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.
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 helsenorge.no 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.
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.
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.
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.