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Everything you need to know about travel rules between Norway and the UK 

Covid entry restrictions, traffic lights and quarantines- if you’re travelling between Norway and the UK, here’s what you need to know. 

Everything you need to know about travel rules between Norway and the UK 
Boeing 737 landing at Oslo Airport. Photo: Alan Wilson/Flickr

Travel to Norway 

Entry into Norway has been restricted to a very small group of people outside of residents and citizens of Norway since January to try and limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus. 

Norway isn’t letting foreign citizens enter the country unless they are residents of Norway, bar a few exceptions, so it isn’t recommended to attempt to travel between the UK and Norway unless you are exempt from the entry restrictions or are a resident of Norway. 

You can read a list of the entry restrictions and exceptions in English here.

The UK to Norway 

All travellers to Norway must fill out a registration form before departing. 

You can take a look at the registration form here

All arrivals into Norway, including from the UK, will need to quarantine for 10 days, reduced to seven if they return a negative coronavirus test.

Since June 4th arrivals from the UK have not been required to enter a quarantine hotel, as long as the Covid-19 incidence rate is less than 150 per 100,000 and remains on the list of countries that don’t require a quarantine hotel stay. 

Travellers arriving from the UK that were vaccinated against Covid-19 in Norway can test themselves out of quarantine entirely after three days.

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Travellers must also provide a negative Covid-19 test on their arrival to Norway, taken within 24 hours of their arrival in the Nordic country. This can be either an antigen or PCR test. A rapid test is the more practical option of the two as PCR test’s take longer to deliver results. 

Foreign residents returning must also provide documentation, such as a rental contract, that proves they resided in the country before their departure. You can read more on the required proof here. Foreigners living in Norway will also be required to present a copy of the ticket they used to depart Norway with. 

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From Norway to the UK 

The UK has a Covid-19 traffic light system that gives each country a designation- green, amber or red- based on infection numbers and vaccination rates. 

Norway has been placed on the amber list. 

To enter the UK from Norway, you will need to provide a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours. In Norway, testing is handled individually by each of Norway’s municipalities. You can use this link to find info on testing in your municipality.

Testing provided by the municipality is free. However, it can take some time to deliver results, so you may need to book privately for around 1000 kroner for faster results. You can also take a private drop in test at the airport you are travelling from.

Once you arrive in the UK, you will need to undergo a ten-day quarantine period at home or with friends or family. You will also need to fork out around £200 per person for compulsory Covid tests on days two and eight of quarantine. You can find the list of approved test providers here.  

You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for private Covid testing through the UK’s new test to release scheme

Restrictions in Norway 

Norway is currently on step two of its four-step plan to reopen society, so coronavirus measures are still in place. 

Bars, restaurants, and gyms are open. So are shops and malls. Alcohol can be served in restaurants until midnight, and up to 10 people can meet indoors. 

Municipalities can implement their own rules, so it’s worth checking the local rules of the area you are travelling to. 

This also applies to facemasks. 

You can read about Norway’s current national and local Covid rules here

READ ALSO: Norway to enter next stage of lifting Covid-19 restrictions next week

Restrictions in the UK

The UK is in the process of leaving lockdown. Pubs and restaurants are open for indoor and outdoor hospitality. 

Face masks are required on public transport and indoor public spaces, there are exemptions for those with certain medical conditions. 

You can read more info on the UK’s roadmap for lifting lockdown here

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Could Oslo-Copenhagen overnight train be set for return?

A direct overnight rail service between the Norwegian and Danish capitals has not operated since 2001, but authorities in Oslo are considering its return.

Norway’s transport minister Knut Arild Hareide has asked the country’s railway authority Jernbanedirektoratet to investigate the options for opening a night rail connection between Oslo and Copenhagen.

An answer is expected by November 1st, after which the Norwegian government will decide whether to go forward with the proposal to directly link the two Nordic capitals by rail.

Jernbanedirektoratet is expected to assess a timeline for introducing the service along with costs, market and potential conflicts with other commercial services covering the route.

“I hope we’ll secure a deal. Cross-border trains are exciting, including taking a train to Malmö, Copenhagen and onwards to Europe,” Hareide told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

The minister said he envisaged either a state-funded project or a competition awarding a contract for the route’s operation to the best bidder.

A future Oslo-Copenhagen night train rests on the forthcoming Jernbanedirektoratet report and its chances of becoming a reality are therefore unclear. But the Norwegian rail authority earlier this year published a separate report on ways in which passenger train service options from Norway to Denmark via Sweden can be improved.

“We see an increasing interest in travelling out of Norway by train,” Jernbanedirektoratet project manager  Hanne Juul said in a statement when the report was published in January.

“A customer study confirmed this impression and we therefore wish to make it simpler to take the train to destinations abroad,” Juul added.

Participants in the study said that lower prices, fewer connections and better information were among the factors that would encourage them to choose the train for a journey abroad.

Norway’s rail authority also concluded that better international cooperation would optimise cross-border rail journeys, for example by making journey and departure times fit together more efficiently.

The Femahrn connection between Denmark and Germany, currently under construction, was cited as a factor which could also boost the potential for an overland rail connection from Norway to mainland Europe.

Night trains connected Oslo to Europe via Copenhagen with several departures daily as recently as the late 1990s, but the last such night train between the two cities ran in 2001 amid dwindling demand.

That trend has begun to reverse in recent years due in part to an increasing desire among travellers to select a greener option for their journey than flying.

Earlier this summer, a new overnight train from Stockholm to Berlin began operating. That service can be boarded by Danish passengers at Høje Taastrup near Copenhagen.

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