a certificate in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French or German. Approved test methods are PCR or rapid antigen test. The test must be taken during the last 24 hours before arrival in Norway. For people arriving by plane, the test may have been taken during the last 24 hours before the scheduled departure time for the first part of the flight.
Duty to test upon / after arrival in Norway
People arriving in Norway must be tested for SARS-CoV-2 at their border crossing point in Norway, regardless of their vaccination status. The test must be a rapid antigen test and the traveller must wait for a result at the test centre. If there is no test centre at the border crossing point, the test centre is closed, or the authorities have directed the person further, the test must be taken at a test centre or by self-test within 24 hours of arrival. If the test result is positive, it must be confirmed with a PCR test as soon as possible, and no later than within 24 hours.
Travellers over 12 years who arrive in Norway must use face masks when it is impossible to avoid close contact with other people, until they receive a negative test result.
Entry quarantine upon arrival in Norway
Travellers over the age of 18 who arrive in Norway from a country / area with quarantine duty must, as a general rule, go into entry quarantine for 10 days after arrival.
Entry quarantine can be shortened by a negative PCR test taken at least 3 days after arrival. Travellers who are fully vaccinated, or have had COVID-19 during the last 6 months and can present a COVID-19 certificate with a QR code that can be verified by the Norwegian authorities, are exempt from the requirement for entry quarantine. Travellers under the age of 18 are not required to go into entry quarantine,
Travellers from countries/regions in the EEA/Schengen/United Kingdom with a sufficiently low infection rate (green and orange countries/regions in the map below) do not need to go into entry quarantine unless they have stayed in, or transited through, a country/region with quarantine duty during the past 10 days.
Travellers arriving from a green/ orange country/region who have travelled via an area with quarantine duty without using public transport, without staying overnight and without having close contact with anyone other than their travel companions, do not need to go into quarantine upon arrival in Norway.
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.
Information regarding travel to Svalbard
Anyone arriving in Norway from a red area/country needs to complete their full quarantine period in mainland Norway prior to travelling on to Svalbard. This applies to all who want to travel to Svalbard, including residents. (For updated information on which countries/areas are “green” and “non-green”, please see the web site of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.)
The requirement of a negative test result for Covid-19 before arrival in Svalbard was reintroduced on the 2nd of December. If you are travelling to Svalbard, you need to undergo testing during the last 24 hours prior to your departure from mainland Norway. As an example, if your flight leaves Oslo with a connecting flight in Tromsø, you should be tested for the coronavirus no more than 24 hours prior to your departure from Tromsø. The test is free of charge for residents of Svalbard. To get a free test, you must present documentation that you are registered in the population register for Svalbard.
Furthermore, the Government has decided that persons arriving in Svalbard must test for SARS-CoV-2 within 24 hours of arrival. The test must be an antigen rapid test (self-test). The requirement also applies to those who have been fully vaccinated or have undergone Covid-19. This applies from 19 December 2021. The Governor is working on a system for distributing free self-tests on arrival Svalbard. Additional information here.
Information specifically for Ny-Ålesund
Currently, there are no additional restrictions for travellers going to Ny-Ålesund. For more information, see 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.
From the 19th of November 2021, facemasks will once again be mandatory on board flights with Lufttransport.
It is important that anyone who is going to travel to Ny-Ålesund makes an assessment of their own health situation and thinks about the possible consequences of becoming ill and in isolation. Those over the age of 65 and those with additional disease will have a greater risk of a serious course of the disease. If a person is vaccinated, the risk of a serious course of the disease is significantly reduced.
A possible evacuation to the mainland will not be carried out until you become seriosly ill. This can lead to a demanding course of illness in isolation in Ny-Ålesund, with only one nurse available.